The Secular Coalition for America seeks an energetic leader for the position of Executive Director.
The Executive Director serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Coalition, a 501(c)(4) organization, and its sister organization, the Secular Coalition for America, a 501(c)(3) organization. S/he reports to the Board of Directors and is a non-voting member of the Board. The Executive Director is responsible for the organization's achievement of its mission and financial objectives. The Executive Director oversees the lobbying and public education efforts for the Coalition and its member organizations and serves as the chief spokesperson.
SCA is seeking a candidate with at least 10 years of management experience with an advocacy organization at the federal level. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated capacity to communicate with legislators, federal agencies, the media and other stakeholders and opinion leaders. Preference will be given to candidates who have a record of effective advocacy and public policy campaign leadership skills.
Successful candidates will have graduate level education in the law, public policy (or related fields) or comparable experience. Candidates should be familiar with secular legal, federal legislative and public policy matters and be able to work with and represent the interests of a diverse coalition. The candidate should be ready to execute board strategy through fundraising, staff leadership, and coalition building. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven track record of managing successful legislative campaigns. The candidate must have a track record of successful financial oversight and strong financial controls. The Executive Director is the chief fundraiser and must have a track record of cultivating, recruiting, and maintaining relationship with major financial donors.
Internship Programs at the Secular Coalition for America
The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) seeks highly motivated undergraduate, graduate, or law students for unpaid internship positions in the spring, summer and fall semesters. SCA is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization located in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.
As a small non-profit, this internship will provide ample opportunities to take on responsibility and produce work samples for addition to a portfolio. Interns work directly with SCA staff and have the opportunity to learn and assist in the four main departments of the office: lobbying and advocacy; research and outreach; development and fundraising; and communications through traditional and new media.
Fall 2014 Internship Program
The internship is flexible, but generally will run from Monday, September 15, 2014 through Friday, December 12, 2014. Interns must be available a minimum of 10 hours per week between 9 am and 6 pm, on a schedule to be set in coordination with the intern’s class schedule. Occasional weekend and evening hours may be expected. Transportation costs to and from Washington, D.C. will not be provided.
To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Fall 2014 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected] by September 12, 2014.
Fall 2014 Internship Program
The Communications Intern will work directly with the SCA Communications Director, Lauren Anderson Youngblood. Excellent written and oral communication skills are required. Familiarity with Wordpress, the Adobe Suite or video editing are strongly preferred. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Writing press releases and blog posts
- Posting the SCA Morning Read to social media platforms
- Updating the SCA website
- Researching and updating media contact lists
- Developing SCA’s social media presence by promoting SCA content, expanding the SCA base of followers and managing interaction with current followers
State Chapter Intern
The State Chapter Intern will work directly with the SCA State Chapter Coordinator, Diana Castillo. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Periodically checking and posting state and local news, primarily relevant legislation and court cases
- Updating state chapter websites
- Producing and monitoring content on state chapter social media platforms
Legislative Intern (Current Law Students Only)
The Secular Coalition for America is seeking a current law student to directly assist the Director of Federal and State Government Affairs, Kelly Damerow. This internship is ideal for first or second year law students seeking substantive, hands-on experience in the field of public policy. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Drafting memoranda
- Analyzing statutes
- Writing policy papers
- Attending Hill meetings
- Researching case law and precedent
Operations and Development Internship
The Operations and Development Intern will work directly with the SCA Director of Operations, Austin Cooper. This internship is ideal for students interested in learning about the day-to-day inner workings of a non-profit organization and students of business and accounting seeking hands-on experience. Duties include but are not limited to:
- Working with Quickbooks
- Drafting year-end tax letters for donors
- Receive training to assist the Director of Operations in accounting for both (c)3 and (c)4 operations.
- Receive training to assist Director of Operations in database management, specifically CiviCRM
- Maintaining relationships with small and mid-level donor base
- Tracking progress of fundraising campaigns
How to Apply
To apply for the Secular Coalition for America Fall 2014 Internship Program, please submit a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications will continue to be accepted until September 12th, but positions may be filled and accepted candidates notified prior to that date.