Head of External Leadership & Racial Equity
BoardSource is passionate about the nonprofit sector - we envision a world where every social sector organization has the leadership it needs to fulfill its mission and advance the public good. We have become the recognized leader in nonprofit board leadership, providing research, leadership, and practical resources to inspire and support excellence in nonprofit board and executive leadership. As a part of this, we work to inspire action on critical issues within the social sector that require new thinking and leadership from boards, including the urgent need to diversify social sector leadership so that nonprofits are better positioned to serve their communities and missions in ways that are inclusive and equitable. The Challenge Our 2017 Leading with Intent study collected information from over 1,300 nonprofit organization, of those, 90 percent of chief executives and 84 percent of board members reported as Caucasian; Twenty-seven (27) percent of boards identify as all white. Unfortunately, this is a longstanding trend. Since BoardSource began tracking diversity data through this study, the levels of board diversity have largely remained unchanged, with people of color and ethnic minorities never representing more than 18 percent of board membership. At the most fundamental level, who serves on a board impacts how it functions and the decisions it makes. While board composition is not one-size-fits-all, a board that is homogeneous in any way risks having blind spots that negatively impact its ability to make the best decisions and plans for the organization. The blind spots created by a lack of racial and ethnic diversity are particularly concerning, as they may result in strategies and plans that ineffectively address societal challenges and inequities, or even reinforce them. Our Solution Through our research, resources, trainings, and consulting we have attempted to bring attention to this lack of board diversity challenge. While we have had some success to date, there is so much more that we need to do. This is why we have created this unique new senior team member role to help us capture the attention of all board leaders about the urgent need for them to lead this change, along with other critical issues impacting the sector, and ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and resources to lead and implement this change in the sector, their communities and their organizations. About the role - Head of External Leadership & Racial Equity In collaboration with BoardSource's President & CEO, Anne Wallestad, and other senior leaders, the Head of External Leadership & Racial Equity will orchestrate and execute BoardSource's leadership on critical sector-wide issues. First and foremost, this includes a focus on our work to position boards for stronger leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity. You will also play a lead role in orchestrating and implementing all active leadership initiatives, which currently includes focused work on amplifying the board's role in advocacy and strategic alliances and restructuring. This Head of External Leadership & Racial Equity will provide strategy and leadership for a team of four, including setting and managing budgets. You will work to integrate BoardSource's leadership agenda into educational programming and resources for our member as well as the BoardSource Leadership Forum, our biennial conference. The ideal candidate must be deeply invested in and committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in the social sector and exhibit a track record for being both a compelling writer and presenter on topics related to the critical need for diversity, inclusion and racial equity in social sector leadership. Your responsibilities will include Program Leadership Lead BoardSource's work to spark and support understanding, action, and change at the board level as it relates to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Serve as an external representative for BoardSource's work to position boards for stronger leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity. Serve as a speaker and author on topics related to the board's role in leading on diversity, inclusion, and equity, including serving as a strong individual contributor in the development of new resources and programming in support of BoudSource's diversity, inclusion, and equity goals. Identify opportunities for partnership and collaboration with peer organizations working to strengthen the social sector's leadership on diversity, inclusion, and equity. Traveling (up to 20% of the time) for convenings, speaking engagements, partner meetings, etc. Strategy & Management Work closely with the CEO, board of directors, and other senior leaders to define the leadership agenda and priorities for the organization in support of the organization's vision, mission, and strategic goals and imperatives. Supervise the Director of Education, including setting team goals and objectives and providing guidance and support on implementation of strategies, plans, and projects. Cultivate a deep understanding of BoardSource's programs and work, with an eye toward identifying opportunities to expand upon these programs, our leadership initiatives, and partnerships. Infuse knowledge and best practices related to diversity, inclusion and racial equity in board leadership and across the social sector through member education, communications, programming, and resources. Qualifications and Requirements This unique role requires a combination of skills grounded in organizational development, strategic communications, and education, in addition to fluency and expertise in diversity, inclusion and racial equity concepts and practices. Ideal candidates will be passionate and compelling advocates for strong nonprofit board leadership with the ability to engage with partners and staff in a collaborative style to help us lead this critical change in the nonprofit sector. What You'll Need 7-12 years of overall professional experience with experience in diversity, inclusion, and equity; leadership development; or organizational development within the social sector. Ability to engage and support professionals of all backgrounds, in particular, people from historically marginalized communities. You're always asking: "Whose voice is not represented?" Ability to translate between social justice concepts and values and the priorities of nonprofits and other philanthropic institutions. Ability to serve as a passionate and compelling advocate for strong nonprofit board leadership, whether as a speaker, a spokesperson, or an author. Deep passion for and commitment to honest and candid conversations and self-reflection about race, racial justice, and social class. Extremely high capacity to manage one's own emotions and to identify the emotions of others in order to support staff; ability to facilitate challenging and courageous conversations about race/racism and other topics. Enthusiasm for organizational change and patience to serve as a leader in the change process. Who You Are: A Convener. You recognize that a well-prepared and supported community can achieve far more than a single, highly talented individual. You can bring together thought leaders and facilitate conversation to identify best/most creative ways to move the sector forward. A Relationship Builder - You thrive on meeting new people and like to foster relationships. You like learning what motivates people, what inspires their giving and makes them feel appreciated. A Mobilizer - You've got that rare mix of vision and tactics that make other leaders admire you. You've managed multiple teams on a range of different projects, but you're not afraid to roll up your sleeves and get in the trenches yourself. You thrive on ambiguity and handle multiple priorities with ease, never missing a deadline nor losing your cool. An Exceptional Communicator - You have excellent oral and written communication skills. You can craft high-quality proposals and presentations, explain complex concepts in a clear manner, and combine intellect and intuition. Resourceful and Adaptable - You're at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive attitude and identify creative solutions to obstacles. You can juggle many important responsibilities at once and you're rigorous about prioritizing. HOW WE'LL KNOW YOU'RE THE RIGHT PERSON FOR THE ROLE Please complete the following very simple application. Priority will be given to those applications submitted by Thursday, August 9th; therefore, we encourage you to submit yours soon! Candidates that meet the minimum experience will be invited to complete a set of short answer questions. The overall hiring process will look to follow this anticipated timeline: Early August: Selected candidates asked to complete short answer questions. Late August: Phone interview with the BoardSource team. Early September: Finalists will come for an in-person for multi-team member interview at our Washington, DC office. Candidate references will also be checked at this step. Late September: Offer finalized. 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