Vice President of Movement and Capacity Building

Race Forward brings systemic analysis and innovative approaches to complex race issues to help people, organizations and networks take effective action toward racial equity. Race Forward is a national racial justice organization, founded in 1981, advancing racial justice through institutional and sectoral change; policy strategies; research; narrative, arts and culture; and movement and capacity building.

Race Forward works to achieve a just, multiracial democratic society that has dismantled structural racism in all of its manifestations. Race Forward publishes the daily news site Colorlines and presents Facing Race, the country’s largest multiracial annual conference focused on racial justice. 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 for all.

The Movement and Capacity Building department supports, strengthens, and expands grassroots movements for racial justice and increases the capacity of community-based organizations to engage in transformative racial equity work.


The Vice President of Movement and Capacity Building (MCB) leads the team that supports, strengthens, and expands grassroots movements for racial justice and increases the capacity of grassroots organizations to engage in transformative racial equity work. MCB provides trainings, webinars, convenings, consultations, and other programmatic activities to the broad racial justice community. The VP oversees Building Racial Equity trainings and campaigns, such as Mass Freedom, acampaignthatbuilds upon decades of work and visionary thinking by activists in the movements to end mass incarceration and mass deportation, often collaborating with our other departments, external networks and organizational allies. MCB is establishing new strategies to strengthen the network of racial justice organizers and practitioners. The VP of MCB reports to the Senior Vice President of Programs, working closely with them and the Executive Team, and other senior leaders to establish the scope, focus and structure of the department.


This position is located in either the New York City or Oakland Race Forward office. The position entails significant travel, ranging from 25% to 60% in any given month, as well as periodic work on weekends and evenings.


Key Functions


Management and supervision (25%)

  • Hire, coach and supervise a team of four staff members in Movement and Capacity Building. Supervision consists of routine one on one meetings, annual reviews, and periodic planning retreats.
  • Support the professional development of team members. Give and receive feedback on performance, process design and professional development goals and practices.
  • Participate as member of Race Forward's senior management team, providing support for the direction of organizational goals and strategies in furtherance of Race Forward's mission, vision and values.


Program leadership (60%)

  • Identify, cultivate, design and convene groups in ways that foster alignment and collective action towards stated goals.
  • Conduct program and strategic planning efforts for Movement and Capacity Building.
  • Perform project management of internal and external projects, campaigns and events of various scopes and sizes.
  • Design and lead collaborative implementation of community building and leadership development efforts for social change leaders, racial justice practitioners, organizations, grassroots initiatives and organizations on key racial justice priorities, programs, and practices.
  • Lead trainings, convenings and special events.


Administrative responsibilities (15%)

  • Support fundraising goals, including preparing project proposals and responses to Requests for Proposals
  • Develop, monitor and oversee Movement and Capacity Building and project budgets.
  • Write program reports


Job Qualifications

  • Over 10 years of experience as a leader / organizer for racial justice, with a demonstrated commitment to racial justice, including applied knowledge of racial justice, community organizing and progressive movements, organizations, models and methods. Strong experience and relationships with and within racial justice field.
  • 3 to 5 years of experience as a supervisor, with a strong ability to recognize, recruit and retain exceptional movement building talent and a demonstrated ability to provide vision and direction for a team, create and maintain effective management systems, develop and implement team work plans, and delegate appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to think and act entrepreneurially and innovatively in a social change or organizational context. Ability to analyze movement landscapes, consider strategic options, assess resources, threats and challenges.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and compellingly. Excellent oral and written communications in a variety of settings and among diverse audiences. Strong interpersonal skills (communication, team-building, conflict resolution, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively within and across organizations. Thrives in fast-paced, generative, multiracial work environment
  • Strong project management skills. Ability to plan and administer multiple concurrent projects, under concrete deadlines.
  • Exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative required
  • Multilingual a plus.



The starting salary range for this position is $100,000 to $110,000 annually. In addition, we offer an excellent benefits package including health and dental insurances, employer contribution to retirement plan and to flexible spending account, vacations, and a sabbatical (after five years). 


Submit a cover letter, resume (not to exceed 3 pages), and 3 references to with subject heading “Vice-President of Movement and Capacity Building.”


A review of applications will begin on January 10, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


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.