The Director of Anti-Racist Organizational Development will work collaboratively with the organization's Anti-Racism Steering Committee to develop and implement a comprehensive anti–racism strategy across the organization.
Safe Horizon believes that fulfilling the agency's mission requires an actively anti-racist approach. We recognize that systemic racism harms our staff, our clients, and the communities we serve. It contributes to the violence in our society, and often presents barriers to safety and healing for survivors of color. We also realize that racism is closely tied to other forms of inequality, such as sexism, homophobia, transphobia, discrimination against people with disabilities, and religious intolerance. To address racism successfully, we need to take these intersections into account. Safe Horizon values and is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion in all that we do.
Candidates should have excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and influence others. They should excel at building strong working relationships with multidisciplinary colleagues at all levels of an organization. Candidates should also have strong project management and problem-solving skills, while being able to build consensus and support. The ideal candidate would have a track record of leadership in diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism work. It is essential that all candidates possess a commitment and passion for the anti-racism, anti-violence work of Safe Horizon.
The Director will report to the Deputy CEO, while working closely with the Anti-Racism Steering Committee (ARSC) co-chairs and members. They will also collaborate with external consultants engaged to support this effort.
- Provides staff support for the ARSC. This includes working with the co-chairs to set agendas, schedule meetings, invite guest speakers, etc.
- Maintains regular communications with ARSC subcommittees and affinity group leaders, in order to coordinate efforts and gather input regarding progress and challenges.
- Manages contracts with external consultants and coordinates regular meetings between those consultants and key leaders of the agency's anti-racism effort.
- Collaborates with our Research and Evaluation team, ARSC members, and external consultants to develop a theory of change document to guide the agency's anti-racism efforts.
- Works in collaboration with the ARSC to develop an annual anti-racism action plan aligned with the theory of change.
- Coordinates, monitors, and documents progress of the anti-racism action plan.
- Acts as an internal and external spokesperson for Safe Horizon's anti-racism work. This will include delivering presentations and facilitating discussions at internal staff and leadership team meetings. Externally, it may include making presentations at conferences and task force meetings, or to elected officials.
- Works closely with the Learning and Development team to integrate anti-racist content across Safe Horizon's learning programs.
- Works closely with the Marketing and Communications team to align our internal and external communications with our anti-racist stance. This may include engagement with TV, radio or print media sources.
- Works closely with the Research and Evaluation team and the ARSC to assess progress towards our identified goals, in keeping with the theory of change. This could include annual review of the action plan; biannual staff surveys; and other evaluation strategies identified over time.
PRIOR EXPERIENCE, KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, EDUCATION
- At least four years of relevant experience in the provision of victim services, homeless services, child welfare services, or similar programs, preferably in a non-profit setting
- Significant experience working with a task force or organization to address the issue of racism
- Demonstrated commitment to the elimination of racism at the systemic, cultural, and individual levels
- Strong writing skills
- Outstanding oral communication skills, including a proven capacity to facilitate difficult conversations
- Demonstrated success in managing complex, cross-functional projects
- The ability to maintain a big picture perspective while providing timely, consistent follow-up on specific action items
- Ability to engage and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders, from clients and entry level staff to senior agency leaders
- A confident, compelling and sensitive presenter with experience engaging a wide range of professional and community audiences
If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon's rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employmentAmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply
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