As many of our allies and supporters know, CPR is now in the midst of a nationwide search for our next executive director. Earlier this month, with the start of the school year, Matt Shudtz left us to be a full-time parent of young home-bound children whose schools and daycare are restricted to virtual learning.
So, it's time for us to find new staff leadership. We're looking for a dynamic leader prepared to guide our nearly 20-year-old organization into its next stage of growth and impact. Since the days in the early aughts when you could squeeze all our Member Scholars and staff around a medium-sized conference table, we've grown to have more than 60 Member Scholars across the nation and a permanent staff of eight, all working virtually even before the pandemic. And, importantly, we've had and continue to have real impact on a number of policy fronts.
Given the challenges confronting the nation, many of them the result of the Trump administration's unrelenting assault on our regulatory safeguards, the rule of law, democratic participation, sound science, good governance, the norms of civilized discourse, and more, we have our work cut out for us, whichever way the election turns out. And we're planning to continue fighting with vigor and determination for the causes we believe in – the issues described in detail on this blog and on our website.
I'm honored to lead the search process for our next executive director, working with a search committee of three fellow board members, Gilonne d’Origny, Amy Sinden, and Board President Rob Verchick, as well as CPR Policy Analyst Darya Minovi and CPR Special Projects Administrator Catherine Jones.
Some executive director searches are described publicly as wide open, but are in reality wired in advance for some internal candidate or favorite of board leadership. That's not the case here. We're looking far and wide, and we'd be delighted to hear suggestions. If you or someone you know might fill the bill – that is, someone with a track record of proven leadership, vision, staff management, solid communications skills, and an effective fundraiser, please be in touch. You'll find the job description and information on how to apply here.
We are particularly interested in candidates with diverse backgrounds and a commitment to incorporating values of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (as articulated in CPR’s JEDI Statement) in all responsibilities and duties and in developing and executing a vision for CPR.
In addition, we're also in the market to fill a brand new position at CPR, a Digital Media Manger. The successful candidate for that position will be a social media ace who's had success across several social media platforms, has experience creating social media campaigns, has design experience, content management system dexterity, and is comfortable working virtually. That job description is here.