Senior Director of Narrative Strategy (AFRE)

Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE), a fellowship program working to build just and equitable communities in the United States and South Africa, is growing and seeking nominations and applications for a new position based in its New York City office: Senior Director of Narrative Strategy.

Based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, AFRE’s fellowship brings together accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds to incubate new strategies for addressing, dismantling, and transforming the power structures that exist to subjugate black people. The program aspires to build a dynamic and enduring network of transnational, cross-sectoral leaders dedicated to creating the institutions, narratives, and policies that advance racial equity and justice in both countries. AFRE launched its inaugural group of fellows in 2017, with the second cohort beginning in February 2019.

In preparation for the launch of its second cohort of fellows and at a time where dialogue about the importance of racial equity is at the fore, AFRE is expanding its team with a role briefly outlined below and expanded upon in the following pages:

Senior Director of Narrative Strategy: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Senior Director of Narrative Strategy will serve as an organizational leader in programmatic, operational, and communications strategy to enable AFRE to impact global narratives and support community-based racial justice and equity. 

Successful candidates for the role will have a strong grounding in social justice, particularly related to anti-black oppression, and a deep commitment to transforming the scale, impact, and quality of efforts to advance racial and social equity. The ideal candidates will have a high level of emotional maturity, high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and success working effectively in a consensus-driven team environment with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds – including internationally. All positions are based in New York City and will require international travel.

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This search is being conducted with assistance from Allison Kupfer Poteet, Callie Carroll, and Yuniya Khan of NPAG. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible. Please submit application materials separately for all positions you would like to be considered for. 

Please apply via the following links through Columbia University:

Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and strives for authentic inclusion.  AFRE does not discriminate in employment based on any individual's race, socioeconomic status, national origin, color, disability, religion, gender, age, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity and encourage all candidates to apply.

NPAG is a national executive search and consulting firm dedicated to serving the mission-driven community. We partner with global mission-driven clients to deliver highly-tailored, innovative, and strategic senior- and executive-level search services.

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