Position Announcement

POSITION: Regional Director, Affiliate Member Services LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA CONTACT: Julie Perez, Human Resources OPEN: January 23, 2014

CLOSING: When filled SALARY: $70,000-85,000, Commensurate with experience

BACKGROUND The National Council of La Raza (NCLR)—the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States—works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans. Through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations, NCLR reaches millions of Hispanics each year in 41 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. To achieve its mission, NCLR conducts applied research, policy analysis, and advocacy, providing a Latino perspective in five key areas—assets/investments, civil rights/immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. In addition, it provides capacitybuilding assistance to its Affiliates who work at the state and local levels to advance opportunities for individuals and families. Founded in 1968, NCLR is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, tax-exempt organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCLR serves all Hispanic subgroups in all areas of the country and has regional offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The NCLR California Regional office demonstrates NCLR’s commitment to engage its Affiliates in strategic, specific efforts that support NCLR’s mission. NCLR’s regional presence adds value to the NCLR/Affiliate relationship by serving as a local and accessible resource to the Affiliate Network, as well as a connector to NCLR’s national initiatives, technical expertise, and policy analysis. The NCLR California Affiliate Network is made up of 60 community-based organizations that provide a wide array of direct services to Latino and underserved families throughout the state. For more information, please visit www.nclr.org. POSITION SUMMARY As Director for NCLR’s California Region, this position will work closely with the Affiliate Member Services (AMS) and California teams to strengthen and solidify NCLR’s regional goals to:     Strengthen NCLR-Affiliate communication and knowledge Bring a range of NCLR resources to the region Strengthen Affiliate capacity for program delivery and advocacy Organize Affiliates into networks that advance priorities and foster strategic relationships 1

 Align national and local priorities  Demonstrate the value and power of the network In particular, the Regional Director will oversee efforts to align the existing office and team with regional office goals promoting stronger engagement and collaboration between NCLR and its California Affiliate Network, both in the region and nationally. The Regional Director will supervise the activities of the California-based AMS Regional Coordinator and the Office Administrator. In addition, the Regional Director will be expected to work collaboratively with and provide updates to a range of staff in California, in the Washington, DC, headquarters, and in NCLR’s other regional offices. This position reports to the Vice President of Affiliate Member Services, who is located in Los Angeles, California. This position will collaborate with other field staff, particularly the regional leads, to offer guidance and support, as well as review lessons learned from regional initiatives and experiences. Finally, the Regional Director will be expected to work closely with NCLR’s vice presidents in program and policy fields and their staff, as needed, to implement NCLR’s regional strategy, and with NCLR’s Director of AMS in the Washington, DC, office. RESPONSIBILITIES Management     Collaborate and coordinate with appropriate colleagues to support and guide California staff management and oversight Facilitate and support the California team’s efforts to promote greater engagement of California Affiliates with program and policy activities Develop a deep understanding of the AMS Business Plan and priorities, NCLR’s regional work plans and goals, and NCLR’s program and policy priorities at the national and regional levels Collaborate with regional Affiliate leadership (Affiliate Council representatives and others as appropriate) to determine the best use of regional resources (NCLR staff and financial) to achieve strengthened Affiliate engagement and greater impact for California’s Latino families Collaborate with NCLR’s Resource Development and leadership teams to support regional fundraising efforts

Leadership      Oversee efforts to align the California office and team with regional office goals Promote and shape NCLR presence/branding in the region Serve as a key representative for NCLR in California Lead and motivate a cross-component team to develop efficient systems and practices that measure consistent, high-quality management of projects, activities, and Affiliate engagement Develop and manage an integrated, cross-component work plan that outlines how the regional office will pursue and achieve the regional goals and support NCLR’s institutional priorities 2

Partnership/Relationship Cultivation  Develop thorough knowledge of the NCLR California Affiliate Network, including a deep understanding of the network profile, opportunities and challenges for Latinofocused nonprofits in the state, the leadership structure of the region, and the legislative and advocacy opportunities that support NCLR’s mission and Affiliate reach Form, maintain, and strengthen constructive relationships with NCLR’s Affiliate nonprofit leaders Maintain and strengthen engagement between NCLR and its California Affiliate Network Pursue and develop strategic relationships with external partners (sister organizations, etc.) whose work, resources, and materials complement NCLR’s mission and the regional goals

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Communications     Communicate the regional office’s role and focus Define and communicate the unique opportunities, initiatives, and resources that demonstrate the added value of NCLR’s regional presence and staffing Communicate regular updates and reports to key stakeholders (e.g., NCLR’s Affiliate Council, funders, leadership team, and component/regional colleagues) Leverage opportunities through regional meetings, trainings, staff visits, and convenings to raise the visibility, voice, ability, and opportunity of the California Affiliate Network; NCLR’s role in the network; and the expertise, leadership, and resources of the network

Operations     Operate a regional office that reinforces the mission, values, priorities, and goals of NCLR and functions in a manner consistent with NCLR’s operating culture Supervise the work plans and professional development of the California Senior Regional Coordinator and the California Office Administrator Oversee regional office operations Manage the California regional office budget

QUALIFICATIONS      Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of ten years of senior management experience in the nonprofit/community-based sector Written and oral fluency in both English and Spanish Extensive knowledge of nonprofit management (e.g., designing and launching initiatives, running major programs, and developing staff teams) Demonstrated leadership and relationship management experience, especially working with member networks and/or across multiple sites Experience in and knowledge of building strategic external relationships


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Unwavering commitment to quality programs and excellence in organizational and project management, with the ability to achieve strategic objectives and manage multiple/complex budgets Well-developed communication and public relations skills, with the ability to represent NCLR, promote the priorities of AMS and the regional strategy, and deal tactfully with internal and external feedback on the implementation process Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people Impeccable integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed, with demonstrated passion for NCLR’s mission and community-based Affiliate strategy Leadership skills that support internal relationship building and complex management roles and responsibilities; ability to play a leadership role and assert leadership with sensitivity, even when the role is not specifically assigned Strong planning and logistics experience, including agenda setting, articulating deliverables and outcomes, and setting standards for branding Experience recruiting, managing, and developing a strong team of staff focused on outcomes, as well as operationalizing strategies that have taken a program or organization to the next stage of growth Experience as an inspirational and effective communicator; excellent written and verbal communication skills Ability to work collaboratively with internal and external partners; must be a persuasive, diplomatic, and credible communicator with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills who can adapt to different audiences and situations Experience with various roles in fundraising, including leadership and strategy setting A developed understanding of the role of data collection and the ability to translate data into meaningful statements that communicate strength, reach, and impact Broad and extensive knowledge of Latino-focused nonprofit organizations and related data and analysis of Latino population, demographics, consumers, and leaders Ability to interrelate and operate effectively with peers and other associates within a collegial yet demanding work environment Capacity to handle a variety of constituencies, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and thrive in a complex environment with multiple priorities Strong analytical skills with basic business intuition and solid judgment A strong work ethic Ability to travel extensively in and out of the state, especially in the first year of work (approximately 40% of the year outside of the office) EMAIL COVER LETTER, RÉSUMÉ, AND WRITING SAMPLE TO: National Council of La Raza Attn: Julie Perez, Human Resources hrmail@nclr.org No phones calls, please!

Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.


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