Senior Manager, Convenings (Flexible US Work Location)
Senior Manager, Convenings
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understand the scope of the position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, efforts, duties, or responsibilities associated with the position.
Are you a network and community builder? A coalition leader or trainer? Someone who thinks like an organizer? The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC) is seeking a highly detailed and creative individual to help shape a new position. The Senior Manager for Convenings will work with the BISC team and consultants to plan and execute an annual conference and think strategically about BISC’s role as a convener. We believe change is made through relationships, deep engagement, and transformational ways of working together to build power and we seek someone who has an established track record of building these in an equitable and intersectional way.
BISC is a movement-wide convener. Convening and creating collaborative spaces to build power and increase civic engagement is a key part in our strategic framework. The annual Road Ahead Conference is the progressive movement’s only convening focused on ballot measures and brings together organizers, strategists, researchers, communicators, advocates, and funders to network, collaborate, develop ideas, debrief ballot measure campaigns and share lessons learned, with a focus on building durable power and centering racial equity.
The Senior Manager’s primary responsibility will be leading the team of BISC staff and consultants to design, manage, and execute BISC’s annual Road Ahead conference (both in-person and virtual), with an emphasis on accessibility, equity, and community. The conference is an important touchpoint for all of our stakeholders and an opportunity to reach and build with existing and new partners. How can we best harness this to make progress toward our organizational goals and the goals of our partners?
BISC also wants you to help us achieve impact and build power through all of our spaces, including trainings, learning communities, coalitions, and work squads. You will work with the BISC team to help develop co-created spaces with our partners and stakeholders that center equity and the most impacted communities while achieving programmatic and organizational goals.
The ideal candidate for this role will have a track record of bringing people together, building trust, and getting results. You approach your work with a sense of joy, creativity, and curiosity. You can navigate complex dynamics, including diverse and busy stakeholders with different priorities and agendas and politics, focusing on what brings people together. You welcome difficult conversations about race, power, and privilege. You never forget that meetings and gatherings are always opportunities to develop and strengthen relationships, while also making good use of busy people’s time. You have equal facility with strategy as well as small details. You thrive when you are managing complex and multi-layered situations, driving toward results as well as stronger relationships.
Because the Senior Manager will work across all departments, the position will be supervised by the Chief of Staff.
BISC is a mission and values-driven organization that recruits and seeks to retain a staff committed to excellence by fostering a work environment that is flexible, fairly-compensated, respectful, and fun.
BISC HQ is located in Washington, DC, but the location for this position is flexible in the continental U.S. with agreement from the Senior Manager’s direct supervisor.
Some travel is required for the annual Road Ahead conference, staff retreats, partner convenings, and other opportunities.
In consultation with the BISC leadership team and other staff members, the Senior Manager will:
- Create space to vision the Road Ahead experience and help translate into clear goals
- In partnership with the consultants, develop a clear project plan and timeline
- Serve as the main liaison between consultants and BISC staff, clarifying roles and holding all accountable for their responsibilities
- Help evolve the Road Ahead conference; in particular what it looks like over time and what innovations could and should be implemented;
- Ensure BISC’s values and commitment to equity and inclusion are infused throughout the conference
- Create a user-friendly and accessible digital experience for both speakers and attendees
- Integrate the conference with existing BISC work, including other BISC convening spaces, and program goals
- Assist with leading internal Road Ahead planning meetings
- Develop post-conference follow-up that will channel attendees into ongoing ways to collaborate with BISC
- Conduct post-conference evaluation and document successes and lessons learned to inform future planning and connection to BISC’s programmatic work
As a strategic advisor and thought partner with program staff, the Senior Manager will help the organization think about the many ways BISC convenes partners and stakeholders.
- Work with the Capacity Building Team on the connection between BISC’s training and learning communities and other program areas, the Road Ahead conference, and integration of in-person and virtual spaces;
- Work with the Strategic Partnerships Director and Movement Building Manager on how the BISC 360 Alignment coalition, Funder Alignment, and work squads are connected to other program areas and Road Ahead;
- Work with the Policy and Legal Advocacy team on the connection between BISC’s Defend Direct Democracy campaign, Lawyers Guild, and state coalition work to other program areas and Road Ahead; and
- Work with the Executive Team on the connection between stakeholder conversations with funders, the board of directors, and others are connected to other organizational functions and needs
- Aid in implementation of BISC’s 5-year strategic plan focused on changing culture, centering directly impacted communities, capacity building, and internal continuity and growth with an emphasis on the convenings goal;
- Represent BISC at meetings and convenings of stakeholders and partners;
- Work with all BISC staff to deepen BISC’s racial equity work, both internally and in the field;
- Support other BISC and BISC Foundation projects and activities as needed; and
- Stay up-to-date on convening trends and platforms
- 5 to 7 years of relevant experience, including expertise in meeting design
- Demonstrated commitment to equity; track record of working for social, economic, and racial justice
- Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
- Demonstrated attention to detail and follow-through on job responsibilities
- Sound judgment and discretion
- Strong organizational and project management skills, including, an ability to balance competing priorities, complex situations, and tight deadlines
- Creativity and openness to innovation; ability to encourage this in others
- Intermediate to advanced mastery of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Design experience is a plus.
- Experience working with event platforms and content relationship and management (CRM/CMS) systems
Salary & Benefits
- $70,000-80,000 per year
- 100% Medical insurance for employee and family paid for by employer
- 100% Vision and Dental insurance
- Short-term and long-term disability
- Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment coverage
- Transportation benefit
- Generous paid leave including vacation, sick, personal days and floating holidays, including a winter break
- Generous 401(k) plan with employer contribution
To apply: Submit cover letter, resume, and three references. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
BISC’s mission is to strengthen democracy by implementing a national progressive strategy for ballot measures rooted in building state-based power.
The Ballot Initiative Strategy Center (BISC), a 501(c)(4) organization, is the only progressive organization that works across many policy, organizing, and political organizations, with local, state, and national leaders to analyze and support the ballot measure landscape.
We believe direct democracy can be a tool for liberation. We leverage ballot measures across the United States as part of a larger movement to strengthen democracy, center people of color, queer, low-income, immigrant, indigenous and other marginalized communities, move towards racial equity, build and transform power, and galvanize a new progressive base. In February 2020, we launched our strategic framework to help move towards our vision of building a world where all people are fully liberated, live with dignity and thrive so that equity and justice prevail.
We lead by supporting the use of ballot measures as a tool for transformational impact, not just in a measure’s outcomes, but at every stage of the ballot measure process—from policy development, signature gathering, civic engagement, the campaign itself, implementation and beyond. We believe in movement building and empowerment, bringing communities into the work and leaving lasting infrastructure for continued social change.
We know that success isn’t just defined by getting 50% + 1 of the vote. If we’re serious about building a more equitable world, we also must consider who’s driving the change and whether it will have a transformational impact on the people and communities who have been pushed to the margins for too long.
We achieve impact through training the field and developing leaders, convening state and national leaders and funders in a co-created strategy that results in transformative wins, leading innovative research and providing assistance to support ballot measures as a tool to build long term power.
BISC’s Racial Equity Stance
At the Ballot Initiative Strategy Center, we work to transform our country into one that is equitable and just. In our work, we strive to challenge structural racism, and center the people most impacted. BISC works with commitment to racial equity inside our organization in our operations and management processes, and externally through our research, training and organizing work with ballot-measure campaigns, partners and funders.
BISC follows an Equal Employment Opportunity Policy and employs personnel without regard to race, ethnic or religious background, descent or nationality, sexual orientation, gender (including pregnancy), gender identification, disability, marital status, age, height, weight, or military service. This policy applies to employment, internships, internal promotions, training, opportunities for advancement, terminations, relationships with vendors, use of contractors and consultants and in dealing with the general public.