Executive Director or Two Co-Directors

  • Corporate Accountability
  • Jun 10, 2024
Full time Manager

Job Description

The take-away
Ready to take on some of the most powerful forces in our society? We’re looking for an
executive director or two co-directors who apply together to lead a fierce, passionate,
and global team that's holding transnational corporations accountable and helping
create a world where all people and the planet can thrive.

Why you’ll love coming to work every day
You’ll help change the world by bringing your vision and strategies to our
winning campaigns. You’ll be joining an organization that’s not satisfied with the
world as it is—and has a vision for how it should be. When your quest is ending
corporate abuse, you can’t be afraid to name names and demand what the world needs.
For more than 45 years, we’ve been exposing and challenging the abuses of the likes of
Nestlé, Chevron, Philip Morris International, Coca Cola, and more. We don’t back down,
and we run campaigns until we win.
You’ll work with awesome people. Join a team of creative, kind, determined,
optimistic, and solutions-oriented folks. We work hard, celebrate victories large and
small, and center collaboration.
You will keep advancing on your leadership journey. We are all learning and
evolving. You’ll thrive here as you develop new skills, tackle new challenges, learn, and
grow. And you will also develop leadership opportunities for your Corporate
Accountability colleagues. We pay lots of attention to building staff leadership, and we
provide support and training to help you grow in your role.
You’ll be part of an organization committed to advancing racial equity and
transforming systems of oppression. We are deeply committed to prioritizing the leadership of people from communities who are actively targeted by corporate abuse:
Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, women, low-income people,
people in the Global South, and LGBTQ+ folks around the world. By “Global South,” we
mean the state of people and communities around the world, including in the U.S., who
are experiencing multiple and intersecting global systems of oppression. Our unique
culture has been fostered by a long history of women and queer leadership at the helm.
We are actively focusing on the leadership of our staff of color, knowing we are stronger
when the organization reflects the vision of the world we’re building together.

What you'll do

For more than four decades, Corporate Accountability has moved millions of people to
challenge corporate power through hard-hitting and fearless campaigns that achieve
victories for health, human rights, democracy, and the planet. We do this by, among
other strategies, exposing corporate abuse, shifting the public climate, and mobilizing
people to take action, with a focus on the Global South. Our campaigns are based on
research and proven practices.
That’s where you come in. We’re looking for an executive director or co-director team to
lead a dynamic and fierce organization with an almost 50-year track record of success in
curbing corporate power. We've got 50 staff and contractors located around the world,
an operating budget of over $8.5 million in 2024, and a healthy reserve fund. The
executive leadership will steer and steward Corporate Accountability in a manner that is
consistent with our mission and values.
The executive director(s) will manage a team of 5-7 senior directors with responsibility
for research, policy, racial equity, communications, membership, fundraising,
campaigns, and operations. Our executive director(s) will direct strategy, improve
organizational performance, and shape culture while overseeing day-to-day activities.
Reporting to an engaged 10-person Board of Directors, the executive leader(s) will
ensure Corporate Accountability’s finances are healthy, and our performance and results
are mission-driven and effective.

Who you are
Corporate Accountability seeks a strategic, experienced, innovative, and values-aligned
leader or pair of co-leaders to guide us through the next chapter of the organization as
we strive to counter the power of corporate abuse. While no one person is likely to tick
every box on our wish list, the successful candidate will demonstrate most of the
following qualifications. If you are applying as a co-director pair, you will collectively
possess most of these skills and qualifications.

You may notice that our list of qualifications does not call for specific educational
degrees or years of work experience. We are looking for a visionary, strategic, confident,
and practical leader or co-leaders. We seek someone who can work effectively alongside
our dedicated staff, high-level donors and members, grassroots partners, and other
allies. Our next leader(s) will be able to hold their own against CEOs and other
representatives of transnational corporate power.

We value leadership whether it is forged in formal education or practical experience; in
one’s personal life or on the job. We welcome qualified candidates from a wide range of
backgrounds. If you don’t exactly fit preconceived ideas of executive leadership or our
stated qualifications, but you know you have skills and experiences that are transferable
to this position, please apply! Tell us about yourself and why you should be Corporate
Accountability’s next executive director or co-director team.

Experienced Social Justice Campaigner

● You’re mad as hell about the rampant abuses of corporations and the outrageous
amount of power they have—and you want to do something about it.
● You hold an informed analysis of corporate and state power, and you have an
understanding of human rights and geopolitical issues in a variety of global
● You know how to wage collective campaigns for change. You have direct
experience with grassroots organizing, corporate campaigning, or waging other
campaigns for justice in the Global South. You understand how social justice
movements work in Global South communities. Experience with
corporate-focused campaigns is a strong plus.
Skilled Manager
● You most likely hold at least 10 years of experience as a manager with a bulk of
those years in an organizational leadership role. We recognize that leadership
opportunities are not always offered equitably, and so we are open to applications
from otherwise qualified candidates with fewer years of experience.
● You are effective at hiring and leading teams, and you are a compassionate,
coaching-focused supervisor who brings out the best in those you work with. You
have the skills to manage a remote, global organization operating in multiple
time zones.
● You are adept at managing through change and conflict. You are an active listener
who values building trust as the foundation of good relationships.

Knowledgeable of Non-profit Operations
● You have the practical experience to oversee nonprofit operations alongside a
staff team that bring expertise in their areas, including financial management,
human resources, and legal compliance and risk management. You also have
experience working with a board of directors that is responsible for the
governance of the organization.
Talented Communicator & Fundraiser
● You are a proven fundraiser with expertise in building relationships with
individual major donors. At Corporate Accountability, $5k-plus is considered a
major gift and our executive leader(s) manage a portfolio of 6-figure donors.
Experience fundraising from foundations or membership programs is a plus.
● You are an effective communicator. You are a persuasive storyteller who can
forge partnerships with both internal colleagues and external stakeholders.
Collaborative Leader
● You are committed to distributed leadership practices. You want to build a
leaderful and liberatory organization that values and honors people of all
identities and backgrounds, including but not limited to race, gender, and class.
● Your commitment to shared leadership also means you are open to feedback and
being held accountable with love and rigor. Equally important, you know when to
make the hard decisions, and when and how to hold people accountable to our
shared work.
● Your leadership style is human-centered, joyful, and collaborative. You approach
your leadership role with humility and resiliency, and you are comfortable
leading from behind, from the front, and from alongside a bold and talented
Rooted in Global South Perspective
● You demonstrate a commitment in your daily work to advancing equity and
ending systems of oppression based on colonialism, race, gender, sexual
orientation, language, class/income, or disability.
● You (or at least one co-director) can point to a significant history of living,
working or campaigning in the Global South. By “Global South,” we mean the
state of people and communities around the world, including in the U.S., who are
experiencing multiple and intersecting global systems of oppression.
● You are most likely, but not necessarily, bilingual with English as one of your
languages, and even better, you are comfortable in a language spoken in the
Global South.

What you’ll be responsible for in the day-to-day
● Provide vision and leadership to expand and strengthen Corporate
Accountability's capacity to wage and win multiple campaigns.
● Build relationships with community members, including campaign partners,
donors, allies, researchers, reporters, and policy analysts.
● Ensure effective management of Corporate Accountability staff in a manner that
is collaborative and liberatory.
● Manage the organization in a manner that emphasizes equity and inclusion and
centers the voices and experiences of Black, Brown, and Indigenous
communities, and people of the Global South.
● Maintain and grow the financial strength of the organization, by both ensuring
effective and strategic financial management and taking on a leadership role on
the fundraising team.
● Facilitate organizational direction, ensure effective planning, and provide
operational leadership toward the achievement of Corporate Accountability’s
mission and goals.
● Increase visibility of the organization and its work to members, potential
members, and allies.
● Position the board of directors to serve the organization toward maximum
campaign impact.
● Guide Corporate Accountability’s overall strategy relative to transnational
corporations, government officials, and international agencies.
● Make hiring decisions and establish rules, procedures, and standards across the

Practical details
Salary: $160,000-$180,000 at 100% FTE. Our leader(s) will work full-time schedules
(32 hours weekly) and so whether a pair of co-directors or solo directors, each person
will be compensated at the same amount. Corporate Accountability has established an
equity-focused salary scale that ensures the highest and lowest salaries in the
organization are not more than 3:1 in ratio. We do not negotiate salaries with
candidates, also for equity reasons.
Location & Work Authorization: Corporate Accountability is a global organization
with staff and Board based around the world. Our leadership is required to reside in and
must be authorized to work in the United States. Generally, the executive director or
co-directors can expect to travel approximately six to eight times a year for internal
planning and team building priorities (often to Boston). Additionally, travel to achieve
fundraising and campaign objectives can be expected, at the discretion of the leader(s).

Hours: Corporate Accountability’s full-time staff generally work 32 hours per week,
with periods of more intensive work that correspond with the ebb and flow nature of
campaigns or projects throughout the year. Our core working hours are 10 am - 4 pm ET
on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, with flexibility to determine your remaining
hours of the week in coordination with your team. Given the nature of campaigning,
rapid response moments, and working with organizers and activists at an international
organization, there will be instances where you would need to be available outside of
standard business hours.
Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes:
● Health insurance (with 90% of the premium for all tiers covered by the
organization) and dental coverage (with 100% of the individual premium covered
by the organization); Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options for transit, health
care, and dependent care; voluntary life insurance; an employee assistance
program; and 401(k) with employer match.
● Generous time off policies, including one month of personal vacation time, one
week of office closure for collective rest, holidays, and unlimited wellness days to
prioritize health.
● $40/month home office stipend, with $250 provided at the time of hire to help
set up a home office.
● Both internal and external training and leadership development opportunities.

Corporate Accountability’s staff and Board are fully committed to a successful leadership transition and will work with our next leader(s) to identify learning edges and provide appropriate professional development and support, including ongoing executive coaching.
To apply or find out more Strategies for Social Change® (SSC) is conducting Corporate Accountability’s leadership transition and search. SSC is a woman of color owned and-led capacity building and
leadership development practice dedicated to working with social justice organizations.

Please forward applications, referrals to potential candidates, or requests for an
optional, confidential informational call to
LeadCorporateAccountability@strategiesforsocialchange.com. Applications that are
submitted by the priority deadline, July 19, 2024 at 11:59 pm ET, will receive priority
review before interviews begin. However, applications will be accepted beyond this date
on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Applications will be accepted from solo candidates as well as co-director teams of two.
Co-director teams must apply together; Corporate Accountability will not match
co-directors. In addition, qualified candidates must reside in and be authorized to work in the United
Applications should include the components listed below as a single, combined PDF:
1) A thoughtful and compelling cover letter (up to 3 pages for solo applicants and up
to 5 pages for team applicants) that addresses:
● Why are you interested in working with Corporate Accountability? What
about us do you find inspiring and why?
● Highlights of relevant qualifications and experience you bring to this role.
Specifically, please summarize your experience living, working or
campaigning in the Global South, by which we mean the state of people
and communities around the world, including in the U.S., who are
experiencing multiple and intersecting global systems of oppression.
● Co-director applicants please also address: How have you worked
collaboratively together in the past?

2) A resume or CV. Co-director applicants are asked to submit separate resumes.
3) A list of three references per applicant who can speak to your qualifications. The
list should include names, affiliation, relationship to you, email addresses and
phone numbers. We ask that at least one reference is a former/current employer
and one is a former/current supervisee. Note: References will not be contacted
until the final stage of the search and candidates will be given an opportunity to
notify their references in advance.
4) In addition to the above, co-director applicants are asked to submit a joint,
2-page proposal describing how they envision dividing and sharing leadership
roles and responsibilities.
Please email all documents as a single PDF to
LeadCorporateAccountability@strategiesforsocialchange.com. Applications that are
incomplete or that come with multiple attachments will not be accepted. Selected
applicants will be contacted for interviews in the weeks following the priority deadline of
July 19, 2024. Applications may be reviewed over time, so please be patient if you do not
hear from us immediately.

Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating
democracy, perpetuating systemic racism, trampling human rights, and destroying
our planet. We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to
people, not the other way around – a world where every person has access to clean
water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.

Corporate Accountability is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive
organization. Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, women,
nonbinary people, LGBTQIA+, and disabled folks are strongly encouraged to apply.
Join more than 50 smart and driven staff and contractors working in this dynamic
organization with a powerful network of members and allies around the world.