Our mission is to advance racial, economic, and ecological justice. We do so through skill-building, network-connecting, and activating leadership opportunities. Our goal is that all communities in Western New York are thriving free from discrimination and poverty.
People directly experiencing systemic challenges and inequities that we aim to address will always have a voice in identifying the problems and developing the solutions. An empowered democratic society is key to a joyful, culturally rich community and sustainable planet.
An Opportunity to Join Our Team
POSITION: Director of Racial Equity & Justice
Date of Posting: June 9, 2022
These are unprecedented times. Open Buffalo seeks a Director of Racial Equity & Justice that is deeply passionate about changing the world we live in. The Director of Racial Equity & Justice is responsible for leading Open Buffalo’s racial equity trainings and healing circles. In addition, the Director of Racial Equity & Justice will be responsible for building community-based power to win legislative victories that improve the lives of people in communities of color. This is a full-time position with benefits, based in Buffalo, N.Y., reporting to the Open Buffalo Executive Director.
Race, Power, and Privilege (RPP) Anti-Racism Program Management:
- Conduct both in-person and virtual RPP anti-racism trainings and assessments to client organizations across public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
- Evaluate and write RPP curriculum periodically to maintain relevance, and effectiveness.
- Recruit and onboard new community partners and clients to participate in RPP trainings.
- Manage various aspects of RPP trainee/client experience, including consultation meetings, orientation, document preparation, scheduling, and post-training evaluations, and follow-up support.
- Build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders within the community.
- Analyze data, policies, and procedures to make improvements in areas of racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- In collaboration with the Open Buffalo staff and community partners, participate in civic engagement work including, but not limited to voter registration, voter education, text banking, phone banking, and “get out the vote” efforts.
- Assume a leading role in policy initiatives that combat systemic racism and advance racial justice, such as protecting voting access for all.
- Some grant identification and management will be necessary.
- Three years of management experience and expertise with diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Bachelor’s degree in related field of study required, Master’s Degree preferred.
- A minimum of one-year experience in facilitating social justice-oriented conversations, trainings, orworkshops to varied audiences.
- Management experience in project/program coordination.
- Experience in developing curriculum-based trainings and workshops related to racial, social justice.
- Professional presenter and trainer.
- Proven experience in developing and modifying curriculums.
- Familiar with the work of Open Buffalo and the ability to hit the ground running.
- Experience in community organizing and policy advocacy preferred.
- Excellent communication skills (written, verbal).
- Flexibility in working evenings and weekends required.
- Some travel will be required.
- Physical Demands: Lifting up to 25lbs.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Open Buffalo values diversity and inclusion throughout our city and within our organization. People of color, women, LGBTQI individuals, people with disabilities, and formerly incarcerated people are encouraged to apply.
Salary and Benefits
Open Buffalo offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The starting salary for this position is $60,000. Full health benefits, travel reimbursement, 401-K, and generous time off. Friendly, culturally vibrant, team-oriented working environment.
To apply, please send the following three items:
1. A cover letter that answers the following prompts:
- Briefly, share an example of the most impactful work you have done to eliminate institutional racism. What was your role?
- Describe your approach to working with fearful and resistant individuals and groups on social justice issues.
- Give an example of how you have helped elected officials and/or executives to recognize the race-based disparities currently in their organizations and/or communities. Once learned, how were you able to leverage this new perspective to make change?
- What have you done to develop your own racial equity skills as well of those of your staff?
- Tell us about the most important partnerships you have built in order to eliminate institutional racism.
2. Your resume
3. Examples (with links, if appropriate) of racial equity work product – presentations, blogs, videos, editorials, policies, etc.
Open Buffalo Search Committee
1327 Jefferson Avenue, Upper
Buffalo, NY 14208
Or via e-mail to email@example.com
Applications will be accepted until July 1, 2022, 5PM. No calls, please. Interviews will begin immediately.