Deadline to submit applications is September 16, 2022
Candidates are asked to send a cover letter detailing their experience, education, and background that makes them the ideal candidate for this position. Also include salary expectations in the cover letter. Send the cover letter, resume, and a published writing sample to FOGsearchcommitte@nmfog.org. The deadline for submissions is September 16, 2022.
The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is the state’s leading advocate for the public’s right to know. It seeks a dynamic, well-organized leader with watchdog instincts to fill its executive director position. This person would work with a volunteer board, including the state’s top government transparency lawyers, journalists, nonprofit leaders, business members and others.
Below is the job description.
As outlined below, the FOG Executive Director is responsible for administrative, fundraising, community outreach, advocacy, communication and financial responsibilities. This person will be charged with a wide range of responsibilities from responding to hotline inquiries related to New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act and the Open Meetings Law and acting as a spokesperson for the organization. The candidate must also be comfortable working with a large volunteer board of directors. FOG is a 501(c)3 organization.
The Executive Director must have strong oral and written communication skills as he/she will be responsiblefor FOG’s monthly newsletter, news releases, social media activities, print and electronic materials. General knowledge of media operations and comfort speaking to the public. Also, the communication includes answering the organization’s hotline and responding to requests for information from various constituents.
The Executive Director is responsible for fundraising, including grant-writing, planning events, and completing a current “capital” campaign to raise funds for a full-time FOG attorney. In addition, the Executive Director oversees the day-to-day financial operations of FOG, working with the Board, Treasurer, and the finance committee.
The Executive Director regularly engages with local and state government officials and oversees and advocates for open government legislation at the state capitol. Familiarity with access to public records and related legislation is highly desirable. This person is responsible for lobbying at the city, county, and state level concerning issues about transparency, the First Amendment the Inspection of Public Records Act, and the Open Meetings Act.
Education/Requirements: Undergraduate degree required. Should have at least three years of experience at the leadership and management level in the nonprofit sector (preferably). Familiarity with the law and public policy is desirable.