Axis Talent Partners

Axis Talent Partners

Chief of Staff at Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

Orlando, FL
Oct 23, 2023
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Job Description

About Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC) is a grassroots membership organization run by returning citizens dedicated to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against people with convictions and creating a more comprehensive and humane reentry system to enhance successful reentry, reduce recidivism and increase public safety. Under the visionary leadership of Desmond Meade, FRRC was the core group behind passing Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to 1.4 million returning citizens in Florida. Since the passage of this pivotal 2018 legislation by a 64.5 percent majority FRRC has been the vanguard for initiatives to protect democracy, promote meaningful criminal justice reform and break down barriers to jobs and housing for returning citizens.

Driven by the belief that returning citizens can play an essential role in strengthening our communities, FRRC is committed to supporting communities by eliminating barriers to democracy, increasing economic mobility, and creating a new narrative for justice-impacted people. Understanding that transformative policy change requires changing the culture around issues of mass incarceration, racial justice, economic equality and criminal justice reform, FRRC is focused on the following:

defending returning citizens and their families; protecting the ability to vote and economic mobility for people impacted by the criminal legal system;and producing leaders throughout the state who advocate for policy reforms that improve people's lives in Florida and across the country.

The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition believes returning citizens can play an essential role in strengthening our communities. Learn more about our work here.

Since 2012, its first full year as an official organization, FRRC has grown to more than 40 staff with an annual operating budget of approximately $8 million, more than 21,000 coalition members, and 25 chapters across the state. FRRC’s passionate team comes from all walks of life, background and political orientation, most of which have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system. FRRC seeks a high-capacity, strategic, and influential Chief of Staff to join its Executive Leadership team to ensure the prioritization of the highest leverage opportunities to advance FRRC’s mission and growth.

About The Opportunity

Reporting to the Executive Director (ED), the Chief of Staff will strategically partner with FRRC’s Executive Leadership team to inform organizational strategy and decision-making. FRRC seeks a high-capacity senior leader to cultivate cohesion among teams and departments, connecting the dots for improved alignment and engagement. The Chief of Staff will drive business priorities from start to finish, executing special projects and initiatives for the ED or the organization and ensuring appropriate structures and processes are in place for optimal communication within the office and across teams.

The Chief of Staff will be an Orlando-based, in-office employee with the flexibility to work from home several times per month. Occasional night and weekend work is required.

Areas of Leadership

The Chief of Staff will focus on the following areas of leadership:

Mission & Values Alignment: Excitement around FRRC’s mission and a commitment to improving outcomes to ending the disenfranchisement and discrimination against returning citizens. Apply a focus on equity and justice, understanding the importance of movement-building and philanthropic investment to advance community-based leadership and policy change.

Key Competencies

History of senior-level leadership within the nonprofit, grassroots, community engagement, and organizing sectors, preferably in a startup environment. Experience operationalizing strategies and programming centered around social change, justice, equity, or inclusion. Experience in private and public sectors, with a background in human resources, operations, or executive leadership.

Internal Systems & Operations Management: Lead the execution of the disparate and various projects required to support FRRC’s continued impact. Kickstart and lead cross-functional projects focusing on end-to-end project management, most often where there is no clear owner. Identify gaps in HR and operations; build systems to fill those gaps, such as hiring practices, compensation structure, leave policies etc. Oversee the organization's day-to-day management internally, up, down, and laterally.

Key Competencies

Strong project management; ability to manage multiple initiatives and projects simultaneously. Training or expertise is a specific planning methodology (i.e., Asana). Experience building sustainable internal systems and processes from start to finish, including people management and hiring practices. Ability to communicate across organizational levels and roles with keen attention to detail. Excellence in execution: solid experience implementing strategic visions at a tactical level.

Culture & Change Leadership: Partner with the ED and Deputy Director in cultivating and maintaining a values-aligned tone and culture of FRRC; promote team development. Level-set shared language, definitions and values on how the organization is identified internally and externally. Facilitate strong cross-functional and stakeholder integration, adding or changing structures and processes where needed. Serve as a culture champion promoting alignment and accountability across the organization.

Key Competencies

Demonstrated experience in building and maintaining a collaborative and positive team culture. A facilitative and adaptive management style that supports working through challenges and across lines of difference; a strategy and people manager. Ability to foster trust and collaboration among team members and manage through change with flexibility and poise. Strong emotional intelligence with the ability to work closely and effectively with diverse people. Ability to manage through influence versus authority.

Executive Collaboration: Lead the senior leadership team to cultivate structure and accountability in strategic plans. Serve as a thought partner and counsel to the organization’s leadership and Board. Provide the ED with consistent and relevant briefing information before key meetings and events.

Key Competencies

Experience serving as the voice, vision, and mission of an organization, its senior leadership, and senior staff, both internally and externally, including interactions with the Board. Experience managing senior-level executives with expertise in maximizing meeting-time utilization and an ability to quickly and efficiently translate ideas into trackable, actionable plans. A track record of implementing strategies that support effective decision-making processes. Track record of helping senior leaders to see where there are linkages across the work and create operational efficiencies and new processes on an evolving basis.

Compensation & Benefits

This is an outstanding full-time, exempt opportunity for a highly motivated senior leader to join a rapidly growing organization. FRRC offers a competitive base salary of $150,000 to $180,000. The final salary will be determined based on relevant experience. This position will require occasional travel.

Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Inc. offers a comprehensive benefits plan that includes medical, dental, and vision coverage and a 401K retirement plan for eligible employees. Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, Inc. has the right to change any benefit offering, including but not limited to the amount of employee contributions, at any time. Employees will receive notice in advance of any changes.

FRRC Statement

FRRC is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. FRRC’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality or state in which you are working. FRRC values diverse experiences, including with regard to educational background and justice system involvement. People with criminal justice records are encouraged to apply. We depend on a diverse staff to carry out our mission.

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