Race Forward
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Title: Deputy Director, Transformative Strategies and Learning

Reports to: GARE Director

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $98,000 to $110,000

Location: Remote or NYC office when reopened

Tentative Start Date: As soon as possible.

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.

About GARE

The Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) is a national network of local and state government that supports racial equity practitioners within public agencies and institutions design and implement strategies that serve to advance a more racially just and equitable society.

Specifically, GARE fosters critical connections among racial equity leaders and practitioners in order to develop and share skills, lessons and approaches to strengthen racial equity, policies, practices and cultural strategies within jurisdictions

Position Summary

GARE seeks a visionary leader with a record of success leading and managing at the interface of transformational change and strategy. The deputy director will be a core member of the GARE leadership and lead a team focused on deepening the work of transformational change and advancing racial equity within government. The Deputy Director role is an exciting opportunity for an innovative builder who thrives leading through times of growth and change, and who is open to experimenting and learning alongside others. The Transformative Strategies and Innovations program focuses on the deepening the field of practice of racial equity practitioners in government, creating connections between impactful change approaches, actionable content for a highly engaged network of racial equity practitioners, driven by knowledge and insight. Overseeing a team of approximately 6 staff, this position will ensure the development and curation of content to ensure that lessons learned and expertise are shared widely across the network.

Duties and Responsibilities

Works under the direction of the Director of the GARE to:

  • Lead a team of highly motivated and talented professionals who will involve practitioners in developing a network strategy and implementing and continually improving it to support a rapidly growing network.
  • Partner with the Director and leadership team to lead multi-year and annual strategic planning efforts, including goal setting, budgeting, and performance metrics for each distinct organizational effort.
  • Plan and execute regular team meetings with team ensuring timely project planning, organizational progress to goals and alignment with the overall GARE strategic plan.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with a wide range of stakeholders; provide thought partnership to Director, senior leaders, and other relevant stakeholders.
  • Work with the Director of Network Strategies to curate racial equity concepts and ideas that can be featured in GARE programming to inspire replication and innovation.
  • Oversee the development of a research and evaluation strategy that would serve the GARE membership in collaboration with Race Forward's Research department.
  • Oversee the field mapping, assessment, and curation of innovative and transformative strategies for racial equity in the field, including in the full range of government functions, e.g., housing, planning, and zoning, workforce development, arts and culture, public safety, social services, transportation, etc.
  • Oversee the development of learning strategy for the network, including deepening GAREs arc of learning, refining curriculum, developing an asynchronous learning program, exploring leadership development tracks, and assessing how effective learning is advancing racial equity in the field.
  • Oversee the strategic partnership strategy for GARE, including coordination with other government networks, partnering with organizations that can provide substantive resources for the GARE membership, and partnering with actors that can influence the field towards racial equity.
  • Create a culture of distributive leadership within their team, growing the agency and generative capacity of staff, ensuring ongoing and continuous communication and mutual influence within the team and across teams.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • A strong institutional racial equity analysis and ability to think strategically.
  • Deep knowledge of government practices and processes
  • Knowledge of research and data analysis methods, including literature reviews and quantitative and qualitative methodologies.
  • Ability to think across systems and sectors to identify opportunities for collaboration and shared outcomes.
  • Ability to design/improve and oversee systems, processes, and structures that will monitor and promote the alignment and allocation of resources with broader strategic priorities, and lead to more effective working partnerships within and across program/functional domains.
  • Strong convening and facilitation skills and an authentic interest in creating opportunities for learning from others.
  • Superb communication and external relations skills
  • Strong writing skills.
  • An ability to manage teams through a distributive leadership model, able to work with people from diverse backgrounds, with a good sense of humor a plus
  • Work experience managing complex projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize information quickly and adjust strategy accordingly.
  • Proactive, self‐directed, detail-oriented and able to multi‐task effectively
  • Effective and respectful communicator. Listens effectively, seeks and accepts feedback, and recognizes the importance of stretching ones-self, learning, and growing.

Qualifications and Experience

  • A BA or master's degree in related field (e.g., public administration, sociology, organizational development, race and ethnicity studies) or equivalent experience required.
  • A minimum of 12 years of experience working in progressively more accountable positions in government, public administration, non-profit. or a related field of practice.
  • Demonstrated passion for and investment in advancing racial justice and equity.
  • Fluent in dismantling institutional and structural racism; experience with developing and deploying strategies that promote racial equity in government.
  • Collaborative and reflective leadership style that values staff contributions and experiences and effectively manages and motivates teams toward a shared vision and measurable goals.
  • Experience managing multi-faceted relationships; a track record of success in aligning work with organizational strategies and setting achievable expectations
  • Experience mentoring, developing, and providing leadership to high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams and partners that engage staff to achieve program goals.
  • Demonstrated success in building an organization's profile and reputation in local, regional, national, and professional communities
  • Experience in navigating complex change processes within government settings
  • Experienced in program and project management.
  • Strong team-player who works collaboratively to ensure timely, strategic, and successful completion of work.
  • An analytical, thoughtful, and strategic systems-level thinker and doer who can demonstrate an understanding of the impact of decisions and behavior on the organization.
  • Seeks out advice and counsel appropriately from all levels of the organization and team.

Additional Information

This position requires long periods of time at a desk on a computer up to 8 hours daily. This position may require extensive travel when safe to do so.

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.

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