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Interfaith Alliance - President

THE OPPORTUNITY

Interfaith Alliance is seeking a visionary and courageous President to lead the organization in its crucial and urgent mission to protect and celebrate religious freedom for all Americans by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism.

The new President will lead an uplifting and inclusive countermovement that fights back against those who distort religious freedom in order to promote bigotry and hatred. The rich history of the Interfaith Alliance confers on its next President the platform and network to convene and organize righteous partners in a powerful collaboration to protect and promote true religious freedom and democracy.

As religion plays an increasingly prominent role in American politics, preserving the boundary between religion and government is more vital than ever. Interfaith Alliance works to ensure that faith and freedom flourish so that individuals can worship freely or not worship at all, so they can embrace matters of personal conscience without fear of government intrusion, and so that all can live in a vibrant, healthy society.

The new President will take the helm of Interfaith Alliance as the country faces urgent challenges to true religious freedom and deep divisions between people. The President will serve as an inspiring and bold leader on the role of religion and public policy and work to advance federal policy initiatives that protect freedom of belief and ensure that all Americans receive equal treatment under law.

This is a call for an inspirational and empathetic leader who is willing to take risks and is deeply committed to the fight for religious freedom and affirming of the rights of people of all faith traditions, as well as those of no faith tradition.

At a time of deep division and hate in our country, the President will be a powerful voice for unity and healing as they work in righteous partnerships to protect one of our most fundamental freedoms.

ABOUT INTERFAITH ALLIANCE

Interfaith Alliance was created in 1994 to celebrate religious freedom and to challenge the bigotry and hatred arising from religious and political extremism infiltrating American politics. Alliance founders sought to show that the Religious Right was not the only authentic voice of faith in this country and that the Constitution protects the right of each individual to believe as they choose but not to impose those beliefs on others.

Interfaith Alliance is the only national interfaith organization dedicated to protecting the integrity of both religion and democracy in the United States. Based in Washington, DC with state and local affiliates across country, Interfaith Alliance mobilizes a diverse network of advocates and allies around the shared commitment to advancing true religious freedom for all.

Today, Interfaith Alliance has members in every state and serving overseas in the U.S. military adhering to more than 75 faith traditions and belief systems as well as those of no faith tradition.

Our work includes public education, grassroots activism, policy advocacy, the weekly State of Belief Radio program, and resources to assist faith leaders and politicians in navigating the boundaries between faith and politics. At all levels of government, we work in partnership and coalition with diverse civil rights organizations, faith-based groups, and issue advocates, to provide an alternative faith voice to the Religious Right on issues of religious freedom.

Across issue areas, we strive to shift how religion often figures into federal policy discussions – away from the public perception that people of faith uniformly share a particular worldview or vote a certain way and toward an inclusive, forward-thinking vision of religious freedom.

Interfaith Alliance is driven by four core beliefs:

  • Religious freedom is a foundation for American democracy.
  • Matters of personal conscience must be held sacred, but no one has the right to impose their beliefs on others.
  • Religious and political extremists are a threat to individual liberty and democracy.
  • Religious and cultural diversity are essential in building vibrant communities.

With a foundational commitment to advancing religious freedom, Interfaith Alliance advocates on a number of important issues, including LGBTQ equality, strengthening public schools, strengthening public schools, protecting religious minorities, combating hate and ensuring religious freedom in the courts. 

How we work:  

National Policy Advocacy: We promote legislation that protects the boundaries between religion and government, so that politics doesn’t infringe on your faith and matters of faith don’t infringe on your freedom.

Grassroots Activism: Our local affiliates mobilize individuals on the grass-roots level to make a difference in their own communities. We offer a forum to challenge bigotry and defend religious freedom on local issues, including candidate education, religion in the public sphere, and interfaith relations.

Election Monitoring: We track the use (and misuse) of religion by candidates for public office and help religious leaders and politicians navigate the boundary between politics and religion.

Education: We facilitate interfaith dialogue to enhance mutual understanding and respect for religious differences.

THE ROLE

The new President will build upon the history of Interfaith Alliance and the leadership role the organization plays in the discourse on faith and public policy. The President will chart the course in a new era for this storied organization and lead and grow the organization for years to come.

The President will report to the Board of Directors, closely collaborate with a small and effective team and hold overall strategic and operational responsibility for Interfaith Alliance’s achievement of its mission, programs, growth, and sustainability.

The President will be passionate about advancing and protecting religious freedom and growing the diverse coalition of leaders and voices who advocate for freedom. The President will have a talent for communicating courageous and ambitious ideas and bring experience as an advocate and an understanding of how public policy decisions are made.

The President will forge deep and powerful relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including funders, allies, religious and community leaders, and elected officials and their staffs. The President will have creative vision, experience in organizing for change, and a deep understanding of how to use the tools of communication to create fundamental, national change that will promote freedom over extremism. 

The ideal candidate is an inspiring leader who exemplifies the values of unity, compassion, and bold action. The President will be a leading voice on matters of religious freedom, faith and policy, and an advocate for equality for the most marginalized in society.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Vision and Leadership

  • Provide courageous leadership to advance and protect religious freedom, advocating for marginalized communities and promoting equality for all
  • Lead ambitious and inspiring work for Interfaith Alliance in collaboration with the board, staff and allies
  • Voice a clear, compelling vision for the organization that galvanizes the team, funders, allies, advocates and partners
  • Serve as a spokesperson and thought leader for Interfaith Alliance and the religious freedom movement
  • Embody Interfaith Alliance’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in its workplace and our society

Fundraising 

  • Lead Interfaith Alliance’s fundraising and initiatives to grow the organization’s capacity and sustainability
  • Inspire confidence in Interfaith Alliance’s work and create a network of committed, engaged supporters
  • Develop and expand trusted relationships with current funders
  • Develop and implement a fundraising strategy to diversify funding sources by building new relationships and creating engagement opportunities for potential funders

External Leadership

  • Raise the profile of Interfaith Alliance through thought leadership, partnerships and relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including religious leaders, coalition partners, elected officials, and advocates
  • Collaborate with partners and allies on issues related to public policy and faith
  • Serve as a compelling spokesperson and storyteller in a variety of media settings
  • Develop deep and trusted relationships with external stakeholders in strategic multi-organizational spaces and partnerships

Organizational Management 

  • Develop, maintain, and support a strong Board of Directors; seek and build board engagement with strategy, governance, financial oversight, and resource development
  • Oversee the day-to-day work of the organization
  • Manage, empower, and support staff
  • Collaborate on plans to revitalize local and regional chapters
  • Lead annual goal setting processes to align programmatic priorities with organizational strategic goals

CANDIDATE ATTRIBUTES

Successful candidates must be: 

  • Deeply committed to protecting the integrity of religion and democracy in the United States
  • A powerful advocate for equality of all people, particularly marginalized communities
  • An inspiring leader who can develop and set vision and strategy
  • Engaged and knowledgeable on the intersection of public policy and faith
  • An effective, inspiring communicator, comfortable in front of a variety of audiences
  • A collaborative leader who can bring people of diverse faiths together
  • Compassionate, empathetic, courageous and someone who brings joy to their work
  • A trusted and thoughtful colleague who has built and maintained relationships with a variety of stakeholders in their field
  • A powerful communicator who understands the role storytelling plays in creating culture change

CANDIDATE SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE 

The next President could bring a wide variety of backgrounds to the role in which they have experience organizing and working in or with religious communities. Clergy, faith leaders and faith-educated individuals of all denominations, or others with relevant experience, are encouraged to apply.

We are seeking candidates with a compelling leadership background and who will bring the following experiences to the role:

  • Meaningful experience in leading a team or organization
  • A solid understanding of how to influence public policy victories and the role politics plays in public policy decisions
  • A track record of building successful relationships with funders
  • The ability to identify new sources of revenue and a genuine excitement for development
  • Staff management expertise with a talent for empowering and supporting staff
  • Superb interpersonal skills, with an impressive history of forging strong relationships with multiple stakeholders
  • A commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion
  • The ability to develop bold, ambitious ideas and be able to powerfully share them in a variety of media tools
  • Sense of humor
  • Outstanding communications skills, both written and verbal

SALARY

The President’s annual salary will be $180,000-$200,000, based on qualifications, experience and location.

LOCATION

Interfaith Alliance has an office in Washington, DC and a preference for candidates to be based in DC. Exceptional candidates in other locations will be considered provided they are available for frequent travel, COVID permitting.

TO APPLY

Interfaith Alliance is partnering with Grossman Solutions in this search. To make recommendations or express interest in this opportunity, please email search@grossmansolutions.com

Submit a resume and cover letter at https://grossmansolutions.applytojob.com/apply. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Interfaith Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. This means that we don't discriminate against people because of their race, ethnicity, sex, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, personal appearance, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, or political affiliation.

 

 

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