The National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) is a human relations organization that promotes inclusion and acceptance by providing education and advocacy while building communities that are respectful and just for all. At NCCJ, the diversity of races, religions, cultures, genders, abilities & sexual orientations are celebrated. Headquartered in New England, NCCJ draws upon its proud tradition of championing the cause of social justice for all and its mission to fight bias.
Overview of the Organization and Programs
To advance its mission, NCCJ offers a suite of high-quality and well-established youth and adult programs. NCCJ also offers customized programs to meet the needs of its diverse constituencies. Youth programs include:
- NCCJ ANYTOWN – founded in 1957, NCCJ ANYTOWN equips youth (ages 14-18) with the knowledge and skills to transform their home communities into places where individual differences are seen as positive tools that bring people together instead of keeping them apart.
- NCCJ Bridges – a two-day prejudice reduction program for middle and high school students during which students begin to understand the origins of prejudice and how it affects others, to confront their own prejudicial beliefs, to recognize the harmful effect of stereotypes and develop strategies to implement this learning in their own schools.
- NCCJ Youth Action Coalition (YAC) – a group run by youth, for youth. NCCJ YAC empowers youth to find their voice, increase their knowledge, and take action around social justice issues.
- NCCJ Different and the Same – an elementary school program where teachers are trained to use curriculum consisting of videos and activities to address the challenging issues of prejudice including: name calling, hate crimes, stereotyping and inclusion.
Adult programs include:
- NCCJ Interfaith – programs, conferences, public forums and dialogues that foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of the history, traditions, beliefs, and practices of the religiously diverse society in which we live and work.
- NCCJ Workplace – customized trainings for corporations, organizations and educational institutions doing business in today’s multicultural world that look at the systems of oppression and privilege, enhance communications skills, builds cultural competences and create more inclusive work environments.
Collectively, NCCJ’s operating budget is approximately $1 million, and the organization employs eight staff members at its Windsor, CT headquarters. NCCJ’s President and CEO reports to a volunteer board of directors currently comprised of 44 members who are community and business leaders from Connecticut and Western MA. In addition, NCCJ has five Youth Advisory Board Members and nine Honorary Board Members.
For 25 years, NCCJ has been very strongly led by Dr. Andrea C. Kandel, its President and CEO who has overseen NCCJ’s growth and maximized its impact. Andrea will retire from NCCJ effective December 31, 2017. A ten-member succession committee comprised of board members, youth and senior staff has been appointed to manage the transition in leadership, with a desired start date of November 15, 2017 for the new leader to allow for an overlap period with Andrea.
Strategic Opportunities and Challenges
NCCJ is at an important historical juncture as it approaches its first leadership transition in 25 years. High priorities for the new President and CEO include:
- Managing effectively and efficiently the daily operations of a mission-driven, $1 million nonprofit, and engaging and empowering a team of dedicated professionals committed to social justice issues and NCCJ’s vision.
- Navigating NCCJ’s first major leadership transition in 25 years, ensuring that existing external relationships are transitioned to the new leader so current programming and support is sustained and future expansion is possible.
- Sustaining board engagement and fundraising, which frequently can be adversely impacted when a long-serving, highly respected leader transitions, so that the NCCJ remains well-governed and well-positioned financially to achieve its mission and to maximize its impact.
- Refreshing NCCJ’s strategic direction so the entire organization understands and is aligned as to how and where NCCJ will grow its services and impact over the next three to five years.
- Expanding NCCJ’s external presence, assertively highlighting its accomplishments so NCCJ is recognized as a “go to” organization for social justice issues and to support institutional growth, both programmatically and financially.
- Leveraging the documentary recently produced in conjunction with Connecticut Public Television, Unlearning: Breaking Bias. Building Community, to grow public knowledge and awareness of NCCJ.
- Determining the proper positioning and messaging for NCCJ within the current, heated political climate to allow NCCJ to promote assertively its social justice mission while not alienating or maligning those who might hold contrary opinions or be at a different stage of their personal journeys.
- A minimum of five years of senior executive leadership, preferably in an organization committed to social justice, community engagement or social services
- Master’s degree in social justice or a related field, or equivalent work experience
Skills and Experience
Social Justice Champion
As a mission-driven nonprofit committed to promoting inclusion and acceptance, the next leader must be dedicated to advancing equality, promoting justice and building community. Besides understanding social justice issues and its pedagogy, the next leader must be able to demonstrate engagement in social justice issues in work and life as well as how those experiences have been transformative both professionally and personally and would inform the candidate’s leadership of NCCJ.
Politically Savvy Networker and Collaborator
The next President and CEO must be a consummate networker on behalf of NCCJ, able to interact equally well with community, political, and business leaders as well youth, educators and the public. The new leader also must create a collaborative environment where the input of all associated with NCCJ is encouraged and respected. In addition, the new leader must be a compelling spokesperson, able to promote NCCJ and its work, to grow interest in partnering with NCCJ and to celebrate its transformative impact.
The next President and CEO must be able to lead and execute a broad-based fundraising program across a range of funders, including corporations, foundations, government agencies, and individuals, integrating social media and other innovative fundraising approaches within a traditional fundraising program that has been highly successful. In working with individuals and corporations, the next leader should be skilled at creating personal and intimate connections to NCCJ’s social justice mission, inspiring others to greater personal understanding and to join in this important and life-changing work.
Strategic Planner and Implementer
The next President and CEO must provide strategic vision and insight, working collaboratively with the board and staff to chart a strategic direction for NCCJ, one which considers program and geographic expansion. The next leader must also develop annual plans and budgets in support of NCCJ’s strategy, and establish systems and processes for holding self, staff and the board accountable for achieving agreed upon goals.
As the agency’s chief executive and administrator officer, the new leader will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s operations, finances, facilities and staff, efficiently aligning and maximizing resources to achieve NCCJ’s strategic goals. The new leader must empower, coach and support a strong and committed team of professionals as well as be the primary liaison to the board of directors, ensuring that members are well-supported to provide effective governance.
Program Knowledge and Facilitation
Although program development and facilitation is the primary responsibility of the Director of Programs and Director of Youth Programs, ideally, NCCJ’s next leader will understand social justice pedagogy and have prior experience in program development and facilitation to provide targeted support and learned insight to the program team.
This search is being conducted by TSNE MissionWorks's Executive Transitions Program with Transition Consultant John Tarvin. All submissions are confidential. Interested candidates should submit materials online.
Please include a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements, where you learned of the position and a description of how your qualifications and experience match NCCJ’s needs. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Salary is commensurate with experience, within the framework of the organization’s annual operating budget.
NCCJ does not and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship or residency status, or veteran status. This policy applies to all areas of employment including, but not limited to, hiring, job assignment, opportunities for training and development, pay, benefits, promotion and demotion, layoff and termination.