The Merage Foundations, a nonprofit consortium comprised of four grantmaking foundations and four operating foundations, is seeking to hire a Managing Director for The Equitas Project. Equitas is a nonpartisan, nonprofit operating foundation, is centered on the belief that disentangling the mental health and criminal justice systems will yield individual and community prosperity. It leverages its many strengths to convene law enforcement, the judicial system, and the mental health field leaders to craft interagency policy and practice solutions. Equitas promotes mental health awareness and champions laws, policies, and practices that prioritize improved population health outcomes, sensible use of resources, and the decriminalization of mental illness.
The ideal candidate is a strategic, entrepreneurial, forward thinking, and passionate leader with a sound understanding of the mental health-criminal justice crisis. and a proven track record inspiring collective action. They will be capable of effectively leading a broad national coalition of stakeholders from law enforcement, justice and mental health systems. Responsibilities will include spearheading a national public awareness campaign, directing the Equitas National Advisory Council, and managing a portfolio of innovative policy reform initiatives. The position will also be responsible for amplifying the organizational capacity, including the expansion of funding partnerships and project collaborations, and overseeing a Project Coordinator, interns and volunteers. The position will report to the Merage Foundations Vice President of Philanthropy and the Equitas Board of Directors.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES include the following:
- Lead the development and execution of annual and long-term strategic plans for Equitas.
- Keep the Equitas Board of Directors informed by preparing reports including (but not limited to) financial status, programming, and fund development for presentation to these and other groups.
- Keep abreast of activities and developments in the domestic and international Mental Health, Criminal Justice, and Law Enforcement sectors and advise the Board of matters that may be helpful to promote the Equitas mission and vision.
- Provide oversight and direction to all Equitas staff, interns, advisors and other volunteers.
- Oversee the selection of locations and partners, and work to ensure the success of project execution.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders by building partnerships with volunteer groups, key organizations, public and government agencies, and the general public, and using these relationships to achieve organizational goals.
- Build and maintain a cooperative network of peer counterparts in other organizations to gather information and share ideas and potentially collaborate on impactful community projects.
- Recruit and lead the Equitas Advisory Council and guide the productivity and impact of their taskforce activities.
- Conduct fund development activities by overseeing joint ventures, corporate sponsorships, grant writing, special events, and program promotion to create a sustainable model.
- Prepare and submit proposals and reports to foundations, corporations and government agencies.
Marketing & Promotion
- Spearhead the implementation of an ambitious viral public awareness campaign, utilizing a variety of medial platforms.
- Cultivate media contacts by representing the organization and preparing information for media kits to generate feature stories in print, broadcast, and internet media channels about Equitas.
- Serve as the Equitas spokesperson and articulate the mission in storytelling, data reports and other creative messaging techniques.
- Write, or oversee the writing of individual and corporate correspondence including all website content and collateral material, annual report, press releases and other media relations work.
- Execution of a fund development program including cultivation of in-kind partnerships, solicitation of individual donations and obtaining major grants.
- Prepare annual operating budget for approval, including those for funding or implementation of programs. Authorize expenditures in accordance with approved budget by monitoring actual income and expense activity in order to prepare updated budget projections.
Evaluation and measurement
- Use quantitative and qualitative research to identify and create strategies incorporating Advisor’s opinions, community leader views and the Board’s expectations.
- Benchmark impact and engagement against peer organizations.
- Track and measure Key Performance Indicators and impacts of programs.
- 10+ years of experience in criminal justice, mental health, or related institutions in a leadership capacity
- Demonstrated executive leadership experience in a for-profit or non-profit organization, ideally one with a mission of service to the community
- Bachelor’s degree in Mental Health, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, or a related discipline is required
- Graduate degree in related domain in highly preferred
- Spokesperson and public speaking expertise
- Strong organizational ability, and ability to drive for results in a high performing organization
- Problem-solving, political acumen, start-up experience, and strong financial management skills are required
- Proficient with Microsoft Office applications, social media and web communication
- Willing to travel 20-25% domestically
The position includes excellent benefits, including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, STD, LTD, FSA, 401(k), and an annual bonus. Equal Opportunity Employer.