Director, National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice

Position Title: Director, National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice
Department: Center for Policy Analysis and Research
Position Class: Full Time
FLSA Status: Exempt 
Location: Washington, D.C.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Inc (CBCF) is looking for a Director of the National Racial Equity Initiative for Social Justice (NREI) to join us in our mission to inform public policy, develop the next generation of policy leaders, and educate the public. Since 1976, the CBCF has recognized the importance of, and has taken pride in eradicating racial disparities and racism in order to advance equity and opportunity for all to be the change we want to see.

The urgency of our nation’s need to understand the systemic and structural barriers and policies are as important as the need to advance public policies and initiatives to curb them. The Black Lives Matter movement reminds us of the need to secure someone with innovative, hard-working, passionate leadership and demonstrated commitment to social justice. Additionally, this position offers an exciting management opportunity to build the foundation of the NREI with respect to data and analysis output, policy programming, direction of social justice policy scholarships to HBCUs, and working with CBCF’s social justice policy fellows.

Why We want YOU on the team?

  • You have a mission-driven mentality and strategic insight to your work
  • You are an idea creator who can think 30,000 feet from the trees, but equally know the value of turning big ideas into practical, measurable solutions
  • You care about the communities we serve, you’re unapologetic and outspoken about racial inequality and racism, and believe in the Black Lives Matter movement
  • You have the methodological research and analytical skills to conduct, advise, and direct intersectional and comprehensive analysis whether in education, employment, incarceration, the courts, or law enforcement
  • You are reliable, efficient, hard-working, smart, and know how to think on your feet
  • You are willing to go beyond the call of duty to get the job done when needed
  • You are a team player and a self-starter and know how to get the job done when you may not have all the answers
  • You are likeable, communicate openly and meet challenges with a solutions-oriented approach
  • You are politically savvy, have emotional intelligence, and represent CBCF as a trusted and respected ambassador

Why You Will Love Working with Us?

  • We are mission driven and know the value of working together as a team to get the job done
  • We are invested in young people and working to provide them invaluable educational opportunities that benefit them throughout their careers
  • We love to get to know people beyond the work they do and cultivate healthy, collegial connections
  • We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we are serious about our work
  • We work with likeminded policymakers, activists, think tanks, educators, business leaders, and activists that engage each other to advance black empowerment
  • We have a smart, experienced, and diverse leadership team and staff
  • We pride ourselves on hosting the Annual Legislative Conference, bringing ten to twenty thousand attendees to participate in the largest convening of public policy sessions in cooperation with the Congressional Black Caucus centered on equity and justice for the global black community.

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY

Founded in 1976, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) is a small non-profit organization focused on eliminating disparities within the global black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.  Our Leadership Institute has transformed the lives of young people across the country through our policy internships, scholarships, and fellowships program. Additionally, the Center for Policy Analysis and Research advances policy solutions aimed at providing equity, justice, and opportunity for the black community. Applicants may visit the web site at www.cbcfinc.org to view more information on CBCF programs and initiatives.

POSITION SUMMARY

CBCF is seeking an experienced Director with at least five years of management experience and public policy. The National Racial Equity Initiative (NREI) for Social Justice is dedicated to the advancement of the human rights, education, and economic opportunities for the African American community. The Initiative was created in response the recent movement that has resulted from the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. The NREI will provide scholarships for African-American students at HBCUs who are pursuing a degree in a subject that can be used to fight for the equality and liberation of the global Black diaspora; it will place Social Justice Policy Fellows in the United States Congress and the CBCF’s Center for Policy Analysis and Research; host an ambassador task force that will help promote the Initiative’s work; and will advance racial equity and human rights through research, data, analysis, and public policy related to social justice, including criminal justice reform, education reform, and economic justice.

Reporting to the Vice President of the Center for Policy Analysis and Research and the Leadership Institute, the Social Justice Director will direct and manage the Institute to ensure implementation of program objectives and initiatives, plan professional development seminars based on assessed needs of participants, and actively track and report ongoing successes while ensuring the program objectives are met.  The Director will collaborate as a thought partner to the Vice President, CPAR/LI to identify funding and economic opportunities; and will play a key role in expanding CBCF’s mission and presence beyond the DMV area through community outreach, program development, grant funding and collaborative innovation and engagement with stakeholders. He/she will assist with managing finances and generating revenue for the NREI. The incumbent will rely on past experiences and judgment to plan and accomplish goals; and must be a mature, professional leader with sound judgment and proven problem-solving skills and leadership ability.

The Director will lead a committed team to drive the priorities of the NREI, by managing and coordinating with the Social Justice Fellows to develop and maintain the NREI database.  In addition, the Director will oversee the NREI Social Justice Scholarship, eligible for students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) who are majoring in fields related to social justice and have demonstrated exceptional levels of leadership, community service and advocacy. Lastly, the Director will also work with the designated Social Justice Ambassador to share the mission of the NREI widely, promote the social justice initiatives of the CBCF and increase funding opportunities to support the NREI.

WORKING RELATIONSHIPS

  1. Reports to: Vice President, CPAR/LI
  2. Directly Supervises: Social Justice Policy Fellows

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Essential duties and responsibilities include:

Institute Leadership and Management

  1. Lead and direct the day-to-day development, implementation, and administration of The National Racial Equity Initiative (NREI) for Social Justice. Provide oversight of all programs to ensure successful coordination and delivery of program services.  Work with the team to develop and maintain the quality of the programs and compliance with requirements, procedures and standards.
  2. Work collaboratively with the Vice President, CPAR/LI to maximize the NREI’s viability, visibility, and sustainability through its stellar fellowships, databases, ambassadorships, and scholarships that are consistent with CBCF’s goals and objectives. Lead the collaboration and engagement to develop the Social Justice Ambassador to further highlight The National Racial Equity Initiative (NREI) for Social Justice global impact.
  3. Oversee the performance monitoring and evaluation; and tracking and reporting for each program; including but not limited to NREI’s fellowship programs, database, scholarship programs, and Social Justice Ambassadors. Provide data to showcase the outcome and impact on audience, the organization and partnerships.
  4. Ensure software functions are accurate and up to date, including website, fellowships, databases, scholarships, Social Justice Ambassadors. Produce and maintain departmental operations manual and/or training manuals to facilitate business continuity and team cohesiveness.
  5. Supervise and lead a team, demonstrating ongoing coaching, collaboration and cross-training on program policies and procedures necessary to continually administer and execute program goals and objectives with equity, excellence, and impact.
  6. Provide perspective and guidance to program manager in the management of multigenerational program participants; stakeholder cultivation/participation; and oversight to resolve everyday program issues.

Stakeholder Engagement and Fund Development

  1. Organize and oversee funding grants, opportunities and events. Engage and collaborate with key stakeholders to produce and develop NREI social justice workshops, briefings, meetings, and leadership seminars to maximize educational opportunities, branding and partnership potential.
  2. Cultivate relationships and foster ongoing meaningful partnerships with Hill offices to facilitate the fellowship placement goals and objectives; and enhanced educational opportunities. Attend meetings and prepare briefings as required.
  3. Research and prepare grants to increase program funding and support for new initiatives. Manage necessary grant reporting and oversight to complete and comply with grant and funding requirements.
  4. Draft budgets with accurate forecast of revenue and expenditures and monthly monitoring to facilitate sound financial and fiduciary oversight, while utilizing program tracking codes accordingly.
  5. Work collaboratively across departments, to advance the goals of the organization. Engage and brainstorm with colleagues to effectively inform decisions necessary to maintain a high-performance culture with a commitment to quality.

Team Development and Management

  1. Manage and guide staff to promote customer service and executional excellence in support of the CBCF organization strategy. Ensure understanding and compliance to professional ethics, and jurisdictional and legal requirements throughout all program operations.
  2. Coach staff on ways to leverage and build relationships with key stakeholder groups to advance the NREI’s mission. Provide leadership in development of inter/intra-team communication and cohesiveness to support continual organization growth.
  3. Establish and monitor staff performance and develop yearly SMART goals with objectives and priorities aligned with the mission. Conduct performance reviews and administer salary adjustments accordingly.  Recruit and retain high performance team members, empowering them to develop in performance and responsibility.

Additional Functions

  1. Identify strategic partners to help further the mission of the NREI. Actively pursue opportunities to advance and promote programs and initiatives.
  2. Represent NREI on important committees and task forces (internal/external) as assigned.
  3. Prepare talking points and presentation reports as requested.
  4. Manage staff, vendors, and consultants in connect with large scale events. Effectively manage and balance administrative responsibilities with capacity to deliver against organization goals and objectives.
  5. Create an environment supportive of equal employment opportunity.
  6. Perform other duties and projects as assigned.

Required Special Skills

  1. Effectively communicate NREI deliverables to a variety of constituents and stakeholders across a variety of mediums (internal and external).
  2. Strong familiarity with the federal legislative process and political environment.
  3. Effectively negotiate contracts and proposals with consultants and vendors for the maximum benefit of the NREI.
  4. Proven program and project management skills and experience in designing, managing and delivering high quality projects on time.
  5. Demonstrate superb oral and written communication and presentation skills in a range of formats to include meetings, briefings, reports, media articles and blogs.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR ACCURACY/ACCOUNTABILITY

The Incumbent must communicate with stakeholders on a national and local level to positively influence the effectiveness of NREI in achieving its objectives.  The Director, Social Justice must follow and adhere to federal, state and local ethics laws, as well as CBCF policies governing conduct, in addition to performing his/her duties in an ethical, professional and objective manner. Failure to comply may result in penalties for CBCF and the Director, Social Justice.

SPECIFICATIONS

  1. Knowledge:  Advanced degree in public policy, education administration or related field is required.  Alternatively, the candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in public policy or education administration with a minimum of seven years of proven relevant experience or related work.  Must possess at least five years of supervisory experience in a senior leadership/management position with demonstrated ability to lead, supervise and direct teams; and manage resources and budgets. Plus, a minimum of five years of program management experience is required. Applicants with congressional work experience or intimate understanding of the landscape of Capitol Hill is highly preferred.  Experience writing and managing grants is a plus.
  2. Skills and Abilities: The incumbent must have multigenerational management experience and related skills to oversee and engage a variety of stakeholders in various settings, while managing multiple programs or projects with attention to detail, excellent judgment, and creative solutions.  Must be a mature, professional leader with sound judgment and problem-solving skills and leadership ability. Must demonstrate strategic and forward thinking with proven results-driven program development, implementation and project management success.  Requires excellent interpersonal skills with experience forging varied relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and ability to leverage new partnerships.  Excellent written and oral communications skills is a must.  Must be flexible, adaptable, and available for evening and weekend events and/or off-hours responses as necessary. Experience with planning events or forums is a plus.
  3. Computer and Technical Proficiencies: Highly proficient skills in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and overall aptitude for technology and cloud-based software are required. Proficiency with telecommunications devices such as iPads, iPhone and/or Androids preferred. Experience with education or scholarship software is helpful.
  4. Physical Requirements: Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with strict deadlines, ability to work long hours, weekends and moderate travel.  Must work well under pressure and be able to manage simultaneous priorities and deliverables.

CBCF is an equal opportunity employer and offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403(b), paid vacation and sick time. Qualified applicants only must forward a cover letter, resume, salary requirements and three professional references, until position is filled, using CBCF’s online employment portalNo phone calls accepted.