Arise Citizens’ Policy Project and Alabama Arise seek an Executive Director to advance the policy and organizing agendas of these Montgomery, Alabama-based grassroots organizations. They have a rich history and a reputation for credible analysis backed by a statewide network of member congregations, organizations and individuals. Kimble Forrister, the longtime Executive Director, has announced he is stepping down in mid-2018. Candidates should have a strong commitment to social justice and a deep understanding of poverty in the South.
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project (ACPP) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1994. The organization
Alabama Arise, founded in 1988, is a 501(c)(4) organization. It has the same goal of advocacy on poverty issues and has an overlapping staff and board. It also:
ACPP and Alabama Arise are member-driven organizations with a combined 150 organizational members and 1,350 individual members. Many of the member congregations and groups are on the front lines of poverty work in their communities, providing a natural and authentic constituency base for advocacy.
Members select a seven-issue policy advocacy agenda during the annual membership meeting. The board vets all proposed issues to ensure that they are poverty-related. Tax reform and adequate budgets (including health care funding) are always two of the seven issues.
ACPP is one of the original organizational members of the State Priorities Partnership, a national network that provides financial, policy and technical support, coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. It is also an original member of Southern Health Partners, convened by Community Catalyst, and the Equal Voice network supported by the Marguerite Casey Foundation.
Organizational Structure and Budget
ACPP and Arise have a combined budget of about $825,000. Most of the funds come from foundation grants. Support from membership dues has been growing in recent years and accounted for $250,000 in 2017.
The organizations have a total of 12 staff positions, 3 of which are part-time. Staff positions include 3 policy analysts, 3 organizers, a communications director, a development director, and part time workers in administrative support, lobbying and bookkeeping. Several staff members have served in their roles for 10 or more years.
The Executive Director reports to both the ACPP and Alabama Arise boards. The boards are primarily comprised of representatives from organizational member groups. At least half of the members of the boards must either be low-income members or be affiliated with a group that works closely with low-income people. The boards also include 9 at-large members.
For additional information please visit ACPP’s website.
Working with the boards and membership, the Executive Director helps operationalize the organizational policy agenda; inspires the staff, board and members; and ensures organizational financial sustainability.
Leadership and Strategic Direction
Experience and Attributes
The ideal candidate for this position will be an authentic leader with a deep commitment to social justice, a strong policy background, and a track record of raising money from private foundations. Candidate skills and subject matter knowledge should include:
Arise Citizens’ Policy Project is an equal opportunity employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply. To apply, e-mail your resume and a cover letter that explains how your skills align with the skills and experience described in this position profile. Salary requirements must also be included.
Email applications are required and should be submitted to: Arise@raffa.com. For other inquiries, contact Ginna Goodenow at firstname.lastname@example.org. Resume reviews begin immediately.
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