Join a Team at the Crossroads of Higher Education and Democracy!
The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) seeks a talented, inspirational, and visionary Executive Director to help lead this nearly 60-year old foundation at a time of exciting change and opportunity. Throughout its history, the Foundation has helped shape the next generation of civic leaders, serving as a catalyst for young people to become active, engaged citizens who ensure a just democracy and sustainable future. During this critical time, the Foundation seeks to deepen its impact and expand the reach of its mission to make young voices and voters a powerful force in American civic life.
The Andrew Goodman Foundation supports youth leadership development, voting accessibility, and social justice initiatives on campuses across the country with mini-grants to select institutions of higher learning and other financial assistance to students. Today the AGF stands at a pivotal point in its evolution, as one of the Foundation’s long-time leaders, Sylvia Goodman, currently the Executive Director, transitions to the role of President. As the Foundation turns to its next chapter and reaches for new levels of impact, the incoming Executive Director will guide its continued growth and serve as a compelling and tireless advocate, successfully conveying the Foundation’s distinctive value and bolstering its recognition.
Reporting to Sylvia Goodman, President, the Executive Director will oversee a budget of nearly $2.5 million as of 2019 and manage a team of 15 talented staff. The next Executive Director will bring a record of leading multifaceted programs in the civic sector, an unwavering belief in the power of youth in the democratic process, and demonstrated experience around issues of equity, access, and inclusion. Outstanding interpersonal, communication, leadership, and management skills, along with a deep-seated passion for the mission, legacy, and core values of the Foundation are essential for the role.
THE ROLE OF THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The next Executive Director will be an effective implementer who can turn vision into action. The Executive Director will have the opportunity to build upon the Foundation’s excellent programs; strengthen its organizational infrastructure; ensure that its resources continue to increase; and serve as an inspirational force in broadening the reach of the Foundation. The broad objectives for the new Executive Director are as follows:
- Manage and guide five department heads: Development, Programs, Communications, Finance/HR, and Legal. A priority for the Executive Director will be to ensure that the senior staff leadership group works together as a highly effective team and shares a common sense of purpose and strategy.
- Oversee and direct organizational growth and development including HR, Budget/Financial, Staffing, Strategic Planning, Systems and IT performance/efficiency. The Executive Director will be a systems-thinker who can elevate the Foundation to the next level of professionalization.
- Support fundraising efforts and serve as a visible advocate for the organization. The Executive Director will enthusiastically communicate the AGF’s mission, offerings, and accomplishments, as well as the critical role civic engagement plays in society.
- Work with various stakeholders, including AGF board members.
- Vet all contracts, proposals, reports, and legal initiatives
- Ensure that AGF is in compliance with insurance and legal requirements across organizational activities.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
For this unique and important role, The Andrew Goodman Foundation seeks a dynamic, highly credible, inspiring leader who is deeply committed to the Foundation’s mission, vision, and legacy. The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and personal qualities:
- Demonstrated success in non-profit management
- Visionary and inspirational leader who is passionate about youth civic participation and creating a national network of young activists whose voices and votes are a powerful force in democracy
- Thought leader who speaks and writes eloquently about issues, particularly related to removing suppression of young voices and votes and fostering active participation and advocacy of young citizens in shaping their democracy
- Skilled manager who inspires and supports staff growth, development, and coordination, while fostering teamwork and getting buy-in from stakeholders
- Experience with program development and implementation as well as the ability to assess organizational strengths and opportunities for growth and guide appropriate response
- Data-driven leader with an appetite to develop measurements and evaluations of AGF’s programs.
APPLICATIONS, NOMINATIONS, AND INQUIRIES
Isaacson, Miller, a national search firm, is assisting The Andrew Goodman Foundation in this recruitment. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. Inquiries, nominations, referrals, and CVs with cover letters should be submitted via electronic mail to:
Donna Cramer, Andarla Hodge, Alycia Johnson
Andrew Goodman Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against current or prospective employees based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, criminal record (inquiries only), handicap (disability), mental illness, retaliation, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, genetics, active military, or any other protected class in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.
Location: Upper Saddle River, NJ
Salary Range: $45,000 – $50,000 (depending on experience and qualifications)
The Andrew Goodman Foundation’s (AGF) mission is to make young voices and votes a powerful force in our democracy. To advance this mission, AGF launched the Vote Everywhere (VE) program, a national non-partisan civic engagement movement of student leaders and university partners, in 2014. Vote Everywhere is currently present on 59 campuses in 24 states and Washington D.C. and boasts a network of over 350 young leaders and university professionals. The program provides extensive support for student civic action, through training, ongoing advisory support, resources, as well as a peer network to support student leaders to register voters, remove voting barriers, and tackle important social justice issues on their college campuses that mobilize student engagement in and understanding of the political process.
The Program Manager reports to the Program Director and will manage and implement a portfolio of AGF’s Vote Everywhere program campus partner institutions in different regions of the United States. The Program Managers’ campus portfolio will include large public universities, Minority Serving Institutions (like Hispanic Serving Institutions), community colleges, and private liberal arts colleges all of which may have varied, unique, and rich cultures of civic engagement and community upliftment. The Program Manager will work closely with AGF staff, program and university stakeholders, and other non-profit leaders to deepen Vote Everywhere civic engagement programming aimed at building young leaders and strengthening civic culture at partner institutions. This position will also play a key role in strengthening our advocacy and organizing efforts in the region by helping to identify opportunities to incorporate the student voice and organizing energy into the campus, local, or state-based advocacy efforts in support of primarily voting rights and social justice. The Program Manager’s work is to advance
widespread student civic engagement, voting rights, and social justice.
Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Manage, coach, and support a portfolio of campus teams to advance a lasting culture of civic engagement on their campus, drawing on promising practice in the VE network and the field
- Research, support, and advise student Ambassadors on special projects, advocacy events, and mobilization campaigns, with a particular focus on voting access and rights
- Maintain and cultivate relationships with campus administrators, faculty, officials, student groups, and partner organizations to facilitate effective implementation of Vote Everywhere’s goal of widespread student civic engagement and activism
- Identify, plan, and project manage select campus, local state-based/regional advocacy and/or educational projects in support of youth voting
- Conduct outreach to local, state, and/or regional actors and identify potential campus and organizational partnerships in keeping with The AGF’s vision, mission, and expansion goals
- Onboard, integrate, and manage new schools and related information as they are added to the manager’s portfolio
- Conceptualize, develop, and support the usage of resource and training materials on political engagement by campus teams, including digital tools such as my.VoteEverywhere.org and SMS
- Inform, evaluate, and enforce program policies, procedures, and accountability measures for student participation along with Program Director
- Monitor and evaluate Vote Everywhere through semester and annual reporting
- Cultivate Vote Everywhere’s national network by contributing to program communications/social media
- Organize the National Civic Leadership Training Summit with program team; facilitate sessions and deliver training to student attendees
- Research and stay updated on youth civic engagement and political landscapes as well as national/state voting laws and procedures in support of increased student civic engagement and social justice efforts particularly in states where campus partners are located.
- Support other special projects as needed
- Conduct site visits
- Meet with funders and key stakeholders and attend fundraising events to promote Vote Everywhere
- Represent the AGF at relevant civic engagement, voting rights, higher education, and funder conferences
Requirements and Qualifications
- Bachelor’s Degree
- Demonstrated passion for youth civic engagement, civil and voting rights, and social justice
- Experience (3-5 years) with youth and/or social justice organizing on campuses preferred
- Understanding of voter suppression trends and an existing network among voting rights advocates preferred
- Excellent oral and written communications among diverse audiences
- Team player with the ability to interact and establish strong working relationships with diverse stakeholders in different organizational settings and levels
- Enthusiastic, energetic, and track record of personal initiative and entrepreneurialism
- Organizational and project management skills; ability to prioritize assignments
- Thrives in a fast-paced, dynamic, and entrepreneurial work environment
- Working knowledge of data collection and reporting; ability to clearly identify and present data to inform programming
- Experience with Google Drive, Dropbox, Microsoft Office, and Mac OS preferred
- Pass a criminal background check
- Daily access to a smartphone
- Have access to a car
- Extremely reliable, available on evenings/weekends for occasional events and travel
About This Position
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We welcome people of all cultures, backgrounds, and experiences into our team. We encourage people of color, women, members of the LGBTQ community, as well as people with disabilities to apply!
How To Apply
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, a 1-3 page writing sample, and three references to email@example.com. References will not be contacted unless the candidate is seriously being considered for the position and gives us permission to do so.
Communications and Development Intern (Summer)
The Andrew Goodman Foundation (AGF) is seeking a part-time Communications and Development Intern with an eye for detail and strong writing skills. The intern will work with the Communications and Development team to help raise awareness and funds for the organization.
The key responsibilities of the Communications and Development Intern will include:
- Curating and drafting engaging content for AGF’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn accounts
- Covering Vote Everywhere events at local school partners in New Jersey
- Assisting with drafting press releases and pitch notes
- Maintaining the integrity of AGF’s donor database
- Assisting with donor mailings and events
- Conducting donor research
- Excellent verbal and written communications skills
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
- Strong attention to detail
- Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn)
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and CRMs
- Interest in civic engagement, social justice, and nonprofit work
About This Position
The Andrew Goodman Foundation is located in Upper Saddle River, NJ. This is an unpaid position. A small travel and food stipend will be provided. The internship may be eligible for college credit. An ideal candidate must be able to devote 10 to 20 hours per week.
How To Apply
Please e-mail a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to firstname.lastname@example.org.