Director of Movement & Capacity

Job Type

Full Time




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. 

Race Forward has recently formed a strategic alliance with CSI (“Center for Social Inclusion”) to unite in the efforts to further advance racial equity and provide support to communities most impacted by racism. 

Departmental Functions:

The Movement and Capacity Building Department builds racial justice leadership through network building, convening, training and consulting.

Essential Functions:

·      With the Vice President of Movement and Capacity Building, creates strategies for building the structure, systems and content of Race Forward’s movement building work, with special focus on efforts with measurable impact.

  • Coordinates with Movement and Capacity Building team and other departments to maximize strategic opportunities for racial justice innovations, initiatives and collaborations.
  • Leads and provides management on movement building projects, both internal to Movement and Capacity Building and cross-departmental, particularly our Mass Freedom project and our California community-based work, such as in Salinas.
  • Plays a lead role in ensuring that all aspects of the department’s work are well integrated and coordinated.
  • Supervises staff members.
  • With the Training team, co-facilitates trainings, as well as coaching and consulting activities.
  • Leads projects, campaigns and special initiatives.
  • Completes other operational requirements (scheduling, calendaring, answering emails, coordination of meetings and engagements) based on the needs of the department.
  • Revises systems and procedures by analyzing operating practices and record-keeping procedures; recommends changes for implementation.
  • Establishes and maintains workflow systems, draft documents, manages data as assigned.
  • Maintains clear communication with the department members for follow through on tasks and assignments.
  • This position is based in Oakland, CA


  • 8 to 10 years’ experience as an organizer, trainer, project or campaign manager, director and/or supervisor
  • A demonstrated commitment to social and 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, including but not limited to: criminal justice reform/prison abolition organizers, immigrant organizations, policy and advocacy organizations, student groups, cultural organizers, media outlets, civil rights organizations, workers centers and labor unions, community organizations, LGBTQ organizations, faith-based groups, women’s rights organizations, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within and across organizations
  • Experience and knowledge with communities and organizing dynamics in California
  • Excellent oral and written communicator in variety of settings and among diverse audiences
  • Strong project management and facilitation skills
  • Thrives in fast-paced, generative, co-located, multiracial work environment
  • Maturity, diplomacy, self-awareness, humor and patience
  • Ability and willingness to travel to represent the organization at various meetings, conferences and between our New York office and throughout California with some regularity
  • Community organizing skills
  • Presentation, public speaking, virtual meeting facilitation and hosting skills
  • Fluency in spoken and written Spanish


All Race Forward/CSI 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.

Race Forward & Center for Social Inclusion deeply values and is committed to diversity. We honor the differences among us, knowing those differences strengthen and enhance not only our experience while at Race Forward & Center for Social Inclusion but our community as well. In this way, we can utilize our diverse backgrounds, skills, and perspectives to create a culture of inclusion. Race Forward & Center for Social Inclusion seeks people from all segments of the community for all job levels and actively supports the development of employees for personal growth internal advancement opportunities.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability or veteran status.


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

Level of Language Proficiency

Written and Spoken both English & Spanish!

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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 “Director of Movement & Capacity Building” in the subject line. No phone calls please.