GARE Project Manager

TITLE                                 GARE Project Manager

REPORTS TO                     Vice President, Institutional Change

FLSA* STATUS                  Exempt (*Fair Labor Standards Act)

SALARY TYPE                    Salaried; 40 hours/week, $84,000 - $90,000

STATUS TYPE                    Full Time , Time Limited position (2018-2020)

HOURS/SHIFTS                 9-6; 8 hours/day with occasional work on nights and weekends as needed



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 Project Manager to join its Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) program team.


A principle role of the Project Manager will provide deep technical assistance and support for local and regional governmental jurisdictions working to advance racial equity in California, building on significant work underway through a series of learning cohorts that began in 2016. 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 of 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.



  • Implement regional Racial Equity Cohorts and individual member organization paricipation 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.



The Project Manageer reports to the Vice President of Institutional Change



  • 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.


This position requires long periods of time at a desk on a computer and also includes intra travel, expected to be at least 40 percent of the time.



All Race Forward staff members are expected to demonstrate excellence in the following:

  • 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.


Submit a cover letter, resume (not to exceed 3 pages), and 3 references to with subject heading "GARE Project Manager"