Millennial Action Project (MAP)
Chief Executive Officer
MAP activates young leaders to bridge the partisan divide and transform American politics, working towards a vision of a stronger, more productive democracy where the political culture is grounded in empathy and where leaders pursue innovative policy solutions.
Over the past decade, the United States has descended into one of the most dysfunctional periods in recent history, with the highest level of polarization since the end of Reconstruction after the Civil War. In 2011, this dysfunction snowballed into nothing less than a national crisis, nearly forcing a national default and causing the first-ever downgrade of U.S. debt. That same year, a small group of college students gathered near the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, Missouri. Even as they received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship for public service, they were deeply concerned about the direction of the country they would inherit – but inspired by the potential for the next generation of American leaders to change course. Over the next year, they formed a founding team to build a new organization dedicated to renewing American democracy. In collaboration with dozens of Millennial leaders across the country, and with the generous support of visionary philanthropists, the Millennial Action Project was formed and officially launched in 2013.
The Millennial Action Project works directly with leading young policymakers on both a national and state level to spur bipartisan legislation and drive innovative policy solutions. As a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit dedicated to activating millennial policymakers, MAP gives young elected leaders the resources and support to create, introduce, and pass legislation and forge productive partnerships on the issues affecting the youngest generation of Americans.
In 2013, MAP organized the first nonpartisan Congressional Future Caucus
with the millennial members of Congress to forge pragmatic cooperation on future-oriented challenges. The Congressional Future Caucus is America’s first and only bipartisan caucus for young members of Congress. The Future Caucus movement has spread into numerous state legislatures through the creation of the State Future Caucus Network,
consisting of young, high-potential state legislators.
The Opportunity: Leading MAP Today
MAP’s mission is increasingly important today as the coronavirus and the modern civil rights movement exploding throughout the country exposed grave consequences of increased polarization. The events of this year serve as a reminder that political cooperation, bipartisan relationships, and post-partisan solutions are the only clear path to transform American politics.
To that end, 2020 has been a year of growth and innovation at MAP as the team has worked relentlessly in pursuit of its mission. Recent initiatives include:
- Continued growth of the P.E.E.R. Project (Partnering to Ensure Election Resiliency), which engages young policymakers and partners across sectors to take action to safeguard upcoming elections while protecting voters as they conduct their civic duty. In May, MAP issued an open letter to federal, state, and local governments to prepare for an election season during a pandemic. The letter was signed by 34 legislators from 19 states.
- A new partnership with Represent Justice. The film “Just Mercy” gave rise to Represent Justice — a campaign committed to achieving the fair legal system our country deserves — and earlier this year, MAP partnered with Represent Justice to develop new efforts in pursuit of this goal. The newly formed Criminal Justice Advisory Council is just the start of MAP’s new program focus on criminal justice reform.
- Continued growth of the State Future Caucus Network, recently reaching its 30th state. This network is designed to oversee meaningful bipartisan legislative work, connect state legislators across country to share best practices, and break down barriers between young elected officials to inspire policy ideas and civic engagement.
- Action and impact resulting from the Congressional Future Caucus, which came together across partisan lines to creatively and pragmatically forge common ground on issues facing American’s next generation. Recent legislative action in 2020 includes:
- Meals on Wheels for Kids Act, which would award grants to states to establish food delivery pilot programs for low-income kids in disadvantaged communities during non-school months.
- An amendment to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, establishing a grant program to support the creation of personal reemployment accounts to help Americans gain skills and return to work following the economic disruption caused by COVID-19.
- The Secure 5G and Beyond Act, which requires the President to develop a strategy and implementation plan to ensure the security of next generation mobile telecommunications systems, infrastructure, and software in the United States and for our allies and strategic partners around the world.
Now more than ever, MAP is committed to activating the country’s youngest leaders and lawmakers to re-establish political cooperation across parties to create systemic change and defeat the polarization holding back our government and our country.
About the Position
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will lead MAP and help write the organization’s next chapter of growth and impact. Reporting to the Board of Directors and overseeing a talented and engaged staff of 16 and a budget of $2M, the CEO will build on a strong foundation of national programs, engagement, strategy, and impact. Working with the Board and staff, the CEO will articulate a vision and ensure MAP’s talent, operations, fundraising, marketing, financial, and programmatic strategies are aligned to achieve that vision over the coming years.
This is a unique opportunity to lead a national organization with a record of impact, vibrant programs, a strong financial position, and a values-driven and committed staff in a moment of national importance in moving the country forward to a more empathetic place of understanding and progress. Indeed, MAP’s mission and work has never been more vital.
Strategic Vision and Leadership
Development and Communications
- Provide strategic leadership, vision, and inspiration to the staff, Board, key constituents, and external partners.
- Collaborate with the Board and staff to articulate and implement MAP’s strategic plan while ensuring that the budget, staff, and priorities are aligned with MAP’s core mission.
- Provide inspirational leadership and direction to all staff and ensure the continued development and management of a professional and efficient organization.
- Cultivate a strong and transparent working relationship with the board and ensure open communication about the measurement of financial, programmatic, and impact performance against stated milestones and goals.
- In partnership with the staff, help build a diverse and inclusive Board representative of the community that is highly engaged and willing to leverage and secure resources.
Management and Operations
- Oversee the fundraising function and ensure MAP has the resources required to make continuous progress towards the achievement of its mission.
- Ensure funds are allocated properly to reflect present needs and future potential.
- In collaboration with staff, design and execute comprehensive development and communications strategies that will enhance revenue from a variety of sources.
- Serve as a primary spokesperson and ambassador for MAP in a variety of environments.
- Continue to develop and enhance MAP’s strategic marketing and communications plans and ensure that key organizational messages reach intended audiences.
- Ensure the delivery of high-quality partnerships and programs while managing for current and future growth.
- Inspire, empower, motivate, and hold accountable the organization's staff.
- Facilitate collaboration and strengthen internal communications with staff throughout the organization; create and promote a positive, values-driven work environment that supports staff, partners, champions, and program participants.
- Oversee MAP’s finances, including long and short-term plans, monitoring the budget, and ensuring appropriate financial controls are in place.
- Oversee MAP programs and ensure they are designed to fulfill MAP’s vision.
- In collaboration with MAP staff, continually evaluate and enhance programs to ensure the highest quality and impact.
- Continue to grow and innovate MAP’s current programs as well as seek out new partnerships and needs in the sector.
- A visionary leader with a demonstrated passion for the mission of MAP and a dedication to MAP’s core values
- An unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Bachelor’s degree required, MPA or related advanced degree preferred
- An ability to build and/or achieve credibility across partisan lines
- Previous experience in a senior leadership role with a demonstrated ability to manage the strategic, financial, operational, and team leadership needs of an entrepreneurial organization
- Ability to shape and articulate a vision in a way that resonates with funders
- A financially savvy and politically astute leader with the ability to set clear priorities, delegate, and guide investment in people and systems
- Keen analytic, organization, and problem-solving skills, which support and enable sound decision-making
- Excellent coalition-building skills with an ability to communicate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders; a persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus amongst differing opinions
- Superb presentation and communication skills and the experience and proclivity to be a successful spokesperson, relationship builder, and fundraiser
- Strong commitment to the professional development of staff; successful track record of recruiting, supporting, and retaining a diverse team