Executive Director

about CANOPY

Our Why

To support the people, practices, and movements that create the conditions for wonder, wholeness, and joy across generations of Black life.

Our Mission

Our mission is to end and heal from systemic racialized violence in our lifetimes.

Organizing Principles

  1. Our work is not an appeal; we are not asking permission.
  2. Our efforts are in service of and informed by Black history, knowledge, perspectives, & life.
  3. We believe that creating, grieving, and transforming life becomes possible through community.
  4. We [choose] not to rely on systems of domination for liberation.

What We Are Creating

In 2021, we are launching three signature initiatives. First, in partnership with Vox, we are creating and launching an eight-part podcast miniseries for a US audience that tells the stories, triumphs and tribulations of truth-telling and reparations work from other countries that have reckoned with legacies of atrocity and abuse.

Second, in support of this liberatory work, we are building a transnational collective bringing together US practitioners with leaders abroad who have ushered in truth and repair efforts in their own countries — from Sierra Leone to New Zealand, from Guatemala to South Africa to Germany. Through this transnational collective, we will support practitioner-to-practitioner collaboration, learning, and experimentation.

Finally, pending funding, we aim to directly resource US-based truth-telling initiatives and their efforts to understand the harm, foster the healing and size the debt.

Canopy was launched in 2020 by a multi-racial collective of organizers, innovators, educators and artists. With seed funding secured and operations in place for the next year, we are now looking for an Executive Director to collaboratively and boldly lead the organization to the next level of impact.

Canopy Collective is an independent operating project of the nonprofit umbrella organization, Multiplier, a nationally recognized nonprofit with a growing portfolio of innovative initiatives that conserve and protect a sustainable and resilient world (www.multiplier.org)

The Opportunity

This is an opportunity to create alongside and within a collective of joyous, committed and visionary people.

The ideal candidate:

You are boldly committed to creating an organization that shimmers. Resisting the artifices of non-profit organizational dogma, you find yourself asking “how might we create systems that are agile, trust-centered, polycentric and authentically live out our values?” You thrive in a collective and come alive working in collaboration and democratic decision-making. You are an organizer; knowing that leading is about creating shared purpose and inviting others to step into, claim and grow their own leadership. You are deeply accountable to the generations before us and the future we are creating for our descendents. While being fluent working across cultural, national and positional differences, you believe that liberation will take partnership with all types – activists, artists and policymakers alike.

While we are hiring for capability and not experience alone, we are looking for:

  • Experience recruiting, managing and building a thriving and vibrant team (or teams) of leaders
  • A community builder and people-person who is at their best when connecting people based on shared values and exciting others with a vision for the world
  • Someone with incredible skill in translating complex concepts into clear, powerful language – an excellent oral communicator
  • A clearly demonstrated vocational commitment to racial justice
  • A globalist perspective, ideally experience and commitment for learning beyond borders
  • Demonstrated experience taking an ambitious vision and bringing it to life
  • Experience in coalition building or leading a strategy within a collective
  • Experience proactively enrolling diverse stakeholders into action and commitment

Key Activities in Year One:

  • Work with the team (more info available when interviewing) to finalize organizational strategy and co-create organizational structure
  • Deepens global relationships with kindred struggles for liberation and repair
  • Building off the work done so far, build a road map to bring the vision to life – including mobilizing the team to fully resource the organization through partnerships, capital, talent and beyond
  • Finalize governance structure for the organization, how we make decisions and how resources are allocated
  • Recruit and build a Board of Directors (or other governing body that keeps us accountable)
  • Leads resource mobilization strategy
  • Provide strategic oversight to existing grant-funded work

Details

Multiplier provides a comprehensive compensation package, including a competitive starting salary ($120,000), excellent medical and dental benefits, retirement savings and a generous vacation and sick leave policy. Expectation that the salary will grow with the organization. Open to begin at ~75% time and ramp up as our organization develops.

Location: US, remote/flexible (note: current teammates are in Atlanta, Oakland, Los Angeles, New York, and DC)

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. First screening will occur on October 4th. Send us your résumé and cover letter to “canopycollective@multiplier.org” with “Canopy Collective/Executive Director” in the subject line and in the body of the email answer: what calls you to this position? What experiences make you uniquely qualified? Please include your salary requirements.

We respectfully request no follow-up calls or emails.

EEO Statement

Multiplier and Canopy Collective celebrate diversity and are committed to building teams and partnerships that represent a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. Multiplier and Canopy Collective are also committed to providing an environment of mutual respect that is free from discrimination and harassment. Multiplier and Canopy Collective prohibit discrimination in its governance, programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, marital status, amnesty, status as a covered veteran, because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from public assistance, or for any other non-merit based factor.

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