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Director, Racial Justice Fund

Posted: 08/18/2022

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Are you looking for a rewarding career fueled by purpose? Do you want our region to be the best it can possibly be? Place and purpose drive our mission, so Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) may be the place for you. As the region’s leading community foundation and one of the most prominent in the nation, we serve an eight-county region of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana.
 
We bring together:

  • Donors – Supporting causes and organizations that improve our community.
  • Nonprofits – Delivering experiences that improve people and place.
  • Changemakers – Working to solve our region’s greatest challenges.
 Greater Cincinnati Foundation recruits, employs, trains, compensates, promotes and celebrates employees of all races, religions, colors, national origins, sexes, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, veteran status and all the other characteristics that make individuals unique and extraordinary. At GCF, we have a clear vision: to be an employer of choice where a diverse mix of talented people want to be and can do their best work. GCF exists exclusively to support our community, and we know our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and mission-driven employees.
 
GCF's values are generosity, greater good, equity, trailblazing and growth. Generosity fuels our work. We exist for the greater good in the region with equity being our North Star. We embrace our role as a leadership organization that requires vision and trailblazing. Maintaining a growth mind allows us to think big and stay driven.
 
Our dedication to promote racial and gender equity, diversity, multiculturalism and inclusion is clearly reflected in our values, behaviors and strategic initiatives. We are fully focused on racial equity as an organization – it is more than a commitment for us, it is the foundation of what we do. Here are a couple of examples of our leadership in this area:
 
A message from our Governing Board - http://www.gcfdn.org/news/5-million-committed-to-racial-justice/
 
A message from our CEO, Ellen Katz - http://www.gcfdn.org/news/join-us-in-solidarity/
 
The Racial Justice Fund (RJF) at Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF)
 
People of color represent nearly half of all Cincinnati residents, yet there are significant racial disparities in just about any issue that philanthropy cares about –from education and economic mobility to housing and healthcare.  These racial disparities of social and economic well-being have persisted for decades, and in many cases, the gaps are widening in our local communities
 
In response to this glaring need, Greater Cincinnati Foundation created the Racial Justice Fund (RJF) as critical to our mission of building a more vibrant and equitable community for all. In 2020, GCF’s Governing Board of Directors committed $5 million over five years to racial justice forming the Racial Justice Fund.   
 
The goal of the RJF is to catalyze change and get to the root cause of inequities created by and sustained by structural racism. It will address systemic issues and advance matters of fairness and justice, with a critical focus on the systems that affect the Black community.
 
The Racial Justice Fund allows GCF to deploy our full complement of tools as a community foundation.  At the core, we recognize the importance of incorporating a strong community partnership/engagement to inform the solutions we invest in.  We do believe that if we invest more resources and build the capacity of organizations working in social and criminal justice - they can drive the reform needed.
 
Job Description
 
Working closely with community partners, the Director leads the development, direction and implementation of specific strategies that seek to dismantle the systemic structures that perpetuate systemic racism.  These strategies take aim at the long-term equity issues that have hamstrung the region by supporting innovative and current work with a focus on supporting partners led by and serving Greater Cincinnati’s most impacted by racial injustice.  Our prioritized criteria for the solutions we will seek include systems change; capacity building; strong commitment to community organizing and policy advocacy.
 
The Director provides overall leadership and direction to the Racial Justice Fund’s strategic plan by working closely with the GCF board, staff and community partners on the following focus areas:
 
  • Grantmaking to Greater Cincinnati nonprofits that are addressing racial justice issues in their communities. Priority is given to organizations led by members of their communities and who center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in decision-making.
  • Convening/Connecting to strengthen the ecosystem of Black Leaders in Greater Cincinnati by providing them with resources to help expand organizational infrastructure and capacity. Long term, GCF aims to engage and organize the efforts of multiple funders and providers that are working to address systemic racism and its devastating effects in our region.
  • Prioritizing Inclusion & Community Voice to ensure that solutions are grounded in and emerge from the experience of communities of color, by engaging leaders of color who are accountable to those communities
  • Community Education for corporate & civic leaders, nonprofit leaders, community members, and donors to deepen their understanding of how racism is institutionalized in our systems and practices, and to create a foundation for new approaches.
 
Job Duties and Responsibilities
Field Building:                                                                                                                               
  • Engage allies, advisors and community organizations for appropriate program activities using convening management practices consistent with the GCF’s values 
  • Collaborate with local/regional/national initiatives to advance racial justice movement and movement building
  • Facilitate communication with grantees, partners, and allies to gain community support for the program and solicit solutions to solve racial injustice
  • Leverage the foundation's knowledge of community needs/opportunities and strong nonprofit organizations across all GCF's grantmaking programs. Ensure that GCF sustains a culture of learning, and position GCF as a leading information resource for donors and other funders.
  • Partner with Donor and Private Foundation Services and Marketing to maximize co-investment opportunities for donors
  • Participate on community boards
 
Program Development and Design
  • Develop new initiatives to support the strategic direction of the RJF as part of GCF’s overall strategic direction
  • Develop and implement long-term goals and objectives to achieve successful outcomes through incorporating input from grassroot organizations and individuals with lived experience.
  • Determine the best GCF tools to deploy to solve systemic issues.  Investment in systemic issues include resources to organizations to build capacity, policy change, using our influence to advance policies, convening, research etc. in partnership with the Community Strategies team
 
Community Strategies
  • Read, analyze, and critique grant proposals from non-profit organizations for funding consideration
  • Write detailed comments on the structure, thoroughness, and overall value of each grant to indicate approval (or rejection) of funding requests
  • Facilitate and convene community leaders, board members, or other volunteers (e.g. RJF Advisory Council, Black Leadership Forum, etc.) to engage community members in solutions we will seek include systems change; capacity building; strong commitment to community organizing and policy advocacy
  • Collaborate and work closely with the Vice President of Community Strategies to develop, implement, and evaluate investment opportunities to advance matters of fairness and justice, with a critical focus on the systems that affect the Black community
  • Support the development of policies, practices, and infrastructure that advance the work of the Community Strategies team and the organization as a whole
 
Administration
  • Write and manage the creation of reports RJF for GCF staff, board, community partners, and funders/donors
  • Ensure that the RJF operates within the approved budget
  • Monitor and approve all budgeted RJF expenditures
  • Hire, train and supervise staff and consultants by providing motivation, coaching, direction and accountability for assigned duties (as applicable).
  • Attract resources to RJF from individuals, institutions, and national funders
 
Requirements and Qualifications
  • A passion for improving lives and racial justice
  • 7+ years of proven experience in non-profit organizational leadership and management, or community-based programming, community organizing, lobbying/policy & advocacy
  • Demonstrated expertise in the area of racial justice which includes but is not limited to racial healing, racial equity, abolition, truth-telling, and narrative change
  • Familiarity with social justice philanthropy and its opportunities and challenges as a grant recipient, grant maker, and/or community member
  • Deep knowledge and understanding of issues pertaining to equity, intersectionality, and justice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with a proven ability to write precisely and concisely and the ability to address varied audiences
  • Experience managing self to meet deadlines and completes tasks (both internal and external) with a high degree of dependability
  • Capacity to perform independent and innovative work including successful design and implementation of policies and programs
  • Flexibility and ability to work with humor and grace under pressure
 
Preferred Competencies
  • Excellent skills and strong knowledge of Microsoft Office, Salesforce, and Zoom/online meeting platforms
  • Willing to learn and become proficient at other computer applications as needed
  • Project management skills and/or experience
  • Small and large group facilitation skills
 
Pay Range: $95,000 - $102,000
 
Wages are negotiable within the competitive salary range set by GCF. The ranges have been established based on organization, industry and national standards. Desired salary expectations will be discussed during the interview process.
 
This position summary is not to be considered an exhaustive description of the responsibilities which may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform key responsibilities. Please note that duties and qualification of this and all jobs will change as we evolve our services to our community. 
 
Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) recruits, employs, trains, compensates, promotes and celebrates employees of all races, religions, colors, national origins, sexes, sexual orientations, disabilities, ages, veteran status and all the other characteristics that make individuals unique and extraordinary. At GCF, we have a clear vision: to be an employer of choice where a diverse mix of talented peopled want to be and can do their best work. GCF exists exclusively to support our community, and we know our organization runs on the hard work and dedication of our passionate and mission-driven employees.
 
GCF is a Gold Level certified with Ellequate (Formerly Queen City Certified), which is the first data-informed employer certification and cohort-based leadership program for gender equity in the U.S. workplace.
 
If interested, please apply on our website at www.gcfdn.org/careers

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