Emerge CO is Looking for a New Executive Director

Emerge Colorado is seeking a strategic, driven, and inspiring new Executive Director to work with our Board of Directors and oversee our innovative candidate recruitment, training, and support programs as we take our organization to the next level and increase representation for women at every level of government in Colorado. We are looking for an excellent fundraiser and master relationship-builder with demonstrated experience overseeing budgets and staff.

Executive Director Job Description

About Emerge Colorado

A 527 non‐profit organization, Emerge Colorado is the state’s premier candidate recruitment and training organization for progressive women. We provide more than 80 hours of comprehensive candidate training every spring that ensures women are ready to run for office when they graduate. We are building a bench of talented candidates to enter school board, city council, county commissioner, and general assembly races across the state.

In November 2016, we had a 90% win rate with seven of our eight alumnae winning their races, including six women in the Colorado State Legislature. Following the election, the number of women who applied for our program almost tripled. So, we more than doubled down on our programming. We graduated nearly 40 women from our comprehensive program in the spring, trained 16 women through our summer intensive program, and held a one-day training for prospective candidates, campaign managers, and activists that brought out more than 250 women from across the state. In the fall of 2017, 11 of the 18 Emerge women on the ballot won their races.

Over the next year, with more than 30 of our women on the ballot in 2018, we expect our 65% overall win rate to continue, and we can’t wait to innovate and expand our training offerings for prospective candidates, progressive activists, and future campaign staff. The future is feminist.

About the Role and Opportunity

The ideal candidate will be a collaborative manager of programs and staff, a strategic thinker and problem-solver, an expert relationship-builder, and have the potential to be an inspiring leader in the community. The Executive Director should be someone who can welcome a crowd at a rowdy event, draft a strategic campaign plan, make a hard ask of a major donor, and drive the development of new strategies that will result in measurable impacts for the short- and long-term. The Executive Director at Emerge is a bit of a jill of all trades and should always be ready for a challenging opportunity to make the organization—and our state—better. And, of course, this person should be deeply committed to advancing the mission and goals of the organization.

Job Activities and Responsibilities
Organizational Strategy, Management, and Operations

● Serve as the lead strategist for the organization
● Drive the creation and management of organizational strategic plans in all areas of organizational development and cultivate a culture of strategic thinking among staff, board members, interns, and volunteers
● Ensure Emerge has the systems and structures in place to deliver on our mission and strategic priorities, including setting and managing ambitious short- and long-term objectives and rigorous plans to achieve those objectives
● Ensure Emerge is meeting our budget and using our resources in the most strategic way possible to have the greatest impact we can
● Ensure Emerge is operating sustainably for the short- and long-term, including through compliance and financial health
● Supervise the big picture in a way that ensures Emerge has the human, financial, and operational resources to fulfill its mission
● Serve as the primary spokesperson for Emerge Colorado and oversee all external communications, including developing relationships with the press, implementing a communications plan, and managing Emerge’s website, email program, and social media accounts
Fundraising and Relationship Building
● Craft and execute Emerge’s annual fundraising plan
● Develop fundraising pitches that make a compelling case for supporting our work for use in meetings, communications, mailers, proposals, etc. Use top pitches to develop supporting narratives and materials
● Grow our individual donor base by developing and executing a coordinated strategy to build relationships with established and prospective donors to maximize funding (this includes managing staff and board to fundraise)
● Maintain and build strategic relationships with key allies, including: the Colorado progressive funder community and donors, Colorado’s elected officials and prominent political and community leaders, and other influential connectors
● Cultivate, maintain and enhance Emerge’s relationships with major donors and major funding institutions
● Build and seize strategic partnerships and opportunities to bring in new sources of revenue for the organization
● Plan and execute events aimed at raising major gifts, including an annual event and house parties
● Act as the primary spokesperson for the organization at events, in the media, etc., and ensure that a diverse set of staff and board members serve in public roles as well
● Oversee and refine all development systems to support effective department operations, including our donor database and acknowledgement processes
Programmatic and Communications Oversight
● Administer Emerge’s candidate training programs, including organizing weekend training sessions for the six-month intensive training program, scheduling and preparing trainers, organizing and developing curriculum materials, and supporting Emerge program members
● Manage program member recruitment and the applicant selection process to ensure a diverse and progressive class
● Support and engage Emerge Colorado alumnae to keep them connected to the organization
Staff Management
● Ensure Emerge has a diverse and capable team of staff and volunteers to successfully manage program development and execution as well as day-to-day organizational operations
● Provide management, mentorship, professional development, and evaluation for staff
● Ensure a safe, welcoming, and inspiring organizational culture for staff to excel in
Board Management
● Ensure that the board is engaging meaningfully on program strategy, organizational development, and fundraising, including through regular meetings and developing additional opportunities for them to engage
● Provide the board of directors with resources and tools to govern the organization effectively and to play an active role in fundraising and program assistance
● Maintain and create opportunities for relationship-building between members of the boards and staff

Qualifications and Experiences of an Ideal Candidate

● Smart and strategic when it comes to program development, fundraising, and problem-solving
● Excellent manager, with a demonstrated ability to manage talented staff members and to build a high-performing team
● Expert relationship-builder with the ability to build strong relationships quickly internally and externally (with donors, staff, board, media, allies, etc.)
● Knowledge of and demonstrated ability to successfully fundraise; major donor, grassroots, and institutional/foundation settings preferred
● Deep understanding of the political infrastructure, particularly as it relates to the representation of women in public office, in Colorado and nationally
● Strong judgment in assessing risks and rewards for strategic opportunities
● Results-oriented and obsessed with impact, with a proven track record of delivering exceptional results
● Able to engage and inspire a broad range of people around a shared vision
● Passionate to work for the elevation of women and for the creation of a more representative, inclusive, and just state
● Deep commitment to and understanding of Emerge’s mission
● Understanding of general financial management and operations, preferably with experience managing budgets, financial controls, etc.
● Strong written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator
● Previous experience managing political or issue campaigns, or overseeing comprehensive candidate- or issue-specific training programs preferred
● Experience managing or working closely with a board of directors preferred

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full-time, salaried position, with salary in the range of $55,000-$70,000 annually. Compensation is commensurate with experience. Emerge Colorado offers a competitive salary and a full benefits package, which includes generous paid vacation, sick leave and paid holidays, 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, a matching 401(k), access to the office gym, and professional development opportunities.


To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and two professional references to the attention of the Emerge Colorado Hiring Committee at ashley@emergeco.org. Please submit your materials as a single PDF document (resume, cover letter, and three professional references combined into a single document) attached to the email.

Your cover letter should be no longer than two pages, include any salary requirements you may have, describe how your professional interests and experiences relate to Emerge’s purpose and mission, and articulate why you’re interested in this opportunity and why you’re particularly well-suited to lead Emerge Colorado.

Applications will be held confidentially by the board of directors and members of the hiring committee.

Although applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, we encourage applicants to submit their materials by January 12th, 2018 at the latest. Initial phone interviews will take place on a rolling basis, beginning in December and throughout January, and we will begin full interviews on a rolling basis in late December.


Emerge is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from all, and strongly encourage women, people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, refugees and members of the LGBTQ community to apply. Emerge is fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and operates in compliance with all federal and state laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining to nondiscrimination. We do not and will not discriminate in employment and personnel practices on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

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