Executive Director of SumOfUs

This role can be undertaken by anyone on a timezone between GMT +2 and GMT -8 in a major metro area. Full-time Allows remote

Deadline to apply: 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time, Sunday, 14th July, 2019. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, however, so please do apply at your earliest convenience.

About SumOfUs

SumOfUs is a global movement of consumers, investors, and workers challenging corporate abuses, especially the growing power of Big Tech. With a team of 35 campaigners, technologists, media fanatics, data geeks, and strategists in 12 countries, SumOfUs has mobilized over 15 million people to take part in more than 50 million collective actions.

SumOfUs is now searching for a new Executive Director to take the organization to the next level of effectiveness and impact.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a strong leader who wants to help elevate citizen / consumer power over corporate power, including the growing power of tech giants. Through digital campaigns, innovative offline actions and strategic coalition building, you will lead the SumOfUs team and our millions of community members across the globe. You will have top-level organizational leadership experience, a proven record of strategic thought leadership, and exceptional communications, fundraising and networking skills. You enjoy inspiring others to action. Above all, you have a deep commitment to global economic justice. This role can be undertaken by anyone on a timezone between GMT +2 and GMT -8 and remote working is an option.

Focus of Role

  • Vision, Strategy and Impact
  • Organizational Leadership
  • Fundraising
  • Innovation and Excellence


Vision and Strategy

  • Develop a compelling, forward-looking organizational vision. This could involve narrowing the vision; for example, challenging the growing power and abuses of tech giants.
  • Relentlessly champion that vision inside and outside the organization.
  • Set the big picture strategy that will allow us to achieve that vision.
  • Hold the organization accountable to having real-world impact.


Brand and External Communications

  • Refocus the SumOfUs brand on tighter campaign initiatives.
  • Build the public profile of SumOfUs, including your own profile as thought leader and spokesperson.
  • Work closely with Communications and Campaigns Directors to use earned media to achieve campaign goals.
  • Broker strategic relationships with partners and coalitions to broaden the impact of SumOfUs.



  • Ensure that SumOfUs has the resources to execute and grow, mostly through small dollar donations from our millions of members.
  • Expand and cultivate relationships with foundations and major donors.
  • Set a strategy that can attract new members and donors to our community through exciting campaigns, earned media, new channels, or more.


Leadership and Governance

  • Set high-level priorities for the team.
  • Uphold a data-driven, impact-focused culture.
  • Manage and delegate to strong staff: coach (and hold accountable) a senior team responsible for excellence in recruiting, management, budgeting, accounting, compliance, day-to-day campaign leadership, and more.
  • Work with the Board of Directors to grow the Board and maximize the Board’s value to the team.
  • Provide leadership in creating an organizational culture of anti-oppression.


Skills and Qualifications

  • A demonstrated track record of setting a strong vision for an organization, and then converting that vision to reality.
  • Expertise in either online campaigning, and/or market-based or corporate accountability campaigns.
  • Understanding of the many problems arising from concentration of power in the tech industry, such as workers’ rights, monopoly power, erosion of democracy, privacy and surveillance, environmental impacts, and much more.
  • Understanding of global politics and corporate accountability
  • Demonstrated success building and leading large, diverse teams.
  • Comfort thinking beyond national borders and working with remote teams across cultures and many time zones.
  • Experience managing budgets in the range of USD $5-10 million.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and anti-oppression.
  • Demonstrated talent as a media spokesperson and/or in public speaking.
  • Experience building effective partnerships and coalitions with advocacy and activist groups.
  • The ability to fundraise effectively from high-net-worth individuals and foundations.
  • Dedicated to building a fairer and more sustainable global economy.
  • Able to travel internationally.
  • Fluent in written and oral English.

Salary and Benefits

Compensation is competitive and will be determined based on a combination of experience, seniority, and where you live.

For some context: in Paris this position would pay around €125,000 - €160,000 EUR; in New York City around $140,000 - $180,000 USD; in London around £100,000 - $140,000 GBP; all depending on experience and seniority. The compensation level will be adjusted in other locations based on cost of living.

We offer 8% retirement contributions, 5 weeks paid vacation, plus additional sick leave and all major public holidays off, and 6 months parental leave, and a flexible work environment. We cover private health insurance premium for staff and dependents who live in countries without public insurance. We are happy to answer any questions you have about our parental leave policies and other, similar benefits in interviews.

SumOfUs is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of SumOfUs to provide equal employment opportunity to all applicants for employment and employees and not to discriminate because of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, personal appearance, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, matriculation, genetic information, or political affiliation. Equal employment opportunities will be provided in employment, recruitment, selection, compensation, benefits, promotion, demotion, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

People from communities that traditionally experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity or immigration status; women; people with disabilities; and LGBTQ+ people are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

We don’t find cover letters particularly helpful. Instead, use the form below to upload your CV/resume, and answer the following four questions:

  1. Briefly describe your experience setting a vision for an organization or team, and then executing on that vision.
  2. Summarize your thinking about corporate power, and how citizens and consumers should relate to that power.
  3. Summarize your experience with issues related to big tech corporations.
  4. SumOfUs is a very diverse, global team committed to anti-oppression principles. Briefly describe your experience managing for equity and inclusion.

Apply for this opening at http://sumofus.recruiterbox.com/jobs/fk0jebi?apply=true