Executive Director, The LeadersTrust

The Organization

The LeadersTrust builds on a fifteen-year history as a core program of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, under the leadership of Linda Wood. The Fund understood that it takes skilled leaders to change policies and systems and to do the hard work of advancing rights and creating opportunities; and it takes strong, fully-funded organizations to keep at it and work effectively in social movements.

Position Overview

The LeadersTrust is pleased to invite nominations and applications for Executive Director. In collaboration with visionary foundation partners and a thriving community of leadership and organizational development practitioners, The LeadersTrust works to unlock the radical imagination and inherent power of leaders, organizations, and movements to achieve transformative social change.

The LeadersTrust is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center, a 501(c)3. It builds on a long history as a core investment of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, which believes that the vision and skills of talented and committed leaders are the driving force behind the organizations, communities, and movements they support. Formerly known as the Haas Leadership Initiatives, today, The LeadersTrust has expanded to work in partnership with five foundations and more than 75 national consultants to invest in the equity-centered and strategic organizational and leadership capacity of more than 100 social justice organizations across the country.

The Executive Director (ED) will champion and lead core commitments to movement-building, intersectional racial equity, and the advancement of leadership capacity nationally. Building upon foundational values and more than fifteen years of success, the ED will collaborate with staff and stakeholders to shape the next level of the initiative and to expand partnerships with foundations.

The ED will bring experience, vision, and humility to the work of catalyzing change and building capacity for leadership in both the funding and nonprofit communities; they will help remove barriers to authentic communication and facilitate trust and fluidity in the funder-consultant-nonprofit leader relationship. The ED will help reimagine investment strategies that align rather than duplicate resource allocation to achieve systemic, sustainable change for our communities. The ideal leader will be able to hold multiple stakeholder agendas while centering community voice, agency, and trust in the work. The ED will develop a committed advisory board and nurture a culture of learning, co-creation, and co-investment that supports innovation, leadership practices, field alignment, and impact.

Success in this role will require someone who is:

  • A dynamic leader with the skills to mobilize and bolster the long-term financial sustainability of this vibrant enterprise;
  • An exceptional relationship builder, increasing rapport, trust, and transparency across a diverse and growing community of robust, passionate, talented stakeholders, including funders, consultants, and nonprofit partners; and
  • A strong listener, public communicator, and storyteller who can articulate and amplify the values, lived experiences, and lessons that demonstrate the potential and impact of the work in meeting communities where they are.

Location: Flexible. While many of The LeadersTrust team members are located in or near Oakland, California, unceded land of the Ohlone peoples, the new Executive Director may be located anywhere in the U.S. as long as they are able to travel to the Bay Area at least four times per year once COVID-19 travel and safety restrictions are lifted.

To learn more about The LeadersTrust, read the full position description, and to apply, please visit: https://npag.com/additional-searches/leaderstrust

The salary for this position is $190K plus benefits.

How To Apply

This search is being led by Katherine Jacobs, Paola Peacock-Villada, Britini Russell-Bianchi, and Julian Jackson of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s candidate portal.

The LeadersTrust is fiscally sponsored by the Tides Center. Tides is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, and bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. Applicants shall not be discriminated against because of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, or medical condition including acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and AIDS-related conditions. Also pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we encourage and will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. Applicants with Disabilities: Reasonable accommodation will be made so that qualified disabled applicants may participate in the application process. Please advise in writing of special needs at the time of application.

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