Director of Strategic Initiatives, Demand Abolition at Hunt Alternatives Fun Job Listing at Koya Leadership Partners in Cambridge, MA
Hunt Alternatives Fund, a two-generation family foundation headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, seeks a dynamic and entrepreneurial leader to serve as Director of Strategic Initiatives and share the helm of its national, ground-breaking Demand Abolition program. Demand Abolition supports the movement to eliminate the demand for illegal commercial sex in the US. Its goal is to power a cultural shift toward a society that does not tolerate the buying of human beings for sex. As lasting social change is only established through sustained efforts, Demand Abolition is developing a decade-long, multi-stakeholder strategy to identify and promote pragmatic, sustainable, and evidence-based policies and programs to reduce demand. Demand Abolition’s comprehensive approach includes policy advocacy (at the federal, state, and local levels), research and evaluation, training and technical assistance, network-building, and philanthropic engagement.
The growth plan for 2013-2015 includes developing and implementing a nationwide strategy with the goal of measurably reducing demand for illegal commercial sex in 18-24 months in three to seven localities (city, municipality, etc). Coordinated, multi-stakeholder, cross-disciplinary groups will test and measure promising interventions targeted toward demand (yet integrated with broader anti-trafficking efforts) in order to create replicable models for other localities.
Currently envisioned to be reporting to the President of Hunt Alternatives Fund and working with strategic guidance from Fund Chair, Ambassador Swanee Hunt, and the program’s Board of Directors, the Director of Strategic Initiatives, Demand Abolition will be responsible for program strategy, internal oversight and execution, as well as external relationship building. S/he will partner closely with the Director of Policy and Outreach to evolve Demand Abolition’s program model and play a critical advisory role in the national expansion.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced, creative, and committed systems thinker skilled in bringing ideas to scale and eager to find innovative solutions to the seemingly intractable problem of purchased sex. A successful candidate must adapt and contribute to a well-established organizational cultural, and thrive in a fast-paced environment while continuously adjusting strategies and practices in response to the complex field(s) in which we work. Working with a passionate and dedicated team, this is an opportunity to play a leading strategic role in one of the most important movements of our time.
The Director of Strategic Initiatives, Demand Abolition will develop strategy and work to implement programmatic goals, collaborate with the team on day-to-day decision making, and build on and execute a strategic and operational vision that aligns with Demand Abolition’s mission and values.
Position is located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Open to negotiation provided incumbent can be in Cambridge a minimum of 3 days a week.
Collaborate with the Director of Policy and Outreach to implement and expand our strategy, including operationalizing and overseeing a new phase of work supporting multi-stakeholder efforts to establish or expand demand reduction in US localities. This would include leading stakeholders through a process to establish common goals, developing data collection and dissemination mechanisms, overseeing RFP processes and participant selection, coordinating regular reports with and among localities, and identifying promising practices for state and federal advocacy.
Build on existing relationships to sustain and deepen shared ownership with multiple stakeholders including organizations and individuals across disciplines, sectors, and social movements. Current stakeholders include survivors, corporate executives, criminal justice professionals, researchers, practitioners, faith-based groups and religious leaders, policymakers, and others.
Identify, cultivate, and collaborate with existing and new allies critical to the success of the initiative.
Raise the profile of the program through effective public relations efforts, thought leadership, and strategic alliances.
Collaborate with Director of Policy and Outreach to solicit strategic and policy guidance from the program board committee chair and members; oversee information sharing with board committee via regular meetings and monthly calls with board committee chair.
Participate in bi-annual board meetings and quarterly board committee meetings.
Contribute to the development team in creating a vision for Demand’s philanthropic contributions to the field, including revenue generation for the program and brokering relationships with potential collaborators.
Work with the Operations Manager to:
Manage day-to-day operations, including building the staff capacity to operate as a strong, effective team. Oversee hiring and performance review processes.
Manage internal reporting systems, including regular meetings with direct supervisor and Fund Chair.
Identify consultants and solicit requests for proposals as needed; oversee the development and execution of consultant memorandums of understanding.
Monitor all fiscal operations ensuring quality control, timely processing, and accurate reporting.
Develop annual program budget and work plan.
Proven track record building and managing coalitions among diverse stakeholders, achieving consensus and action
Senior leadership experience designing, implementing, and managing a national initiative is highly preferred
Ability to identify, articulate, and measure progress against ambitious goals
Experience with quality improvement or change management
Comfort and experience working with/for a strong and motivated founding principal
Ability to represent the Foundation, be a thought leader in the field, and interact with high-level political, nonprofit, law enforcement, philanthropic, academic, and corporate leaders on a national scale
Knowledge of/experience in the field of human trafficking, sexual exploitation, prostitution, criminal justice, and/or systems change highly desirable
Knowledge of state and federal policymaking; advocacy experience preferred
Excellent personnel and project management skills; ability to manage diverse staff
Demonstrated personal integrity and ability to operate as highly effective team member
Exceptional organization, interpersonal, facilitation, and presentation skills
Superior writing skills required
Frequent domestic travel and occasional international travel required
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