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NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland (NPCM), the state’s largest grassroots pro-choice organization, has been working to protect choice for almost 40 years. Among our many goals, we strive to ensure that all individuals have access to the full range of reproductive health services they deserve, including comprehensive sex education, birth control, reproductive technology, perinatal care/ testing, high risk pregnancy management, and abortion care.
NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland is the only statewide 501(c)4 organization dedicated to protecting, defending, and expanding reproductive freedom for all Marylanders. We accomplish our objectives through educating the public on relevant issues and policies, lobbying our lawmakers, organizing our members to take action, and engaging in the political process. We work with allied groups and medical providers who understand that without meaningful access to healthcare, having these rights means nothing.
Our sister 501(c)3 organization founded n 1997, the NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland Fund, is also dedicated to protecting, defending, and expanding reproductive freedom. We accomplish this through education, outreach, research, and systems advocacy. Our primary focus is on our Access Maryland Campaigns, which work to expand the availability of sexual and reproductive healthcare for all Marylanders. The main goals are simple: raise awareness of the scope, availability, and affordability of sexual and reproductive healthcare offered throughout the state while eliminating barriers in accessing care.
MD NARAL is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, or any other class protected by law. Assistance and/or reasonable accommodation during the application process is available to individuals with disabilities upon request. No applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.
MD NARAL fights for reproductive freedom, which includes the right for every individual to live and create families free from violence and coercion. Our diverse movement intersects with many others that seek to eliminate racial, social, economic, political, and environmental oppression. In 2020 and moving forward, we stand firm in our commitment to dismantling institutions that perpetuate systemic violence and discrimination, while uplifting historically disenfranchised and vulnerable communities, specifically the lives of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and people of color, as well as individuals with disabilities, who are undocumented, or self-identify as LGBTQIA+ throughout Maryland. We are committed to cultivating a transformative culture with MD NARAL’s staff, board, and membership that builds authentic relationships and centers the leadership and demands of impacted communities across our state. Together with our allies, we commit to building a future where reproductive freedom is strong and protected for all Marylanders.
The Executive Director is responsible for programmatic, financial and administrative management of NARAL Pro‐Choice Maryland and its affiliated entities. In addition to overall responsibility for day-to-day operations and programs, the Executive Director is responsible for the financial security of the organization through effective fundraising for all three entities. The Executive Director is the primary spokesperson and public face of NARAL Pro‐Choice Maryland. As such, the Executive Director is expected to play a strong, visible, and strategic role in developing and implementing plans to promote abortion rights legislation and policies, and to elect candidates that support abortion rights, across the state.
Fundraising and Development:
- Oversee the development, planning, and implementation of short and long‐term fundraising strategies.
- Direct all fundraising, including but not limited to, membership acquisition and renewal, fundraising events, major gift solicitation, grant applications, direct mail and telemarketing.
- Conduct major donor visits and calls.
Budgeting and Fiscal Management:
- Develop, recommend, implement, review, and manage budgets.
- Provide financial oversight and management of organization, including compliance with financial controls and generally accepted accounting principles.
- Monitor and maintain adequate cash flow to meet the organization’s disbursement needs.
- Responsible for all record keeping and legal document submissions.
- Report financial health of the organization to the Boards at each Board meeting and to the Executive Committees of the Boards monthly.
Leadership and Planning:
- Provide thoughtful and collaborative leadership with the Boards of Directors to set the strategic direction, political positions, campaigns, priorities, and policies for the organization.
- Develop creative and innovative approaches to accomplishing goals and carrying out the mission.
- Develop short and long‐term strategic plans with the Boards of Directors for the organization and create strategies for implementation of program goals.
- Provide collaborative leadership with local, state, and national reproductive health coalitions and allies with whom we work.
- Provide collaborative leadership with the Affiliate Network of current/former NARAL state affiliates.
- Provide collaborative leadership with the staff to develop, organize, and motivate excellence in performance in carrying out the mission of NARAL Pro‐Choice Maryland.
Management and Administration:
- Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff in accordance with organizational policies.
- Supervise, empower, and support staff to deliver high quality work that meet deadlines.
- Identify opportunities for staff leadership development and foster means for staff professional development, within the financial means of the organization.
- Maintain and regularly update organizational files, membership records, donor histories and mailing lists, with appropriate electronic and paper backup.
- Develop policies and procedures to ensure that the organization operates within the limits of Boards of Director-approved budgets, policies, and By-Laws.
- Ensure that the organization and staff abide by all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations, including ones related to labor, as well as health and safety in the workplace.
- When necessary and appropriate, identify, retain and manage legal counsel, accountants, auditors, consultants and other service providers, in consultation with and approval by the Boards of Directors.
- Maintain appropriate insurance coverage to protect fiduciary and other interests of the organization, the Boards of Directors, officers, and staff, including Directors and Officers liability insurance.
Public Relations and Communications:
- Develop and maintain relationships with policy makers, governmental departments, media, funders, allies, etc., in a manner that enhances the credibility, reputation and leadership of NARAL Pro‐Choice Maryland in the area of reproductive health and rights.
- Develop and further relationships with community leaders and activists/organizers across the state.
- Build relationships with diverse communities in Maryland to expand our activist base and impact.
- Craft policy messaging on issues critical to the reproductive rights movement. On issues of high importance, craft such messaging in collaboration with the Boards of Directors.
- Deliver policy and other messaging that strengthen the voice of the reproductive rights movement in Maryland.
- Act as a spokesperson for the organization, and serve as an articulate voice for NARAL Pro‐Choice Maryland in the media.
- Effectively use the media both proactively and reactively to communicate NARAL Pro‐Choice Maryland’s position on issues of importance.
- Advocate NARAL Pro‐Choice Maryland’s interests before governmental and non‐governmental bodies on matters of reproductive rights.
- Engage in short- and long-term coalitions to address single, time‐limited or long‐term issues of common interest.
- Develop communications strategies to keep members engaged and informed and to educate the public on issues of importance.
Interact With Boards of Directors and Working Committees: * Develop a collaborative and collegial working relationship with members of the Boards of Directors as well as members of working committees.
- Develop agendas and materials with the Executive Committees of the Boards of Directors for Board meetings and working committee meetings.
- Keep the Boards of Directors and working committee members informed about organizational operations.
- Lead the orientation for new Board of Director members, in collaboration with the Executive Committee of that Board of Directors.
- Participate as needed in the Boards of Directors working committee activities.
Professional and personal competencies:
- Show flexibility and creativity in relating the organization to the current needs of the community.
- Exercise professionalism in written communication, in‐person interactions and self‐presentation.
- Cultivate a supportive and inclusive work environment that reflects the mission of NARAL Pro-choice Maryland and the broader reproductive rights movement.
- Work a flexible schedule as dictated by the needs of the organization, including nights and weekends.
- Ability to travel throughout the state as needed, occasional national travel.
- Any other tasks as directed by or approved by the Boards.
Education & Knowledge:
- A bachelor’s degree is required, but a master’s degree or professional degree is preferred.
- Candidate must have deep knowledge of issues related to reproductive health and rights.
- Knowledge regarding how to organize in community settings, based on experience as an activist and organizer, is preferred.
- At least five to seven years of increasingly responsible experience in a professional environment, preferably in nonprofit or political work.
- Successful track record in nonprofit and/or political fundraising.
- Public affairs, lobbying, communications, public policy and/or political campaign experience is preferred
- Experience in hiring and managing staff and volunteers.
- Experience working collaboratively with a Board of Directors or other oversight body.
- Experience in providing and receiving timely and compassionate feedback/criticism.
- Experience in budgeting and financial management.
- Computer literate, including experience with databases and social media.
Desired Skills and Attributes:
- Demonstrated ability to fundraise from major donors, to organize fundraising events, to manage volunteers, and to develop fundraising mailings, among other development activities.
- Familiarity with Maryland politics, elected officials, state government, and the public policy process.
- Knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of grassroots organizing strategies.
- Ability to build and maintain strong interpersonal working relationships with the Boards of Directors, staff, and volunteers.
- Ability to build and maintain strong interpersonal working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders in order to build and maintain diverse coalitions.
- Demonstrated leadership, collaborative, and negotiation abilities.
- Strong written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills.
- Commitment to bottom-up democracy and transparency within our work, both internally and in collaboration with those outside the organization.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion philosophy and training.
- Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of reproductive rights with other civil and human rights movements.
- Respect for the contributions of each staff member in the fulfillment of their work role.
- Ability to encourage and provide feedback to staff about work products without micromanaging.
- Politically savvy about electoral and activist politics.
- Success at keeping multiple projects organized.
- Detail‐oriented administrative and time‐management skills, with recognition of the need for work/life balance for self and staff.
- Skilled in strategic thinking and long‐term organizational planning.
- Ability to manage the finances of a small organization.
- An understanding of multi‐entity nonprofits (c4/c3/PAC structure).
- Exercises initiative and good judgment, problem solving and decision-making skills.
- Dependable, reliable, honest, and trustworthy.
- High personal and professional ethical standards.
Salary and Benefit Information:
- Salary is $80,000 to $90,000 annually, dependent on experience. Salary increases over time will be dependent on performance and budgetary constraints.
- This is a full‐time, exempt position.
- Benefits include health and dental insurance, paid holidays, accrual of vacation and sick leave.
Deadline for submission is Friday, October 29, 2021. Please send a thoughtful cover letter with and a resume to the Search Committee at email@example.com