Action Now Institute

Action Now Institute                         Action Now

Executive Director

Based in Chicago, IL

Action Now Institute, a 501 (c) 3, works for racial, social and economic justice by building leadership-capacity of community members, developing cutting-edge policy analysis, and driving data focused and results-oriented campaigns that promote our community leaders to the decision-making tables for their communities.

Action Now, a 501 (c) 4, fights for racial, economic and social justice for working families. Action Now members are south and west side community residents who are committed to building power in their respective communities and in the City of Chicago.

Violence, political corruption, historic rates of poverty, record low levels of voter engagement, civil unrest and unconscionable acts of racism disproportionately impact the people and communities on the south and west side of Chicago, the two geographic areas in which we primarily organize. We are seeking a smart, cutting-edge leader who is not afraid to confront these issues head-on and to actively seek system reforms that positively affect Black communities on the south and west side of Chicago.

Examples of campaigns in which Action Now Institute/Action Now actively led or participated in, include: Elected School Board; Criminal Justice, Fight for $15; Lobby for State Attorney; Federal Reserve regarding Interest Rates.

The Action Now Institute/Action Now Executive Director will have the primary responsibility to:

  • Embody and advance both organization’s missions through compassionate, strategic and creative thinking and principled leadership; 
  • Build citywide campaigns that connect to statewide and national campaigns;
  • Establish and strengthen partnerships within the social and racial justice movements; national, state and local groups, allies and other progressive organizations throughout the country;
  • Demonstrated commitment to leadership development across the organization (members, staff, board);
  • Lead member-driven campaigns and actively base build;
  • Write grants, applications and requests for proposals. Comply with terms of grant agreements and report the impact of our organizing and advocacy efforts to individual and private donors in a timely manner. Seek out new funder partnerships;
  • Cultivate new revenue sources through contracts, membership dues, earned income and individual donations; and work with both boards to develop fundraising events;  
  • Oversee all fiscal responsibilities including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis and implementation of internal controls and if applicable implement recommendations from auditor reports;
  • Direct all aspects of human resource management including, but not limited to, staff hiring, supervision, training and mentoring;
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization; and
  • Ability to address and resolve conflict effectively.

Requirements and Preferences
The Action Now Institute/Action Now Executive Director should:

  • Have an entrepreneurial spirit and senior level experience in a nonprofit organization;
  • Have at least 5 years of organizing experience;
  • Be representative of the Action Now Institute/Action Now membership;
  • Have a “get it done” attitude;
  • Be willing to roll up her/his/their sleeves and pitch in wherever needed;
  • Be passionate about Action Now Institute/Action Now’s missions;
  • Truly believe in the work of both organizations;
  • Demonstrate successful fundraising experience;
  • Be a bridge builder;
  • Be an experienced supervisor; 
  • Be able to manage diverse and demanding tasks;
  • Think creatively;
  • Be an authentic leader who is honest and forthcoming;
  • Be comfortable with making tough decisions;
  • Have experience in multicultural, racially diverse organizing;
  • Be skilled at writing and public speaking;
  • Work well with boards of directors; and
  • Create a pleasant work environment.

The Executive Director reports to the Action Now and Action Now Institute Board of Directors. The salary range begins at $60,000 to $75,000 based on experience, with a good benefits package.

Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible; we are prepared to hire when we find the right candidate.

To Apply
Please send résumé and cover letter addressing why you want to do this work and what your previous experience is in organizing, fundraising, and supervising staff. Both résumé and cover letter should be e-mailed to ANI/AN Transition Committee at: jobs@actionnow.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

Action Now/Action Now Institute values a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We strongly encourage applications from all qualified individuals of every race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, and record of arrest or conviction.

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