Director, Strategy and Racial Equity

Director, Strategy and Racial Equity

Hiring Organization: 
Associated Black Charities
Description: 

ABC works across Maryland as an educator, advocate and supporter to eliminate race-based structural barriers and advance long-term solutions that create new opportunities for African Americans to thrive financially and build a stronger economy for all. We envision an economy in Baltimore and throughout Maryland where structural and institutional racism is being dismantled and provides equitable opportunities for all people to work, advance and build financial security and generational wealth to benefit their families and communities.

The Director, Strategy and Racial Equity (Director), partners closely with the President and CEO as it relates to the mission and vision of the organization.

“The Director will work with the full ABC staff to integrate racial equity and justice into all areas  of the Organization’s work, with specific responsibility for ensuring ABC adheres to its 
strategy and maintains effective internal and external communications. The Director will conduct training and provide expertise for external customers from the workforce ecosystem, with a focus on creating organizations that work from a racial equity framework. This work may begin with baseline training and/or include leadership coaching.

The portfolio of this position includes developing relationships with statewide elected officials and local elected officials to promote a racial equity policy framework. ABC has designed four different racial equity tools that the Director will use to promote racial equity lens within the workforce ecosystem. The Director will also be familiar with the current practices and national leadership.

The Director will serve as the primary internal and external resource on racial justice and equity, bringing expertise and fluency in this area. Such proficiency will support the entire staff and Board as they continue to build competency on these issues and will contribute to the strengthening of the Organization’s strategy, practices, communications, and policies.

Reporting to Senior Leadership, the Director will work in close collaboration with colleagues on the Senior Leadership Team, including the Director of Development and Strategic Partnerships, Controller, Workforce Strategist, Contracts and Grants Administrator and Director of the Volunteer Career Mentor Program.

The Director’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Creating and translating mission, vision, and strategy through implementation and evaluation to ensure alignment with the strategic plan Infuse knowledge and best practices related to racial equity across the Organization in all programming, communications, internal culture-building, staff development, and business operations;
  • Conducting assessment and training for ABC’s external customers who are a part of the  workforce ecosystem which must include specific design and implementation protocols.
  • Writing articles and representing ABC as a public speaker regarding this body of work.
  • Maintaining contact and engagement with the racial equity advocacy network.
  • Serve as an active member of the Senior Leadership Team.
  • Act as a close advisor and thought partner to the President and CEO Develop and execute internal team building and culture-building activities as it relates to having a racial equity culture.
  • Manage and facilitate the Baltimore Aspen Racial Equity group.
  • Partner with the ABC team in developing grant proposals specific to this body of work.
  • Provide some oversight with internal and external organizational communications and external vendors as it relates to this specific body of work and
  • Manage cross-organizational teams working on time-limited projects (e.g. developing a staff retreat or coordinating a community documentary-screening and conversation) and other special projects as needed.

This unique role requires a combination of skills grounded in organizational development, strategic communications, and knowledge management, in addition to fluency and expertise  in racial equity concepts and practices. Ideal candidates will be natural problem-solvers in the workplace and will be able to engage comfortably with all staff to lead by influence rather than authority.

Desired qualifications include the following

Skills and Experiences
  • Deep knowledge with formal training in racial justice and equity and experience applying racial equity practices to organizational development and programs.
  • Track record of effectively developing and implementing strategic plans that support a bold mission within a small-to-medium organization.
  • Strong project management skills: ability to drive simultaneous, complex projects to measurable success and to align with the organizational strategy.
  • Experience using quantitative and qualitative data/information to both tell a story and evaluate success with varied audiences.
  • History of developing staff through coaching, facilitation, and team building; previous work in leading organizational culture change.
  • Experience and familiarity working with organizations in transition; comfort navigating multifaceted organizational development needs.
  • The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree. (Direct experience could be considered in place of a bachelor’s degree).
  • At least five to eight years of senior management experience.
  • Connections in/understanding of the Greater Baltimore Washington Metropolitan area is preferred, but not necessary.
Personal Characteristics and Values

 

  • Proven ability to listen, discern challenges, and identify solutions; seeks and values a range of viewpoints but is also comfortable making a final decision .
  • Partnership approach and ability to effectively work with different workstyles.
  • A consensus-builder and collaborator; ability to interact with empathy and a sense of humor Deep passion for and commitment to honest and candid conversations and self -reflection about race, racial justice, and social class.
  • Extremely high capacity to manage one’s own emotions and to identify the emotions of others to support staff; ability to facilitate challenging and courageous conversations about race/racism and other topics.
  • Creative, energetic, and optimistic approach to work and leadership.
  • An analytical thinker who can develop and apply strategy using a thoughtful and inclusive approach.
  • Enthusiasm for organizational change and patience to serve as a leader in the change process Interest in contributing to a workplace that prizes optimistic spirit and fun.
Application instructions: 

Associated Black Charities is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to: hr@abc-md.org. Please specify “Director Strategy and Racial Equity” in the subject line. No phone calls please. Search is open until position is filled.
 

Publish date: 
08/04/2020
Position Location: 
Baltimore, MD
Type of Position: 
Full-Time
Education Requirement: 
Bachelor’s
Experience Requirement: 
5-10 Years
Submitting Organization: 
Associated Black Charities