African Communities Together is an organization of African immigrants in New York City that empowers African immigrants to integrate socially, get ahead economically, and have a voice politically. ACT connects African immigrants to services, develops our members as grassroots leaders, and takes action to make social change.
ACT seeks a Deputy Director who will work closely with the Executive Director to direct ACT’s programs, management, and operations. ACT is a fast-growing startup organization, so the DD will play a major role in shaping ACT’s development. ACT will consider experienced candidates from several desired areas of expertise, and will structure the position’s responsibilities accordingly:
·Grassroots organizing. Recruiting grassroots members, helping them develop as leaders, moving members into action through campaigns and advocacy, and developing member leadership structures.
·Institutional organizing. Conducting outreach to institutions, such as associations, religious congregations, or labor unions; developing organizational partnerships; managing coalitions.
·Management. Recruiting, hiring, training, and supervising employees; recruiting and managing volunteers.
·Fundraising. Raising funds through one or more of the following: foundation cultivation, grant writing, and reporting; membership dues; individual donations; special events; or fees for services.
·Operations, communications, and administration. Managing organizational finances; supervising operations and technology; or directing media and membership communications.
The position is full-time and salaried. Compensation will be determined based on candidate experience, and will include employer-sponsored health benefits.
At least 5 years of full-time, professional experience, including experience as a director or lead staff person, in at least two of the areas of expertise listed above.
·Ability to succeed in a “startup” community organization environment, including a sense of drive and urgency; accountability to goals; and ability to work independently, take on multiple roles, and prioritize.
·Ability to work evenings, weekends, and long or irregular hours when the work requires it.
·Alignment with ACT’s mission and values.
·Experience working with African immigrant members, clients, or constituents in organizing, activism, advocacy, or direct service.
·Campaign leadership or policy advocacy experience.
·Professional experience in New York City.
·Fluency in French or widely spoken African languages.
How to apply
To apply, please email a resume or CV along with a cover letter describing your interest in the position to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants are encouraged to submit applications by December 6, 2013; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
ACT is an affirmative action employer, and strongly supports the social goals of affirmative action. We therefore make special efforts to recruit individuals from groups that are historically under-represented in professional environments, or that suffer from broader societal discrimination.
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