GARE West Project Manager

Position Title: GARE West Project Manager
Position Location: Remote


About Race Forward:

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. 


Position Summary:

A principle role of the West Regional Project Manager will provide deep technical assistance and support for local and regional governmental jurisdictions working to advance racial equity in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Utah, building on significant work underway since the membership network initiated in 2015. Work includes developing cohorts of local governmental jurisdictions who work through ongoing training and capacity building processes and supporting the implementation of Racial Equity Action Plans that have resulted from work to date. This project will build off GARE’s substantive experience in operationalizing racial equity in local government. The Project Manager 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.

The Project Manager’s essential functions include the development and implementation of the regional cohorts, including coordinating workshops, convenings, trainings, facilitation, tool and curriculum development, and identifying opportunities for strategic action by the cohort. This includes cultivating relationships with partners, supporting cohort efforts and gatherings, conducting research and writing, policy development and advocacy work, and conducting relevant project management duties. The new position will join a robust team that includes a California Project Manager and a Vice President for Institutional and Sectoral Change, to whom the position reports.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • 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;
  • Provide technical assistance and support for development of Racial Equity Action Plans to address racial equity and inclusion for participating jurisdictions;
  • Provide technical assistance to jurisdictions with implementation of a Racial Equity Tool;
  • Provide technical assistance with development of specific measurable goals for each jurisdiction participating in the cohort;
  • 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;
  • Conduct program‐related administrative tasks, including evaluation and assessment;
  • Develop relationships with key government leaders and constituencies;
  • Develop proposals and responses to Requests for Proposals / Requests for Qualifications to expand the jurisdictions with which GARE is working;
  • Serve as a co-trainer in other regions as needed.



  • 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 3 years of experience working with government;
  • A minimum of 2 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.


Salary Range:  $84,000-$91,000


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 and resume in one PDF or Word document to with subject GARE West Project Manager.

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.