Co-Executive Director, Organizational Effectiveness

Milwaukee, Full time

Wisconsin Voices is seeking a full-time Executive Director for Organizational Effectiveness.   This individual will lead our efforts around operational and organizational effectiveness, to achieve our ambitious goals for programs such as Strong Democracy, and Year-Round Civic Engagement.  This individual will also partner with the Executive Director of Fundraising & Development to jointly create and lead the impacts we seek to make.

The successful candidate will be an accomplished leader who has successfully built and supported high-performing teams in our field, has a high bar for performance, a demonstrated commitment to gender and racial equity, an overall diversity, equity and inclusion framework, and is an outstanding developer of people.

ABOUT WISCONSIN VOICES

Wisconsin Voices is a fast-paced, nonprofit organization with a mission to unify a dynamic network of progressive nonprofits in Wisconsin around achieving shared goals to build a better democracy. We build our partners’ capacity, amplify their impact, nurture new leadership, promote racial equity, champion transparent policies, and foster civic engagement so that everyone has an equal voice. Wisconsin Voices serves as a liaison with national organizations in democracy and civic engagement. We also work closely with policymakers, advocates, and activists around the state to promote the Census, voter registration, voter turnout, and building organizational capacity.

YOU WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO…

  • Partner with your Co-Executive Director to create, vision, strategize, execute and lead a team culture of positivity, equity, inclusion and justice by creating processes and standards for budgeting, policy analysis, community organizing, hiring, onboarding, team performance, leadership development and organizational culture.
  • Create equity-focused relationships with people of all backgrounds and levels.
  • Lead inclusively and be definitive with your decision-making while taking into account the needs, ideas and suggestions of the staff.
  • Together with the Co-Executive Director, recruit new Board members, as needed.
  • Partner with Co-Executive Director and Board to create organizational focus toward goal achievement and strategy, while also managing multiple priorities in a fast-paced and organized environment.
  • Create a collaborative, effective and high-performing relationship with your partner Executive Director, Fundraising & Development.
  • Partner with your Co-Executive Director to create operational cohesiveness, improve staff communication, maintain and steward budgeting processes.
  • Identify opportunities to create internal structures, compliance processes, and then – build them! We’re in a critical growth period and we’re looking for you to help us build to scale.
  • Closely collaborate with our partners’ leadership and development staff to identify sources of collaborative funding and develop memorandums of understanding on how Wisconsin Voices, and each partner, will operate for mutual benefit.
  • Increase public awareness and buy-in by co-leading, developing, planning and executing strategic marketing initiatives, including supervising the development of marketing assets and collateral.
  • Identify, establish and continuously improve shared measurement systems that evaluate progress for Wisconsin Voices and its partners’ organizations. Then, use those metrics to replicate success and learn lessons from failures.
  • Collaborate with your Co-Executive Director on the partner regranting process.
  • Co-Lead Wisconsin Voices’ financial management and oversight systems - including accounting, reporting, auditing, revenue and expense management.
  • Foster inclusive and effective dialogue between our partners by negotiating and mediating differences and challenges, helping to reduce conflict and barriers while increasing their capacity and effectiveness.
  • Share and show our work with key stakeholders. Create and issue detailed monthly and quarterly reports showing department activity, progress, challenges faced, learnings, and wins we’ve made as an organization.
  • Operate on a national level by networking, planning, coordinating and sharing best practices, effective strategies and tools employed by other states or regions, and partner with Co-Executive Director to implement where most effective.
  • Support our partners and bring them together with purpose - you get to plan, facilitate, and provide resources for regular meetings, plus create accountabilities and follow-up to ensure plans and actions are executed.
  • Expand our coalition and recruit new partners that represent the New American Majority (such as people of color, young people, women, transient and limited income communities, and LGBTQIA+ communities).
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders (board, partners, staff, your Co-Executive Director, vendors, and/or even the community) to identify and implement strategic training and leadership development activities that fill skill gaps and build new knowledge and capacity.
  • Implement, support, and continuously improve execution of statewide and regional plans and initiatives, such as expanding voter rights access, year-round civic engagement, and transparent and accountability-focused redistricting.
  • Be a liaison and regularly report our progress to primary local and national funding partners, and national networks in coordination with your Co-Director.

WHAT WE NEED

We’re seeking candidates who excel in developing an organizational culture that embeds equity in all practices; who have demonstrated expertise in having difficult conversations and managing conflict to build teams; and possess strong team and project management skills.

Are you:

  • Committed to equity informed by theory and practice, and rooted in the fight for justice?
  • Accountable and able to hold others accountable with love - even when it’s tough?
  • Able to see conflict as a key part of how teams learn, grow and develop?
  • One that gathers with purpose?
  • Able to design and facilitate meetings of all sizes that will build a stronger community - and do so while reflecting our values and desired impact?
  • A communicator with skill?
  • Able to have hard conversations with love, exercise tact, communicate with all levels of an organizations (including a Board),and know how to inspire others to do meaningful work?
  • A people leader?
  • Able to see yourself as a coach? Or a mentor? Do you know how to build a great team? Do you know how to let your teams do what they do best?
  • Able to create and implement focus, even when things feel fast-paced, stressed or when there are multiple priorities?
  • A partner and a collaborator? Leadership is shared here. 
  • Looking to step into the unknown, embrace fear and make meaningful change?
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