Executive Leadership Team (Democracy North Carolina)

  • Morrisville, NC
  • Full Time
  • Senior Executive

Democracy North Carolina is a 28-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a just and equitable government “of, by and for the people.”  We have a successful history of expanding access to voting, exposing the influence of money in politics, and effectively bringing the public into the political process.   We are now a $3 million, 20+ staff-member operation with extensive subject matter expertise, deep grassroots organizing, strategic communications capacity, and strong financial support. More detailed information can be found at democracync.org 


We believe in telling the truth and taking responsibility for our actions. We promote respect for people’s fundamental equality and right to self-determination. We work to cultivate a culture and systems that put racial and social justice at the center because we recognize the impact that race, class, gender, sexual orientation and other cultural factors have on our system of government. As the population of North Carolina grows more diverse, the population of voters should reflect the demographics of the state for fair representation and a strong democracy. Remaining relevant to this rapidly changing population requires Democracy NC to have a racially, culturally and generationally diverse staff and base that reflects the demographic shifts occurring in North Carolina and understands the dynamics of power, equity and justice.


As Democracy North Carolina (DemNC) continues to experience significant growth and build upon its unique strengths, a search is underway for an experienced visionary Executive Leadership Team. DemNC seeks new, experienced leadership to build on its mission of strengthening democratic structures, building power among disenfranchised communities and inspiring confidence in a transformed political process that works for all.  DemNC has exclusively retained Nonprofit HR to assist in its recruitment efforts for this dynamic team. The Leadership Team reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for providing strategic leadership, administration, and management of DemNC.  The Leadership Team must have experience creating and maintaining an organizational culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse, talented staff to blend skill sets, meet objectives, and provide efficient program execution. Candidates who possess some combination of the following competencies are encouraged to submit their qualifications. Candidates are also encouraged to apply as a pair, by highlighting the strengths of the proposed team.   


Applicants are invited to articulate how they will -- individually or as a pair:

  • Fulfill the responsibilities outlined below, and
  • Bring the needed qualifications/capabilities.


Key Responsibilities  

  • Strategic leadership, administration, and management of DemNC.
  • Build an effective, cohesive staff team and culture with open and intentional dialogue.
  • Work collaboratively with the board to lead the continued growth of DemNC.
  • Foster relationships between the board, coalition partners, all other organization stakeholders, and local affiliates.
  • Be skilled and active spokespersons for DemNC – with the media, policy makers, partners and supporters.
  • Facilitate and support public advocacy and mobilization efforts across North Carolina.
  • Oversee DemNC’s operating and capital budgets while maintaining fiscal control over expenditures. 
  • Provide leadership and take an active role in identifying potential and long-term sources of support for operations and capital development.



  • Grassroots community organizing experience and an understanding of how to build power in both urban and rural areas.
  • Professional and personal style consistent with the supportive, collaborative team-oriented culture of DemNC.
  • An understanding of the democracy space as well as the organizational landscape and culture of the South - particularly North Carolina’s issues, nonprofits, and political system.
  • A track record of visionary leadership with at least seven years of senior nonprofit management experience - including administration, staff supervision, strategic planning, evaluation, budgeting, and organizational development and innovation.
  • Exceptional leadership presence, experience serving as a spokesperson for an organization, and a demonstrated ability to leverage organizational visibility and credibility through the media and other public relations sources.
  • A record of successful and innovative fundraising with proven experience with individual donors and major gifts.
  • Experience creating and maintaining an effective organizational culture that attracts, motivates, and retains a diverse, talented staff.
  • Demonstration of cross-cultural competence, while prioritizing the implementation of equitable and inclusive practices.
  • Strong financial skills - including budgeting, fiscal management, and analysis.
  • Experience with coalition building and the ability to create and sustain organizational partnerships.
  • Experience employing an inclusive leadership style that builds community and fosters creativity among the staff.
  • High level of emotional intelligence – i.e., accurately perceive and express yourself, personal humility, develop and maintain social relationships, cope and adapt to challenges, and use emotions in an effective way.


The Leadership Team must think strategically and have the ability to create and sustain organizational partnerships, and manage day to day operations and staff.  They must be hands-on with a commitment to moral leadership and integrity, with values deeply rooted in the principles of grassroots organizing and the belief that democracy should be protected and accessible by all.  This role requires decisive and inclusive decision-makers with strong administrative competency.  They will oversee governance and operations – leading the charge in establishing new pathways to private and public resources that will generate sustainable programs and activities that support the organizational mission.


Success in these roles requires a deep commitment to the mission of DemNC, and a leadership team that can see past existing systems and structures to imagine DemNC as an integral part of the broader community organizing, political, racial and economic justice movement to reimagine local and state governance to ensure that communities around North Carolina are defining and living their visions for their own liberation. The Leadership Team must have a strong commitment to cultural sensitivity with the emotional intelligence to work in a socio-economically and demographically diverse environment. They must also have demonstrated capacity to work effectively with culturally diverse staff and populations, with the ability to be inclusive and respectful of differences.


The successful candidates will possess, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree with an advanced degree highly preferred, in one of the following disciplines: Business Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Nonprofit Management, Public Administration, or related field and a minimum of 10-12 years of relevant experience of which at least seven years should include significant leadership and management experience. This team must have experience in and understanding of grassroots community organizing, in one or both of its members. The positions require a proven track record of success fundraising from a variety of sources, including but not limited to financial institutions, major gifts, individual gifts, grants, and revenue-generating activities, including demonstrated success in building relationships among and working effectively with diverse groups. It is essential that s/he/they possess excellent written and oral communication skills (bi-lingual is a plus), with considerable experience in writing and presenting information, particularly financial information to a variety of audiences. The ideal candidates will possess demonstrable experience using data systems to improve program performance and outcomes with the analytical skills needed to review information regarding regulations and guidelines. The position also requires demonstrated entrepreneurial ability to develop alliances and coordinate shared interests of all parties, with excellent communications and problem-solving skills designed to meet the challenges of the organization.  A track record of successful change management, process improvement, and organizational performance improvement is essential for success in these roles, along with demonstrated experience in organizational development and strategic planning.


DemNC is committed to building a racially and culturally diverse team and encourages candidates from all backgrounds to apply. The work is empowered by a staff that is rich in diverse thoughts, perspectives, cultures and human identities.

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