THIS IS AN IN OFFICE ROLE IN SAN FRANCISCO, CA. THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE MAY WORK REMOTELY ONE DAY PER WEEK.
ABOUT EVICTION DEFENSE COLLABORATIVE
The Eviction Defense Collaborative (EDC) is the principal organization in San Francisco helping low-income tenants respond to eviction lawsuits. Each year, they provide emergency legal services and rental assistance to over 5,000 tenants in San Francisco. EDC also represents clients who have been evicted from city run shelters at hearings and arbitrations.
Our families, our community, our economy, and our health all depend on the security and stability that come from having a place to call home. Only when we ensure this basic human right can we grow as individuals to produce a just, prosperous, and equitable society. Because of the high cost of housing in San Francisco, thousands of families and individuals struggle every day to meet this most basic human need. Each time someone loses the struggle against eviction and becomes homeless or is forced to leave the City, San Francisco loses a little more of the dignity and diversity that gives it its cherished spirit.
EDC’s mission is rooted in the belief that housing is a human right. The deep historical roots of racial disenfranchisement and discrimination are embedded in this country’s history (e.g. redlining, privatization of affordable housing, and racial discrimination in the private and public sectors) such that housing injustice equals racial injustice. In other words, our mission is inextricably linked to advancing racial, economic and social justice, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization.
The Eviction Defense Collaborative works to level the playing field by providing emergency legal assistance to our low-income neighbors.
Eviction Defense Collaborative is seeking a remarkable civic leader who is passionate about social justice to serve as their next Executive Director. The Executive Director of Eviction Defense Collaborative is responsible to the Board of Directors for the successful vision, leadership, management of the organization including community engagement, city and state government relations, fundraising/development, human resources, strategic planning finance, and executive communications. During the period of COVID, EDC expanded at a rapid pace from a modest budget to an influx of municipal and state funds, resulting in explosive growth in services and programming. The incoming Executive Director will right-size the organization and budget in service of current needs.
The Executive Director plays a key role in engaging and empowering community members, volunteers, partners, staff and elected officials to achieve EDC's mission to level the playing field by providing emergency legal assistance to our low-income neighbors.
For more information, please visit https://evictiondefense.org/.
This position reports to the Board of Directors and has 5 direct reports (Executive Assistant, Chief of Staff, Development Director, Finance Director, HR Director).
Salary range is $150,000-$200,000
Medical, Dental and Vision (EDC pays 100% of the premiums for employees and 75% of the premiums for spouse or domestic partner and eligible dependents of Base Medical plan, Dental Plan and Vision Plan)
PTO: 240 hours (30 days per year)
Paid holidays: 14 (follows court holidays)
Sick time: 96 hours
Sabbatical (unpaid time off: HR Approval needed): 160 hours
Bereavement: 48 hours
Jury Duty: 80 hours
Floating Holiday: 16 hours
$50 Utility Stipend per pay period for home internet/cellphone
401(k) EDC contributes 3% of salary (no vesting required)
Health Savings Account (EDC funds a total of $75/employee only per pay period, or $125/family per pay period)
Opportunity to contribute to FSA and Dependent Care FSA
Income Protection Plans (short term and long term disability, life insurance)
Bicycle Commuting Reimbursement
Additional employee assistance programs
The opportunity to raise crucial funds and provide emergency housing assistance and protection from wrongful eviction to low-income families and other tenants in high need.
Visionary executive excited by the opportunity to strategically and intentionally guide an organization during a period of rapid growth and change
Clear, decisive, hands-on leader who clears barriers from the path of team members and is unflappable in the face of conflict
Charismatic, compassionate, and service-oriented partner in the community and with all key stakeholders connected to EDC
Deeply committed to leveling the playing field for low-income communities struggling to make ends meet In San Francisco
Strategic Leadership & Management
Lead, invigorate, and inspire a highly motivated and passionate staff.
Intentionally nurture a happy, healthy internal culture and maintain the conditions for successful performance.
Build out the necessary internal talent to ensure the team is fully resourced and has what they need from EDC to be successful in their roles.
Ensure operation of the organization meets the needs and expectations of clients, staff, volunteers and donors.
Ability to convey and communicate a vision of the future of EDC to clients, staff, volunteers and donors.
Serve as a strategic partner with the Board and its sub-committees to ensure effective resource development, governance practices, and fiscal responsibility and stability.
Recruit, nurture, and retain Board members.
Ensure EDC is in compliance with relevant regulations, policies and procedures.
Fundraising & Fiscal Management
Adhere to fiscal management that includes operating within the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
Oversee financial accounting system of the Foundation’s fiscal activities, including audits.
Partner with the development department to execute a comprehensive fundraising program including identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of individual annual and major gift donors and prospects, corporate and foundation gifts, planned giving, and events.
Communicate with funders and members to keep them informed of the work of the organization and identify changing needs in the community we serve.
Ensure agency achievement of all contract and grant objectives.
Community Relations & Partnership
Collaborate thoughtfully and sustain strong working relationships with representatives from the City of San Francisco about how to support community members who are in need.
Establish productive working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders, politicians, and other organizations to help achieve our goals.
Build bridges with community members, nonprofits, government agencies, and other key stakeholders.
Organizing meetings or site visits with legislators and staff.
Lobbying on behalf of EDC and its' mission to raise awareness and build coalition with elected officials
Endorse or support specific legislation as necessary that pertains to the mission of EDC.
Proactively build meaningful client relationships with key community partners and stakeholders. Understand nuanced stakeholder dynamics.
10+ years of successful executive level management experience managing teams of 25 or more
A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution; Advanced degree and/or JD preferred
Track record of working with a culturally-diverse population of community leaders, board members, volunteers, and staff
Demonstrated experience with deep culture work within an organization that has gone through tremendous, unprecedented, rapid growth
Track record of serving as a torch bearer for a positive and productive organizational culture and advocating on behalf of staff needs
Experience working in a legal aid organization preferred
Experience working with and/or being part of a union
Experience managing municipal and state funds
Comprehensive knowledge of lack of affordable housing, homelessness, wrongful eviction, and the structural systems that create these conditions
Self-awareness of and commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice work
Fluency and comfort in talking about and educating others on existing systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, and classism, and their intersectional nature
High level of diplomacy and tact
Must be comfortable working with people with all abilities
Fervent belief in equal access to the law and housing as a human right
Passion for the mission and vision of EDC
Eviction Defense Collaborative’s (EDC) mission is to further housing justice in San Francisco, ensuring all tenants are stably and safely housed. EDC’s mission is rooted in the belief that housing is a human right. The deep historical roots of racial disenfranchisement and discrimination are embedded in this country’s history (e.g. redlining, privatization of affordable housing, and racial discrimination in the private and public sectors) such that housing injustice equals racial injustice. In other words, our mission is inextricably linked to advancing racial, economic and social justice, and we are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion within the organization.
Our staff are the most important part of EDC’s ability to serve its mission. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and organization’s success.
We embrace and encourage our employees’ differences in age, race, ethnicity, caste, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our employees unique.
EDC’s diversity initiatives are applicable—but not limited—to our practices and policies on recruitment and selection; compensation and benefits; professional development and training; job growth; transfers; social and recreational programs; layoffs; terminations; and the ongoing development of a work environment built on the premise that diversity, equity and inclusion encourage and enforce. Examples include:
Respectful communication and cooperation between all employees.
Teamwork and employee participation, permitting the representation of all groups and employee perspectives.
Work/life balance through flexible work schedules to accommodate employees’ varying needs.
Employer and employee contributions to the communities we serve to promote a greater understanding and respect for diversity.
All employees of EDC have a responsibility to treat others with dignity and respect at all times. All employees are expected to exhibit conduct that reflects inclusion during work, at work functions on or off the work site, and at all other company-sponsored and participative events. All employees are also required to attend and complete ongoing diversity, equity and inclusion trainings to enhance their knowledge to fulfill this responsibility.
As this work is uncomfortable and necessary, we encourage open dialogue and attention to resolving conflicts if and as they arise. We ask that employees seek support and mentorship to address issues as soon as identified. Employees who believe they have been subjected to any kind of discrimination that conflicts with the company’s diversity policy and initiatives should seek assistance from a supervisor or the Executive Director.