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Chief Executive Officer

Committee of Seventy

This is a Contract position in Fort Collins, CO posted September 13, 2021.

DEADLINE TO APPLY IS SEPTEMBER 17, 2021 Mission The Committee of Seventy (Seventy or C70) is a nonpartisan civic leadership organization that advances representative, ethical and effective government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania through citizen engagement and public policy advocacy.

Vision We envision our City and Commonwealth with a vibrant local democracy and trustworthy government.

Values Integrity: we believe our government, and those who serve in government, must prove worthy of public trust.

Representation: we believe our government should be representative of and responsive to the people from whom its power is derived.

Effective governance: we believe government is most effective when it functions as an efficient, modern and responsible public resource.

As part of its work to foster city and state governments that are open, transparent, and responsive to the needs of all citizens, Seventy is committed to diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices in all areas of our work.

Seventy in Context The Committee of Seventy is the oldest and largest “good government” organization in Pennsylvania, established in 1904 by a group of business and civic leaders for the express purpose of combating public corruption and protecting and improving the voting process in Philadelphia.

Over the years Seventy has played a leading role in combating corruption and advocating for more representative, ethical, transparent government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania.

It is the most trusted and respected organization of its type in Pennsylvania.

From 2005 to 2010 Seventy led the fight to defend campaign financing limits in Philadelphia, a fight that went all the way to the Supreme Court thanks to a lawsuit initiated by Seventy.

Seventy has always played an important role in the ongoing debate about election reforms, but the organization has become much more active on state level political reform issues, particularly in the pushback against partisan gerrymandering (through Seventy’s highly successful Draw the Lines PA citizen mapping project) and in advocating for opening primary elections to independent voters.

Seventy has played a lead role in organizing the Open Primaries PA coalition.

Seventy’s world class WeVote application and suite of voter education tools is highly visible and has helped to make Seventy a trusted source for election information.

In 2020 over 250,000 voters accessed Seventy’s online voter resources.

The organization is led by a board of over 60 business and civic leaders, significant leaders in organizations in Southeastern Pennsylvania.

In an era of hyper-partisan politics, where core democratic processes have too often served as the fault line of partisan divide, Seventy’s role as a champion of local democracy in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania has never been more important.

CEO Profile The ideal CEO should be an established leader who is broadly known, respected and trusted in the Philadelphia region, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, or both.

The CEO should have well-established roots in the city or the state.

Moreover, the CEO should have the natural ability to command respect – based on their knowledge, influence, or the power of their personality.

Experience The new CEO should have already demonstrated the following in the course of their career: 1.

A track record of building and growing an organization, and of developing high impact programs and initiatives that can attract audiences, earn influence, and generate revenue.


The ability to raise money, particularly with local and national funders.

Leading a nonpartisan organization in a hyper-partisan era, the CEO must have demonstrated good judgment, credibility, integrity and a commitment to transparency.


Experience as a public spokesperson, working with both old and new media to create the conditions for political change.


The ability to hire and motivate staff, recruit and manage consultants and freelance staff, to recruit and develop Board members, to manage and lead a large Board, and to manage an organization’s fiscal resources strategically and with a commitment to fiscal discipline.

Personal and Professional Characteristics The ideal CEO of the Committee of Seventy should have: 1.

A great passion for the Committee of Seventy and its mission, as well as the natural ability to energize others.


Substantial experience in the political process and political culture of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania, and an understanding of how government and politics work here.

The CEO should have sufficient knowledge of the policy process to ask good questions and position Seventy appropriately.

The CEO should have a steadfast commitment to evidence-based policy and meaningful political accountability, and a respectable command of the analytical tools necessary to evaluate policy proposals.


The capability to manage complex relationships with public officials – helping them when it is appropriate, criticizing them publicly when called for, always looking for the shared interests and common ground necessary to advance important policies.


An entrepreneurial mindset – the ability to see new possibilities, to energize others to share that vision, and to work tirelessly and creatively to achieve that new reality.

This should include the ability to maximize the impact of Seventy’s work.


Outstanding instincts as a communicator and storyteller.


A deep reservoir of courage, confidence, humility, and humor.

In pursuing political reform in Philadelphia and the Commonwealth, the CEO will be tested in their ability to persevere and stand up for the principles of the organization.


The natural ability to engage others in their work – someone who other leaders look forward to working with in pursuit of a shared vision.

Nominations, inquiries, and expressions of interest (cover letter, resume, and three references) should be directed electronically to: The Committee of Seventy is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.