Race Forward
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Executive Vice President

(Salary range $164,350 - $182,321)

Race Forward

New York, NY

Race Forward's mission is to catalyze movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, they 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.

For more information on Race Forward, please visit its website https://www.raceforward.org/.

The Opportunity

The Executive Vice President (EVP) will work hand-in-hand with the President to ensure the success and sustainability of the organization. This position is focused on aligning the work of the organization. Working out of the Office of the President, the position directly oversees the Office of Programs and the Office of Development and Partnerships while working in partnership with the Office of Finance and Operations to ensure that the President's priorities are reflected in the work and advanced. Strong execution and implementation of the President's vision is a core responsibility, in close partnership with the Manager of the Office of the President. In addition, primary tasks include organizational strategy and planning, systems and infrastructure development, and workplace culture support.

The Executive Vice President will provide support at every level, serve as a trusted advisor and resource, and foster communication, knowledge sharing, and effective strategizing throughout the organization. The EVP must be able to understand, clearly articulate, and operationalize the President's ideas, thoughts, and perspectives as they relate to the organization's purpose and objectives. This person must be able to interface successfully with external entities using diplomacy and discretion. The position will also serve as the President's ambassador in dealing with key external constituencies, including the Board of Directors, members, funders, and organizational partners of the organization.

The Executive Vice President's responsibilities include:

  • Lead, support and facilitate organization-wide programmatic planning efforts, including strategic planning, work planning, and budgeting; evaluate alternatives and develop new approaches to resolving problems; assess ambiguous and/or changing facts or conditions affecting the organization internally and externally;
  • Offer key project management and implementation support for the Office of the President; support the President with strategic analysis and decision-making; ensure clear and transparent communication across the organization;
  • Facilitate, manage, and organize national staff meetings, Senior Leadership Team meetings, and SVP meetings in partnership with Senior Leadership Team;
  • Supervise the Senior Vice President of Programs and the Senior Vice President of Development and Partnerships and support programmatic and political alignment across the organization;
  • In partnership with the SVP of Finance and Operations, work to ensure a healthy and sustainable workplace culture that reflects Race Forward's values, including the onboarding of new staff to the racial justice mission of Race Forward;
  • Support the development team to respond to requests for proposals for funding, including serving as the liaison with potential and current funders, completing grant reports, developing proposal budgets, and financial projections;
  • Serve as liaison to the Race Forward Board of Directors and support the Board in execution of their annual work plan;

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following professional and personal qualities, skills, and characteristics:


The ideal candidate will have most, if not all, of the following qualifications and characteristics:

  • Strong understanding of the racial justice movement, including Race Forward's mission, vision, and programmatic work;
  • 10-15 years of experience in senior leadership within the nonprofit sector; specific experience working with philanthropy, social justice movements and organizational development;
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, fiscal management experience, the ability to effectively delegate and maintain a "big picture" strategic view;
  • Experience working with communities of color and applying a racial equity analysis in policies and processes;
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; ability to anticipate, improvise, and adapt for optimal resolutions; ability to consistently manage workloads effectively, use resources efficiently, and orchestrate multiple activities at once to accomplish a goal;
  • Prior experience working in results-oriented environments, with responsibility for managing multiple projects; hands-on strategy development experience, with a successful record in achieving positive outcomes; experience developing and tracking project and organizational budgets;
  • Management and supervisory experience, with the ability to successfully build team cohesion and morale, while leading teams towards shared organizational goals; ability to form and maintain strong collaborative partnerships with members of the SVP team, Senior Leadership Team, Board of Directors, donors, organizational partners, and other strategic stakeholders;
  • Ability to communicate and effectively share information with senior leadership and other audiences;
  • Ability to manage complex projects with multiple moving pieces, stakeholders, and deadlines; strong interpersonal and relational skills, adept at facilitating large groups towards a common goal;
  • Ability to exercise discretion, sound judgment, and the highest professional ethics;
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

Racial Equity Advocates

Demonstrates, through behavior, understanding of racial equity, institutional racism, and structural racism and the ability to apply that analysis to Race Forward's work and culture. Demonstrates, through action, commitment to centering Blackness in both internal and external work.

Accountable and Self-reflective

Consistently practices self-reflection; follows through on commitments; treats others fairly and consistently; confronts difficult issues despite discomfort and supports others to do so; shows strong commitment to personal and professional values; champions new ideas. Demonstrates a strong understanding of how identity and corresponding power dynamics impact interactions.

Transparent and Collaborative

Actively builds and sustains authentic, meaningful relationships with colleagues and external partners, across race and other group identities, to strengthen Race Forward's work and create new opportunities. Communicates clearly and directly with colleagues. Engages in ways that are solutions-oriented and productive. Is proactive in resolving conflicts and misunderstandings, especially across differences in identity and experience; works to foster a culture that allows all voices to be heard and is respectful and supportive of staff, without expecting perfection.

Strategic and Creative

Cultivates and generates new ideas and customized approaches that add value and foster innovative solutions; thinks critically, anticipating unintended impacts of decisions; engages the correct stakeholders with a specific emphasis on BIPOC communities, and identifies ways to connect their work to the work of other departments and teams as well as to Race Forward's mission, vision, and values.


Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email tsutrisno@koyapartners.com and agomes@koyapartners.com directly. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


Race Forward is an active Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions shall be made without regard to age, race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, citizenship status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy-The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World-guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com

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