The Annie E. Casey Foundation invites nominations and
applications for the role of Director, Equity and
Inclusion. Reporting to the Vice President for External
Affairs, the Director will partner closely with colleagues across
the Foundation, including the Senior Leadership Team, to integrate
equity and inclusion into all aspects of the Foundation. Serving as
a thought leader and primary resource for racial equity, the
Director will focus on capacity building and drive the development
of tools and protocols to help embed equity-focused strategies into
programmatic work, and spotlight best practices and proof points
across the Foundation and the field. The Director will bring
expertise and fluency to strengthen strategies, practices,
communications, and policies as part of building a grant-making
culture focused on racial and ethnic equity.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Casey) is dedicated to building a
brighter future for millions of children and youth at risk of poor
educational, economic, social, and health outcomes. The
Foundation’s work focuses on strengthening families, building
stronger communities, and ensuring access to opportunity because
young people need all three to succeed. Casey advances research and
solutions to overcome barriers to success, helps communities
demonstrate what works, and influences decision makers to invest in
strategies based on solid evidence.
At Casey, you will find a dynamic environment with staff of
diverse backgrounds and perspectives who share a deep commitment to
advancing the Foundation’s mission. The successful candidate will
have a strong command of racial equity and inclusion strategies,
concepts, methods, and tools; and a track record of influencing and
collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to advance
equity centered missions and strategies, and leading teams to turn
opportunities, ideas, and needs into action.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE DIRECTOR
You will lead a dynamic portfolio of work to build the capacity
of staff, grantees, and the field to advance equitable outcomes for
kids, young people, and families. Your leadership will:
- Help to advance equity and inclusion across the Foundation,
equally holding the interest of all racial and ethnic groups and
promoting a multicultural lens to Casey’s equity work.
- Champion the Foundation’s data and results-driven approach to
race, ethnic equity, and inclusion to Casey staff, grantees,
partners, and stakeholders.
- Collect, measure, interpret, and analyze data to inform the
development of racial and ethnic equity and inclusion strategies,
programs, trainings, and tools that ultimately improve outcomes for
Casey’s target populations.
- Develop and implement strategies to build the capacity of
staff, grantees, and the field to advance equitable outcomes for
kids, young people, and families, including:
- Developing, sharing, and promoting the use of practical tools,
frameworks, resources, and best practices to deepen equity work
across the Foundation and the field.
- Collaborate with staff to infuse knowledge and best practices
related to racial and ethnic equity and inclusion in Casey’s
programming, communications, internal culture building, staff
development, and operations.
- Assessing Casey’s progress in operationalizing equity using
assessment tools, metrics, and dashboards.
- Partnering with technical assistance providers to engage Casey
staff, partners, and grantees in a consultative capacity to deepen
equity strategies, metrics, and results within portfolios and
- Coordinating and co-investing in technical assistance to
support Casey’s work as needed.
- Partnering with Casey units and other funders to co-invest in
promising innovative programs and practices that can advance
- Build and share a knowledge base of promising and proven
approaches for advancing equity for the Foundation and the field,
- Documenting and spotlighting best practices and proof points of
effective equity strategies.
- Sharing insight, knowledge, and lessons learned with
philanthropic peers who wish to implement similar institutional
strategies and approaches.
- Establish and maintain relationships with key contacts,
communities, organizations, and networks by attending meetings and
communicating with national partners and local communities.
CORE COMPETENCIES OF THE IDEAL CANDIDATE
While no one candidate will embody all the qualifications
outlined below, the ideal candidate will possess many of the
following professional and personal abilities, attributes, and
- Fluency and expertise in racial equity and inclusion concepts,
methodologies, strategies, and tools.
- Deep knowledge and training in racial justice and equity, and
experience applying racial equity practices to organizational
development and related change management programs.
- Cultural competence and ability to build buy-in and consensus
on complex and uncomfortable issues of race, ethnicity, and
- Demonstrated ability to act as a thought partner, engage
comfortably with colleagues at all levels, solve problems
collaboratively, and lead by influence rather than authority.
- Ability to listen, discern challenges, and identify
- Excellent relationship building, consultative, and influence
- Ability to translate ideas and concepts into practical and
actionable resources, tools, and solutions.
- Experience using quantitative and qualitative data and
information to both tell a story and evaluate success with various
- Experience and familiarity working with organizations in
transition, comfort navigating multifaceted organizational
- Track record of effectively developing and implementing
strategies that support a bold mission within an organization.
- Experience in the leadership and management of major public
systems, organizations or major initiatives in economic
opportunity, community change, public policy and advocacy,
leadership development, research and evaluation,
communications or public relations is a plus.
More information about The Annie E. Casey
Foundation may be found at: www.aecf.org
This is a full-time exempt position. Annie E. Casey offers a
competitive total rewards package that includes annual salary and
Casey is partnering with Linh C. Nguyen,
Kupfer Poteet, and Jess Powers of
NPAG on this search. Due to the
pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as
possible. Candidates may submit their cover letter, outlining their
interest and qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s
Cultivating a diverse and inclusive team is an
essential component of The Annie E. Casey Foundation’s work to
advance equity. Candidates of all backgrounds are strongly
encouraged to apply.