CT Voters First - Executive Director
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Are you excited about helping our democracy and advancing electoral reform in Connecticut? Do you have strong experience in managing issue campaigns, political campaigns, non-profits or other organizations? If so, consider joining CT Voters First (CTVF) as our first Executive Director, and bring Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) to CT by helping to lead this nonpartisan nonprofit.
CTVF’s volunteer founders and organizers seek an experienced leader to scale the organization, expand the supporter base, and help drive the legislative initiatives. They have made tremendous progress over the last several years, including winning Gov Lamont’s support for RCV in CT, and crafting a bipartisan bill to use RCV for CT’s Presidential Primaries and as an option for CT municipalities. In 2024, you will help organize the campaign to move the legislative proposal forward, building support among key influencers and the public, and establishing a multi-year campaign for election reforms.
The new Executive Director role will be a strong leader and an experienced manager, and will oversee programs, fundraising, budgeting, and campaign and resource management. Qualifications include 5+ years of nonprofit and/or campaign leadership with a proven track record of establishing and managing: programs, paid/volunteer resources, partners, boards and fundraising, while also making day-to-day prioritization and spending decisions. This is a full-time role that can work remotely from anywhere within Connecticut, with up to 25% travel. You will benefit from the continued engagement of the CTVF Leadership Team who is excited to work with you to improve democracy and collaborative government in CT! Learn more about CTVF’s success and objectives at https://ctvotersfirst.org/.
We’ve made great progress so far, and now need an experienced manager/leader to oversee and scale our campaigns, fundraising, and budgeting, and to coordinate with our resources, partners, and Board. Candidates need 5+ years of nonprofit and/or campaign leadership for this full-time role, which will work remotely within CT, with 25% travel. The new Exec Dir will also benefit from the continued engagement and advice of the CTVF Leadership Team. We are excited to work with you to improve democracy and collaborative government in CT!
Strategic Visioning and Organization
- Work with CTVF leaders to further develop the CTVF’s strategy and programs
- Organize and manage resources, programs and outreach, including the retained lobbying and issues advocacy firms, volunteer leaders, and stakeholders to execute CTVF’s mission and strategy.
- Organize and energize volunteers to build supporter lists via canvassing and digital list building, and maintain supporter engagement, including through online and in-person volunteer meetings.
- Bring new resources and skills (both paid and volunteer) into CTVF to pass and implement new pro-democracy legislation in CT.
- Enlist key CT influencers to support RCV, and help link RCV to public interest CT voter issues and objectives.
- Create and maintain partnerships with other organizations and leaders from across the political, economic, and identity spectrum to advance and support CTVF’s mission.
- Within the electoral reform space, maintain complementary positioning and strong relationships with other leaders.
- Recommend where and how CTVF should support coalition partners, based on both CTVF’s short and medium term objectives, and its key strategic and tactical considerations.
Fundraising and Program Oversight
- Work with the Board to set program priorities and operating budgets. Track and report progress and suggest improvements as needed.
- Oversee supporter/donor development, communication, and stewardship.
- Establish and support an expanded and successful fundraising campaign, including annual and long-range plans, revenue goals and philanthropic priorities.
- Report to the CTVF Board of Directors on a weekly basis to facilitate oversight of key finance /fiduciary/legal performance, and to engage and support Board leadership.
- As part of program execution, manage the leadership team and volunteers as key resources working on CTFV initiatives.
- 5+ years of nonprofit and/or campaign leadership with a proven track record of managing: programs, paid/volunteer resources, partners, boards and fundraising, while also making difficult day-to-day prioritization and spending decisions.
- Experience in public speaking and building strategic relationships across constituencies (ie: from high net-worth donors to high school students).
- Direct experience in nonprofit or other organizational development, with a documented history of securing contributions from foundations, corporations, and individual donors or other history of successful marketing
- Digitally adept at end-to-end execution within a fast-paced, pared-down environment.
- Committed to nonpartisan messaging and restraint in personal partisan opinions and to maintaining a culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
Logistics and Compensation
- The CTVF Executive Director is a full-time role, that can work remotely from anywhere within Connecticut. Up to 25% travel should be expected, and some evening and weekend work will be required.
- The ED will be paid a competitive salary ($110,000 – $120,000, based on qualifications and experience) with health insurance subsidies, paid time off, and paid holidays. Annual raises will follow strong performance.
- We are an equal-opportunity employer committed to inclusion. We encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.