Executive Director


Los Angeles County


Harness was started by America Ferrera, Wilmer Valderrama, and Ryan Piers Williams as a gathering of friends in a living room in response to the 2016 presidential election and the following period of tremendous social upheaval. Since its founding, Harness has grown into a national, intersectional community of high-influence artists, activists, and entertainment industry leaders that amplify the experiences of historically disinvested communities to reach millions of people. With a vision of a world where human rights are protected by the power of the people, Harness educates, inspires, and activates an interdependent community of Cultural Organizers to use the power of storytelling to imagine and create a more equitable world. Harness seeks to advance racial justice, gender justice, and civic justice by applying an intersectional lens to all its work and centering the priorities and needs of those most impacted by injustice.

To learn more about Harness, please visit: iwillharness.com.


Harness is seeking a passionate, dedicated, and visionary professional to assume leadership of the organization by serving as the next Executive Director. The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for fulfilling Harness’ mission by providing leadership, direction, and oversight to all areas of the organization. The Executive Director will oversee the development and implementation of a new strategic plan (including reviewing operations, communications, marketing, and community outreach), make key strategic decisions, drive fundraising, oversee programmatic strategy, and ensure financial stability and growth, managing high-level relationships. Harness is poised to take its work to the next level both internally and externally and is looking for the right person to lead in that endeavor. This full-time salaried position reports directly to the Chair of the Board of Directors. The preference is for this position to be based in LA County; however, the Board of Directors is open to candidates based in other locations in the US.


COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS The salary range for the Executive Director position is $150,000 - $170,000, along with a robust and competitive benefits package.


Harness has retained Morten Group, LLC to conduct this search. Applicants should complete the form available at https://www.mortengroup.com/executive-placements/harness-ed including the submission of a cover letter and resume in PDF format. Cover letters will be evaluated as a writing sample. For best consideration, applications should be received by Friday, March 18, 2021. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Harness is committed to equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees. Harness does not discriminate against any individual based upon their race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, disability, involvement with the justice system, or immigration status in recruitment, employment, promotion, demotion, termination, job assignments, training, rate of pay or other compensation, or other terms and conditions of employment. Applicants from historically under-represented communities, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and women, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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