The Director of Equity & Impact is a new position that will expand Advocates for Children of New York’s four-person Executive Team and bring additional leadership and management capacity to the organization. Reporting directly to the Executive Director and working closely with her and the rest of the Executive Team, this individual will drive the organization’s systemic efforts to increase equity and impact across the organization, including fostering talent, spearheading anti-racism and diversity initiatives, and leading project evaluation across the agency. They will collaborate with staff across projects to identify priority change initiatives and manage the implementation of those initiatives, involving staff throughout the organization all along the way.
This position will play a critical role as an organizational leader as well as a strategic thought partner to the Executive Director and the rest of the Executive Team. The individual must be both a strategist and an implementer. The ideal candidate is a high performer who is excited by the opportunity to shape a new position and also has a passion for AFC’s mission; excellent project management, interpersonal, and collaboration skills; strong strategic and analytical thinking; demonstrated commitment to promoting anti-racist practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace; and an interest in nonprofit management. 8 years of work experience required.
Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. (AFC) is a non-profit organization working to ensure a high-quality education for New York students who face barriers to academic success. As New York’s leading education advocacy organization, AFC supports children and youth who face discrimination or other obstacles to education due to poverty, race, ethnicity, disability, homelessness, immigration status/limited English proficiency, or involvement in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems. We use uniquely integrated strategies to advance systemic reform, empower families and communities, and advocate for the educational rights of individual students. We currently have 53 staff members and all work together out of one location.
· Serves on the organization’s five-person Executive Team and helps to catalyze the overall success of the organization.
· Partners with leadership and staff across AFC’s projects and departments to manage organizational change initiatives that examine outcomes and advance equity through internal policies and practices as well as program work.
· Participates in meetings of the Board of Directors, including development of strategic plans and discussion of implementation and outcomes.
· Leads talent development for the organization, including leadership development. Chairs internal Leadership Development Committee.
· Leads internal anti-racism and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and supports staff-led diversity committee and affinity groups; manages consultants and trainers supporting this work.
· Oversees project evaluation across the organization, including systems and protocols for data entry and reporting, and develops data-informed, continuous improvement processes with an equity lens; provides supervision to database manager and Salesforce consultants.
· Establishes annual goals for initiatives to increase equity and impact and reports on progress twice a year. Reports to Board of Directors annually.
· Represents the organization on designated committees and/or at designated community events, as needed.
· Leads or participates in committees and collaborative efforts to benefit the office, as appropriate.
● Bachelor’s degree required.
● At least 8 years of relevant work experience; at least 2 years of managerial experience, preferably in nonprofit organizations.
● Experience with furthering anti-racist practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace;
● Strong interpersonal and “people management” skills and a talent for teamwork and team building.
● Ability to work across teams to incorporate diverse perspectives and manage projects that lead to successful outcomes.
● Ability to engage in difficult conversations with individuals and groups around race, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
● Strong strategic thinking.
● Strong project management skills and a track record of successful project design and management.
● Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Must have the skills to identify and implement solutions that have impact.
● Experience with program evaluation.
● Comfort and experience with data and technology and with overseeing projects that involve databases or other technology.
● Exceptional judgment, professionalism, and discretion in handling confidential and sensitive information and situations.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills
● Attention to detail, flexibility, dependability.
● Experience with organizations like AFC (e.g., nonprofits of similar size that provide services to low-income communities, legal organizations, education advocacy organizations) a plus.
Please email a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to email@example.com. No phone calls, please.
Candidates should highlight any personal or professional experience demonstrating their connection to the populations that AFC serves. Only candidates scheduled for interviews will be contacted. The position is available beginning in January, and resumes will be considered on a rolling basis.
The salary range for this new position is $95,779 – $115,000, depending on experience, and includes generous benefits,including health, dental, PTO, professional development, etc.
AFC is an affirmative action employer that actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff and especially encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities or gender expressions and persons of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
For more information on AFC, visit our website at www.advocatesforchildren.org