State Voices seeks a talented leader with a record of success in managing an effective civic engagement organization or issue campaigns to serve as Managing Director. The Managing Director is a new position responsible for the overall day-to-day management of State Voices. The Managing Director will work closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of organizational strategy, operations and management.
About State Voices
State Voices is a national network – built from the states up – that helps grassroots organizations win shared policy and civic engagement victories and build long-term power. We currently support the work of 501(c)(3) organizations or “state tables” in eighteen states that connect hundreds of state, local and national affiliate organizations. State Voices has provided our affiliates with a variety of resources and tools to create support and enhance the impact of 501(c)(3) civic engagement organizations across the country.
Principal Responsibilities for the Managing Director include:
• Work closely with the Executive Director, Board and Senior Staff to develop, articulate and implement overall organizational strategy.
• Oversee and manage day-to-day operational functions, including supervising staff in various demographic locations.
• Lead the annual goal setting and budgeting processes inside the organization; ensure organizational progress towards meeting organizational benchmarks and objectives goals.
• Ensure implementation of strategic decisions made by the senior management team in a timely manner.
• Ensure adequate communication and planning coordination across departments; develop a system for internal organizational communication.
• Provide for a strong day-to-day leadership presence, and make key operational decisions necessary to achieve established organizational goals.
• Oversee planning and execution of staff-wide initiatives, meetings and staff development.
• Work jointly with the Board and the Executive Director to develop programmatic and organizational strategy, manage implementation of Board-identified deliverables, staff and serve on critical Board committees, and organize presentations at Board Meetings.
• Manage a mutually agreed upon portfolio of external allied partner and donor relationships, and represent the organization with a variety of audiences.
• Lead responsibility for coordination of work with State Voices’ external counsel to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
• Help to build a relational, transparent culture of excellence, including creating learning opportunities for all staff and timely, regular internal communications.
• Implement systems that facilitate timely decision making and define what issues the Executive Director needs to address. Act in a decision-making capacity in close collaboration with the Executive Director on all operational matters and with collaboration of appropriate Senior Staff members in the absence of the Executive Director.
• Work jointly with the Executive Director on staff recruitment and management decisions for all key positions as warranted.
The successful candidate will bring the following professional qualifications and personal attributes:
• Vision and energy that is both inspirational and collaborative.
• The ability to engender trust and lead by drawing the best from others.
• Impeccable integrity and honesty.
• A track record of at least ten years providing strategic leadership and effective management of a
sizable civic engagement organization or program.
• Experience managing organizational change. The more varied and broad the leadership
experience, the better.
• An inclusive management style that respects the capabilities, experience and professionalism of
staff while providing them with clear direction.
• Excellent strategic and intellectual abilities and analytic skills.
• Sound judgment and the ability to see connections and bridge intellectual gaps.
• Entrepreneurial spirit and drive along with record of working in successful partnership with
• Very strong written and oral communication skills.
• An understanding of public policy and political processes.
• Enthusiasm for building bridges between and among a range of stakeholders.
• Solid skills and successful experience in administration, financial management, budgeting and
• A thoughtful, organized approach to decision-making.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills.
• Tenacity, flexibility, resilience and high energy.
• The ability to have fun and enjoy oneself and one’s colleagues.
State Voices maintains its national office in Detroit, Michigan, and has staff and consultants around the
country. The location of the Managing Director position will be based in Washington, DC.
Compensation is competitive and negotiable depending on background and experience, and includes a full benefits package.