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Join The Team: Become LLC's Co-Executive Director

Job Title: Co-Executive Director

Reports to: LLC Board of Directors

FSLA Status: Exempt

To read more about why we are transforming our leadership development, read our LLC Executive Director's thoughts here. 
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People of color strongly encouraged to apply.

About the Leadership Learning Community (LLC):

LLC is a fiscally sponsored program of Community Initiatives, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Leadership Learning Community is an 18-year- old national nonprofit organization transforming the way leadership development is understood, practiced and promoted, primarily within the nonprofit sector. We believe that the dominant leadership development model must be challenged in order to address the needs of all who lead and are invested in developing leadership!  By centering the experiences of folks most impacted by racism and inequity, we work towards transforming leadership development approaches and systems to reflect and create an equitable world by tapping into the potential of everyone seeking an opportunity to better society. We know that we need a meta-shift in how we understand and develop leadership if we are going to produces systems change. This means leading and learning together through equity-based, networked and collective leadership to innovate new interventions that challenge the dominant way of thinking about leadership development. We do this by making the case of more expansive understanding of leadership, by constantly exploring and working the edge of where practice can shift and by building the field. This in turn will create a just and equitable society.

Summary Job Description: The Leadership Learning Community board of directors seek a Co-Executive Director to join the current Executive Director. The current Executive Director and Board want to develop shared and distributed leadership because it is aligned with the organization’s commitment to promoting leadership that is equity based, networked and collective. The new Co-Executive Director will lead LLC’s vision to bring racial equity to the core of network leadership through original thought leadership (writing, public speaking and research), designing convenings (virtual and in-person), and strategically expanding LLC’s network of members and partners. They will share responsibilities with the current Executive Director across all of the key leadership functions, e.g. management and supervision, fund and business development, strategy and assessment, network engagement, research, communications, board development, and fiscal oversight. Responsibilities will be distributed between the co-directors based on each director’s strengths and passions, and with attention to how power is shared. The current Executive Director intends to transition over time to a senior affiliate role as an external consultant on client projects and the new Co-ED and the board will decide, based on lessons learned, on whether to continue with this model or transition back to a sole Executive Director model.

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Primary Responsibilities:

The areas listed below are the primary responsibilities we envisen the Co-ED to lead or contribute to. We recognize that a single candidate is unlikely to excel in all the areas listed and are looking for candidates with strong and developing leadership skills.  


Vision and Strategy

  • Collaborate on the development, implementation and assessment of strategies that will advance LLC vision and progress in achieving our mission.


Network Engagement and Management

Develop a network engagement strategy

  • Partner with key stakeholders to identify gaps and create new work in the field

  • Design new solutions to leverage the network for building the sector

  • Oversee the implementation of a new website and explore platforms that would enable members of the network to talk to each other and self-organize

  • Develop a strategy for a social media presence


Research and Field Building

  • Conceptualize research projects and opportunities aligned with LLC strategies, particularly racial equity

  • Engage in collaborative research projects with partners/stakeholders

  • Help to implement a strategy for disseminating learning within the field through publications, social media, LLC’s webinar series and presentations at conferences and LLC’s national meetings


Board Development and Relations

  • Support the recruitment and onboarding of new board members

  • Plan board meetings with board chair

  • Oversee and contribute to quarterly board reports


Management and Personnel:

  • Hiring new personnel and providing supervision

  • Hiring and managing consultants for internal operations support

  • Liaising with to LLC’s Fiscal Sponsor


Fund Development

  • Cultivate and manage funder relationships

  • Help to cultivate new funder relationships and research/respond to RFPs

  • Collaborate on concept and  proposal development


Fiscal Oversight

  • Collaborate on the development of the annual budget

  • Provide fiscal oversight to the operations manager



  • Passion for leadership and knowledge of leadership development approaches and alignment with LLC’s values and point of view that leadership is a process

  • Racial Equity knowledge and experience (for example, lived experience, anti-racism training, solid knowledge of race theory and knowledge of key racial equity partners)

  • Strong writing and public speaking skills

  • At least 7 years of experience in a senior leadership role (ideally in non profit organizations) with experience in the areas list above

  • Familiarity with collaborative technology such as zoom or other video conferencing platforms, using google docs and folders for collaborative editing


Location: LLC is a virtual, national non-profit. Candidates for this position can reside anywhere in the United States.


Salary & Benefits:  $85,000-$95,000, commensurate with experience and a full benefits package.

People of color strongly encouraged to apply.

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.