About the Organization
As one of the nation’s original venture philanthropies, REDF is working to build a better, more inclusive society, where all people have the jobs and support they need—and the pride, purpose, and path to self-sufficiency they deserve. To make that vision a reality, REDF invests in Employment Social Enterprises (ESE), which are mission-driven, revenue-generating businesses that employ, empower and invest in the potential of people.
ESEs are gaining increasing recognition and have an even more vital role to play as the nation addresses the pandemic-fueled economic downturn and responds to widespread advocacy for racial and economic justice across the country. Public and private entities are looking to REDF to provide its’ signature blend of advice and capital to build this field.
REDF’s Board of Directors has adopted an exciting 2021-2025 strategy with long-term goals of driving ESE scale and market adoption, while achieving meaningful results for the people employed, and a positive social return for public and private investors. As REDF plans for implementation, it continues to focus on achieving data-driven results and is integrating objectives and activities meant to more squarely address racial disparities.
REDF believes that investing in building the capacity and effectiveness of ESEs will result in more work opportunities and a path to economic security and mobility for people who are overcoming significant barriers to work such as histories of homelessness and/or incarceration. To achieve this objective REDF provides a blend of capital and specialized advisory services, while building the evidence base, developing diverse talent and leadership, and advocating for greater public and private sector investment.
At this moment, current high rates of unemployment are likely to be exacerbated by increased homelessness, vulnerability to illnesses like COVID-19, and a larger number of people returning to their communities as prisons and jails reduce overcrowding. ESEs are an essential, evidence-backed strategy to engage these individuals in the workforce even during hard economic times.
The President will serve as an officer of REDF and as a senior strategic leader. This is a newly created role at REDF meant to grow the organization and ensure stability and adaptability for years to come. This hire will allow the CEO to step back from day-to-day management of the organization, giving the President runway to envision and lead REDF’s next chapter.
The President’s primary responsibility is for advancing REDF’s mission and vision through excellence. They will work across the organization and lead REDF into its new strategy as a nimble, effective organization capable of delivering on its long-term vision during a time of significant change fueled by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a vigorous social, economic, and racial justice movement. Specifically, they will ensure REDF’s programmatic, fundraising, and shared services strategies are effectively implemented across all segments of the organization.
Key responsibilities of the President include:
Collaborate with the CEO, Executive Team, and Board to develop, refine, and implement the new strategic direction;
Ensure the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with REDF’s mission;
Demonstrate fidelity to REDF’s core values and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, aligning programs with a growing national commitment to economic and racial justice;
Manage and identify additional opportunities for value-add external partnerships, understand market positioning, competitive advantage, and develop alliances;
Enable REDF to make the case for philanthropic and government investment so it continues its’ trajectory of growth and impact;
Contribute to formulating and participate in executing communications, marketing and development strategies;
Ensure the delivery of high-quality services while managing for current and future growth;
Provide leadership to expand and deepen REDF’s diversity, equity and inclusion practices and strategies, with a strong focus on addressing racial inequity, internally, and externally;
Oversee the financial status of the organization; and
Manage, partner with, and develop the organization’s senior leadership.
Qualified candidates should have demonstrated leadership skills in a medium to large, multidimensional nonprofit organization, and/or aligned for-profit or public-sector entities, preferably with an in-depth knowledge of social enterprise. The ideal candidate must have an excellent record of professional accomplishments and impact, including a vision for the future of the employment social enterprise field; a proven record of securing significant financial support from philanthropy and other sources; experience communicating a compelling social impact value proposition to multiple audiences; a demonstrated commitment to racial, ethnic, cultural and socio-economic diversity and equity. Consistent with REDF’s values, this person must have the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in California and across the nation.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to:
Execute for Results
The President brings the drive and ability to develop, implement, and promote the strategies needed to reach ambitious organizational goals. The President has a proven record of prioritizing objectives and converting strategy into effective execution. The ideal candidate possesses the ability to properly balance collaboration and decisiveness, understanding where input is needed and then driving effectively and efficiently toward execution. The President possesses the curiosity and drive to stay attuned to trends and innovations in the ESE space and the surrounding ecosystem to identify how emerging trends may impact REDF’s work and the experience and judgment to determine whether and how they can be integrated into organizational design and strategy. They have demonstrated understanding of shared services business functions (human resources, business/administrative, facilities/building services management, IT, and finance departments).
Build Relationships and Lead Through Influence
The President has a proven track record of building and leading high performing teams in support of achieving the organization’s goals. The President inspires confidence and provide guidance and support to the leadership team, helping them develop effective plans and solutions and navigate through challenges and obstacles to achieve goals. This executive possesses the ability to manage through change with flexibility and poise. The President has demonstrated experience establishing rapport and cultivating relationships across the organization, including the leadership team, Board of Directors, donors, and other external stakeholders.
Serve as an Ambassador for REDF
Highly articulate and a deft communicator, the President easily convey REDF’s vision, successes, and opportunities with passion and intensity within the organization and to external stakeholders. The ideal candidate brings a high level of cultural competency especially with national partners and team members. The President has the ability to engage with ESE leaders and participants, as well as donors and philanthropists. This leader brings a commitment to working collaboratively with local and national social entrepreneurs and enterprises to drive long-term sustainability.
Passion for the Mission
The President is passionate about growing employment social enterprises, providing opportunities to the people they serve, and creating pathways to economic security and mobility. This individual brings a sense of excitement about REDF’s work and a high level of energy to be part of a team that is deeply committed to building a more inclusive society. The President is a leader of unquestioned integrity, ethics, and values; someone who can be trusted without reservation.
A competitive compensation and benefits package will be provided.
Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Alex Corvin and Ally Johnson are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please visit this link here
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REDF is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ+, and other underrepresented applicants.