Executive Director position available!

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is looking for an executive director to lead our statewide fight against secrecy and corruption and help usher in a culture of transparency and accountability.

We have had enormous success in our 26-year history, and we’re just getting warmed up. Bring your ideas – for legislation, advocacy, fundraising, education or collaboration – and you’ll have the freedom and support to make them happen. If you have a vision for where New Mexico’s democracy could be in another 26 years, join us to lead the way.

The executive director is supported by a Board of Directors and active membership, as well as one part-time employee. Every day is different, with a wide range of responsibilities from responding to hotline inquiries and publishing a newsletter to giving seminars and handling organization finances. Our ideal candidate has these attributes:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong organization skills/ attention to detail
  • Comfort with public speaking
  • Experience with state-level records and meetings laws
  • Fundraising experience
  • Knowledge of the legislative process & an ability to work across partisan divides
  • Interest in digital transparency tools such as webcasting, data analysis, app development, Government 2.0, etc.

To apply, send a resume, brief writing sample and a cover letter that tells us about your experience and your vision for NMFOG, to info@nmfog.org. We are accepting applications until 5 PM on November 18, 2016.

Salary: $50,000 – $55,000, with insurance stipend 

About NMFOG: The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping New Mexicans understand, obtain and exercise their rights and responsibilities under sunshine laws and the First Amendment. Visit www.nmfog.org to learn more.

About the Job: FOG occupies a small office space in downtown Albuquerque. However, much of the job may be done remotely (even from home under the right circumstances and as approved by the Board). Occasional travel around the state of New Mexico is required, including to Santa Fe during legislative sessions. The executive director has these essential duties:

  1. Communication
    • Oversee maintenance of website and social media with up-to-date information
    • Communicate with Board members
  2. Public Relations
    • Serve as FOG’s “public face” in the community
    • Respond to media inquiries
    • Keep members and media informed of FOG news and events
  3. Education/Outreach
    • Field and respond to Hotline inquiries
    • Participate in Attorney General road show seminars, and FOG’s own presentations
    • Coordinate and deliver additional trainings as needed
  4. Fundraising
    • Organize the annual Dixon Awards luncheon
    • Organize annual seminar for attorneys, journalists, public officials and citizens regarding open government issues
    • Coordinate fundraising appeals, membership drives and grant applications with Board committees
  5. Membership
    • Oversee maintenance of membership roster and invoicing for annual dues
    • Ensure personal communication with as many member/donors as possible
  6. Legislative Matters
    • Work with the Board to develop and implement FOG’s legislative agenda
    • Work with FOG lobbyist before and during legislative sessions
    • Monitor legislation affecting access and provide testimony/advocacy as necessary
    • Coordinate with allies including press & broadcasters, good-government groups, business interests, citizens’ groups, etc.
  7. Litigation
    • Coordinate litigation activities with the Board and attorney panel
    • Keep tabs on IPRA & OMA litigation in New Mexico, as much as possible
  8. Financial/Administrative
    • Ensure that bills are paid and tax returns/nonprofit reports are filed in a timely manner
    • Ensure that organization records are retained, organized, and available upon request
    • Keep treasurer and the Board apprised of organization finances
  9. Board Management
    • Provide administrative support for meetings of the Board and Board committees