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Executive Director, Congressional Progressive Caucus Center 

About the CPC Center

The Congressional Progressive Caucus is the largest values-based Caucus in the House – now 78 Members strong – and is focused on developing and driving a bold progressive policy agenda. The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center works to leverage the power of the Caucus by supporting policy, research and messaging for progressive reforms. With the CPC growing in strength, the Center has launched a major expansion, moving the organization to a new level. Now the Board is seeking new leadership to lead that expansion.

Position Description

The Congressional Progressive Caucus Center seeks an Executive Director to lead the Center, guiding overall communications, fundraising and outreach strategy, and managing the organization’s day-to-day operations. The Executive Director will work in partnership with the Center’s Board and Executive Committee to develop policy priorities and raise the annual budget. Additionally, s/he will develop initiatives including the annual summit and the Fellows program.

The successful candidate will be politically astute, a strategic thinker and planner, a skilled manager who is able to promote collaboration and partnerships while advancing the core goals of the organization. S/he should have substantial experience working for or with elected or appointed officials, as well progressive advocacy groups.

The Executive Director reports to a board of directors made up of leaders of the progressive movement and Members of Congress.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee all aspects of managing the CPC Center including setting vision, developing policy priorities, and raising the organizational profile.

  • Manage and oversee all operations of the CPC Center including communications, outreach, policy, fundraising, administration, legal and accounting.

  • Increase the capacity of Caucus Members to liaison with outside groups and movement leaders on message, tactics, and talking points; formulate a strong inside/outside strategy on both policy and organizing alignment.

  • Leverage the power of the Caucus by organizing and aligning Members around priority policy areas; help coordinate CPC Members so that they speak with one voice.

  • Prepare detailed policy analysis and educational materials for CPC Members and CPC staff as well as the broader progressive community.

  • Oversee unified messaging and talking points for CPC Members and the broader progressive community on key issues to drive a progressive policy agenda.

  • Manage and build staff with a strong emphasis on diversity.

  • In consultation with current board members, manage and build board.

  • Recruit and train a diverse cadre of policy analysts to provide capacity for research, policy evaluation, model legislation, etc. in priority issue areas; create pipeline for capable and principled talent available to work in the legislative and communications space in Congress.

  • Maintain a particular focus on bringing diverse candidates to the Fellows program; ensure the development of opportunities within diverse populations such as people of color, women, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals.

  • Develop and hold relationships with stakeholders, allies, donors, and prospects.

  • Develop fundraising plan and strategies; oversee implementation.

  • Run point on annual summit.

  • Provide high level thought partnership and support to board, including organizing and coordinating board meetings and reports.

  • Liaison and collaborate closely with the CPC Co-Chairs, the CPC Membership, and the CPC Executive Director.

Qualifications

  • 10 years of relevant non-profit and/or campaign management experience, including significant fundraising experience, experience managing staff, and working directly with Members of Congress.

  • Demonstrated ability to execute an organizational vision and manage institutional growth and change.

  • Demonstrated understanding of the procedure, politics, and day-to-day functioning of the House of Representatives.

  • Demonstrated success managing budgets and finances.

  • Demonstrated successful fundraising leadership in acquiring major gifts and grants from foundations, individuals and/or institutions.

  • Experience building partnerships and coalitions; contacts and reputation in progressive activist circles.

  • Experience in organizational management including managing staff, hiring, evaluations, as well as legal, tax and accounting issues.

  • Exceptional communication skills to effectively and independently communicate with diverse audiences and network collaboratively among a variety of stakeholder groups.

  • A deep commitment to progressive politics and polices, understanding of progressive issues and extensive advocacy experience.

  • Solid experience working with and supporting a Board of Directors.

Salary

$150,000 -175,000

Benefits

The Executive Director will also receive excellent benefits including generous vacation, paid holidays, 403(b) plan upon hire, fully paid health insurance, fully paid life insurance, and fully paid long-term disability.

Commitment to Diversity

The CPC Center is strengthened by the diversity of our network and our differences in background, culture, experience, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and much more. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQIA community, and other groups that have historically been subject to discrimination.

To Apply

Please send the following materials in a single PDF to jobs@progressivecaucuscenter.org with “Executive Director” in the subject line.

  • A cover letter explaining your interest in this work and any related experience.

  • Your resume.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the large volume of applications, only applicants moving on to the next round will be contacted by the Search Committee.