Executive Director


About Instituto:

Instituto’s mission is to build sustained political power with low-income and communities of color in Arizona. We believe that every community has the essential leadership, capacity, and resources to create its own solutions and enact change in places that have historically been under-invested in, particularly in the face of adversity.

At Instituto, we accelerate organizations by focusing on initiative development and scaling electoral and advocacy programs. We also incubate organizations and guide toward the solutions that will help mobilize voters and build political capacity.

Role Summary:

Arizona is a critical battleground state, and is on track to become a state where communities of color will be majority by 2028, with voter participation in the last election reaching all-time highs.

Instituto is looking for a strategic leader who is aligned with our values and dedicated to scaling power building in Arizona. This role will work closely with the Founder, Luis Avila, as well as the team, to build programs that invest in Arizona’s next generation of leaders. The Executive Director will be fearlessly innovative, bringing a passion for equipping underrepresented communities with the tools to win.

This is an incredible leadership opportunity for someone deeply committed to building sustained political power with low-income and communities of color in a critical battleground state.


Effectively create and implement a multi-year strategic plan, building upon the vision and mission of the organization to increase our impact in Arizona’s low-income and communities of color
Thoughtfully develop a strategic approach with the Founder and board to deepen relationships with partners and coalitions
Serve as Instituto’s strategic leader and spokesperson with confidence and humility, operating as a coach, collaborator, and advisor to executive and senior level leadership within our communities
Deepen and refine the process of identifying, managing, and assessing ongoing programs and projects, optimizing their design processes to achieve goals
Establish comprehensive methods to ensure that Instituto is able to scale our capacity for incubating and accelerating organizations with programmatic excellence
Cultivate new and existing relationships with funding partners and individual donors, ensuring Instituto’s financial stability
Boldly generate fresh and imaginative ways to generate revenue and monetize programs
Effectively manage decisions related to Instituto’s annual budget and staffing to increase our capacity for impact
Build in practices to foster a team culture rooted in anti-racism, willingness to take risks, and strong feedback loops to inform future programs

The ideal candidate will have:

Deep commitment to racial justice and a drive to empower low-income and communities of color in Arizona
A proactive approach for identifying new opportunities for impact, with a track record experimentation and launching new programs
Experience leading programs that are rooted in collaboration, respect and humility, and inclusive of experiences from varying backgrounds and experiences
The ability to effectively communicate a shared vision to fundraise, build relationships, and mobilize a coalition
Experience successfully developing, pitching, evaluating, and implementing programs that consistently reach desired goals and impact
Hands-on experience effectively coaching, managing, and advising others, confidently mediating when conflicts arise
Demonstrated experience using a political analysis to inform strategic decision-making and effectively managing limited resources like staff capacity and budget
The ability to point to specific examples of having developed and operationalized strategies that have taken an organization to the next stage of growth
Prior experience in electoral politics or advocacy-based organizations helpful, though not required
Direct experience with budget planning and financial management helpful, though not required
The ability to speak Spanish helpful, though also not required

Our Values:

Independence: We believe in the strength of communities and that they have the power to independently fight for social justice for all.
Proximity: We believe solutions should be community-based and that everyone, regardless of race, gender, language, and education, has a place at the table.
Resilience: We believe communities are already extraordinary and can develop leadership from within to continue their path forward.
Knowledge: We believe in learning from history and other communities, with the ability to create and manage knowledge for power.
Excellence: We believe in striving to be the best version of ourselves in order to serve our people and communities.
Trust: We believe in building relationships with communities by prioritizing trust and respect.

More Information:

Location: Arizona, or willing to relocate

Salary: $100k – $120k annually, based on experience. This is a full-time exempt position.

Benefits include:

$1,000 annual professional development fund
$1,000 annual technology fund
100% employer-sponsored health insurance coverage and 50% for partner and/or dependents. Full insurance package includes medical, dental, and vision
Retirement plan matched up to 4%
Flexible vacation and sick time policy

Application deadline: December 15, 2021

How to Apply

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Instituto is committed to the inclusion of all individuals, so if there is any reasonable accommodation we can provide for you interviewing any other element of this hiring process, please let us know.

Instituto is an equal employment opportunity employer and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply. Instituto does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, sex (including pregnancy), gender, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, medical condition including genetic characteristics, mental or physical disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, (including transgender status), weight, height, linguistic characteristics (such as accent and limited English proficiency, where not substantially job-related), citizenship status, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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