Interim Executive Director
About S.O.U.L. Sisters
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective (SSLC) mobilizes systems-involved girls and non-binary youth of color – black, brown, and indigenous – to interrupt cycles of state violence, poverty, and oppression. Our four pillars are leadership, healing, social justice, and the arts. Growing out of the dire need for gender-specific services and leadership development for young women impacted by school pushout and the justice system in urban areas, SSLC launched in August of 2014 in Miami and NYC.
The primary focus of this role is to provide leadership and management to all staff, programs, operations, and community partnerships in New York City, Miami and nationally. The Interim Executive Director has overall accountability for the maintaining progress of overall organizational operations, vision, strategy, program development and fundraising for 18 months while our current executive director pursues a fellowship opportunity.
Strategic Alliance Building
- Lead collaborative evolution of SSLC’s vision;
- Actively create and maintain strategic partnerships for SSLC, within girls & gender expansive youth rights, racial justice, restorative & transformative justice, and other social justice organizations and movements;
- Represent SSLC’s vision and priorities in conferences, meetings and speaking engagements with elected officials and leaders of other organizations and movements.
Strategy and Program Development
- Work closely with staff, youth members and others to develop and implement campaigns and programs;
- Lead development of SSLC’s policy and coalition organizing strategies;
- Ensure the political coherence and values-alignment across SSLC’s campaigns and programs;
- Ensure development and evaluation of annual work plans in terms of strategic program goals;
- Manage strategic communications by facilitating staff creation of content and approving content;
- Manage social work staff and attend to clinical, trauma-informed care and other socio-emotional needs of participants;
- Manage crisis response for youth and families as-needed; be on-call to address crises as needed.
Fund Development & Financial Management
- Develop and implement an annual fundraising plan alongside staff that aligns with SSLC’s principles and core values;
- Cultivate relationships with funders, individual and institutional donors;
- Contribute to the development of fundraising appeals, proposals, and reports;
- Oversee development and management of organizational budgets;
- Oversee and manage financial review/audit;
- Liaison with accountant, bookkeeper and other external contractors for financial management, human resources and administrative management.
- Work closely with consultants to ensure momentum continues on strategic goals including developing a youth member base, managing implementation of database development and implementing a strong program evaluation system;
- Supporting Board of Directors with growth and development plan.
Staff Supervision and Management
- Supervise at least six other staff members and up to three contractors/consultants;
- Ensure strong organizational systems for staff hiring, supervision and evaluation;
- Work with staff to set clear goals and objectives and ensure strong work planning;
- Model and create values-driven, collaborative organizational culture.
Other duties as assigned/needed.
Qualifications (knowledge, skills & abilities)
- At least 5 – 7 years’ experience in youth development and non-profit management;
- At least 5 years of management experience, including staff supervision;
- Masters Degree in social work, education or other related degree preferred;
- Able to leverage professional connections in NYC or South Florida;
- Experience organizing with girls & gender expansive youth, low-income, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, and/or rural communities;
- Some experience with budgets, government grants and audits;
- Experience working in coalitions and organizing a diversity of stakeholders;
- Policy advocacy experience, particularly with community-based organizations;
- Experience with and enthusiasm for fundraising;
- Skilled relationship-builder with membership organizations, donors, elected officials, and foundations;
- Excellent public speaking and written communication skills;
- Strategic planning and program development competency.
Ability to remain in stationary position at computer for extended periods of time.
LOCATION: SOUL Sisters is following CDC safety precautions at this time. Should things reopen, this position may require the ED to spend up to 20% of their time traveling to build relationships with organizations throughout the country. During at least the next 5 months, the position will be mostly virtual, so there is some flexibility about location for the next five months, but in the future, the position will need to be based in NYC or South Florida.
COMPENSATION: Salary: $80,000-$85,000 depending upon experience. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance, generous vacation and sick leave, and paid holidays.
To apply, email cover letter, resume and list of three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed starting November 16 and kept in strict confidence by a Hiring Committee. Screening interviews will begin on a rolling basis. We anticipate scheduling interviews in early-December.
S.O.U.L. Sisters is an equal opportunity employer; we are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight, or disability. Women (trans or cis), people who are directly impacted by incarceration and people of color are encouraged to apply.