Co-Executive Director – Action Center on Race and the Economy

The Action Center on Race & the Economy (ACRE) is a campaign hub for organizations working at the intersection of racial justice and Wall Street accountability. They provide research and communications infrastructure and strategic support for organizations working on campaigns to win structural change by directly taking on the financial elite that are responsible for pillaging communities of color, devastating working class communities, and harming our environment. ACRE partners with local organizations from across the United States that are working on racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice campaigns and helps them connect the dots between their issues and corporate power so that each of the local efforts feeds into a broad national movement to hold the finance and tech sectors accountable.

ACRE approaches all of their work through an explicit racial lens. They believe that race and class are intrinsically linked and that it is not possible to fix the structural problems in our economy in a race-neutral way. Megacorporations use structural racism, targeting Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities in particular, to divide us and pit us against each other while they destroy our livelihoods. We cannot achieve economic, environmental, or educational justice until we confront structural racism and take our demands directly to the corporate executives profiting off the crises in our communities. ACRE is dedicated to doing just that.

The Opportunity

ACRE and ACRE Institute have two Co-Executive Directors. The role of ACRE Co-Executive Directors is to ensure the financial stability of the organization with responsibility for fund development, broad oversight of campaign work and organizational programs, staff management and general strategic direction of the organization.  The Co-Executive Directors work mainly, though not exclusively, with the Directors Team to ensure that the work of the organization is being conducted in a manner that is mission-aligned, strategic, and impactful. The Co-Executive Directors both report to the ACRE (c4) and ACRE Institute (c3) Boards of Directors.

The Co-Executive Director will be expected to work with the appropriate staff to perform key duties and responsibilities including, but not limited to:

Leadership and Staff Management
  • Set overall direction for the organization and galvanize the team to achieve ACRE’s mission and vision; provide strategic and thoughtful guidance to ACRE’s core campaigns;
  • Serve as a thought leader and spokesperson on behalf of ACRE locally and nationally; build and nurture relationships with leadership and staff at partner base building and national organizations to help ensure local efforts feed into a broad national movement;
  • Set the tone for an organizational culture of care and integrity; support and foster the development of relationships and trust with all ACRE staff, and of the next generation of leaders in the organization.
Organizational Management

  • Ensure systems, processes, and work plans across the organization are aligned to a common vision and that day-to-day operations are set up for maximum impact;
  • Lead ACRE’s fundraising strategy and initiatives, building fundraising capacity with key and prospective funders, and building and maintaining a network of committed, engaged supporters;
  • Oversee legal, financial, compliance, human resources, financial, and operational functions of a growing organization.
Board Management

  • Provide strong partnership, collaboration, and leadership to the c3 and c4 Boards of
  • Directors, ensuring open lines of communication and set the tone for a culture of engagement and participation;
  • Ensure Board members have the tools and information they need to engage constructively in important organizational matters during and in between Board meetings;
  • Maintain an active and smooth Board Development process to recruit new Board members that reflect ACRE’s values.

Candidate Profile

The Co-Executive Director will have a deep understanding and commitment to ACRE’s vision mission, analysis, and theory of change. They will have a strong commitment to progressive social change and racial justice and be aligned around ACRE’s local campaigning model. It is expected that they will have strategic and comprehensive campaigning skills, with a deep appreciation for the nuances of corporate campaigning and significant experience working with women and communities of color for social change in issue areas aligned with ACRE’s priorities.

The Co-Executive Director should have a good sense of humor, a kind heart, and a commitment to the Co-Executive Director model and willingness to work in deep partnership with their fellow Co- Executive Director.


The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:

  • At least five years of experience in a senior leadership role at an organization with a comparably sized staff and budget; strong understanding of the best practices for leading organizations with both c3 and c4 arms;
  • Excellent staff management and facilitation skills, including a demonstrated ability to build, retain, and grow a strong leadership bench;
  • A proven track record of building capacity for the long run and being a strong advocate for developing sustainable internal systems, structures, and policies;
  • A demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments; ability to effectively navigate and resolve complex internal and external political issues;
  • Demonstrated track record in fundraising, ideally with knowledge of and existing relationships with major funders in racial, economic, and environmental justice spaces; capable of establishing, deepening, and leveraging relationships with donors and other key stakeholders;
  • Have excellent communications, public speaking, and media spokesperson skills;
  • Be willing to work long and irregular hours and be on-call during organization-wide shutdown periods; be willing to travel regularly when it is safe to do so.

Compensation & Benefits


The salary for the position of Co-Executive Director is $140,000+. Benefits include: zero-cost full family healthcare which includes dental, vision, and medical; four weeks paid time off as well as five weeks of planned shutdowns and 11 additional holidays; and a 401k.

Contact


Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express interest in this role please submit your materials here, or email Trisha and Amber directly at tsutrisno@koyapartners.com and agomes@koyapartners.com. 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.


LGBTQ, women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. All new hires must be fully vaccinated before employment is able to begin at ACRE. Requests for accommodations may be submitted. Approval is at the discretion of the Co-Executive Directors.

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