Job Location: Remote - US
A passionate leader who will help us mobilize and build a powerful national youth climate movement
Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Power Shift Network (PSN) Board of Directors
Supervises: Development and Communications Coordinators, Communications Associate, Organizers
About Power Shift Network + The Co-Executive Director Roles
Power Shift Network is a decentralized network made up of 98 organizations committed to growing the power and impact of the Youth Climate Movement. PSN is currently planning the relaunch of its iconic Power Shift convergences, which served as catalysts for many organizations and campaigns that have shaped today’s movements for a livable planet. Over the past two years, PSN has revised its strategy and outreach methods to more intentionally build a home for frontline activists and BIPOC youth in climate justice work.
The Co-Executive Directors (Co-EDs) are responsible for the overall management, direction, and health of the Power Shift Network. The Co-EDs share responsibilities as described below. In addition, they both support Board functions and liaise with the Board around their individual scope of work. Under the supervision of the Board of Directors, led by the Board Co-Chairs, the Co-Executive Directors ensure that the Network fulfills its mission and lead the Network toward the organization’s vision. Points of collaboration between Co-Directors within each portfolio are highlighted. The Co-Executive Directors supervise staff to plan, coordinate and execute the organization’s strategy. The Co-Executive Directors report and are accountable to the Board of Directors for the organization’s finances and work to ensure the Network’s financial prosperity.
Co-Executive Director Job Activities + Responsibilities
Each of the two Co-EDs will hold responsibility for two of the following areas: Programming, Operations & Finance, Development, and Communications. The combination of areas can be up to the Board to determine, but generally, it is advised that Development and Operations oversight should be housed with different people. Together, the Co-ED’s share responsibilities around Organizational Planning & Culture.
Oversee Network leadership and engagement opportunities
Lead planning and execution of biannual Power Shift Convergences and annual meetings
Cultivate and support fiscal sponsorship programming
Operations & Finance
Provide human resources support to staff
Oversee finances and provide regular financial updates to the Board
Provide operations & continuous risk management oversight
Write grant proposals and grant reports
Support Board of Directors in creating and implementing Board fundraising plans
Build relationships and communicate regularly with donors on behalf of the organization and in support of Network members
Prospect and cultivate foundation based fundraising
Grow PSN’s grassroots fundraising movement to democratize our funding sources
Cultivate relationships with businesses/industry for Power Shift Convergence sponsorships
Raise the profile of the organization among the public
Support amplification of Network opportunities and news among media platforms
Provide Network-focused external communications
Culture & Planning
Have and continuously develop an Anti-Oppression, Environmental Justice, Diversity, and Equity lens to the work
Develop long-term strategic planning for the organizations
Support and continuously cultivate a strong staff culture of accountability
Track data and statistics for growth analysis
Develop strong public relations as a front-facing leader of the organization
Here are some things you might tackle in a typical month--
- Working with the board to develop and implement a detailed fundraising strategy and lead outreach to potential donors.
- Search for grant opportunities, draft grant proposals, & complete donor reports.
- Meet weekly with staff members to oversee their work plans and develop accountability structures.
- Plan a training for network organizers
- Confirm schedule with diverse speakers and facilitators for the Power Shift Annual Meeting/Power Shift Convergence
- Maintain regular communications with the Board of Directors, briefing them on recent developments in network activities, fundraising progress, and/or any staff-related issues.
- Mediate a dispute between a fiscally sponsored organization and one of their collaborating partners, utilizing the dispute as a teaching moment to assist the sponsoree in improving its organizational practices.
- Excellent communications skills: You are an outstanding communicator with experience engaging diverse communities in a respectful and sincere manner, including on topics typically seen as complex or inaccessible. You listen deeply, convey ideas clearly, and have the ability to call people to action. You understand the value of storytelling and know how to craft powerful stories that engage your audiences.
- Passion for climate justice: You have a passion for addressing the human rights and social justice dimensions of the climate crisis. You deeply identify with our vision and mission and are ready to do backflips to make it happen.
- Strong program management: You are great at providing substantive and operational oversight and support to all aspects of a program. You’re extremely thorough and will follow through on complicated, multi-step processes. You work quickly and efficiently and can produce excellent, on-point work products on deadline, including in short time frames when needed. You recognize the critical role regular communications play in keeping programs running smoothly.
- People-oriented team management: You understand how to maximize the impact of your team through emotionally intelligent management that recognizes the whole person. You are empathetic and understand how to balance oversight with personal responsibility for your staff. You help your team advance in their professional skills and capabilities.
- Collaborative and service-oriented: You treat everyone you encounter with a collaborative spirit, kindness, and empathy. You are known as an adaptable team-player who brings an “all hands on deck” mindset to all projects.
- Growth-oriented: You’re always seeking to better yourself and your work, and you will push yourself to the peak of performance to help fulfill our mission. You welcome and delight in feedback from supervisors, peers, and others.
- Network theory: You understand the role of self-organized networks in the movement ecosystem, and are passionate about fertilizing relationships in order to increase collaboration and alignment to impact across the larger progressive movement.
- Ease with technology: You’re comfortable working with technology, and when given the opportunity to work with a new program or application, it is not difficult for you to become fluent.
As a network, we also support and endorse the Jemez Principles for Democratic Organizing.
Please note that candidates must already be legally eligible to work in the United States to be considered for the role.
Compensation: Varies based on experience and location-dependent cost-of-living expenses, ranges from $70,000-90,000, with 100% employer-paid health insurance premium with 50% dependent coverage, Simple IRA contribution, home office stipend, 3 weeks vacation and 2 weeks sick/personal leave annually.
Please submit a resume and cover letter — explaining your interest and how your experience relates to the position — using our online application form. Note we strongly prefer for your application materials (cover letter, CV, and work sample) to be uploaded in one PDF.
We’ll accept applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. The priority application deadline is March 15. No phone calls please.
PSN is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are deeply committed to the struggle to combat adultism, racism (including anti-Blackness), patriarchy, cissexism, and all other systems of oppression. As a youth-focused network, we welcome young applicants with the relevant qualifications.