Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund

Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund

Executive Director

Based in Los Angeles, CA

At this exciting point in the organization’s growth, MCTF seeks a dynamic mission-driven leader to manage and lead the organization into its next evolution. This Executive Director role represents a unique opportunity for a leader who is passionate and committed to abolishing illegal and unfair business practices for workers in the underground economy in California.

As the only organization in California that serves as a California statewide watchdog in the janitorial industry, MCTF straddles social justice, labor, business, and legal. MCTF has experienced steady growth and a track record of success with significant impact on improving the lives of California workers in the underground economy. Although MCTF brings deep knowledge in the janitorial sector, the organization is exploring the potential to expand into new industries in the underground economy.

Reporting to a 10-person Board of Trustees, the Executive Director has the authority and responsibility to oversee the administrative, operational, fiscal, personnel, and program functions of the organization. The Executive Director will manage 6 different field offices, 21 team members, 3 independent consultants, and 5 agency partners. The size of the Board, staff and number of field offices may continue to evolve and grow in size in the future.

Since the mid-1970s, the janitorial and property service industries have focused on one objective: cutting costs. This created a race to the bottom, an environment where workers are cheated of legal wages and exposed to unsafe working conditions, while responsible law-abiding employers are pushed out by lawbreaking competitors. In response to the exponential rise in unfair competition and rampant violation of labor, tax and other laws by unscrupulous contractors, SEIU Local 1877, the California janitors’ union, partnered with law-abiding union signatory contractors to establish the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund.

Throughout its history, the MCTF has fought to combat the underground economy, level the playing field, and protect workers with the help of investigators, all former janitors themselves. The MCTF investigators work with janitors to identify potential employment law violations and expose unlawful business practices.

Since its founding in 1999, the MCTF has won more than $80 million in back wages, referred more than 40 illegal operators for criminal prosecution, and brought over 8,000 jobs from the predatory underground economy into the formal economy. As a partner on landmark legislation to protect janitors through a statewide registry, the MCTF is recognized for cutting-edge work in public-community enforcement partnership. This connection serves as an effective tool in advocating for a level playing field and workplace fairness for workers and responsible employers in California.

The Executive Director of the Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund will be the operational and strategic leader for a nationally recognized statewide labor watchdog. This leader will bring tremendous communication skills and an investigatory background to an organization responsible for combatting abuses in the underground economy and advocating for janitorial workers’ rights.

Ideally, the Executive Director will have a minimum of 3-5 years of experience running an organization and supervising staff, and some experience in organizing or base building, working directly with impacted communities. An undergraduate degree is strongly preferred and fluency in Spanish is required.

The successful candidate will also have the following professional competencies and personal characteristics:

  • Passion for the Mission: The Executive Director will be a passionate, fierce advocate for the rights and dignity of janitorial workers. This person will have a track record defending workers’ rights and will have extensive knowledge of the labor issues faced by people in the underground economy, in addition to an understanding of California labor law more generally. This person will be a knowledgeable, credible, and passionate advocate for California’s most underrepresented workers.
  • Communications/ Public Relations & Relationship Building: The Executive Director will bring exceptional communication skills, including the ability to tell the story of the industry in a compelling and authentic manner to various constituent groups. This leader will collaborate with a strategic media consultant on developing and executing the MCTF’s communications plan and with MCTF investigators to produce reports and legal documents throughout the investigation process. The Executive Director will build trust and credibility in the janitorial community by partnering with union, workers, enforcement agencies, and employer partners. The Executive Director will bring deep relationship and consensus building skills and will build strategic external relationships and partnerships with stakeholders to advance the efforts of the MCTF. This role will be a conduit between the investigations, research, operations, and strategic initiatives in the organization. Finally, the Executive Director will communicate effectively and collaborate closely with the MCTF Board of Trustees.
  • Strategic and Visionary Leadership: The Executive Director will be a dynamic and innovative leader with experience driving a strategic and achievable vision and developing and executing strategic plans. This individual will have the ability to motivate and inspire others. This leader will provide strategic direction on policy, enforcement, field tactics, legal strategy, and capacity building. The Executive Director will be courageous in the face of adversity, to pursue the mission and objectives of MCTF, with a confident yet humble leadership style.
  • Organizational Development and Management: This leader will be an inclusive and effective manager, with the ability to recruit, develop and coordinate a talented and high functioning team. The Executive Director will manage and support the MCTF team, by promoting a collaborative culture throughout all levels of the organization. This leader will be accessible and a good listener and will solicit feedback, but also be able to drive decisions. This person will implement and oversee the internal systems needed to identify, manage, and resolve disputes within the organization and with MCTF partners.
  • Operational and Analytical Skills: The Executive Director will also be responsible for the fiscal management of the organization. This person will develop and manage a responsible budget, provide oversight on all fiscal matters, and participate in the forecasting for the organization. The Executive Director will oversee compliance and contractual obligations and will ensure the responsible and effective use of the organization’s resources. Finally, this leader will also have strong analytical skills to understand the law and how to apply it to the industry.

The Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. This search is being led by Michelle Bonoan and Medelene Beasley. Please submit a compelling cover letter and résumé HERE, or email Michelle and Medelene at the following:

Michelle R.S. Bonoan, Managing Director

Medelene Beasley, Principal

The Maintenance Cooperation Trust Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital-consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit: www.koyapartners.com.

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