Hand in Hand

Job Description: Network Director

Organizational Mission 

Hand in Hand: The Domestic Employers Network is a national network of employers of nannies, house cleaners and home attendants, our families and allies, who believe that dignified and respectful working conditions benefit worker and employer alike. We envision a future where people live in caring communities that recognize all of our interdependence.

Hand in Hand (HiH) is a unique and innovative organization that engages and mobilizes parents, working families, people with disabilities, seniors, and other households that employ domestic workers. We support employers to improve their employment practices, and to collaborate with workers to change cultural norms and public policies that bring dignity and respect to domestic workers and all of our communities. As a key partner of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and Caring Across Generations, Hand in Hand has conducted groundbreaking research about domestic employers; launched innovative programs to advance culture change; and played an important role in passing legislation at both the city and state levels.

Hand in Hand’s mission is powerfully aligned with the needs of this moment. In this second year of the Trump administration, the need for moral action that is grounded in our homes, neighborhoods and communities is clear. Hand in Hand is organizing seniors, parents, family caregivers, and people with disabilities to fight for affordable support in the home, defend our social safety nets, and take meaningful action in solidarity with immigrant workers in our homes and communities.

In the six years since Hand in Hand was founded, the organization has focused primarily on building chapters in California and New York. More recently, we’ve worked to develop a distributed organizing model, engaging employers and other supporters of the domestic worker movement in places where we don’t have staff organizers. Balancing community organizing with scalable programs and campaigns–while responding to ever-changing threats and opportunities–is an ongoing challenge for our small but mighty organization. It is a challenge that we are excited to tackle at this juncture in our organizational history.


Job Description 

At Hand in Hand, we have been inspired by the growing body of distributed and decentralized organizations and networks that are using new technologies (and repurposing old ones) to reach and train tens of thousands of people to respond to the shifting political terrain. We are eager to learn from the emerging leaders and groups who are leading the way and designing organizations to take on the biggest political and cultural fights of our time. We are looking  to bring someone into our leadership team who will help us implement creative new strategies and ideas.

Hand in Hand is seeking to hire a dynamic Network Director to lead the organization at this critical moment in our nation and in our movement. The Network Director will be part of a leadership team, and will work with the team to guide and oversee Hand in Hand’s long-term vision, structure, and strategy; manage/oversee programs and staff; ensure financial sustainability by overseeing fundraising; work with a new national Steering Committee; and continue to move the organization towards greater effectiveness.

This is an excellent opportunity for a visionary, creative, innovative, and passionate leader who is inspired by Hand in Hand’s mission to draw on the best organizing practices in the field right to help us build a strong organization with increasing impact. Good candidates will be committed to building a powerful and transformative domestic workers and social justice movement that is intersectional (including racial, economic, gender, immigrant, senior and disability rights and justice) and grounded in the values of interdependence, accountability, care, dignity, and respect for all communities.    HIH websites include: www.domesticemployers.org    www.mysanctuaryhome.us    www.faircarepledge.org



In partnership with our Leadership Team, the Network Director will:

Advance Our Mission   

  • Organizational Partnerships: ​Foster and sustain positive, respectful, accountable, generative, mutual and collaborative organizational partnerships with NDWA, Caring Across Generations,  and other key partners.  
  • Policy Change: Potentially supervise some campaign staff and help develop and drive​ local and national campaigns that support workers rights, immigrant justice, and affordable childcare and in-home support.
  • Field Organizing: Potentially supervise some organizing staff and help develop and drive ​programs and campaigns in geographic regions where we have on-the-ground leadership. Identify additional geographic areas for further organizing.  
  • Culture Change: ​Supervise staff and help develop and drive ​scalable strategies that support large numbers of families and individuals to recognize their identity as domestic employers, and see themselves as a constituency empowered to make change on a personal, community, and societal level.

Build a Strong Organization   

  • Organizational Development: Work with the leadership team to periodically evaluate organizational structure to ensure that systems are in place for the most effective and impactful work; drive and oversee a unified long-term vision, mission, structure, and strategy for the organization; direct/oversee the work to  ensure alignment across all of HIH’s work; refine organizational systems as needed; and collaborate with the National Steering Committee.
  • Financial Sustainability: Bottom line HIH’s fundraising operations to secure funding for HIH’s ongoing organizational needs and operating budget through individual donors, grassroots fundraising, private and public foundations, and collaborative fundraising with our partners. Manage financial systems and HIH cash flow, financial accounts, and reserves.
  • Communications: ​Supervise staff and consultants in the ongoing management of the website, social media platforms, traditional and digital media work, and other internal and external communications. Serve as a lead spokesperson for the organization and cultivate other leaders also as the face of Hand in Hand.


Qualifications and Expectations:

  • At least ten years of organizational leadership, including successfully managing staff, developing and driving fundraising plans, and coordinating goals and strategy.
  • At least five years of community or labor organizing on a local and national level or related experience that has informed a grounded understanding of organizing and campaigning.
  • Alignment with Hand in Hand’s vision and values, and commitment to a model of partnership and solidarity that includes interdependence and mutual interest for all (including people with privilege) ​as well as accountability to directly impacted communities.  
  • Experience working with low-wage workers, immigrant communities, seniors, people with disabilities, women, and/or working families.  
  • Experience in evaluating and learning from innovative organizing and organizational models and willingness to adapt structures and strategies as needed.
  • Specific commitment to learning about and forwarding disability rights and justice as part of the broader domestic workers and social justice movement.
  • Comfort and ability to work with a multi-class constituency that includes people with privilege.
  • Ability and willingness to both manage and implement programs and take on administrative tasks as needed.   
  • Strong writing and communication skills. Ability to write grants, resource materials, and press statements, and to supervise staff on communications strategy. Some experience with online organizing and social media preferred but not required.
  • Willingness and ability to travel (15-35% annually) in particular to and from our two hubs – New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Spanish/English bilingual, preferred but not required.
  • Some experience with domestic employment, including as an employer, preferred but not required.
  • Knowledge of, relationships in, and history with the domestic workers movement, preferred but not required.


Application Process 

Hand in Hand’s staff and volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds in terms of class, race, ethnicity, gender identity, disability, etc. and we encourage applications from our diverse constituency of domestic employers and their families. As an equal opportunity employer we will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.   

The Network Director position is a full-time, salaried position with excellent medical and dental benefits and paid time off. Salary range is $70 – 90K depending on experience. Candidates in New York City or the San Francisco Bay Area preferred, but the location of this position is negotiable, although frequent travel to NYC or the Bay is required.   


How to Apply​: Email your resume, cover letter, two writing samples, and three professional references to: [email protected] with the subject line, “Network Director Application.”   

Application deadline​: February 5th, 2018

UPDATE: Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled