Executive Director, MOVE Texas

Job description

MOVE Texas is a grassroots, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization building power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and issue advocacy.

We are working hard to build a Texas that believes in its young people and reflects our values. We believe that every young Texan should be able to have their voice heard at the capitol, their city halls, and at the ballot box.

MOVE Texas currently operates in San Antonio, Laredo, Seguin, San Marcos, Austin, Houston, Corpus Christi, Fort Worth, Denton, and Dallas. We are headquartered in San Antonio, Texas.

MOVE Texas innovates democracy for our generation. We work daily to build a more just, more representative future and empower inspiring new leaders—such as yourself—to keep making Texas better.

We are dedicated to hiring a diverse workforce that fosters opportunities for personal and professional development. We provide a collaborative and supportive environment built upon our fundamental core principles where each employee is valued.

MOVE Texas is seeking a strategic and energetic Executive Director to lead the organization to the next level, providing overall management, planning, execution and leadership for the organization. This includes leading organizational strategy, donor stewardship, board engagement, and financial and operational oversight. The Executive Director will inspire, collaborate with, and manage a talented team. They will work with a deeply committed Board of Directors to execute and deliver the organization’s operational priorities. They must be dynamic, flexible, and a team player and must be able to thrive within our growing organization, while working to transform engagement throughout Texas.


Executive Team Management and Development

  • Managing and developing deep coaching relationships with direct reports: Managing Director, Operations Director, Development Director, and Communications Director
  • Cultivating a climate that invites and inspires staff and volunteers from diverse backgrounds; providing the platform and support for them to authentically lead in our community
  • Modeling and ensuring an inclusive, welcoming, and inspiring organizational culture aligned with our values
  • Providing mentoring, professional development, and performance management of staff
  • Ensuring there is a sound organizational structure aligned with the MOVE's priorities of equity and inclusion
  • Represent the organization in civil rights lawsuits against local and state government at the county, state, and federal level, including providing depositions, testifying in court, and collaborating with lawyers and other stakeholders


  • Lead staff and board in creating annual program goals, relevant strategies, and staff work plans to achieve the organization’s long-term vision.
  • Monitor departmental progress towards operations, field/organizing, advocacy, communications, education, data, and development goals, stepping in, and redirecting when off-track.
  • Support the team in identifying and prioritizing new program opportunities to accomplish MOVE’s mission, while also evaluating programs.

Board Engagement

  • Lead engagement and oversight of MOVE Board of Directors.
  • Provide Board members with the information and tools needed to govern and support MOVE in a meaningful way.
  • Maintain a professional, positive relationship with the Board, staff and volunteers.


  • Strengthen organizational visibility through relationship development, speaking engagements and other external opportunities.
  • Act as the lead conduit with our national affiliate, the Alliance for Youth Action, acting as part of a broader, national movement while also communicating the organization’s interest and experiences.
  • Build strategic relationships between staff and key elected officials, community leaders, school leaders, partners, media, and thought leaders.


  • Develop overall fundraising strategy in collaboration with development team and Board fundraising committee that is aligned with programming, policy, and organizational goals and values
  • Cultivate new, and steward existing, relationships with major donors and funding partners, building trust, communicating regularly about the organizational work, and collaborating to move our objectives forward
  • Direct supervision of Development Director


  • Oversee organization-wide financial management systems to ensure high quality internal controls, accurate financial reporting, and effective financial planning.
  • Work with the accountant, operations staff and Board to track and oversee the budget, tracking and alerting board of fiscal solvency.
  • Oversee organizational Administration and Human Resources
  • Ensure compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations

Job requirements

The ideal candidate brings a track record of proven success as an empowering, adept manager with the ability to integrate into an existing team of high performers.

  • Strong understanding of voter registration and civic participation infrastructure in Texas and/or nationally. 2+ years of experience working on campaigns and/or issue advocacy.
  • 2+ years of nonprofit management experience at the executive leadership team level and 4+ years of managing and working with staff, interns, youth and consultants and working with a Board of Directors in a collaborative team environment.
  • Expert ability to establish and build strong relationships, both internally and externally with donors, staff, board, media, allies, etc.
  • Strong relationships with leaders and organizations in the areas of politics, policy, and advocacy in Texas.
  • Confidence and sound judgement in political analysis/theory of change, willingness to take risks and push the envelope to generate results. Above average judgement and professional maturity needed to identify where and when to take those risks.
  • Ability to passionately engage and inspire others toward a larger vision while exhibiting a demonstrable passion for advancing the mission of the organization.
  • Excellent speaking, listening and written communication skills.
  • Foster shared leadership, inclusive decision making, and positive relationships between the Boards of Directors, staff, volunteers, and organizational stakeholders; formalize operations, procedures and processes.
  • Demonstrated fundraising experience through individual donor cultivation and stewardship; experience in development and grant writing, and events.
  • Demonstrated fiscal management and budgetary leadership experience.
  • Experience working with young adults, in communities of color, the LGBTQIA community, and/or other marginalized communities.

This is a full-time, permanent, exempt position with comprehensive benefits, including health, vision, and dental insurance, unlimited paid time off, paid sick leave, and more. The salary range is $95,000 to $105,000. While hours will increase or decrease based on certain cycles, campaigns, and activity, the position requires willingness to travel and work some evenings and weekends. MOVE Texas is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO) and encourages women, people of color, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA community to express interest by application.

COVID-19 Update: Because of the COVID-19 global pandemic, all interviews for this role will be held virtually using Zoom software. Currently, all MOVE Texas staff are working remotely from home and we anticipate to stay the same for the foreseeable future. When we determine it is safe to return to in-person work, the new Executive Director will be required to relocate to one of our major cities within 60 days: San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, or Austin.