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Chief Advisor to the President

  • Color Of Change
  • New York, NY

This position has been filled.

About Color Of Change

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. Color Of Change is a high-impact, collaborative team of activists committed to making justice real for Black people, and passionate about designing strategic, creative, and winning campaigns. We are powered by our membership, and an ever-expanding, innovative team – in New York, Oakland, Hollywood, and Washington, D.C., with experience in strategy, organizing, media, technology, and organizational growth.

As a national online force driven by over 10 million members, we move decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues—from criminal justice to media representations, tech regulation, the social safety net, and voter freedom—so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society.

Our work – both rapid response and long-term campaigns for change – amplifies the voices of Black folks and our allies, building power and delivering meaningful wins that create consequences for racial injustice and build momentum for implementing solutions that move Black people and all people forward.

We believe in racial justice, we believe in Black brilliance, we believe we should leave no one in silence. We are a Black-led organization with a powerful, multi-racial team, made stronger by our ability to collaborate and leverage our diversity across gender, age, upbringing, education, talent, sexual orientation, and life experience. We are committed to high standards, high impact, and working with deep respect for one another, our members, and our partners. Until justice is real.

Color Of Change has built and is growing an effective and powerful infrastructure for changing the rules society lives by and ending the injustices Black people face. We make Black people and our allies powerful enough to end practices and systems that unfairly hold Black people back, and champion solutions that move us all forward: in politics and culture, in the workplace and the economy, in criminal justice and community life, and wherever racism exists.

For more information on Color Of Change, please visit the organization’s website.

The Opportunity

Reporting directly to the CEO & President (President) and based in New York City, the primary goal of the Chief Advisor to the President (Chief Advisor) is to drive and complete internal initiatives, and manage and maximize key external relationships, that are essential to the President’s strategy for increasing the power and impact of Color Of Change.

The President himself is responsible for leading media appearances, fundraising, thought leadership, engagements with high-level stakeholders, internal strategy, goal setting, board engagement, and the overall functioning of the organization. The Chief Advisor must be able to provide strategic support and ensure excellence across all these activities.

The Chief Advisor position is an implementer role, not an administrative role. The Chief Advisor will work with a strong administrative team to ensure the President’s time is being used efficiently and that all meetings and engagements match to key strategic goals. The Chief Advisor will be responsible for seeing ahead: mapping out and proactively securing or managing relationships that create major opportunities for Color Of Change.

Candidate Profile

While it is understood that no one candidate will bring every desired skill, characteristic, and experience, the following offers a reflection of the ideal candidate profile. If you are a close but not exact match with the description, we encourage you to apply.

In order for Color Of Change to become an even more powerful force for change in society, and to become an even more successful platform for enabling a full range of Black people and communities to become powerful agents of change themselves, the Chief Advisor will possess the following attributes and competencies:

Systems Thinker: The Chief Advisor must bring a deep understanding of the needs and systems required for the President to run an ambitious, effective, campaign-driven, well-resourced, media-savvy organization with activities ranging across c3, c4, and PAC. The right person for this role must also bring a deep commitment to racial justice and the elevation of Black leadership.

Effective Communicator & Operator: The Chief Advisor must demonstrate a high standard for internal and external communication in various formats and contexts, as well as for creating effective presentations, briefings, and position papers. They must also exhibit enthusiasm for details and nuance, and reliably pay strong attention to both substantive and operational detail and interpersonal dynamics. This is a role for someone who thrives and takes pride in the type of internal leading, developing, and driving that ensures systems work and the president succeeds so that the organization is positioned to win real-world victories for Black people. This is not a traditional 9-5 and will require some work on weekends and nights.

Engaged Manager: The Chief Advisor must be flexible and agile, while also strengthening systems that improve efficiency and quality of work within the President’s office. The Chief Advisor will manage the full President’s office team, which includes strong staff who currently coordinate scheduling, logistics, administrative support, preparation, and advance activities for events and special projects. The Chief Advisor will also work closely with the President to manage ongoing collaborations with Board members and outside partners.

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

Strategic Leadership

  • Ensure the strategic management of the President’s time so it’s aligned with the highest priorities.
  • Support all the President’s work, including working with the Administrative Director and the Senior Advisor to the President to schedule and plan meetings and events, prepare for, and follow up from donor meetings and speaking engagements, and accompany the President to in-person and virtual meetings and events as needed.
  • Directly manage administrative professionals who are part of the President’s office to ensure the President’s involvement in projects or decision-making processes takes place at key times when their input and authority are most needed.
  • Support the President on special projects and opportunities that arise on an ad hoc basis, including the development of new partnerships, support for the President’s thought leadership, and supporting the strategic expansion of the President’s public presence.
  • Lead the team, which includes the Senior Advisor to the President, project managers, administrative staff, and key consultants, to translate conversations and detailed meeting notes into concept papers, outlines for project management, presentation outlines, talking points, meeting agendas for continued ideation, and other documents necessary to advance project work with internal and external partners. Success will depend on ensuring that the right information gets to the right people in a timely and usable manner while paying special attention to the pace and detail required for seizing fast-developing opportunities.
  • Ensure seamless coordination and collaboration between the President and the Executive Vice President.

Implementation

  • Track and support the President in meeting internal and external expectations and deadlines and drive the tactical implementation of the President’s vision across key initiatives.
  • Support processes and project management within the President’s office to set and maintain focus on key outcomes, including the planning and implementation of daily, weekly, monthly, and longer-term priorities.
  • Support processes within the President’s office to debrief, learn from, and improve our work.
  • Maximize time management, internal communications, and management responsibilities for the President.
  • Maximize the public presence of the President, including ensuring quality control for the President’s public channels and managing the development of content for project-based work (e.g., writing projects), collaborating with staff and consultants.
  • Serve as a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Administration

  • Manage the contact, outreach, follow-up, content development, and other functions required to maintain and grow individual and institutional relationships that are critical to the organization’s success and growth, including work with consultants.
  • Build, maintain, and manage key relationships with senior leaders, long-term consultants, board members, and other external partners that are critical to the President’s main priorities and overall work.
  • Ensure timely communication and consistent flow of information to and from the President’s office.
  • Create systems to ensure the President has a diverse set of input and data to make informed decisions.
  • Budget management and spending approval at the direction of the President.
  • Support the onboarding of direct reports to the President by supporting the drafting of 90-day plans and activities internally and externally.

Note: The Chief Advisor to the President will have to do some traveling with the President, although the main goal is to set up a system and process to ensure that the President is always sufficiently staffed during all his travel to support critical objectives and responsibilities.   

Strong candidates will be incredibly passionate about racial and social justice issues — and the unique role of Black leaders and leadership in winning change — and possess unparalleled emotional intelligence, coupled with excellent writing and communication skills across varied formats and contexts.

Specific qualifications include:

  • 10+ years of professional experience, with at least 5+ years of working closely with C-suite/VP-level management while also influencing across multiple levels and functions of an organization.
  • 3+ years of people management experience.
  • Experience with board meeting coordination or comparable experience.
  • Experience managing a team budget.
  • Demonstrated program and/or project management skills and significant internal and external stakeholder/partnership experience (nonprofit/social justice organization experience strongly preferred).
  • Impeccable verbal, written, research, communication, and deck creation skills and experience.
  • A strong structural racial analysis in agreement with Color Of Change’s vision and values.
  • Excellent organizational skills and the ability to communicate complex ideas in clear, concise terms (verbally and written).
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and take initiative in an environment with shifting priorities.
  • Ability to prioritize competing projects and multi-task across a broad spectrum of collaborators, based in various office locations or working remotely.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment, with a proactive approach.
  • Dedication and ability to work flexible hours and travel (60%).
  • Commitment to confidentiality and ability to exercise absolute discretion.
Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range is $200,000-215,000, commensurate with experience. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.

Contact

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Chartise Clark are leading this search on behalf of Koya Partners. To express interest in this role please submit your resume and cover letter here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Koya Partners is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals living with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual living with a disability and need assistance expressing interest online, please email NonprofitSearchOps@divsearch.com. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity, or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

At Koya, we don’t just accept difference—we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team, our clients, and the communities we serve.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit koyapartners.com.

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