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NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Executive Director

Summary

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts (NARAL PCM) has been the state’s leading advocate for a woman’s right to choose and for access to reproductive health care since 1972. Its mission is to develop and sustain a grassroots constituency that uses the political process to guarantee every woman the right to make personal decisions regarding the full range of reproductive choices, including preventing unintended pregnancy, bearing healthy children and choosing safe, legal and accessible abortion. Please see www.prochoicemass.org.

NARAL PCM is a 501(c)(4) organization, which implements its mission through lobbying, grassroots organizing, electoral work, public education, policy initiatives, research, and training programs.  The Executive Director also has management responsibility for the Pro-Choice Massachusetts Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation established in 1979 to promote reproductive freedom in the Commonwealth through public education, policy initiatives, research and training, as well as the NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts Political Action Committee (the PAC), a non-tax-exempt registered PAC in the State of Massachusetts which works directly on state elections. 

In accordance with federal and Massachusetts laws, the three entities offer members the opportunity to be involved in innovative, results-oriented, effective programs including:

  • Political Programs. The PAC is involved in regular and special elections, seeking to endorse, promote, and elect pro-choice candidates as well as to propose and work to progress legislation. The PAC is a leader and a partner in the political arena, frequently working in concert with organizations seeking the same ends.
  • Organizing. Organizing and mobilizing pro-choice supporters through a variety of vehicles including college campus groups and door-to-door canvassing is a hallmark of NARAL PCM’s highly effective work to influence the political process, to recruit new members, and to engage volunteers at the community level.
  • Improving Access. NARAL PCM evaluates opportunities and develops programs outside the legislative process and works with a broad coalition of stakeholders to improve access to comprehensive health and prevention education, birth control, emergency contraception and abortion services.

We embrace the dual strategies of collaborating with organizations representing diverse groups and creating more inclusiveness and diversity within our own organization.  In order to better understand and represent the needs of a broad constituency, NARAL PCM seeks the input and meaningful participation of those who have been underrepresented in the past such as people of color, low-income people, and people with disabilities.  

NARAL PCM’s staff is comprised of seven full-time professionals with impressive political, fundraising, organizing, operational and programmatic skills. The staff works with highly effective volunteer committees focused on political efforts, organizing, fundraising, diversity, medical concerns, communications and administration. With a budget of approximately $600,000, representing primarily individual contributions, NARAL PCM mobilizes and trains hundreds of supporters statewide to get involved in grassroots advocacy, including direct contact with legislators and working in campaigns to increase the representation of pro-choice legislators in the state house.

Responsibilities

The Executive Director will lead a fiscally sound, entrepreneurial, and highly-regarded organization. S/he will oversee:

Strategic positioning

  • Clearly define the organization’s niche while continuing to be a partner and coalition-builder;
  • Continue and enhance NARAL PCM’s impact and effectiveness in electoral politics;
  • Evaluate and target messages for impact on important audiences;
  • Maintain the strength and effectiveness of NARAL PCM’s programs;
  • Create an organization with additional political clout;

Fundraising

  • Ensure financial capacity to achieve the mission;
  • Expand the financial base through maintaining, broadening and diversifying the donor base;
  • Cultivate and build sustaining relationships with major donors

Outreach and membership recruitment

  • Serve as NARAL PCM’s primary spokesperson;
  • Increase strategic partnerships and public awareness of NARAL PCM;
  • Increase membership, especially of younger, diverse constituents;

Leadership and management

  • Inspire and manage a dedicated and talented staff, setting an inclusive, collaborative and productive environment;
  • Create and manage positive cash flow and the annual budget; 
  • Collaborate with NARAL Pro-Choice America’s national office;

Partnership with the Board and volunteers

  • Assist the Board in maintaining effective governance;
  • Support active volunteer committees.

Qualifications

  • Passion for the mission and vision for the organization’s future;
  • Successful track record in cultivation of major donors and foundations,;
  • Solid political experience and instincts and a keen understanding of the legislative process; experience in Massachusetts electoral politics is a distinct plus.
  • Exceptional oral and written communicator who is diplomatic, appropriately assertive, a meticulous fact-finder, comfortable managing complex issues and an effective advocate/strong public speaker with interview experience;
  • Knowledgeable about organizing;
  • Skilled in helping pro-choice legislators frame their arguments powerfully;
  • Entrepreneurial, innovative approach to program development and problem solving;
  • Demonstrated collaborator and strategic team leader/team player;
  • Experience expanding an organization’s membership to reflect the diversity of populations it wishes to serve;
  • Experience inspiring, mentoring, and developing staff;
  • Experience working with a motivated volunteer Board of Directors;
  • Experience developing strong media relations/coverage;
  • Experience leading and managing a small office preferred;
  • High degree of initiative, energy, and stamina and a keen sense of humor;
  • Work experience in reproductive rights field is desirable as is experience in C3/C4/PAC organization.

Other Info

Please send resume and cover letter to Susan Egmont, Egmont Associates at segmont@egmontassociates.com.

NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation.  Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

NARAL Pro-Choice America does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or political affiliation. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


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