Location: Anywhere in the United States and Puerto Rico
POSITION: National President OFFICE: National (REMOTE)
REPORTS TO: Chief Executive Officer FLSA: Exempt
TRAVEL: Up to 75%
The National President is the principal spokesperson and victim advocate for the organization, and they serve in this role by delivering key mission-related messaging, engaging and responding to media inquiries and interviews (social, broadcast and print), participating in press conferences and legislative and regulatory hearings and testimony, and addressing donors, staff, volunteers, partner organizations, and industry conferences. The National President is a key partner and collaborator with the Development, Marketing, and Communications teams in crafting fundraising and other resource development activities.
ESSENTIAL POSITION FUNCTIONS
- As principal spokesperson for MADD, the National President communicates on topics related to MADD’s mission areas and shares their personal story as a victim of substance impaired driving; develops, maintains, and is able to respond with in-depth knowledge on the current state of substance impaired driving and underage drinking, including relevant statistics and knowledge of MADD’s current programs and policy matters;
- In partnership with the Development, Strategic Programs, and Marketing teams, build and maintain revenue and subject matter partnerships with grantors, donors (including corporations and foundations and major individual givers), and volunteers to advance MADD’s mission objectives; including, but not limited to, presentations to potential funding sources and program collaborations at local and national levels;
- In coordination with the Government Affairs office, engages policymakers at the international, national, state, and local level as needed to advocate for MADD’s public policy objectives. Testifies at legislative hearings and other proceedings, as needed;
- Independently develop and collaborate with Communications and Marketing teams to prepare remarks and speeches to be delivered on short notice;
- Works with Communications staff to inform and be briefed about all interview requests, to coordinate the scheduling of interviews, and to prepare and approve appropriate messaging points for such interviews;
- Develops and socializes messaging across MADD platforms in coordination with Communications and the Chief Executive Officer for high-profile matters;
- Create and maintain networks of media, legislative, and influential personalities to enhance the visibility of MADD;
- In coordination with the CEO and Communications, address risks associated with MADD’s external reputation;
- Creates, maintains, and grows MADD’s social media presence;
- Maintains contact with MADD’s local and regional offices, including mission and community related events;
- Champions and supports the development and maintenance of MADD volunteers and victim advocate groups (e.g. “War Room”) efforts to enlist new volunteers and maintain existing volunteer base;
- Represents MADD and its positions and policies to other international, national, state and local organizations and groups involved with the issues of highway safety and substance impaired driving;
- Represents MADD, as appropriate, by attending and/or participating in various galas, receptions, social events, and other general functions as may arise from time to time.
- Reviews and selects the winners of the MADD National President’s Awards and presents awards at MADD meetings (in person or virtually);
- Closely coordinates their activities and appearances with the Chief Executive Officer and such staff as the Chief Executive Officer may designate;
- Adheres to the objectives and goals of the organization and all policies and guidelines as established by the Board and the organization from time to time;
- Performs other duties as may be requested; and
- Manages National President’s budget.
- Must be a victim of substance impaired driving (i.e., a person who has either been injured by a substance impaired driver or who is the immediate family member of a person that was killed or injured by a substance impaired driver);
- A time period must have elapsed of not less than the later of (i) two (2) years after the substance impaired driving crash or incident of victimization, or (ii) resolution of the criminal court case of the offender involved, meaning after sentencing or dismissal of the case;
- Must have served as a volunteer or employee of MADD or an organization addressing traffic safety and substance impaired driving;
- Must be an excellent public speaker with strong communications skills;
- Must be a team player, able to work well with internal and external constituents, including potential funders of the organization;
- Must be able and willing to travel frequently, sometimes on short notice, and to represent MADD’s goals and policies to the public;
- Must be able to serve a two (2) year term as National President, without guarantee of future employment;
- Must have strong organizational skills, be detail oriented with the ability to prioritize, manage multiple projects, accept direction, and execute in a high-volume environment;
- Must have excellent communication skills with the ability to develop and convey thoughts clearly, logically and concisely both orally and in writing, using appropriate grammar and command of the English language;
- Must be able to work both independently and with others to resolve issues and maintain composure and professionalism in an environment of changing and/or multiple priorities;
- Must have the ability to tolerate stressful situations and maintain a professional demeanor;
- Must have demonstrated computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook and be familiar with entering data into on-line systems. Should also have basic record keeping and math skills;
- Must have working knowledge of company policies and procedures;
- Must have the ability to maintain social, ethical and organizational standards in job related activities, at work and in the community;
- Must have the ability to maintain workplace confidentiality and take ownership/accountability for own actions and aspects of the job;
- Must have a demonstrated commitment, passion and compassion for the mission of MADD;
- Experience in journalism, marketing, communications, or other relevant field, including use of social media for influence and outreach;
- Experience with public service and/or nonprofit organizations;
- Experience of handling media and managing information in crisis situations;
- Knowledge of current theories and practices in communications and the role of the mass media; and
- Fluency in English is required, and Spanish language skills a plus.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
- Strategic Thinking. A leader who develops distinct strategies that result in competitive advantage; an individual who also translates strategies into specific objectives and plans; someone who understands the growth drivers of philanthropy and prioritizes initiatives that will accelerate MADD momentum.
- Performance Orientation. A high-energy, results-oriented achiever who sets, pursues, and achieves aggressive funding/impressions-oriented goals. One who relentlessly focuses on continuously improving every aspect of the organization.
- Problem Solving. Superior intellect with a high capacity for managing complexity, analyzing and synthesizing financial and other business information and making aggressive, fast paced business decisions.
- Strong Interpersonal and Communication Skills. Ability to convey ideas in a meaningful way and secure commitment and support from others (particularly with individuals at very high levels in the organization or externally). Excellent verbal and written communications. The ability to collaboratively sell strategies throughout the organization generating excitement, enthusiasm and commitment.
TYPICAL PHYSICAL AND MENTAL DEMANDS
This position requires working in an office setting and is generally considered sedentary, although this position may require long hours, handling conflicts and making decisions under pressure. This position will require overnight travel. This position may require you to: be in a stationary position for extended periods; move or traverse in a space for short periods; occasionally transport items with a maximum weight of 25 pounds (such as boxes); communicate with other individuals; and perceive and exchange information. The noise level is from quiet to moderate. This position requires the ability to operate a computer and other office machines such as fax, calculator and telephone. This position must be able to maintain confidentiality. This position may require a valid State Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance because the individual may be required to drive to alternate locations away from the office. Critical thinking, active learning, listening, writing, speaking, negotiating, persuasion, judgment and the ability to work under pressure may be mandatory for this position.
Travel: 75% Domestic Mileage and travel costs will be reimbursed.
This job opportunity is for a defined two year role as National President and future employment with MADD is not guaranteed.
- Eligible within first 30 days
- Health, Dental, Vision
- Retirement 403(b) + 3% employer matching
- Minimum 3 weeks Vacation
- 12 Paid Holidays per calendar year
- Up to 3 Floating Holidays per calendar year
- Paid Sick Time
- Modified Educational Assistance
- Parental Leave
- Basic Life, AD&D, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability Insurance covered by Employer
- FSA, HRA
- Employee Assistance Program
MADD is providing PPE equipment to all employees and safety training. This role may filled with by the qualified candidate in any region of the United States, or Puerto Rico, and be required to periodically reports in-person at MADD’s National headquarters in Irving, TX, on an as needed basis.
How to Apply
The completed Application Form, current resume (not to exceed two pages), three references, and answers to the application questions are due to MADD’s General Counsel (DJ.Merino@madd.org), by 5:00 P.M. (CDT) on Monday, August 1, 2022. Documents may be emailed to meet the deadline.