Philanthropy Project Director

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline:



New York
New York
United States


Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences. We define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all and we work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development. 


The Philanthropy Project Director will lead Race Forward’s strategy to strengthen the ability of philanthropy to advance racial equity, both within their own organizations and throughout the sector. This will include the provision of technical assistance; implementation or organizational equity strategies; developing cohorts of foundation personnel who normalize a racial equity analysis, develop skills implementing racial equity tools, and organize within their own organizations; and development of strategies to enhance the philanthropic sector’s ability to advance racial equity. This project will build off Race Forward’s substantive experience in operationalizing racial equity in various types of institutions and sectors. The project provides a new entry point for philanthropy beginning racial equity work as well as a way for foundations more experienced in advancing racial equity to strengthen their capacities. The Project Director will weave together content, peer-to-peer learning and resources for participation, individual philanthropic implementation strategies and narrative / communications support. This wrap-around support for philanthropy builds on the success of existing Race Forward strategies, and is a promising approach in encouraging institutions to advance racial equity with the resources to succeed.

The Philanthropy Project Director’s essential functions include the development and implementation of training cohorts, including leading workshops, convenings, trainings, facilitation, tool and curriculum development, and identifying opportunities for strategic action. This includes cultivating relationships with partners, conducting research and writing, policy development and advocacy work, and conducting relevant project management duties.  



  • Develop and implement philanthropic Racial Equity Cohorts and individual foundation participation related to workshops, convenings, trainings, and other organizational capacity-building for organizational transformation and strategy development;
  • Provide technical assistance and support for development of Racial Equity Action Plans to address racial equity and inclusion for participating foundations;
  • Provide technical assistance to foundations via implementation of a Racial Equity Tool;
  • Provide technical assistance with development of specific measurable goals for foundations participating in the racial equity training;
  • Build a team of trained facilitators ready to implement the racial equity training within participating philanthropies;
  • Organize and facilitate meetings and other strategic convening to support institutional change, policies, and programmatic work;
  • Conduct program-related administrative tasks, including evaluation and assessment;
  • Develop relationships with key philantrhopic leaders and constituencies, growing the range of foundations engaging in advancing racial equity;
  • Develop proposals and responses to Requests for Proposals to expand the breadth of foundations with which Race Forward is working;
  • Serve as a co-trainer in other sectors as needed.


The Philanthropy Project Director reports to the Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change


  • 8 to 10 years experience as an organizer, trainer, project manager, director and/or supervisor
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working with philanthropy;
  • A demonstrated commitment to racial justice
  • Deep base of applied knowledge of racial justice, community organizing and progressive movements, organizations, models and methods
  • Strong experience and relationships with and within racial justice field,
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within and across organizations
  • Excellent oral and written communicator in variety of settings amongst diverse audiences
  • Thrives in fast-paced, generative, multiracial work environment
  • Diplomacy, self-awareness, humor, and patience
  • Presentation, public speaking, virtual meeting facilitation and hosting skills
  • Strong organizational development analysis;
  • Demonstrated policy development and advocacy skills;
  • Strong analytical, facilitation, and strategic thinking skills;
  • Excellent program management skills;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and able to multitask effectively. Position requires periods at a computer and also includes travel, expected to be up to 50 percent of the time.


All Race Forward staff members are expected to demonstrate excellence in the following:

  • Respect for differences whether racial, ethnic, class, sexual orientation, gender, or class;
  • Effective, respectful, and timely communications with supervisors, co-workers, vendors, and others;
  • Effective team work and collegiality to ensure the timely, strategic, and successful completion of work;
  • Listens effectively, seeks and accepts feedback, and recognizes the importance of stretching oneself, learning, and growing;
  • Is an analytic, thoughtful and strategic thinker and actor, considering the mission, objectives, work plans, and goals of CSI's work and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of her/his decisions and behavior on the organization;
  • Seeks out advice, counsel, and permission appropriately, but is not afraid to act when it is required to be effective.


Employer paid Health, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance, Commuter/Remote Benefits, competitive Time off policies, and employer retirement contribution

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Please address inquiries and submit your cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and three references, in PDF format to Include the job title "Philanthropy Project Director" in the subject line. No phone calls please.