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Associate Director of Place-Based Strategies (Full-Time Temporary)

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Published 27 days ago

Title: Associate Director of Place-Based Strategies (Full-Time Temporary)

Reports to: Senior Director of Place-Based Strategies

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $80,728 - $90,819

Location: Remote

Tentative Start Date: TBD

About Race Forward

Race Forward's mission is to catalyze movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial democratic society free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.

Since 1981, Race Forward has brought a systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. In 2017 Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion to become the new Race Forward.

Employment at Race Forward is contingent upon a new employee submitting by their start date: (1) proof they are up-to-date on their vaccinations; or (2) an application for an approved exemption as an accommodation due to: (i) a medical reason; (ii) a sincerely held religious belief; or (iii) other exemption recognized by applicable state law. Up-to-date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines. An employee's start date will be delayed while an application for a vaccine exemption is pending. If an exemption request is denied, the employee must submit proof they are up-to-date on their vaccinations prior to commencing employment.

Employees may request an accommodation in good faith without fear of retaliation. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Race Forward an undue hardship, pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others, or prevent an employee from performing the essential functions of the employee's job. Exemption application forms are available from Human Resources at hrsupport@raceforward.org.

Position Summary

The Associate Director for Place-Based Strategies is responsible for playing a key role in executing Race Forward's strategies in the service of local power-building for bold racial justice solutions -led collectively by communities of color working in solidarity toward a shared vision. We support local racial equity networks and coalitions on their path to build power so that communities of color actively guide the decisions and offer the solutions that determine the outcomes of their lives. Our place-based strategies and programmatic approach apply Race Forward's theory of change on the ground, inside communities: grow power → transform culture and narratives → transform policy →transform institutions →achieve racial equity.

The Associate Director will co-design and facilitate processes that support local networks in identifying possibilities toward achieving racial equity in their communities and respond to those possibilities with programmatic tools that foster new multiracial and just democratic structures, practices and culture. This work includes managing programmatic activities across multiple local sites, all with their own unique assets and priorities, fostering cross-race solidarity, trust-building and fostering connections across groups and networks at the local and trans-local levels. In promoting shared governance and community-centered solutions in key institutions, seeding and nurturing strategic relationships among communities of color with key local institutions is critical.

The ideal candidate will bring a strong historical analysis of structural racism, experience in facilitating learning regarding race + class + gender in multiracial spaces, community organizing and movement-building strategies, as well as effective program development and organizational skills.


Race Forward's efforts in the service of local power-building for systemic racial justice emphasize cultivating shared vision, deepening relationships, fostering shared understanding, and sharing tools for measurable change through convening/bringing folks together, strategy development and bridging collaboration across key sectors (e.g. the grassroots and grasstops racial justice sector, local government, philanthropy, public education).

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the development, implementation and continual refinement of Race Forward's place-focused, locally-based, network-driven, power-building strategies for racial justice.
  • Co-design processes for the development of local cross-sectoral strategies for collaboration and community ownership across key institutions.
  • Engage and collaborate with appropriate Race Forward departments and staff to develop program components, aligned with our theory of change and that respond to articulated needs within the site communities.
  • Align resources with local priorities and programmatic goals. Forecasting sites resource needs, while tracking internal budgets and resources.
  • Research and documentation of local racial histories, the local landscape and the local political culture to inform programmatic strategies.
  • Mapping of key local groups, organizations, leaders and networks (i.e. the local racial justice ecosystem) for designated sites
  • Conceptualize and co-develop programmatic strategy and content specific to each site's needs and priorities in response to local context and emerging vision.
  • Plan and execute project team meetings ensuring timely project planning, organizational progress to goals and alignment with Race Forward's programmatic strategy.
  • Develop resources, tools and program content, such as curricula, case studies, communication plans and resource and discussion guides.
  • Work to embody and practice the values that guide our work and our vision for racial justice and transformation in our interactions in the field and among colleagues.
  • Working within local sites, assist networks in developing goals and impact measures, both in individual sites and across sites to capture cross-site impacts.
  • Foster mutual trust and deepened collaboration inside and across communities of color, among network or coalition participants through seeding new culture, practices and tools.
  • Support collaboration across a range of stakeholders and sectors, including grassroots community groups, community-based organizations, arts & culture, government and philanthropic sectors, while effectively communicating Race Forwards aims and approach.
  • Coordinate communications and scheduling across the various sites and projects for programmatic activities.
  • Organize and amplify stories, emerging solutions, key challenges and learnings to share with communities outside of our designated sites, along with the broader field.
  • Inform the development of multi-year and annual work plans, including goal setting, budgeting and performance metrics for each distinct site and across sites.
  • Organize national, regional and local convenings.
  • Additional administrative duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The following skills are needed to perform successfully in this role:

  • Extensive knowledge of the history and field of movement-based racial justice efforts both nationally and with understanding of how to navigate common dynamics of local and regional sites of movement building.
  • Strong relational skills that bridge across race, ethnicity, gender, class, language, region and cultural practices. Highly collaborative.
  • Awareness of current developments, tactics, trends and prominent issues, innovations and dilemmas in the field of racial justice nationally, but especially within key sectors, as identified locally by the networks and coalitions we support.
  • A combination of strong creative, empathetic, analytic and strategic-thinking and the ability to apply these assets to our work.
  • Ability to implement and manage the daily logistical demands across multiple geographical sites and 4 time zones, all possessing a unique set of priorities and expectations for Race Forward's role in their collective efforts.
  • Possess a strong analysis of structural racism and its relationship to a vision for multiracial democracy, racial justice and transformation of our society.
  • Proactive, self‐directed, and able to multi‐task effectively.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • An ability to manage teams through matrix management and a distributive leadership model.
  • Excellent project management skills: the ability to juggle multiple tasks, track and report progress and work in deep collaboration with partners in the field, across time zones and local cultures, and to make adjustments as needed.
  • Experience working remotely, ability to manage travel logistics, scheduling across multiple groups and coordination of large meetings -both virtually and in-person.
  • Proficiency in Mac interfaces, Microsoft Office applications (i.e. PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Keynote, etc.) Google Suite, SalesForce, and project management tools such as Asana and confidence with technological platforms and innovations.

Qualifications and Experience

  • At least 5 years experience collectively in: facilitation of learning (or training), program or curricular design, or community organizing
  • Extensive experience working in multiracial settings that seek racial justice, leaderfulness and to strengthen democratic practice.

Additional Information

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.
  • Ability and willingness to travel up to 25% time to seed and deepen partner relationships and to coordinate and facilitate convenings.

How to Apply

External Applicants: To apply for this position, please click the link below. To ensure full consideration, please be sure to include both a cover letter and resume with your application.

https://raceforward.isolvedhire.com/jobs/

EEO Statement

Race Forward provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Title: Associate Director of Place-Based Strategies (Full-Time Temporary)

Reports to: Senior Director of Place-Based Strategies

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $80,728 - $90,819

Location: Remote

Tentative Start Date: TBD

About Race Forward…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Application Deadline
    August 6, 2022

Location

On-site
New York, NY, USA

How to Apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


https://raceforward.isolvedhire.com/jobs/643068-97677.html

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.


https://raceforward…

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