GARE Membership Director

Position Title: GARE Membership Director
Position Location: Remote



In 2017 Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion to become the new Race Forward.

Since 1981, Race Forward has brought a systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. With increased capacity as a joined organization, Race Forward catalyzes community, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial inequity and create equitable outcomes for all.

The new Race Forward is home to the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), a national network of government working to achieve racial equity and advance opportunities. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial conference on racial justice. 



Race Forward is a fast‐paced, collaborative, cutting‐edge national policy strategy organization that works to transform structural racial inequity into structural opportunity. As a multi‐issue racial justice organization, Race Forward works at the intersection of big ideas, grassroots advocacy and institutional transformation. We work with community groups and national organizations to develop policy ideas, foster effective leadership, and develop communications tools for an opportunity‐rich world in which we all will thrive, identifying strategic opportunities for structurally transformative policies that will create inclusion for communities of color and solutions to some of nation’s biggest problems. Race Forward catalyzes local community organizations, government, and other institutions to dismantle structural racial equity and create equitable outcomes for all. The organization seeks a Membership Director to join its Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) program team.

A principle role of the Membership Director will be to provide strategic direction for the rapid growth of the GARE Network, which has doubled in size in each of the previous four years. As this expansion continues, it will be essential that GARE manages the balance between leveraging the momentum generated through an increased number of members with the quality of connection, relationship, and capacity building that has characterized the network to date. The Director will ensure that GARE maintains consistency, integrity, and delivery of resources with a highly competent and dependable staff that has built the Network brand.

The Membership Director will join a highly capable team of Project Managers, a Network Manager, and a Program Coordinator who are building national presence for GARE through membership, contract work, ongoing training and capacity building processes, and a series of learning cohorts that began in 2016. The position will leverage GARE’s substantive experience in operationalizing racial equity in local government, the deep commitment of members to effective practice, new evidence of transformed public sector institutions, and its growing national presence in the conversation on equity. The new position joins a robust team led by Race Forward’s Vice President for Institutional and Sectoral Change, to whom the position reports.

The Membership Director’s essential functions include activities that contribute to the continued strengthening of the network: recruitment, strategic planning, capacity building, network development, training, project management, partnership cultivation, cohort development, and evolution of the annual Membership meeting which is a central element of GARE programming. 

The position will weave together content, peer-to-peer learning and resources for participation, individual jurisdiction implementation strategies and communications support.  There will also be similar work with other regions of the county as necessitated by the strategic direction of this member-led network. This wrap-around support for jurisdictions builds on the success of existing GARE strategies, and is a promising approach in encouraging jurisdictions to advance racial equity with the resources to succeed.


  • Recruitment. Continue the significant growth in jurisdictions committed to expanding the GARE network.
  • Strategic Planning. Identify the medium- and long-range actions necessary to build the national movement for racial equity in the public sector.
  • Capacity Building. Increase the strength and variety of public entities committed to advancing racial equity through sustained programming and institutional change. Serve as a co-trainer in other regions as needed.
  • Network Development. Organize and facilitate meetings and other strategic convening to support institutional change, policies, and programmatic work; Identify and build relationships with local advocates and key stakeholders.
  • Training. Provide technical assistance and support for development of Racial Equity Action Plans to address racial equity and inclusion for participating jurisdictions; to jurisdictions with implementation of a Racial Equity Tool; for development of specific measurable goals for each jurisdiction participating in training efforts.
  • Partnership Cultivation. Develop relationships with key government leaders and constituencies; nonprofit leadership, and private sector allies for racial equity.
  • Cohort Development. Implement regional Racial Equity Cohorts and individual member organization participation related to workshops, convenings, trainings, and other organizational capacity‐building for policy intervention, organizational transformation and strategy development.
  • Membership Meeting Evolution. Continue to build the momentum of the network’s signature annual event.
  • Development. Develop proposals and responses to Requests for Proposals / Requests for Qualifications to expand the jurisdictions with which GARE is working.



  • Respect for differences whether racial, ethnic, class, sexual orientation, gender, or class;
  • Effective, respectful, and timely communications with supervisors, co-workers, vendors, and others;
  • Effective team work and collegiality to ensure the timely, strategic, and successful completion of work;
  • Listens effectively, seeks and accepts feedback, and recognizes the importance of stretching oneself, learning, and growing;
  • Is an analytic, thoughtful and strategic thinker and actor, considering the mission, objectives, work plans, and goals of GARE’s work and demonstrating an understanding of the impact of her/his/their decisions and behavior on the organization;
  • Seeks out advice, counsel, and permission appropriately, but is not afraid to act when it is required to be effective.



  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice and anti‐poverty work;
  • A minimum of 4 years of experience working with government;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience working with networks, coalitions, or cohorts;
  • A strong organizational development analysis and a demonstrated ability to implement it;
  • Strong analytical and strategic thinking skills;
  • Track record of strong facilitation skills;
  • Excellent program management skills;
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and oral;
  • Ability to absorb and synthesize information quickly and adjust facilitation strategy accordingly; and
  • Proactive, self‐directed, and able to multi‐task effectively.


This position requires long periods of time at a desk on a computer and includes travel at least 40 percent of the time.



Race Forward offers competitive compensation for a high performing staff team leading the work to advance racial equity. The Membership Director position will pay between $95,000 and $102,000.


Benefits include: Employer paid Health, Vision, Dental, Life Insurance, Commuter/Remote Benefits, competitive Time off policies, and employer retirement contribution.


How to Apply:  Submit a cover letter, resume and references to with subject GARE Membership Director.

Race Forward is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sexual orientation, color, sex, gender identity, age, national origin or disability.