New Leaders Council Seeks New President and CEO

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The New Leaders Council (NLC) ( is seeking a new President and Chief Executive Officer, reporting to the Board of Directors.

About NLC 
NLC, a 501(c)(3), was established in 2006 to identify, train, and promote young professionals throughout the United States to be the future leaders of the American progressive community, across sectors including business, politics and government, and not-for-profit or social impact organizations.

NLC’s leadership includes senior political, civic, and business leaders from around the United States. The organization’s Honorary Co-Chairs include US Senator Tim Kaine, former HUD Secretary Julian Castro, California Treasurer Fiona Ma, Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx, Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin, FL Representative Loranne Ausley, and NYS Assembly Member and DNC Vice-Chair Michael Blake. The 24-person Board of Directors is chaired by Chris Kelly, a Silicon Valley investor and former General Counsel of Facebook.

The heart of our organization is its volunteer-powered local affiliate model, currently operating 50 chapters in 30 states, with over 8,000 alumni of our multi-month training and education programs. NLC’s flagship program is the NLC Institute, an annual, six-month training executed by each chapter in its area, which serves to equip its Fellows with critical skills including leadership and management, fundraising, campaigns, policy, and media and communications. The NLC Institute serves as the basis for the #NLCFamily and community of friends and supporters. NLC prides itself on a membership as diverse as the progressive movement it leads. The 2019 NLC Fellows class self-identifies as 60 percent people of color, 62 percent women, and 18 percent LGBTQIA+. Many NLC alumni have been elected to public office or hold executive leadership positions in a wide variety of venues. In November 2018, more than 75 alumni and local board members won public office, notably including two members of Congress: US Representatives Lauren Underwood and Kendra Horn.

The organization’s total annual budget exceeds $2,000,000 and is growing. NLC operated with a lean national staff for most of its history, but has steadily expanded to a staff of 10 in areas such as operations and programs management, development, communications and external relations, and others. The national headquarters provides guidelines and support for training and chapter operations, and coordinates national programs, including national conferences and publications.

About the President: Responsibilities and Opportunities 
The President of NLC has overall responsibility for the organization, including raising the annual budget, setting the strategic vision, and overseeing management, programs, operations, finance, and legal & compliance matters, in coordination with the staff and Board of Directors.

The President’s responsibilities include: 

  • Visionary leadership through consistently refreshed organizational plans, development strategies, and programming initiatives
  • Raising annual and endowment funds for operations and programming, leading and contributing to fundraising efforts both at the national and chapter levels
  • Supervising 10 paid staff, who all work remotely from different locations, and, as needed, hiring additional temporary and permanent staff
  • Nurturing strong relationships with various stakeholders including donors, senior volunteer committee structure, several hundred volunteer chapter leaders, and diverse alumni community
  • Overseeing menu of programming including annual national convention, regional events, and NLC Institutes
  • Serving on the national Board of Directors

Experience and Qualifications 
NLC’s President must be able to set a strong vision, raise significant resources, and engage effectively in a political and organizational context that brings great challenges and limitless opportunities.

NLC serves and trains today’s and tomorrow’s younger generation of committed and passionate public and private sector leaders. This position is at the pinnacle of national influence. NLC leads or contributes to every meaningful initiative and conversation about the core elements of the progressive movement. The individual in this role will build relationships with virtually every constituency of the progressive movement and help shape the dialogue about its direction.

The ideal candidate will have: 

  • A demonstrated commitment to progressive values
  • Substantial nonprofit management experience
  • Experience building and managing a staff of at least 10
  • Extensive major gifts and HNW fundraising experience
  • Demonstrated personal experience in raising at least $5-10mm in their career
  • Previous responsibility for an organizational budget of at least $2-3mm
  • Enthusiasm for heavy domestic travel schedule throughout the year
  • A deep network of relationships in the progressive community
  • Highly developed interpersonal and political skills

Experience in chapter- or membership-based organizations or leadership development organizations is helpful but not a prerequisite. NLC’s President can work remotely, but frequent travel will be required to engage funders and volunteers. NLC’s two previous presidents each served for more than five years. Candidates are expected to make a robust, long-term commitment to the future success of the organization. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Success Factors 
The President should feel equally comfortable navigating the halls of power and speaking the language of grassroots activists. A successful President will relish and appreciate the lively discourse that animates our community and will understand the need to effect change through widespread consultation, coalition-building, and persuasion. Nationally, we define “progressive” as referring generally to the values of social justice, equal opportunity, and strong democracy, not conforming to any particular ideological wing or set of candidates, and we avoid divisive and exclusionary litmus tests. NLC’s volunteer leaders are diverse demographically, geographically, and ideologically, with policy interests and professional backgrounds that span every sector.

To Apply 
Interested candidates should send their resume and a cover letter summarizing their interest, experience, and qualifications to Mark Walsh, Heather Grantham Deutsch, and the members of the Search Committee via Candidate materials and information will be kept in strict confidence by the committee.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with priority given to applications received in March and April 2019. Requests for additional information may be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Mark Walsh, at

NLC has a strong commitment to diversity and is proud to be one of the most diverse nonprofit institutions in the country. Women and non-binary people, people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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