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American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland (ACLU-MD) seeks a seasoned chief executive to lead the organization in its mission to protect the civil liberties of individuals and communities in Maryland. The ACLU-MD is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization which uses legal, legislative, and public education approaches to protect and promote a broad range of constitutional issues including individual rights and freedoms, racial justice, privacy, religious liberty, reproductive rights, LGBT rights, free speech, and more. The ACLU-MD is an affiliate of the national ACLU, the leading defender of civil liberties guaranteed by our nation’s Bill of Rights.
The ACLU-MD plays an important role in the national discussion on civil liberties and is one of the state’s premier public advocacy organizations. The Executive Director will join the organization at a critical juncture. Not only is the longstanding Executive Director departing, but also the dialogue about the importance of civil rights and civil liberties is at the forefront of our national conversation. The ACLU-MD has a deep commitment to equity and dismantling systems of white supremacy and has undertaken critical race equity conversations to align its internal structures with its values. It aspires to incorporate an equity lens into all internal and external efforts. With this in mind, the Executive Director will have the primary responsibility for setting best management practices across the team and overseeing the organization’s activities and operations, fundraising efforts, development of a professional staff, and communication to stakeholders. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and that programs are meeting the current and emergent needs and interests of its constituents.
Candidates for the position of Executive Director should have a profound commitment to social justice and equity and an understanding of the historical context of current systems. Candidates should embody and promote a culture of integrity and bring proven experience facilitating conversations about race equity. The ideal candidate will have at least ten years of proven management experience including a track record of successfully leading an organization; financial management experience; an exceptional talent for strategic thinking; an ability to inspire and mobilize individuals around a shared vision; demonstrated success raising money from a variety of sources; and a history of communicating effectively in writing and verbally. A Bachelor’s degree and well-established success in engaging with diverse communities are required.
Katherine Jacobs, Ph.D.
Katherine leads worldwide efforts to strengthen the capacity of our nonprofit, higher education, and public sector clients and manages the strategic development of our firm’s virtual workforce.