DEADLINE: Open until filled. Applications should be received by August 27, 2018 to be considered for the first round of interviews.
SALARY RANGE (Depending on Experience): $111,523 - $149,451/year
The Director of External Relations is responsible for the coordination, promotion, and expansion of the resources that support and publicize Disability Rights California’s (DRC) programmatic advocacy work. Significant areas of responsibility include providing overall leadership, management, and supervision of DRC’s media and external communications, management of federal and state grants, and developing and implementing fundraising programs.
This position is a member of the DRC Leadership Team, which shares responsibility for the strategic direction of the agency. The Leadership Team collaborates on a wide range of projects that impact organizational direction and effectiveness, representing the areas they lead while engaging in decisions which best meets the needs of the entire agency.
External Relations Director essential functions include:
- Participate on statewide management teams regarding policy development, strategic planning, and executive management activities of DRC’s programmatic work on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
- Staff assigned Board of Directors’ Committees and attend DRC Board of Directors meetings as needed.
- Coordinate development of DRC strategic plan and annual advocacy goals and objectives
- Work with unit staff to develop and monitor unit budgets and assist with development of agency budget.
- Responsible for grants management process for multiple federal grants and State Bar grants, including application submissions and preparation of annual performance report. Performance reporting Includes coordination of narratives and data from a number of sources, editing, and finalizing for submission.
- Develop and respond to public and private grant opportunities.
- Supervise grants management and reporting staff.
- Develop and implement systems to accurately, effectively and efficiently capture statistical and narrative data needed for grant applications, reporting and promotional communications about DRC’s work.
- Serve as the primary liaison between grantors and DRC program and administrative staff.
- Develop and review DRC policies and procedures to ensure compliance with grant requirements.
- Develop, implement, promote and monitor fundraising activities, including launching new fundraising campaigns, coordinating promotion with Communications, responding to donors, and tracking outcomes.
- Assist Board members in fundraising activities.
- Provide overall direction to Disability Rights California media activities, including print and social media, with the goal of increasing Disability Rights California media presence.
- Coordinate with the Communications Director and other staff, as appropriate, branding, promoting, and publicizing DRC’s work.
- Participate in outreach activities to minority and underserved populations
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Directly supervises Communications Director and grants and fundraising staff. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the agency's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interview, hire, and train employees; plan, assign, and direct work; appraise performance; reward and discipline employees; address complaints and resolve problems.
Ability to travel occasionally for activities such as board meetings, team meetings, education, training, or outreach activities up to 25% of the time.
Duties are performed in an office environment. Duties frequently require sitting; talking and/or hearing; video, audio, occasional periods of standing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. Weights to be lifted and/or moved up to 10 pounds are frequently encountered. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meeting.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s Degree in related subjects such as communications, public relations, business, development
- Seven years progressively responsible experience in administration and management of complex human services organization.
- Demonstrated experience and ability to work effectively with a variety of organizations and individuals with diverse perspectives, including persons with disabilities, advocacy groups and the public.
- Ability to effectively navigate public relations channels including print, television and social media
- Demonstrated experience in project management, including leading organization-wide cyclical processes
- Demonstrated conflict resolution/team building skills.
- Demonstrated experience working with and providing support to boards of directors and/or similar task forces and committees.
- Demonstrated understanding of public policy issues regarding rights of persons with disabilities.
- Demonstrated experience and/or sensitivity working with persons with disabilities.
- Demonstrated experience and/or sensitivity working with persons from ethnically and language distinct communities.
- Advanced degree, such as JD, MBA, or other relevant field
- Experience in fundraising development
- Able to communicate fluently and write effectively in Spanish or an Asian language; or able to communicate using American Sign Language.
- Familiarity and/or extensive contacts with one or more of the following: homelessness, criminal justice, substance abuse or Gay/Lesbian/Bi-Sexual/Transgender/Intersex (LGBTI) communities.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the job responsibilities.
Ability to represent DRC positions and the impact of our work effectively through a wide variety of channels, including public relations, social media, legal, and legislative.
Ability to write using original or innovative techniques or style. Ability to make effective and persuasive presentations on controversial or complex topics to governmental entities, facility leadership, public groups/officials, and/or boards of directors. Ability to respond effectively to the most sensitive inquiries or complaints.
Ability to apply principles of logical thinking to a wide range of complex problems. Ability to interpret and synthesize complex or diverse information. Sees relationships between information in varied forms and from varied sources. Is proficient at nuance and proactively seeks multiple options tailored to the specifics of each situation. Ability to navigate highly ambiguous situations, reaching sound conclusions that balance the needs of many stakeholders.
Diversity & Inclusion
Strives to eliminate barriers to diversity and inclusion; ensures that new barriers are not built. Promotes the creation of shared mission, vision, and values, and uses those principles to guide actions.
Ability to harness, develop, and manage key relationships which positively benefit DRC. Ability to serve as the main point of contact when issues arise; manage disputes or conflicts; and effectively share ideas in group discussions. Ability to interact with others within and outside of DRC to solve problems effectively. Ability to seek and provide unique/different perspectives to and from coworkers and community partners. Ability to manage peoples’ expectations. Celebrates workplace success and achievement.
At Disability Rights California, well over half of our employees are ethnically diverse, and over a third are individuals with disabilities. We value this diversity because unique perspectives allow us to effectively serve Californians with disabilities from a wide range of cultural backgrounds.
If you are interested in becoming a part of DRC, please submit the following:
1) Online Disability Rights California Application Form
2) Your resume
3) A Cover Letter. We need a workforce that can utilize insights and strategies that can come from both professional and personal experience. Please take this opportunity to tell us about yourself and why you are a great fit for this position and for DRC.
Disability Rights California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, age, religion, race, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability. Disability Rights California endorses and supports the intent of the Americans with Disabilities act of 1990 (ADA) and the California Fair Employment and Housing act (FEHA) and is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who are applicants or employees who need accommodations.
WE VALUE DIVERSITY OF CULTURE, DISABILITY AND OTHER LIFE EXPERIENCES, AND ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER BY CHOICE.