DIRECTOR, RACIAL EQUITY
Reports To: Executive Director, National Impact
Status: Full Time/Exempt
Location Options: Bellevue, WA; Los Angeles, CA;
Washington, DC; & Detroit, MI
Preferred Location: Bellevue, WA
Apply By: 11/17/2021
Ballmer Group seeks a bold, visionary leader to serve as its
first Director, Racial Equity. The goal of our racial equity work
is to eliminate the obstacles to economic mobility caused by
systemic racism, racial bias, and discrimination.
About Ballmer Group
Since 2015, Ballmer Group (BG) has supported efforts to improve
economic mobility for children and families in the United States
who are disproportionately likely to remain in poverty. Ultimately,
we envision a country where every child, regardless of background
and circumstance, has an equal chance to achieve the American Dream
– the promise of moving up from one generation to the next through
effort and talent. Our work must tackle the systemic racism and
inequities that have made the American Dream historically
inaccessible to many.
Our co-founders – philanthropist Connie Ballmer and her husband
Steve Ballmer, former CEO of Microsoft, and chairman of the LA
Clippers – are committed to impacting economic mobility and
encourage innovative thinking to move the needle and drive systems
and policy change. BG focuses on multiple intersectional issues
such as early learning; K-12 education; youth development; college
and career pathways; housing; health; and criminal justice. We are
both a national and regional funder – we have a presence and invest
deeply in Washington state, southeast Michigan, and Los Angeles
We acknowledge that systemic racism makes it harder for people
of color to move up the economic ladder and we seek to address
barriers to racial equity in all we do. This means we do work to
support communities of color, as we continue to learn more about
what it takes to deeply and authentically engage in a practice of
For more information about BG Philanthropy, please visit:
BG seeks a bold, visionary leader to serve as its first
Director, Racial Equity. The goal of our racial equity work is to
eliminate the obstacles to economic mobility caused by systemic
racism, racial bias, and discrimination. As a key member of BG’s
national team, the director will lead national racial equity
grantmaking and related efforts to address racial inequalities that
limit economic mobility, with an explicit prioritization of Black
families and children. The director will develop the vision, design
the grantmaking strategy, and advance national racial equity
program, policy, and systems change work. This leader will: 1)
execute and manage national grants that advance BG’s racial equity
strategy; 2) use the tools of philanthropy to drive equitable
improvements in the economic mobility of children and families; and
3) serve as an internal thought partner with BG colleagues.
Supporting scalable innovations at the intersections of economic
mobility and racial equity is the focus of this role. The director
will be expected to demonstrate deep knowledge and direct
experience working across the spectrum of issues at this overlap.
Strong candidates will be excited to work collaboratively as part
of an entrepreneurial, multidisciplinary team and with persons from
diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. The position
reports to the Executive Director, National Impact and is based out
of BG’s locations.
Key Priorities and Responsibilities
Strategic Oversight and Thought Leadership:
• Create, implement, and manage BG’s racial equity strategy,
including setting long-term and annual goals for the organization’s
national investments aimed toward removing racial barriers to
• Maximize the tools of philanthropy to tackle structural and
systemic racism issues related to expanding pathways to economic
mobility. Develop funding strategies that explicitly address the
impacts of racially inequitable policies, practices, systems, and
markets and complement efforts of other sectors including
government and corporate.
• Remain grounded in emerging racial equity trends, opportunities,
and issues affecting economic mobility and develop a point of view
on the most leveraged strategies for philanthropy and BG.
• Work with the Executive Director, National Impact to explore
opportunities and develop potential strategies for adjacent issues
and help build skills across the team to infuse racial equity
strategies throughout our grantmaking, beyond the racial equity
portfolio. Collaborate with colleagues on the implementation of
• Manage BG’s active portfolio of national racial equity grants and
build a broader suite of grants specifically designed to tackle
racial inequities in the systems that provide pathways to economic
• Develop and leverage relationships among peer philanthropic
organizations, the business community, the public sector, elected
officials, advocates, activists, practitioners, and other relevant
stakeholders to identify and pursue innovative trends, new
grantmaking opportunities, and strategic partnerships.
• Establish and maintain relationships with grantees to learn from
and elevate their work and to advance BG’s racial equity
• Lead potential racial equity grantees through the grant review
and approval process, including developing detailed recommendations
for BG leadership.
Engage with BG Regions:
• Share knowledge across BG Philanthropy on national racial equity
priorities and work with colleagues in the regions to learn about
and help advance regionally defined racial equity priorities.
• Collaborate with BG’s Executive Directors and staff in BG’s
regional offices to exchange ideas and insights that increase the
impact of both regional and national racial equity grantmaking
• Develop strong relationships internally with peer departments
(e.g., the Advocacy & Communications and Data & Technology
teams) to leverage and maximize impact.
The ideal candidate will:
• Be a bold and imaginative leader with acumen for executing big
ideas; engaging stakeholders from public and business sectors; and
effectively collaborating with peers.
• Possess a deep network in the racial equity ecosystem and
substantial knowledge of pertinent public policy, systems change,
and private industry trends across the country.
• Have a sophisticated understanding of historical and contemporary
racial justice issues, programs, policies, and structures.
• Be an accomplished leader with a track record of creating
measurable impact on economic mobility and racial equity.
Additional qualifications include:
• At least 8 years of professional experience working in racial
equity or a directly related field.
• Possess either an advanced degree in the field of business, law,
economics, social work, or a related field (preferred) or
experience in excess of the minimum.
• Dedication to supporting and driving BG’s mission with some
familiarity with the racial equity issues at play in one or more of
BG’s three focus regions.
• Strong written communication skills, including the ability to
simplify and communicate clear takeaways and insights to an
• Excellent verbal communicator with strong interpersonal skills
and high emotional intelligence when engaging one-on-one. Skilled
at synthesizing and translating complex information for diverse
• Skilled at discussing and analyzing strategies and approaches
with internal and external stakeholders.
• Solid quantitative and analytical skills with experience
assessing budgets and organizational finances.
• Ability to build trust, rapport, and effectively function as part
of a team with internal and external stakeholders.
• A strong sense of humility and integrity with a curious mind and
a sense of humor.
• Willingness to travel to BG’s three focus regions and other U.S.
cities as needed (work is remote and travel is minimal at this time
but travel to the regions would typically represent roughly 15% of
the position’s time) and, once offices are safely reopened, to work
in a hybrid model with 2-3 days in the office a week.
Ballmer Group is partnering with Black- and women-owned
strategic management consulting and executive search firm Walker
and Associates Consulting for this search. To apply, email a single
PDF file containing a cover letter, resume and list of three
references (candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach
to your references) to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before 5:00
p.m. PT on November 17, 2021. Use the subject line: Director,
Racial Equity. Resume review begins immediately.
Ballmer Group is an equal opportunity employer and is
dedicated to building an inclusive workforce where diversity is
valued. Individuals seeking employment at Ballmer Group are
considered without regards to race, color, religion, national
origin, age, sex, marital status, ancestry, physical or mental
disability, veteran status, gender identity, or sexual