Chief Operating Officer

Chief Operating Officer

Mi Familia Vota

Phoenix, AZ   |   October 14, 2021

About Mi Familia Vota

Mi Familia Vota (“MFV”) is the Latinx-led organization with the largest field operation in the nation that uses a holistic approach to building political power including sophisticated grassroots outreach, digital engagement, issue advocacy, youth leadership development and litigation.

We are located in 7 strategic states—Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Nevada, and Texas—and engage our community around the most prevalent issues to ensure the construction of a healthy democracy and the advancement of a national Latino progressive agenda. MFV utilizes a variety of strategies to reach our community, including citizenship, door-to-door voter education, registration and mobilization, issue organizing as well as leadership development, advocacy, accountability campaigns and litigation.

We maximize our privileged relationship with Spanish media and our growing access to social media platforms to engage hard to reach segments of our community. Our prominent online presence, trusted messenger status, grassroots networks and culturally competent messaging allow us to produce both digital and field campaigns to ensure that the Latinx community is educated on the issues and mobilized to ensure their voices are heard at all levels of government. We leverage our c3 and c4 entities, as well as our leadership status, to convene, co-lead and participate in the most important national and local Latino, civic engagement and issue coalitions around voting rights, immigration, environmental justice, education, healthcare, and workers’ rights.

The work of MFV and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund has been instrumental in empowering the Latino community to have a voice for the past 27 years. MFV was born as a movement in 1994 when our founders organized and mobilized the Latino community in California in opposition to the anti-immigrant proposition 187. Since that time, we have empowered the communities we serve by not only encouraging their civic engagement but educating them on the importance of their participation in the Census, expansion of the electorate through citizenship, voter registration and mobilization in the pursuit of better policies and proportional political representation. Our organization has registered more than 600,000 voters and helped turn out millions in key races where the Latino vote has played a key role including school board, municipal, state and federal elections.

In 2020, MFV had 7 million voter contacts through our field and digital programs that helped elect US senators in Arizona, Colorado and Georgia, as well as deliver the US Presidency through the Latino vote in the states of Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada.

Additionally, our unique positioning at a local level and national presence allow us to not only serve as named plaintiffs in lawsuits but recruit individual plaintiffs and coordinate with other BIPOC organizations to ensure our efforts are advancing the rights of our communities also through the courts. Our signature 8 patas (pillars) model allows us to build leadership networks in schools, community organizations, consulates, labor unions, businesses, churches, elected offices, and Spanish media.

No other organization has MFV’s brand recognition, local, state and national presence, history and trust of the Latino community and partnerships with BIPOC organizations to ensure the construction of a healthy democracy.

For more information about MFV, please visit their website.

The Opportunity

As Mi Familia Vota continues its growth trajectory, the organization is in need of a motivated and driven professional to serve as the Chief Operating Officer (COO). This newly created position will serve as a critical partner to the CEO, and the senior leadership team.

The COO will have a bird’s eye view across the organization, connecting the dots in ways that others can’t and leading key strategic aspects of operation, administration, and people management. As a strategist, consultant, and implementer, the main functions of the COO role will be to facilitate strategic planning, perform ongoing management and measurement toward annual goals, provide operational and people support, and streamline processes to ensure effectiveness.

Reporting to the CEO, the COO will have the authority and confidence necessary to make decisions and keep communication open across all levels of the organization. The COO will manage, coach and develop the Field Director, Research & Data Director, Development Director, and Communication Director.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced leader with strong organizational and people management skills and a proven track record of creative problem-solving to join in a high-growth, high-impact, well-respected, mission-driven organization at the forefront of political empowerment in the Latinx community.

The COO’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

Operations

  • Drive best-in-class management practices to ensure MFV has the people, infrastructure, and systems to maintain and enhance the organization’s role as the leading voter operation in the Latinx community.
  • Cultivate the values and systems necessary to support an integrated and people-centered culture.
  • Ensure that there are ongoing critical assessment systems in place to actively confirm that existing operations and deployment of resources are meeting the goals of the organization.
  • Coordinate the flow of operations-related information among states and provide best practices by taking the lead in expansion activities
  • Collaborate with the CFO on human resources and budgetary items.

Leadership and Executive Management

  • Build and maintain effective and trusting relationships with other members of the senior leadership team, staff, partners, and volunteers.
  • Empower staff to innovate, maximize productivity, ensure professional excellence, and promote teamwork.
  • Promote a culture of professional growth within MFV through succession planning, coaching, mentoring, and professional development.

Strategic Thinking and Planning

  • In partnership with senior leadership, help develop and recommend strategic multi-year plans.
  • Look ahead for future trends that will influence planning, operations, and funding.
  • Generate broad support for strategy and manage the process to engage staff.
  • Manage and oversee protocols to provide replicable and quantifiable data for reporting and program evaluation.
Candidate Profile

The COO will possess the following professional attributes and competencies:

Operational Leadership

A proven leader, the COO will bring the ability and confidence to ensure that MFV’s operations are run efficiently and effectively. The COO will cultivate the values and systems necessary to support a complex, people-centered culture. This leader will have the ability to conceptualize and analyze problems and solutions in a proactive, constructive, and creative manner that will result in improved performance across the organization. Moreover, the COO will have a record of converting strategy into effective execution. The COO will be a builder with the ability to set priorities decisively, delegate responsibilities, assure accountability and allocate resources to ensure results.

Relationship Builder

The COO must also be skilled at building effective relationships at multiple levels within a dynamic environment. The COO will have the ability to establish rapport and cultivate relationships across all levels of the organization and empower a diverse staff and external constituents to deliver results. The COO will foster a culture of inclusion, belonging, and an atmosphere of collaboration and partnership across the organization. The COO will have an exceptional capacity for managing and leading people, including building the capabilities of a driven, ambitious, and mission-oriented team. The COO will develop, coach and empower top-notch leaders, cultivate innovation, and learn the strengths and weaknesses of the team so as to put staff in a position to succeed.

Passion for the Mission and Latinx Community

The COO will be driven by the mission of MFV and as a result, will inspire and motivate others. An empathic, confident leader, the COO will treat others with respect. Leading by example, the COO will understand that at times, empathy is an essential quality. The ideal candidate will bring lived experience to the role that informs their passion for harnessing the political power of the Latinx community. Most importantly, the COO will be an individual of unquestioned integrity, ethics and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.

Compensation and Benefits

MFV offers a competitive salary and a generous benefit package, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

The compensation for this role begins at $110,000.

Contact

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan, Chartise Clark and Kylie Troop of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here or email [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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Mi Familia Vota is an equal opportunity employer.  We encourage women, people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities and LGBT candidates to apply.   Mi Familia Vota, does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients. 

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.