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Vice President Policy & Organizing - Beacon Interfaith Housing

St Paul, MN
POSITION PROFILE: Vice President Policy & Organizing – Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

LOCATION: St. Paul, MN

JOB PURPOSE

The Vice President of Policy and Organizing will head Beacon’s new Policy and Organizing division, forming because of our increasing leadership in state and local policy change efforts, including our   Bring It Home Minnesota state-wide legislative campaign, and a growing number of county, and city policy campaigns.

The VP of Policy & Organizing is a key leadership role that will build upon Beacon’s existing success. Beacon is a collaborative of congregations that builds the political will to create affordable homes and advance the organization forward towards the vision “All people have a home.” The Vice President of Policy and Congregational Organizing leads Beacon’s work to change public policy and create homes by engaging congregations and coalition partners in action.  

Through the research and development of transformative policy positions. the Vice President will advance systems change that results in reductions in homelessness and housing instability for people with the lowest incomes until all people have a home. This leader will be accountable for and planning and execution of campaigns that inspire action to create homes and change public policy. 

MISSION AND ORGANIZATIONAL BACKGROUND

Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative has a vision that ‘all people have a home’. We are an experienced housing organization that operates supportive and affordable homes, develops affordable and supportive housing, shelters families, and organizes to impact housing policy. Our focus is on households who make less than $30,000 a year and those who are experiencing homelessness. The nearly 100 congregations who make up our collaborative are putting their faiths into action through leadership, advocacy, organizing, and service.

At Beacon we believe that systemic racism causes housing inequities. As a learning organization we are interested in adding individuals who hold high levels of cultural competency and who are willing to learn and work with others to deepen our capacity to address bias and racial inequities. Visit our website for more information about our strategies, programs and how our values of risk taking, race equity and inclusive decision making supports our learning and continued evolution.

Beacon has recently voluntarily recognized a union for employees. At the time of this posting, Beacon and Union Employees are engaged with and committed to a collective bargaining process with the shared goal and mission that ‘all people have a home’.

The Beacon office is located on University Ave & Highway 280 (along the Metro Green Line), convenient to both Minneapolis and St. Paul. For more information, check out www.beaconinterfaith.org.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Vice President leads two direct reports, a Director of Congregational Organizing, and a Director of Public Policy. The division is growing from its current total of six staff to eleven staff over the next three years. 

Organizational Leadership
  • Work with the CEO and senior leadership team to develop organizational goals, plans, and policies
  • Ensure Beacon’s policy and organizing efforts are strategically integrated with housing development, shelter, fundraising, and communications
  • Create and execute division specific goals, outcomes, change management and organizational development plans
  • With the CEO, lead board committee(s) in developing goals and strategies and evaluating outcomes.
Division Leadership 
  • Provide leadership for multilevel, multiracial statewide legislative campaign plan that includes organizing, advocacy, lobbying, communications, and allies development
  • Oversee Beacon’s congregational organizing and coalition-building, ensuring our collaborative is welcoming, inclusive, and diverse
  • Oversee the development of local and state public policy positions that align with Beacon’s mission, vision, and values and that promote racial equity in housing
  • Oversee the development of policy campaigns that inspire grassroots action and incorporate congregational organizing, advocacy, fundraising, and strategic communications
  • Engage people with lived experience of homelessness, housing instability, and racism in the development of policy solutions and campaigns for policy change 
  • Monitor and research housing policy and develop policy positions at the local, state and federal levels and understand its impact
  • Inspire colleagues, staff, volunteer leaders and others by articulating the vision and impact of Beacon policy positions and the possibilities created when citizens take action
  • Represent Beacon to elected officials; city, county and state staff; community organizations and coalitions; and other stakeholders
Staff Supervision
  • Build a stable, diverse, and inclusive high-performing team 
  • Define clear staff roles and responsibilities and prioritize work assignments to assure goals are met
  • Promote a positive working environment through team building and employee appreciation
  • Ensure that staff receive adequate training and professional development  
  • Hire, evaluate and transition staff according to policy and procedures  

EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
  • 10 or more years of career experience in fundraising, advancement, or communications (ideally both) 
  • 5 or more years of strategic organizational planning including change leadership
  • 3 or more years of team leadership including coaching, mentoring, leading, and managing organizational change
  • Experience working in diverse collaboratives
  • Experience moving Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategies into organizational action with clear outcomes
  • Expertise in state and local legislative processes, lobbying experience or experience working with lobbyists to create legislative action 
  • Experience leading and developing diverse staff and volunteer teams with ability to facilitate and engage in difficult conversations, to listen, to help build alignment and agreement, and to move people to action
  • Demonstrated experience building partnerships at local, municipal, and statewide levels
  • Demonstrated success in community or congregational organizing, and developing leaders to build power and create change
  • Knowledge of housing and homelessness issues strongly preferred
  • A collaborative work style with a reputation for bringing cross-departmental teams together to achieve organizational goals
  • Comfort in speaking and writing about social and racial justice, faith, and values
  • Comfort running with promising ideas, experimenting, and adapting as work progresses and new insights emerge
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is an equal opportunity employer and encourages candidates of all identities, experiences, orientations, and communities to apply.
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