Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

The Movement Cooperative

Remote, USA   |   August 9, 2021

About The Movement Cooperative

Launched in 2018, The Movement Cooperative (TMC) is a cooperative of independent organizations working together to advance the progressive movement through common data and technical infrastructure and addressing the structural challenges that movement organizing and advocacy organizations face in their work. TMC leverages the collective purchasing power of its membership to secure cooperatively held data and technology licenses shared across membership and invest in common infrastructure like technical staff to support members in their work. TMC staff also lend their expertise and capacity to member organizations in order to catalyze initiatives, for example running members’ digital programs.

TMC is a member cooperative – its Board of Directors is elected by and made up of its member organizations. Currently, TMC’s membership stands at more than 70 national member organizations with 500 state-based organizations covered under its licenses.

TMC has a clear goal: to be an organization where a diverse mix of talented people want to be, to stay and do their best work; and it prides itself on bringing the best to its members. TMC knows the organization runs on the hard work and dedication of its passionate and creative employees.

For more information on The Movement Cooperative please visit https://movementcooperative.org.

The Opportunity

The Movement Cooperative seeks a CEO to lead the organization and have overall strategic and operational responsibility for TMC staff, programs, growth, and sustainability. The CEO will bring transparency and collaborative leadership to all areas of the organization, and provide oversight of the organization’s operations, culture, values, talent, and financial performance.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced leader with a background in the progressive and/or civic technology sector, strong organizational skills and a proven track record of creative problem-solving to join in a high-impact, mission-driven organization.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Board, staff, members, and other relevant stakeholders to ensure TMC delivers on its mission to members and to the progressive community;
  • Provide leadership in pursuing partnerships and opportunities in the progressive sector writ large, positioning TMC to advocate for its members;
  • Lead the team with care and trust to achieve the organization’s collective vision for itself, membership organizations, funders, supporters, and partners;
  • Work with the senior leadership team to build the infrastructure of the organization; ensuring systems, processes, and work plans across the organization are functioning and aligned to a clear and common vision and that day-to-day operations are set up for maximum impact and long-term sustainability;
  • Cultivate a cohesive staff ensuring that there is strong internal communication, participation, coordination, and accountability; work with staff to ensure strategic priorities are reflected in an actionable plan with measurable milestones and outcomes, and ensure that staff have the information and resources needed to meet them;
  • Lead by example and ensure all levels of management work to deepen and strengthen a culture of inclusive collaboration and equity across the entire organization;
  • Continue TMC’s work to advance its commitment to racial equity internally and externally; provide inspirational and compassionate leadership and maintain a participatory, inclusive, and collaborative culture that ensures that TMC is a place where talented, mission-driven people can come, stay, and do their best work;
  • Provide strong partnership, collaboration, and leadership to the TMC Board of Directors, ensuring high levels of engagement;
  • Maintain excellent, consultative and deeply authentic relationships with TMC staff and Board, as well as member organizations through collaborative work;
  • Authentically engage with member organizations to deepen cooperative participation, collaboration between members, and TMC member support to achieve TMC’s mission to expand access to data and technology in order to build progressive political power;
  • Lead TMC’s fundraising strategy and initiatives, building fundraising capacity across the organization and ensuring a network of committed, engaged supporters;
  • Serve as the external ambassador and lead spokesperson for TMC and its member organizations with donors and other external stakeholders.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative and thoughtful leader with experience leading people-powered movements and a commitment to progressive values. An ideal candidate would be familiar with the progressive landscape, have familiarity with progressive data and tech concepts, and have previously managed data staff. They will be committed to building a vibrant cooperative community that harnesses and shares world class data and technology with the cooperative and brings a talent for communicating bold and visionary ideas that drive collaboration.

Strategic and Visionary Leader

The CEO will be a bold, pragmatic, and transformative leader with an understanding of how complex intersectionalities – race, gender, socioeconomic status, access, and others – play out at micro-level with individuals and at a macro-level within the broader progressive movement. With this understanding, they will navigate their role with care and compassion for the people they are working with internally and externally.

The CEO will be able to inspire the staff and Board to see where TMC could, and should, be going, and will identify and capitalize on opportunities that align both with TMC’s capacity and expertise to provide value to members and lead the organization forward in a hyper-collaborative manner. They will have the drive and passion to continue building a powerful cooperative which is collaborating and sharing resources and expertise in new and innovative ways. They will have the passion and knowledge to continue to refine and develop opportunities to serve this mission and will have the courage to lead TMC to challenge the status quo, guided by its values and vision, when needed.

Inclusive and Engaged Manager 

A proactive and transparent communicator, the CEO will be skilled at building effective, trusting relationships with staff, and will be committed to fostering collaboration with all staff, including those that belong to a bargaining unit. They will directly manage senior leaders and will work in collaboration with them to ensure that programs and teams are communicating, partnering, and working in concert to achieve TMC’s mission. The CEO will be someone who is responsive, reliable, and able to quickly prioritize and delegate work effectively to ensure that TMC is operating efficiently. An engaging and supportive executive, this leader will have a track record of motivating and inspiring others to achieve impact through creativity, teamwork, and by leveraging individual strengths to meet organizational goals.

The CEO will be a strong leader, communicator, and partner who is skilled at listening and learning from, staff, Board, and members. They will be a leader with the ability to align people of different perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures, and develop a powerful sense of shared purpose in others while motivating them to engage with the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Champion for and Advocate of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

The CEO will come to TMC with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA). The CEO will have a thoughtful, empathic approach to DEIA and will be known as an active listener and responsive leader throughout the organization. The CEO will be energized by the prospect of leading the organization’s staff and Board of Directors in developing awareness, comfort, and confidence to address and champion equity in all aspects of the organization.

Fundraiser Leadership

The CEO will excel at articulating the mission and work of TMC in a clear and inspirational way to a wide range of audiences to develop needed resources for the organization. The CEO will have experience as a public speaker and storyteller capable of establishing, deepening, and leveraging relationships with donors, and be able to pinpoint and capitalize on opportunities to develop resources for the work. They will work closely with TMC’s development team to develop and staff a donor engagement process.

The Movement Cooperative: Values Statement

TMC is committed to and aspires to center diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion throughout all of its work. TMC believes that its work fundamentally depends on its ability to create a culture that’s equitable and inclusive for people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, religions, ethnicities, locations, national origins, and other characteristics not listed here. TMC believes that the broader progressive movement and world should also operate in these ways and achieving a world where that is the case is at the core of the mission of the organization and the missions of many of the member organizations TMC supports. TMC’s commitment to these principles are grounded in the idea that they can never achieve those missions if they don’t also reflect these values internally.

TMC also recognizes that while it lists these here as commitments, it also imperfectly embodies them in practice. In many ways, TMC continues to perpetuate the same structures, behaviors, and orientations that stifle full equity, empowerment, inclusivity, and belonging. TMC acknowledges that perfection is unattainable and anticipates falling short. However, TMC is deeply committed, and views with the utmost urgency, the ongoing work, reflection, and intentionality that will move it closer to these aspirations both immediately and in the long term. TMC actively encourages and invites applicants who share these commitments, are willing to proactively share the responsibility of co-creating an organizational culture that increasingly embodies these values and principles, and are enthusiastic about joining a team where there is mutual accountability to not deviating from these commitments.

Compensation & Benefits

While a very young organization, The Movement Cooperative is dedicated to providing all employees a competitive salary, world-class healthcare, dental and vision benefits, retirement, unlimited paid vacation, paid sick days, flexible holidays, and all-staff holidays, remote virtual office, paid family leave, and health and wellness benefits. The salary for this position is $200,000 to $230,000 commensurate with experience. This is a full-time exempt position. It is preferred, but not required, that candidates reside in the U.S.

Contact

Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email [email protected] and [email protected] directly. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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The Movement Cooperative is an equal opportunity employer. TMC recruits, employs, trains, compensates and promotes regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, disability, age, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the 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.