Athena Coalition Director

Reports To: Athena Coordinating Committee

Supervisory Responsibilities: Manages Athena Staff and Consultants

FLSA Status: Exempt

Location: Fully remote, even post-pandemic

Organizational Background

Athena is a groundbreaking nationwide coalition of 50+ organizations dedicated to defeating unchecked corporate power and advancing a democracy that represents us all. Our attention is focused squarely on Amazon, which exemplifies a cross-section of the harms and impacts of corporate power: an erosion of worker rights and protections, hollowing out of local economies, an  expanding police state, and undermining of critical social and economic institutions and policy. We seek to build a stronger movement by building relationships, working in a principled way, and building collective capacity. Our members are racial justice and worker organizations, think tanks and public policy advocacy organizations, and grassroots groups around the country -- and together we are building a popular movement to rein in corporate power and ensure that the rules of our economy are set by we the people, not by the biggest corporations in the world.

Coalition Director 

Athena is seeking an experienced, creative, and collaborative Coalition Director to coordinate and lead the coalition, its staff, governing body, and member organizations in challenging the most powerful corporation in our planet’s history. 

The Coalition Director must be committed to growing and strengthening a multi-issue, multi-racial coalition to end Amazon’s hold over our democracy and economy. The Director works with coalition members, staff, and the governing body to (1) coordinate and strengthen the coalition’s membership; (2) develop and implement campaigns; (3) manage coalition staff and operations to ensure accountable and transparent governance of the coalition and its resources; (4) works with Athena fundraising committee to raise and manage funds. Athena currently has ten staff roles (full and part-time). This is a full-time position and is fully remote, even post-pandemic. 

What You’ll Be Doing

Coalition Coordination and Strengthening

  • Organize the coalition’s governing body to develop strategy and goals, approve recommended budget expenditures, and fundraise. 

  • Design coalition processes and facilitate discussions that are effective, encourage healthy debate, and allow for principled disagreement.

  • Build and strengthen the coalition, including developing working relationships with current and potential coalition members and allies.

  • Ensure that coalition campaigns, internal communications, and other activities are advancing the coalition’s shared vision and goals.

  • Work with coalition staff and members to plan and facilitate coalition-wide activities, including: meetings, strategy development, learning activities, and reflection.

  • Serve as a spokesperson of Athena to the media; and, represent Athena in relevant external committees, conferences, meetings, and funder convenings, as needed.

Campaign Development

  • Facilitate collaborative processes across the coalition to develop shared campaigns, including goals, strategies, and tactics.

  • Work with staff and coalition members to develop and manage strategically rigorous projects and campaigns that move the coalition toward our shared vision.

  • Identify time sensitive campaign opportunities that advance the coalition goals and facilitate coordinated rapid response.

  • Ensure coordination between communications, digital, coalition members, and other coalition staff.

  • Support a coalition culture of learning and adaptation by developing benchmarks, evaluation metrics, and reflection processes.

Coalition Infrastructure and Administration

  • Work with the coalition’s fundraising committee to expand a fundraising strategy, develop and maintain key funder relationships, and ensure grant applications and reports are submitted.

  • Ensure effective administration of coalition operations, including: developing and managing the coalition’s annual budget, overseeing contracts with consultants and coalition partners, and managing and hiring staff.

  • Provide support and oversight to ensure coalition staff are effective in their work; build a culture of collaboration and problem solving among the team.

  • Ensure the coalition has the internal communications infrastructure and administrative infrastructure necessary to be efficient and effective.

What You’ll Bring

  • At least 5 years experience running a large-scale coalition, campaign, or organization, including responsibility for overseeing operations and governance

  • At least 10 years organizing or campaign experience with demonstrated ability to develop and implement effective strategy

  • Demonstrated ability to build coalitions

  • Experience supervising both senior and junior staff

  • Experience working on racial justice issues at a senior level

  • Fundraising experience is an asset, but not a requirement

  • Relational skills and a movement-building orientation

  • Experience with one of more of the coalition’s central issues: worker justice, surveillance and policing, antitrust and monopoly, environmental justice, and corporate influence over local democracy and economies

  • Ability to occasionally work varied hours including nights, weekends, and holidays

  • Ability to travel regularly when safe to do so

We’re Excited About You Because You

  • Have a vision for a powerful coalition dedicated to building power over corporations.

  • You want to challenge racial capitalism and build a powerful multiracial movement that can win material gains for working-class and BIPOC people and shift the dynamics of power in our country.

  • You demonstrate a high level of proficiency in managing execution of large-scale campaigns.

  • You enjoy building relationships and connections between people.

  • You see opportunities in collaboration. 

  • You are comfortable with disagreement and see its importance in developing an effective innovative strategy. 

Compensation and Location

This is a full-time, exempt position. We offer a competitive starting salary between $90,000-$110,000, based on experience, and generous benefits, including health, dental, vision, prescription coverage and a 401k. 

This position is remote and is ideally located near a major airport to facilitate future travel. 

The position is housed at United For Respect, an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from gender oppressed (women, transgender, and gender non-binary) people, people of color including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and broader queer communities. We do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender/gender identity, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, or veteran status.