Race Forward
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Title: GARE Deputy Director for Network Strategies

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

The Deputy Director for Network Strategies is a core member of the leadership team for the GARE network. This position develops strategy for designing pathways, programming and processes that have broad reach into GARE, creating and sustaining a vibrant social change network that embodies aspects of a learning community and a community of practice. This position oversees a team of approximately 7 staff that are responsible for communications, virtual programming, online community building, our resource library, working groups, the GARE Annual Membership Meeting and all other activities that are designed to be network-wide. The Deputy Director, Network Strategies ensures that the GARE network works with racial equity practitioners to foster a culture and supportive infrastructure for sharing knowledge, building strong leaders, effective strategies and tools to build the momentum and power of a national movement of racial equity practitioners who are committed to transforming government to create a racially just and equitable society.

Duties and Responsibilities

Works under the direction of the Senior 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 of GARE 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.
  • Create a strategy to disseminate, lift up and share examples of practitioner efforts, accomplishments and lessons learned to advance government efforts to advance racial equity.
  • Work with the Director of Transformative Strategies and Learning to curate racial equity concepts and ideas that can be featured in GARE programming to inspire replication and innovation.
  • Oversee the development of a strategy for regional networks to support the development of nodes that are attuned to learning and formation of multi-jurisdictional public strategies for regional racial equity change.
  • Work with members to develop a network strategy focused on incorporating racial equity practice into various lines of work in government.
  • Oversee the development of an online practitioners' network using tools and approaches that elevate and strengthen network nodes, connections, commitment and capacity for supporting institutional change for racial equity.
  • Support a team that will use portal platform tools, the GARE website, surveys and other online tools to consistently monitor the intensity and depth of practitioner exchange and identify trending topics of interest for the network.
  • Host national, regional and local events designed to increase the depth of practitioner relationship, awareness and participation to deepen their connection to the movement, alleviate the isolation that frequently accompanies racial equity organizing, and create a peer-based wellspring to increase resilience, competence and confidence in leading racial equity work in government.
  • Oversee the development of GARE's communication's strategy, in collaboration with Race Forward's Strategic Communications and Public Engagement team.
  • 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.
  • An understanding of network theory and practice.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of online community building practices and strategies.
  • Superb communication and external relations skills.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Strong convening and facilitation skills and an authentic interest in creating opportunities for learning from others
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize information quickly and adjust strategy accordingly.
  • Proactive, self‐directed, 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

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent professional experience; Master's Degree, PhD. or JD is a plus
  • 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.
  • Expertise and experience in network building strategies for social impact networks.
  • Demonstrated passion for and investment in advancing racial justice and equity.
  • Work experience managing complex projects and meeting deadlines.
  • Fluent in dismantling institutional and structural racism; experience with developing and deploying strategies that promote racial equity in an institutional environment is a plus.
  • Experience mentoring, developing, and providing leadership to high-performing, multi-disciplinary teams and partners that engage staff to achieve program goals
  • Collaborative and reflective leadership style that values staff contributions and experiences and effectively manages and motivates teams toward a shared vision and measurable goals.
  • Experienced in program and project management.
  • Strong team-player who works collaboratively to ensure timely, strategic, and successful completion of work.
  • Demonstrated success in building an organization's profile and reputation in local, regional, national, and professional communities
  • 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.
  • Experience managing multi-faceted relationships; a track record of success in aligning work with organizational strategies and setting achievable expectations
  • Experience in building online communities a plus
  • 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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