New Mexico Foundation for Open Government Seeks Executive Director

The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government (NMFOG) is a not-for-profit, non-partisan organization committed to helping citizens, students, educators, public officials, members of the media and legal professionals understand and exercise their rights and responsibilities under New Mexico sunshine laws, the federal Freedom of Information Act and the First Amendment.

We educate, advocate and (at times) litigate in the name of open government. Sometimes this means assisting individual citizens, members of the press or government officials who are denied information by local and state government entities. But it also means championing open government and educating the public (and public officials) in general about the letter and spirit of sunshine laws.

We’re seeking a dynamic and diplomatic Executive Director who will be responsible for implementing the organization’s mission, policies and objectives as established by the board of directors. We need someone with a demonstrable interest in (and ideally experience with) issues of freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the public’s right to access government meetings and records.

As the leader of a small-yet-vibrant organization, our Executive Director must be part CEO, part program director, part fundraiser, part spokesperson, part adviser and part lobbyist, juggling multiple roles in pursuit of the NMFOG mission. To succeed in this role, you must be as organized as you are inventive, as collaborative as you are self-motivated, and as tactful as you are passionate.

Candidates should possess:

  • The ability to effectively and efficiently lead a not-for-profit organization, managing its business affairs, its programs and its fundraising;
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills;
  • A strong belief in and commitment to operating in non-partisan fashion, recognizing that open government issues arise on both sides of the aisle and transcend party and faction;
  • The knowhow to organize and maintain a system that will identify threats to open government—monitoring proposed legislation, legal developments, and statewide news coverage and fielding calls from citizens and journalists who inquire about problems;
  • A knack for collaboration with an active and engaged board of directors, developing and maintaining a communications system that keeps the board, NMFOG partners and the public up to date on developments affecting open government;
  • Excellent writing and speaking skills;
  • Experience in communicating with the press and the public.

Specific duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Fielding, tracking and reporting on calls to the NMFOG hotline, advising citizens and reporters on open government issues without presenting the information as legal advice;
  • Communicating regularly and knowledgeably with the media and speaking for the organization through public forums, published commentaries, and email/online updates;
  • Seeking grants and contributions and coordinating fundraising activities with board members and other supporters;
  • Arranging and attending quarterly board meetings, providing timely communications to the board, supporting the work of board committees, and preparing annual operating and capital budgets for board approval;
  • Planning, promoting, and executing events, including an annual Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar, our yearly Dixon Luncheon, and various other events throughout the year and across the state;
  • Managing the NMFOG website, representing the organization in social media, and keeping the organization’s records and mailing list up to date using spreadsheet and database management software;
  • Spearheading efforts to expand and diversify NMFOG’s board and constituency.

Interested applicants should send a resume, professional writing sample and a cover letter that tells us about your experience and what strengths you would bring to NMFOG.

The salary is $50,000 to $60,000, depending on experience.

The deadline for submissions is May 29, 2018

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