Job Openings at Franciscan Action Network

Executive Director

The Franciscan Action Network is seeking an Executive Director to grow and forward its mission: Inspired by the Gospel of Jesus, and the example of Saints Francis and Clare, the Franciscan Action Network (FAN) is a collective of Franciscan voices seeking to transform United States public policy related to care for creation, poverty, human rights, and peacebuilding. The Executive Director will provide leadership for the organization with a focus on fundraising, public relations, community engagement, programming and fiscal management.

Resume and cover letter should be sent to and include the words "Executive Director" in the subject line. See below for a full job description and qualifications, click here for downloadable copy.

Deadline for applying is by September 15, 2019.

Franciscan Action Network’s Vision
The Franciscan Action Network sees the interconnectedness of all creation and the common origin of humanity as rooted in God’s loving design for the earth and all people. Recognizing this fundamental goodness of God through the act of creation, FAN counters the social sinfulness that persistently compromises God’s hopes, through a clarion call to conversion. It is through continual conversion that the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor can be heard in their authenticity and understood in a way that leads us to re-discover our original goodness, both personally and collectively. Through this process of continual conversion, we discover ourselves as co-creators with God and others, thereby realizing a world where people and plant cherish a common inherent dignity, encourage social goodness, and live in just prosperity.

About the Franciscan Action Network

FAN, established in 2007 by a network of Franciscan Institutions, has become a leading voice on several issues related to Franciscan values in Washington D.C. such as immigration, consistent ethic of life, environmental justice, and interfaith dialogue with the Muslim community. The executive director oversees FAN’s staff of five people who focus on advocacy and communications, in collaboration with the Franciscan Family and other partners throughout the United States.

With FAN’s celebration of its 10th anniversary in 2017, we are currently in the process of implementing our strategic plan goals, which focus on forming collaborative Franciscan Solidarity Tables (FSTs) across the country. These FSTs are assisting in connecting the work of FAN concretely to the grassroots experience of people who suffer from injustice and discrimination.

Executive Director Qualifications and Experience

FAN seeks a strategic, visionary and influential leader with the skills, passion and commitment to implement the mission and vision of the organization.  The ideal candidate would support and promote the values and work of FAN through the lens of the Franciscan theological and spiritual tradition. The Executive Director is the leader and public face of FAN. With the guidance and support of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director has chief executive authority and accountability for all aspects of FAN’s mission and operations. We seek someone who is a proven leader with exceptional communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills.  Candidates should be politically astute with an open management style that is collaborative and team oriented, while inspiring growth and employee development.
●    Minimum of three years non-profit experience; experience with public policy advocacy
●    Shows competence in planning, public relations, and fiscal management
●    Possesses excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
●    Displays ability to work collaboratively with institutional and public policy partners
●    Possesses initiative and problem-solving skills
●    Manages conflict appropriately
●    Demonstrates ability to set and achieve goals independently and within a collaborative structure
●    Able to develop new methods, envision creative alternatives, and make appropriate connections
●    Possesses appropriate computer skills and familiarity with social media platforms
●    Understands principles of fiscal management, being able to prepare and monitor budget

Duties and Responsibilities

Represent FAN to policy makers, the Franciscan family, and the public
●    Represents FAN to members of U.S. Congress, administration officials, and other state and local policy leaders
●    Maintain relationships with the Franciscan family, as well as grassroots efforts through the Franciscan Solidarity Tables
●    Fosters collaborative relationships with other faith-based and public policy entities to promote the common mission
●    Serves as public spokesperson for FAN with national press outlets

Program Development and Implementation
●    Develops, facilitates, implements, and evaluates a strategic plan
●    Supervises the development of advocacy and campaigns with the staff
●    Based on evaluation data and Board input, implements changes in FAN’s policies and procedures as related to the quality of programs
●    Develops strategies for networking and collaboration with internal and external groups

Personnel Management
●    Develops processes to recruit, hire, train, supervise and evaluate diverse staff (both professional and volunteers)
●    Develops and maintains job descriptions and employee handbook
●    Assures on-going professional development
●    Maintains relationships with volunteers

Fundraising and Development
●    Secures funding for FAN in collaboration with the Board of Directors to ensure financial viability
●    Develops potential donors by personal contact, telephone calls, and attendance at key events
●    Cultivates relationships and new grant opportunities
●    Requests donations and thanks donors for gifts

Fiscal Accountability
●    Designs, manages, and prioritizes budget
●    Prepares and monitors budget each fiscal year
●    Provides Board Executive Committee and Treasurer with timely reports
●    Assures that audits and reviews occur at appointed times
●    Monitors fiscal performance
●    Authorizes payment of all invoices directed to FAN
●    Responsible for cost containment and generating revenues

Board Accountability
●    Reports to Board President on a regular basis
●    Participates in Board Executive Committee’s monthly meetings
●    Cultivates Board relationships
●    Prepares for and attends quarterly Board of Directors meetings
●    Prepares quarterly programing and financial reports for the Board
●    Prepares Annual Report as requested
●    Serves as primary link with governing and advisory boards
●    Assists in recruiting prospective Board Members