Director, Equity and Social Justice

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Commensurate with Experience



Application Deadline



160 Spear Street
Suite 360
San Francisco
United States


Status: Full Time, Exempt

Salary: Commensurate with Experience 

Reports to: Vice President, Member Engagement


Position Summary

Northern California Grantmakers (“NCG”) is a dynamic membership organization that brings the philanthropic community together to build healthy, thriving, just communities. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual to join our team as Director, Equity and Social Justice. We value diversity, equity, and inclusion, and welcome applicants of diverse race, ethnic culture, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, and physical abilities.

NCG is a catalyst for our region’s philanthropic community. We bring funders and other key stakeholders together to tackle big issues and achieve shared goals. To maximize the collective power of our community, we partner with our members in three areas of focus: 

Equity and Social Justice: Leveling the opportunity playing field and working to right persistent wrongs. 

Leadership, Culture and Community: Nurturing the dynamic and diverse people and institutions in philanthropy.

Regional Vibrancy and Sustainability:  Building networks to sustain the fabric and culture of the place we all love. 

The Director, Equity and Social Justice is a key member of the NCG team. S/he works in close partnership with the full NCG management team to set forth and execute a strategy to advance equity and social justice goals for the organization in consultation and collaboration with NCG members, external partners, and other key stakeholders.  

This role requires a person with a track record of strategic visioning and execution of racial equity efforts. The ideal candidate will find it second nature to lead conversations of stakeholders of diverse racial backgrounds compassionately and firmly, drive racial equity strategy, seek input from others to make informed decisions, and maintain mutually beneficial relationships to attain goals. We value willingness to expand in new directions, translate mistakes into lessons learned, anticipate future needs, and take action.

Essential Job Functions

Lead NCG’s Equity and Social Justice agenda and strategy (60%)

  • Create and implement initiatives that advance NCG’s racial equity goals to increase the adoption of a racial equity lens within foundations and increase racial equity grantmaking from NCG’s membership;
  • Develop and execute multi-sector racial equity lab pilot project. Cultivate relationships and partnerships with government, business, nonprofit, and community stakeholders to strengthen equity- and social justice-focused goals, plans, and outcomes;
  • Author blogs, opinion pieces, and other strategic communications addressing equity and social justice issues in philanthropy and more broadly;
  • Speak publicly about equity and social justice on behalf of NCG;
  • Catalyze and facilitate collaboratives, peer networks, and working groups focused on advancing equity and social justice goals including but not limited to the California Criminal Justice Funders Group, the Legal Services Funders Network, and Bay Area Democracy Funders Group. Support these teams to increase knowledge; catalyze deeper engagement in equity and social justice considerations; and strengthen their collaborative work;
  • Convene and lead an NCG Equity and Social Justice Advisory Committee comprised of experts and key stakeholders to advise NCG on equity and social justice goals and initiatives.

Direct Equity and Social Justice programming and special Initiatives (30%)

  • Design and implement a portfolio of equity and social justice-focused programs, initiatives, and services. Consult with the President & CEO, NCG staff, and member volunteers, and experts in the field to conceptualize program offerings and to ensure that members’ voices are heard in program development, and that programming is reflective of and responsive to strategic equity and social justice organizational goals, as well as emergent issues;
  • Develop, research, recommend new program ideas, strategies and delivery models to generate freshness, relevance and member interest;
  • Work closely with members and experts in field to develop, publicize, and disseminate a robust set of equity and social justice resources and tools to advance member engagement and impact in equity and social justice issues;
  • Support in the planning and organizing of NCG’s signature programs, including the Annual Conference, New Grantmakers Institute, and Corporate Philanthropy Institute, to ensure that equity and social justice considerations are integrated.

Other Responsibilities (10%)

  • Assist the President & CEO and Vice-President, Member Engagement with special assignments as requested, including fund development duties such as proposal development and reporting;
  • Work collaboratively with NCG’s program team and our Philanthropy California partners to coordinate equity and social justice efforts; 
  • Lead internal initiatives and trainings focused on DEI and/or racial equity;
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Intellectual
  • Articulate: Speaks and writes with ease, clarity and impact
  • Innovative: Explores fresh innovative approaches to improve results
  • Organized: The ability to organize, prioritize, and manage complex, multidimensional projects and the commitment and ability to meet work goals in a timely manner.
  • Interpersonal
  • Adaptable: Ability to change course and support the successful completion of projects.
  • Inspiring: Generates energy, enthusiasm and a desire to succeed in others
  • Collaborative: Parters with others to realize better results
  • Motivation
  • Initiative: Acts proactively to achieve results
  • Enthusiastic: Positive attitude and ready to do what it takes to get the job done
  • Resourceful: Finds alternative solutions to overcome problems or limitations
  • Initiative: Acts proactively to achieve results
  • Education/Experience/Knowledge
  • Minimum five years of successful work experience on racial equity issues, preferably working with a member-driven organization or network.
  • Demonstrated experience and expertise in philanthropy, business, government, or the nonprofit sector.
  • Proven ability to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally and geographically diverse people and communities.
  • Experience managing conflicting priorities and seeking out a variety of perspectives.
  • Willingness to translate mistakes into lessons learned, anticipate future needs, and take action.
  • Ability to travel throughout the region.

Work Setting

Physical Demands. While performing the duties of this job, the Director, Equity and Social Justice is regularly required to sit and to use a computer keyboard, to talk or hear and use a telephone. The Director must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. The position requires a level of energy adequate to work before and at certain events and also to get to and participate in meetings or events at several different locations during a single day.

Direction. The Director, Equity and Social Justice reports to the Vice President, Member Engagement. Work is conducted in team and cross-team environments.

Decision Making/Problem Solving. The Director, Equity and Social Justice makes day-to-day routine decisions regarding the proper organization, coordination and management of multiple projects, and participates in strategic thinking to ensure effective use of all of the organization’s resources.

Accountability. The Director, Equity and Social Justice is responsible for coordinating projects, and works in close collaboration with the Manager, Program and Events and other Directors in the organization, and the VP, Member Engagement to organize workflow to advance NCG’s goals.

This job description does not necessarily list all the duties of the job. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is not a contract for employment, and either you or the company may terminate employment at any time, for any reason.


We offer a robust benefit package including health, dental and vision insurance, paid time off for community service and participation in a retirement plan. You would be joining a joyful team of individuals committed to social impact, a positive working culture, and a respect for the many different aspects of life. Learn more about NCG at

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to Put the title Director, Equity and Social Justice and your last name in the subject line. Please treat your cover letter as an invitation to tell a story that illuminates your interest in the field of philanthropy and in the work of Northern California Grantmakers. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Deadline to apply is Monday, August 13th 2018.