Vice President, Institutional and Sectoral Change (RF)

Title: Vice President, Institutional and Sectoral Change

Reports to: Senior Vice President, Programs

FLSA Status: Exempt

Salary Range: $112,000 - $132,000

Location: New York, Oakland or Remote

Tentative Start Date: December 2019

Note: Resumes will be reviewed beginning November 12, 2019

About Race Forward

Race Forward's mission is to build awareness, solutions, and leadership for racial justice by generating transformative ideas, information, and experiences.  We define racial justice as the systematic fair treatment of people of all races, resulting in equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.  We work to advance racial justice through media, research, and leadership development.

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.  With increased capacity as a joined organization, Race Forward catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all.


About the Team

The VP will directly supervise the Philanthropy Project Director, GARE Membership Director, and GARE Director, who supervises GARE’s Regional Managers. The VP will also work with VPs from the other units of the organization to build a collaborative, effective organizational culture that leverages the potential of each team for maximum impact.


Position Summary

The Vice President of Institutional and Sectoral Change is a key senior level manager who works directly with the President and Senior Vice President of Programs, providing strategic leadership in the arena of planning and executing the work of GARE and Race Forward. The position plays a significant role in strategy development, organizational networking, alliance building, and relationship management with a specific goal of increasing the capacity of the organization and its allies to achieve their respective missions. The position will possess a strong and proven management background in the racial justice field, including development and building organizational culture change to improve practice, deployment of policy reform advocacy strategies, partnership cultivation, and delivery of technical assistance.


Duties and Responsibilities

  • Implements policy objectives, strategies, and operating plans that align institutional and sectoral transformation strategies with organizational priorities;
  • Responsible for delivery, management, and direction of activities of the organization, in collaboration with other Vice-Presidents and the Executive Team;
  • Leads vision and strategy development to catalyze institutional transformation in the public, philanthropic, and nonprofit sectors. Lead the exploration of other sectors, such as the private sector or education;
  • Manage a 12-person staff team focused on capacity building and sector change in philanthropy, government, and the nonprofit sector, with direct supervision of three team members;
  • Leads engagements with nonprofit institutions working to transform their organizational practice to advance racial equity;
  • Reinforces the work of the GARE Director and project team to solidify the organization’s signature effort on building movement in the public sector to advance racial equity;
  • Participates in internal organizational activities that enhance Race Forward’s effectiveness at advancing racial equity;
  • Develops and oversees implementation of the ISC workplan;
  • Support relationships with partners and organizational visibility through speaking engagements and media presence;
  • Leads ISC budget development and fundraising, in collaboration with the ISC Team and senior leadership, through the preparation of responses to Requests for Proposals, preparation of grant proposals and reports, and delivery of high-quality programs to partners and clients;
  • Further develop the structure, policies, and systems that the Institutional and Sectoral Change team needs to ensure that the team is able to stay on top of the growth of the GARE network and potential opportunities in additional sectors, while supporting staff wellness and development;
  • Supports exploration and implementation of cross-sector collaborations for racial equity (such as government and philanthropic partnerships, or private sector and government partnerships, etc.); and
  • Supports internal program coordination and evaluation that nurtures an effective and learning culture at Race Forward.


Qualifications and Experience

  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to racial justice;
  • Demonstrated skills in policy advocacy, strategy development, and non-profit management;
  • At least seven years of relevant work experience, with a particular emphasis on racial equity/structural racism, working in or with government, community development, organizational development, technical assistance, and capacity building;
  • Strong ability to work closely with others in a complex organization with a team-building culture;
  • Exceptional organizational skills and excellent communication skills, written and oral;
  • Specific experience in organizational development that serves as a basis for recognizing patterns in institutions that might be leveraged to advance racial equity; and
  • Collaborative, creative, problem-solving approach to challenges.


Additional Information

  • This position requires long period of time at a desk on a computer
  • Includes interstate travel which may be frequent at times ranging from 10% and 40%

To Apply 

Submit a cover letter, resume, references and a writing sample to  [email protected] with the subject: VP – Institutional and Sectoral Change


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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