Executive Director

Our Vision

Jolt harnesses the power of Latino culture to empower young Latinos and transform Texas.

Our Mission

We believe young Latinos will transform Texas through the power of their vote. We are harnessing the brilliance of our community and culture to build a generation of leaders that matches the urgency of our time.

What We Strive For

Jolt gives Latinos the power to make change, so we can have a say in how Texas is run. There are almost 11 million Latinos in Texas. Together, we have the power to transform our state.

Jolt brings together Latinos from across Texas to win on the issues that matter. Jolt doesn’t stand for any one party or politician — it stands for the Latino community, families, and parents who worked hard to give their children everything they didn’t have.

Here’s how we do it.

Jolt organizes our community to determine what happens on school boards, in the state legislature, at the Governor’s mansion and all the way to Congress and White House to make sure our government works best for ordinary people. We accomplish this through:

TELLING OUR STORIES

Jolt brings artists and musicians together to lift up issues and voices in the Latino community, and share stories of how everyday people in the community are coming together to build a stronger democracy.

VOTER ENGAGEMENT

Jolt members endorse candidates up and down the ballot to determine who gets elected, and conduct year-round issue advocacy to engage voters on the issues that matter most to them.

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

Jolt’s Levantate Leadership Institute provides training to Latino youth on public speaking, advocacy, digital organizing and mobilization so that they can be effective leaders for their community.

COMMUNITY AND STUDENT ORGANIZING

Jolt helps young people form student chapters at high schools and college campuses to organize around the issues that matter to them and to register their peers to vote.

 

About the Opportunity

Jolt is seeking its next Executive Director to lead a dynamic and highly regarded organization with a dedicated and passionate staff, a board of directors with the energy to support the mission, and a passionate community of supporters and stakeholders. The Executive Director has overall strategic, financial, and operational responsibility for Jolt’s staff, programs, expansion, and mission implementation. The Executive Director is responsible for continuing the vision and leadership of an organization with approximately 20 employees and a combined budget of $3.5 million in grants and private donations.

The ideal candidate will have a background in nonprofit leadership, experience leading and developing partnerships, a passion to lead a growing organization, excellent oral and written communication skills, a background with coalition development and relationship management, and a demonstrated commitment to Latino civic engagement, equity, and social justice. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors through the Board President.

Jolt invited feedback from staff, board, and community members to identify the top competencies and attributes of an ideal Executive Director. Here’s what they would like to see from the next Executive Director:

  • Effective communicator
  • Strategic thinker and leader
  • Inclusive and culturally responsive approach
  • Relationship builder
  • Ability to sit with and manage conflict

The staff and board also identified the most important experiences and strengths of an ideal Executive Director, which include:

  • Experience as a CEO/Executive Director or similar roles
  • Leading an organization through significant growth and transition
  • Leading and developing partnerships with aligned public, private, and community organizations
  • An understanding and familiarity with Latino civic engagement and building an engaged community for civic and political power of young Latinos in Texas

 

Qualifications

Candidates should have significant senior leadership experience in the social, civic, and/or campaign sectors, preferably as a CEO, Executive Director, or Vice/Deputy/Chief position. Those who have significant experience building relationships with community stakeholders and diverse funders will be strongly considered. Candidates must have a strong record of thought leadership in Latino communities.

All candidates with the following experience will be given strong consideration:

  • A combination of education and experience in nonprofit administration, business management, or similarly related areas.
  • Senior leadership experience in the nonprofit or social sector as a CEO or Executive Director. Vice/Deputy/Chief positions in the nonprofit social sector may also be considered.
  • Experience working within an organization experiencing rapid and significant growth.
Highly Desired:

In addition, Jolt would also prefer:

  • A transparent leader with high integrity.
  • Experience and skill in working with a nonprofit Board of Directors.
  • Experience with managing business operations and financials, especially complex budgets.
  • Active fundraising experience such as excellent donor relations skills and understanding of the funding community.
  • Proven success guiding staff and board through transitions and growth.
  • Participation in building a positive workforce culture, especially as it relates to addressing and prioritizing equity and social justice.
  • Experience managing diversely qualified and high-performing teams.
  • Significant experience building and executing strategic plans and managing staff and board to meet plan goals.
  • Experience directly building and managing relationships with community stakeholders, funders, and elected officials.
  • Familiarity with managing dual 501(c)3 and 501(c)4 organizations.
  • Experience with staff training for personal and professional development.
  • A history of maintaining and developing relationships with funders to secure adequate funding for the organization’s operations.
  • A background in producing and influencing media to establish thought leadership on issues affecting Texas and/or the Latino community.
  • A connection to, or understanding of, the Texas political and civic communities.
  • A thorough understanding of the diverse Hispanic and Latino communities in Texas.
  • A marketing or public relations background.
  • Spanish speaker.
  • Experience developing strategic partnerships with community groups, funders, politicians, and others to position Jolt as a leader among organizations to help achieve our mission.
  • Community organizing and voter & volunteer mobilization.
  • Willingness to travel on occasion for official Jolt engagements

 

Key Priorities & Responsibilities

The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors, providing executive leadership to the organization and overseeing day-to-day operations.

Staff and Board Leadership
  • Lead the staff and board with integrity, share a vision for the organization and community, have strong managerial skills, with consideration on team culture, and transparency.
  • Reinforce a culture of empowerment, accountability, and culture of learning that enables the leadership team to perform at its best, bringing their content expertise fully to bear, and driving them to action.
  • Support each program area and facilitate opportunities for staff professional development and growth.
  • Build strong relationships with board members, actively engaging them in governance and strategically deploying their strengths and interests in support of the organization.
Operations and Financial Oversight
  • Develop, train, and support an effective team, building strong morale and collaboration between staff members through managerial courage and integrity.
  • Foster a climate which attracts, retains, and motivates a diverse staff of capable professionals.
  • Develop and implement annual organizational goals.
  • Ensure effective systems to track progress and measure the success of organizational goals so they can be effectively communicated to the Board, funders, as well as other constituents and stakeholders.
  • Ensure Jolt applies sound financial and administrative practices through effective fiscal management, managing expenses to deliver on the mission.
Community Engagement and Development
  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the electoral and Latino community
  • Raise the profile of Jolt by serving as the primary spokesperson, actively and effectively representing and advocating for the organization to partners, funders, providers, and the public.
  • Oversee development of a successful fund development strategy, working closely with the Director of Development and Board of Directors to steward existing supporters and increase current levels of giving while identifying sustainable funding sources.
  • Deepen relationships with diverse community stakeholders (nonprofits, for-profit leaders, funders, public officials, and advocacy groups) to advance initiatives, partnerships, and to increase awareness and outcomes.

 

Compensation

JOLT honors transparency and will provide employment benefit information to candidates who are invited to the second interview stage of the hiring process so that all candidates can make an informed decision. Benefits do include employer-covered health care, retirement plan, life insurance, paid time off, plus additional benefits.

JOLT offers a salary that is competitive with industry standards. The base salary for the Executive Director role is $90,000 and may be negotiated based on experience and qualifications.

 

Equal Employment Statement

Jolt Initiative 501(c)3 and Jolt Action 501(c)4 are equal opportunity employers. It is Jolt’s policy to comply with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws and regulations relating to employees or applicants relating to advertising, recruitment, employment, compensation, promotion, transfer, termination of employment, training and conditions of employment regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, citizenship, age, marital status, sexual orientation/expression/identity, genetic information or disability. Jolt’s policy complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment.

 

TO APPLY

Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and five references, of which three must be considered professional, to JOLT@MissionCapital.org. In the subject line, please include “JOLT Executive Director Search.” This will be a virtual process conducted through phone and video conferencing tools.

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