Reports to: President & CEO
Staff reporting to this position: Director of Academic Programs; Director of Communications; Director of Editorial and Design and Senior Advisor; Director of Finance and Administration; Director of Government and External Relations; Director of Policy; Director of Talent; Strategic Initiatives Manager
Position classification: Exempt
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth is actively committed to promoting and maintaining the importance of diversity to its work. We encourage everyone across the spectrums of race, ethnicity, nationality, ability, age, gender identity and expression, educational background, sexual orientation, and religion to apply.
The Washington Center for Equitable Growth seeks a Vice President who will continually create alignment between our mission, values, and goals, while delivering on the organization's ambitious efforts to accelerate research on how inequality affects economic growth and stability. The successful candidate will be a solutions-oriented organizational leader who will create and leverage internal and external partnerships across each of the organization's teams and growing network of policymakers and academics.
The Vice President reports to the President and CEO and is directly responsible for building organizational strength, impact, and sustainability across Equitable Growth's policy, academic programs, external relations, communications, development, editorial and design, talent, and finance and administration teams. The Vice President will work with the Board of Directors, President/CEO, and Director of Development to match current and future programmatic plans with foundation and major donor support. The right candidate will be energized by the opportunity to apply their organizational development, people-management, and strategic planning skills in service of building institutional capacity and empowering Equitable Growth's staff and network to create a new understanding of what makes the economy grow.
Strategic Planning & Organizational Development
- Work closely with the President & CEO and leadership team to create and execute on the organization's mission and strategies.
- Broaden Equitable Growth's reach and influence across the policymaking, academic, and advocacy community through the design and execution of the organization's long-term and annual objectives.
- Translate the organization's vision and mission into organizational structure, programs, and staffing.
- Identify and facilitate cross-organizational and ecosphere-level collaborations with external partners in order to increase the impact of Equitable Growth's programming, network, and grantmaking.
- Lead the development of Equitable Growth's knowledge management strategies that will support systematization, evaluation, and reporting of Equitable Growth's metrics of success.
- Continually evaluate organizational results and communicate successes and challenges to stakeholders.
- Partner with the President & CEO and organizational leaders to scope out Equitable Growth's value-add in potential program areas and chart paths forward.
- Build norms, systems, and trusted relationships that help everyone do their best work and make the whole effort more than the sum of the individual parts or programs.
Programming and Operations Management
- Oversee day-to-day programming and operations, while ensuring organizational excellence and sustainability across policy, academic programs, communications, external relations, editorial and design, finance and administration, and talent.
- Lead, coach, develop, and retain Equitable Growth's high-performance senior team through direct management of seven directors while facilitating an effective leadership structure that ensures efficient decision-making processes.
- Center Equitable Growth's value of diversity, equity and inclusion in organizational practices, leadership, research, and external network engagement through individual and organizational learning and growth; hold the organization and individuals appropriately responsible when we fall short.
- Oversee the development of the organization's financial and project budgets, ensuring it maintains strong financial standing and compliance while minimizing risk.
- Champion the role of Equitable Growth's union in the organization and support the ongoing development of an effective working relationship between management and labor.
- Collaborate with the Director of Development and Director of Finance and Administration to drive clarity on fundraising deliverables and reporting requirements.
- Flex attention and quickly determine where time is necessary on a week-by-week and day-by-day basis while rejecting binary choices and sequencing accordingly.
- Work with the Board of Directors, President & CEO, and Director of Development to identify new opportunities to secure financial support for Equitable Growth's priorities.
- Serve as an adviser and consultant to the President & CEO and Director of Development on issues related to board development and fundraising.
- Support and cultivate a culture of continual donor stewardship through direct funder engagement and staff support.
- 10+ years of progressively responsible organizational development, leadership, and relationship building experience in policy, academic, government, or advocacy institutions.
- Proven track record of achievement in high-impact organizations and demonstrated success managing managers, as evidenced through day-to-day program, operations, and people-management experience.
- Demonstrated experience serving as a highly effective adviser and supporter to President/CEO/principal roles.
- Strong racial equity competency and history of centering diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizational leadership practices and results.
- Leadership experience in federal or state-level economic policymaking preferred.
- Experience managing to results through the design and execution of effective strategic planning, performance management, and accountability systems that connect an organization's mission to organizational, team, and individual goals.
- Demonstrated change management experience along with the ability to lead through ambiguity and periods of organizational growth.
- A strong appreciation of the role of academic research and scholars in creating policy change along with personal alignment with Equitable Growth's theory of change and mission.
- Outstanding organizational communication skills and commitment to active listening.
- High emotional intelligence with the ability to diffuse conflict and focus teams on results.
- Previous experience managing in a union environment and designing/utilizing knowledge management systems is a plus.
- Minimal travel.