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President & Chief Executive Officer

  • In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
  • Washington, DC
About In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is the only national Black women’s reproductive justice organization. Our goal is to increase and highlight the leadership of Black women on reproductive health, rights, and justice issues. In Our Own Voice is a national-state partnership with eight Black women’s organizations: Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, SisterLove, Inc., SisterReach, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW, The Afiya Center, and Women With a Vision.

In Our Own Voice focuses on abortion rights and access, contraceptive equity, and comprehensive sex education as our key reproductive policy issues. As a Reproductive Justice organization, we approach these issues from a human rights perspective, incorporating the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity with the situational impacts of economics, politics and culture that make up the lived experiences of Black women in America.

Mission

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda is a national/state partnership designed to amplify and lift up the voices of Black women leaders at the national and state levels in our ongoing fight to secure Reproductive Justice for all women and girls. Our organization partners with eight Black women’s Reproductive Justice organizations – Black Women for Wellness, Black Women’s Health Imperative, New Voices for Reproductive Justice, SisterLove, SisterReach, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW!, the Afiya Center and Women With a Vision – to educate and mobilize Black women, femmes, and girls on issues such as abortion access, contraceptive equity and comprehensive sexuality education.

As a Reproductive Justice entity, we will approach these issues from a human rights perspective, incorporating the intersections of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and gender identity with the situational impacts of economics, politics, and culture that make up the lived experiences of Black women in America.

Our major goals are:

  • To establish a leadership voice for Black women on reproductive rights, health and justice policy at the national level;
  • To build a coordinated grassroots movement of Black women in support of abortion rights and access, including ending the onerous funding restrictions, contraceptive equity and comprehensive sex education;
  • To lay the foundation for ongoing policy change at the national and state levels that impacts the lives and wellbeing of Black women and their families; and
  • To engage and motivate Black women as a traditionally underrepresented group to use their voting power in the American electorate.

To learn more about In Our Own Voice, go to https://blackrj.org/.

The Opportunity

The President & CEO is responsible for the overall management and direction of In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda, its policy work, programs, and staff.

The President & CEO reports to the Board of Directors of In Our Own Voice.

Core Responsibilities

Leadership

  • Manage the day-to-day operations, programs, and activities, ensuring alignment with the mission and strategic goals of the organization.
  • Organize planning activities that address current and long-term needs or opportunities in a way that promotes inclusion and builds broad understanding and support, recognize and communicate issue sparked by an evolving political climate, and changing policies.
  • Together with staff, monitor trends and issues in the field as well as collaborate with like-minded non-profit organizations.

Administrative

  • Responsible for signing of contracts with vendors and consultants to provide materials, goods, and services to the organization.
  • Build relationships and promote communications with the Board that supports increased engagement and effectiveness.

Board Relations

  • Build relationships and promote communications with the Board that supports increased engagement and effectiveness.
  • Work with the Board to continue Board development to grow the Board and promote its engaged and effective leadership.

Internal Management and Relationships

  • Ensure the day-to-day operations and programs are professionally and effectively administered.
  • Provides comprehensive direction, management, coordination, supervision, and performance evaluation of staff involved in the work of In Our Own Voice.
  • Supervise, motivate, evaluate, and enhance the skills of staff at all levels; promote participation and team-building.
  • Direct staff in the development of strategic initiatives to grow, engage and maintain coordination with the eight organizational partners of In Our Own Voice.
  • Ensure that all employees have up-to-date job descriptions and annual performance reviews and agreements in place.
  • Provide feedback to the Board as appropriate on performance of the senior staff.
  • Ensure compliance with legal requirements, policies, codes, and standards.
  • Conduct strategic and operational planning, direct staff to develop work plans that meet the goals and objectives of In Our Own Voice.

External Relationships

  • Represent the mission, vision, and core values of In Our Own Voice with outside organizations, policy makers, including with members of Congress and state legislatures.
  • Represent In Our Own Voice in public speaking engagements concerning the organization’s mission and vision;
  • Ensure that the policy and program positions of the organization are communicated to and advocacy activities at conferences, symposia, and meetings, as appropriate.

Marketing and Communications

  • Define and promote the identity and brand of In Our Own Voice to increase visibility of the organization and our eight organizational partners.
  • Serve as the principal spokesperson for In Our Own Voice in media interviews, in op-ed pieces and in social media.
  • Develop a communications and marketing plan to increase the visibility of Black women Reproductive Justice leaders and promote visibility of the organization’s eight organizational partners.
  • Ensure alignment with messaging, visuals and outreach with all staff, consultants and volunteers.

Financial Management

  • Focus on generating new or increased revenue opportunities while developing a stable and fiscally responsible organization.
  • Build and nurture relationships with foundations who are committed to support the work and ongoing programs of In Our Own Voice.
  • Ensure that fundraising plans are developed, shared, and implemented; that fundraising goals are achieved, and progress reports are communicated.
  • Modify fundraising goals based on the changing fundraising landscape so that strategies and tools stay up-to-date.
  • Understand the financial status of the organization, including the budget process, cash flows, historic and new markets tax structure, and funding streams.
  • Ensure that sound financial controls are in place and regular and effective reports of the organization’s finances are being communicated to the Board.
Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will bring a demonstrated track record of executive leadership and building cultures of inclusivity, equity, and trust. The ideal candidate will bring a depth of experience and a successful track record in fundraising and overall ownership of business planning and management of a P&L.

  • Master’s degree and at least five years of solid experience in non-profit management.
  • Eight to ten years of experience working in the fields of reproductive health, rights or justice.
  • Experience working in advocacy either at the national or state level.
  • Strong organizational, management, and supervisory skills.
Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

In Our Own Voice: National Black Reproductive Justice Agenda is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+ applicants.

Contact

Liz Lombard and Angie Sessoms of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here, or email Angie directly at asessoms@koyapartners.com. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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.

Koya is an equal opportunity employer fully committed to creating an environment and team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, styles, and experiences. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone. Koya does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, military status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.

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