Rise Together

Executive Director

Employment type
7 days ago
Los Angeles

Rise Together is a new 501(c)4 looking to up-end politics as usual in the city of Los Angeles, by leveraging the long dormant power of the public narrative. The organization seeks to use innovative and cost-effective consumer marketing to re-engage and re-invest the general public in advance of the 2022 elections, to convince them that progress is possible, and it comes from the middle. And so goes the public, so goes the city: with that change, we can shift the ground under campaigns, inspire and educate the public, and protect the city from extremism. We can ensure that 2022 is an election focused on the people's concerns, and hold officials and candidates accountable. 

We are a growing team that takes pride in building an organizational culture rooted in trust, collaboration, and learning, all with an established practice of using common sense built on common ground throughout all of our work. We are committed to saving this city with fact-based solutions, while we strive to impact LA’s political and civic landscape— making sure we have a great time along the way. We value open communication and a healthy work/life balance. 

About the Position 
The Executive Director is a critical and visible role requiring a strategic and collaborative leader with strong management, operational, financial, and development experience. The Executive Director will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for the Rise Together curriculum, fundraising, and the evolution of its mission. The Executive Director should be a strategic thinker and decision-maker with a knack for planning, leading systems change, cultivating a robust donor network, and advancing data-driven, and in this case, fact-driven impact. The ideal candidate will be committed to expanding Rise Together into the largest grassroots coalition of Angelenos the city of Los Angeles has ever seen, while engaging, cultivating, and sustaining relationships with a key network of partners and individuals. 

Currently in a remote capacity, the Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and works closely with the board chairs, executive committee, who guide the mission, strategic direction, and policies.

Responsibilities Include: 

Strategy, Leadership & Administration (50%) 

  • Provide overall strategic leadership, vision, and direction for the organization.
  • Heavy outreach to the Los Angeles community, working with people from all backgrounds 
  • Build a diverse internal team and manage staff, contractors and vendors
  • Partner with the Board of Directors to refine and articulate the organization’s strategy in alignment with an upcoming new transparent political endorsement process and strategy in preparation for the 2022 LA municipal election. 
  • Provide oversight for the financial management of a budget of approximately $2 million and the organization's day-to-day operations. 
  • Foster shared leadership, inclusive decision-making, and positive relationships between the Board of Directors, staff, and coalition partner organizations & individuals. 
  • Provide board members with information, counsel, and tools needed to govern and support Rise Together. 
  • Work closely with strategic consultants and vendors to carry out the  organization’s mission. 
  • Leverage Rise Together strengths to sustain and maximize coalition growth to meet organizational benchmarks.
  • Build and nurture the Rise Together coalitions around strategic initiatives to increase participation and grassroots representation. 
  • Evaluate existing infrastructure to ensure that all systems and strategies are designed to achieve organizational success. 
  • Provide leadership within our local network of progressive organizations and individuals. 
  • Serve as an advocate for staff, leading with an open-door policy, flexibility, and acknowledgment of the entire team's talent and expertise. 
  • Make sure Rise Together is in compliance with financial, grant, and human resource policy and regulations. 


Fundraising & Community Relations (30%) 

  • Forge, maintain, and enhance relationships with individual donors, foundations, and key stakeholders; plan and facilitate impactful meetings with major donors and foundations, including some by phone and video-conference. 
  • Effectively package and communicate the vision, objectives, and impact on donors and prospects, network partners, and the broader community. 
  • Oversee the development implementation of annual fundraising plans; cultivating a broad network to secure new opportunities, and oversee grant applications and reporting associated with awards. 
  • Expand city, state, and national fundraising activities to support existing program operations and expansion.
  • Manage staff, consultants, and vendor teams to refine all aspects of externally facing messaging— including web/digital/social media presence. 
  • Serve as a public spokesperson for the organization 


HR, Operations, and Financial Oversight (20%) 

  • Develop the annual budget in partnership with the Leadership Team and Board of Directors 
  • Oversee the financial performance of Rise Together in partnership with the Operations Director and Board 
  • Oversee the development and implementation of annual work plans and processes. 
  • Cultivate a climate that invites and inspires diverse, skilled, top quality staff
  • Provide mentoring, professional development, and performance management of staff 


Minimum Qualifications and Experience: 
Advanced municipal policy analysis and a track record of stewarding/implementing organizational change for key municipal policies. 

At least 3 years of nonprofit management or political experience at the director level, including: 

  • Managing and working with staff, consultants, and both c3 and c4 Boards in a collaborative team environment. 
  • Diversified fundraising experience, including grant writing, individual donor cultivation, and institutional donors, including labor organizations. 
  • Strong fiscal management and budgetary leadership with budgets of $500,000+.
    • 3+ years of experience with coaching and mentoring staff. 
    • 3+ years of demonstrated facility using data to set strategy, develop programs, and evaluate outcomes. 
  • Experience and comfort working across the ideological spectrum to advance non-partisan goals based on common ground. 


Desired Qualifications: 

  • 3+ years of experience in nonpartisan civic engagement, campaigns, and/or issue advocacy; familiarity with 501(C)4 compliance. 
  • A strong understanding of Los Angeles communities and the civic and political landscape in California state, preferred. 


Time Commitment & Compensation: 
Compensation: Salary range for full-time work is $90k - $100k (dependent on experience).

Benefits: A benefits package including health insurance, paid vacation, and holidays will be provided. 

Anticipated start date: October 1, 2021 

To apply

Rise Together has retained Mission Accomplice to assist in the recruitment efforts for its first Executive Director. For consideration, please submit your application here. Please visit: for more information about the organization. To obtain further details about this opportunity, contact Shasti Conrad, Managing Partner at Mission Accomplice at [email protected] 


Rise Together believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances our ability to fulfill our mission. Employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as established under law.