DRiWaterstone Human Capital Seeks Executive Director for Justice at Work
February 16, 2023 – Arlington, VA-based DRiWaterstone Human Capital has been enlisted to find the next executive director for Justice at Work (JAW), a Philadelphia-based legal non-profit that supports organizations of workers in low-paying jobs.
The executive director leads JAW in the day-to-day pursuit of its mission. The individual appears on behalf of the organization and the movement it represents, hiring and directing staff and consultants, and is responsible for fundraising, directing its programmatic, policy, and legal activities and carrying out strategies and policies set by the board, said DRiWaterstone.
The executive director is expected to be a collaborative leader and team builder who, with the JAW staff, builds and maintains strong partnerships with farmworker organizations, allied groups, policymakers, federal and state agency leaders, funders, other volunteers, and progressive voices in the labor, immigrant, environmental, public health, food, and agricultural worker communities.
Primary responsibilities of the role include articulating a vision in which workers are treated with dignity, protected from dangerous working and living conditions, and are suitably compensated for their work, said the search firm. The executive director must also strategically manage and deploy JAW’s resources to achieve maximum impact to achieve its mission.
Creating and managing an office environment in which employees are valued and supported is essential. This leader will also be charged with supporting the development and pursuit of a policy agenda advocating for the interests of workers on a national and state level. In addition, he or she must also participate in individual and high-impact litigation in collaboration with allied organizations.
The executive director will also be expected to converse with local, statewide, and national organizations including grassroots organizations that work to achieve justice for workers, said DRiWaterstone. Increasing resources by cultivating new sources of revenue and communicating effectively with existing funders is essential.
Candidates should have eight to 10 years of progressive leadership
experience in the non-profit sector, preferably with organizations committed to working with underserved clients and communities. Experience working in immigration and/or employment law is highly desirable.
A bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience is required for the position; a law degree is highly desirable. Prospects must have strong interpersonal skills, a collaborative approach, and be able to lead a team to success.
Knowledge of HR labor relations and/or work experience with union relations is critical. Candidates should also have the ability to cultivate and develop relationships with donors, including individuals, foundations, and government entities. Experience or the ability to create a strategy in response to the current challenges facing the organization and the constituency it represents is also expected.
Justice at Work, formerly known as Friends of Farmworkers, has been advancing the rights of workers in Pennsylvania for more than 45 years. While originally focused on agricultural workers, the non-profit now provides legal aid, community education, and advocacy to immigrant and low-wage workers across industries. Its mission is to support low-wage workers as they pursue economic and social justice. The multilingual non-profit advances these goals through free legal services, community education, and advocacy. In addition to its Philadelphia headquarters, the group has an office in Pittsburgh. The organization provides legal services throughout Pennsylvania.
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“By joining together, we can offer clients expertise in non-profit and social enterprise executive recruiting, and more than 20 years of experience in building high performance teams and cultures,” said Jennifer Dunlap, president and CEO of DRiWaterstone. “That expertise allows DRiWaterstone to serve mission and purpose-driven organizations in both the non-profit and private sectors with a broad portfolio of services designed to inspire leaders to build high performance teams and cultures.”
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