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Are you PASSIONATE about social justice and economic equity? Do you possess strong leadership and community organizing skills? Can you inspire others to be a part of a worthwhile cause?

Faith in the Valley has retained Careers In Nonprofits to help with this hire. To apply, please follow this link, and complete the steps to submit your resume.

Mission & Position Overview

Founded in 2016, Faith in the Valley is a new and growing interfaith, multicultural organization of congregations, students, community members and allies in Kern, Fresno, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties. Faith in the Valley’s mission is to develop grassroots leaders and equip congregations, in collaboration with our social change community and university partners, to move significant public policy change that supports our leaders’ vision of a more humane and equitable San Joaquin Valley.

We believe that a different, better future is possible for the San Joaquin Valley in which everyone is included, is treated as sacred, has a chance to thrive and live a decent life. A future in which no one is seen as “less than” or walks in fear because of the color of their skin, their legal status, the amount of money they earn, or who they choose to love. Faith in the Valley organizes to ensure government leadership reflects and represents low-income, working-class communities, immigrants and people of color. Faith in the Valley is an anchor organization of PICO California, the largest multi-racial, faith-based community organizing network in California, and of Faith in Action, the largest faith-based community organization in the country. Together, we are lifting a new vision that is rooted in our shared moral values and democratic traditions.

In its brief history, Faith in the Valley has quickly established itself as an emerging force for positive change in diverse communities across the region, training hundreds of grassroots leaders, engaging clergy leaders with a vision rooted in their various faith traditions, and forging partnerships with a growing number of strategic allies to advance campaigns that bring us closer to realizing our vision.

As the Executive Director, you will be an energetic, self-motivated leader with the capacity to work on the ground level of the organization as well as possess the capacity to develop staff, board, and leaders. This management role assumes the responsibility to support leaders and staff in maintaining the organization’s winning track record by overseeing organizing campaigns around ending the criminalization of Black and Brown people, advancing alternatives to policing and incarceration, protecting immigrant rights and advancing immigration reform, increasing safe, healthy and affordable housing and preventing evictions, promoting economic and environmental justice and increasing civic participation in underrepresented communities. The ideal candidate will be a highly talented and motivated Executive Director with a passion for racial and economic justice, and an appetite for deep and lasting transformation across California’s San Joaquin Valley. The Executive Director position is responsible for leading and managing daily operations of the organization region-wide, and reports to the Faith in the Valley Board of Directors.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required, Master’s degree, a plus
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong decision-making ability and attention to detail
  • Integrity, mission commitment, respect for diversity, ability to motivate and inspire, and a faith foundation
  • Commitment to eliminate Anti-Blackness and racial disparities that persist throughout the Central Valley and our society. We are convinced that the progress on our specific policy goals and on developing our multi- racial coalition requires that we move toward, not away from a frank reckoning with racial privilege as well as other kinds of privilege (gender, economic, etc.)
  • Successful experience managing nonprofit members, working with a board of directors, and publicly representing a nonprofit
  • Ability to apply a systems (political, social, economic, and multicultural) analysis to organizing work
  • Proven track record in developing and executing strategic plans
  • Experience and appetite to raise funds from both private and individual philanthropic sources
  • Ability to interact with staff (at all levels) in a fast-paced environment, oftentimes under pressure, remaining flexible, proactive, resourceful and efficient, with a high level of professionalism is crucial to this role
  • Congregation-based organizing experience, effective implementation of local and federated campaign strategies and campaign victories, a plus
  • Ability to navigate through political environments, and familiarity with San Joaquin Valley communities and knowledge of the key issues they face, a plus
  • Knowledge and experience with implementation of civic engagement/ Integrated Voter Engagement (IVE) strategies, a plus

How You Will Spend Your Day

Organizational Mission and Management

  • Work with FIV board, staff, leaders and allies to elevate and fulfill FIV’s mission, vision, and campaign priorities.
  • Oversee the implementation of resources and staffing to ensure that the operations of FIV are appropriate and mission-aligned.
  • Create the conditions for success across all levels of the organization.
  • Support the organization in developing and implementing a strategic plan.

Leadership and Support to Staff

  • Hire, manage, and ensure high-quality professional development of Faith in the Valley staff.
  • Provide oversight around the development of vision, goals and work plans to ensure successful campaigns.
  • Work with directors and staff teams to ensure accountability to and evaluation of individual and organizational performance measures and milestones.
  • Provide leadership to FIV Senior Staff team and Directors.

Represent the Organization in Public

  • Support staff team in building coalitions with elected officials on both sides of the aisle, policy leaders and other strategic allies.
  • Develop long-term relationships with a diverse volunteer population, clergy, elected officials, educational institutions and key stakeholders.
  • Be active and visible in the community and with partners and the media.

Board Governance and Development

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information and reports necessary to make informed decisions.
  • Ensure board training and development around their roles and responsibilities, in an effort to build, sustain and strengthen board functions.

Congregational and Institutional Partnerships

  • Maintain relationship with member congregations and clergy and diverse communities. Support the development and engagement of clergy team with staff responsible.
  • Support staff, leaders and clergy in recruiting and developing new institutional partners and members.

Fundraising and Financial Sustainability

  • Oversee the Faith in the Valley budget, with support of the CFO, and collaborate with Development Director to implement fund development plan to maintain and diversify FIV funding and financial capacity.
  • With the support of Development Director, cultivate long term partnerships with new and existing funders and donors by leading regular visits and elevating the overall priorities and direction of the organization.
  • Provide leadership in funder spaces and convenings, working with Development Director to engage FIV team.
  • Work with the board and staff to make money central to the life of the organization and to maintain financial health of the organization.

If this sounds like the job for you, we’d love to hear from you.

To Apply: Faith in the Valley has retained Careers In Nonprofits to help with this hire. Emily Schelle, Vice President, of Careers In Nonprofits, will be managing this search. If you are interested in finding out more, please submit your resume here. Please do not contact Faith in the Valley directly; all resumes sent there will be routed to Emily Schelle for handling and will create delays.

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