Assoc. Director of Equity & Racial Justice Education

Food Bank
City
Portland
State
Oregon
Title
Assoc. Director of Equity & Racial Justice Education
Description

Applications will be accepted until filled with first review on 09/13/2021. Please submit a cover letter for consideration. Work is currently remote through December 2021. The pay range for this role is $86,906-$99,941.

Who You Are: You care deeply about community, about people experiencing hunger and hold them in the center of all that you do. You are committed to applying equity as a process and an outcome of your work to disrupt systemic social patterns that promote hunger such as racism, sexism, and cissexism. You have a strong affinity with OFB’s 10 Year Vision and are profoundly excited to achieve this vision for and with our community.

Position Summary: As the Equity, People, Culture and Administration Associate Director of the Equity and Racial Justice Education Team (EPCA AD - ET), collaborates with the EPCA Director and EPCA AD - HR to provide leadership and strategic oversight of solutions to advance Oregon Food Bank’s (OFB) equity commitment through the functions of organizational culture and human resources. With the guidance of the Director of Equity, People, Culture and Administration, the EPCA AD - ET develops strategies, tactics and metrics for the design and implementation of curriculum, training, tools and resources to increase the internal and external capacities of our extended community - locally, regionally, and nationally - to advance food justice. This position will work with the national food banking organization - Feeding America - to advance Oregon Food Bank’s mission and vision. The EPCA AD - ET drives long and short term planning, budget processes and program evaluations; inspires and leads high-functioning and diverse teams and maintains collaborative relationships with key internal and external partners.

Opportunity type
Job
Job responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities:
Engage in building the 3+ person Education team with guidance from the Director of Equity, People, Culture & Administration.
Assess OFB and community for strategic education strengths and opportunities.
Collaboratively work with EPCA Director and EPCA leaders to design, develop, implement and assess education curricula, activities and resources to advance equity and racial justice for food justice, locally, regionally and nationally.
Drive programmatic strategies to advance and achieve OFB’s equity goals.
Oversee technical assistance including training, webinars and conferences for the team and OFB staff.
Facilitate and lead cross-departmental education committee.
Set work plan goals and oversee spending to operate within annual department budget.
Oversee personnel hiring, performance reviews, professional development and the engagement of office volunteers.
Foster a culture of excellence and innovation within the team and the broader organization through the support of managers.
Coach team staff to develop and exhibit excellent interpersonal skills, divergent and convergent thinking for problem solving, passion and authenticity, skillful delegation and time-management, and excellent presentation and facilitation skills.
Support EPCA team’s communications within the team and all of OFB in ways that promote social cohesion through and for clear communication and consistent communication processes.
Develop relationships and partnerships with local, statewide and national organizations to identify trends, best and promising practices for the advancement of equity and racial justice.

Organizational level responsibilities of exempt employees include:
To be an ambassador and a leader for OFB’s vision and mission, a cross-departmental collaborator, and an active contributor to building a movement to end hunger for good. Provides leadership and is an example of professional communication and behavior of OFB standards.
In consultation and coordination with the supervisor, actively contribute to:
Cross-departmental efforts and work culture activities and programming.
Advisory and consultative groups such as the compensation committee, affinity groups, Equity Ambassadors, Equity Think Tank meetings, among others.
Plan and engage in professional development activities that strengthen your capacity for your specific role as well as your capacity to contribute and advance organizational goals, OFB’s vision and mission.
Other duties as assigned.

Application qualifications

Skills and Experience:
Deep passion for eliminating hunger and its root causes.
Minimum of 2 years experience in strategically advancing educational programs for equity and racial justice.
Minimum of 3 years of program management experience, including directing the work of staff and basic budgeting.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in planning, program development, program evaluation and program or project management of educational programs and activities for equity and racial justice.
Minimum of 5 years of experience in community organizing, group facilitation, volunteer management, community education and organizational development.
Proven ability to build and maintain strong relationships with a variety of stakeholders.
Demonstrated ability to understand and clearly convey complex information and to inspire and guide individuals and groups to take action or make a change.
Demonstrated commitment to social justice and equity and an ability to effectively apply these frameworks.
Ability to understand, negotiate and monitor contractual documents.
Proficient in computer skills and familiarity with software and applications including Google Drive, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Zoom; ability to quickly master new software and online tools.

Organizational level skills and experience for exempt employees include:
Disposition and willingness to innovate, problem-solve, test, fail and adjust.
Experience in modeling intercultural competence and demonstrated commitment to equity and racial justice.
Demonstrated ability to think strategically, take initiative, and to maintain confidentiality.
Project coordination and organization skills; ability to manage multiple projects with attention to detail; meet deadlines, ability to handle interruptions, and produce timely, accurate work.
Self–directed, meets benchmarks and checks assumptions about results and end goals. Ability to work independently and as part of a team; provides role clarity, shows a willingness to support others to build momentum and share success, comfortable working in an office environment and offsite.
Ability to thrive in a creative, responsive, and fast-paced culture.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced expertise in social justice, social change, and/or diversity, equity.
Advanced understanding of food banking and/or community food systems.
Intermediate data analysis skills and basic understanding of statistics.
Experience and expert in conflict resolution, human resources and/or organizational development.

Organizational level preferred qualifications of exempt employees include:
Multilingual skills at a minimum professional level of proficiency or greater in English and any additional language/s, defined as being able to speak the languages with sufficient structural accuracy and vocabulary to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical and professional topics.
Multicultural skills of adaptation and integration are strongly preferred.
Adaptation is defined as the capacity to communicate and interact with people of multiple cultures, backgrounds and styles by incorporating and adapting to the world view and perspectives of others.
Integration is defined as being able to “code-switch” or move in and out of one's worldview and help others understand different cultures, backgrounds, and styles to promote diversity and inclusion.
Commitment to continued professional development to strengthen capacity to work through an equity lens for equity and racial justice.
Strong capacity to consider multiple perspectives, to pivot to respond to emerging needs and lead through organizational changes.
Personal living/lived experience of hunger and/or systemic inequity/oppression as we commit to center and be led by those who most disproportionately experience hunger across our service area — Black, Indigenous and all People of Color, immigrants and refugees, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals, and single mothers and caregivers.

Benefits

Comprehensive benefits provided.

How to apply

Please apply directly through our website: https://www.oregonfoodbank.org/

About the organization

Oregon Food Bank (OFB) believes that no one should be hungry. Our mission is to eliminate hunger and its root causes. We believe that food and health are basic human rights for all. We know that hunger is not just an individual experience; it is also a community-wide symptom of systemic barriers to employment, education, housing and health care such as systemic racism, sexism, and cissexism. That’s why we work systemically to achieve our mission to end hunger: we foster community connections to help people access nutritious food, and we build community power and strengthen networks of support and the safety net to eliminate the root causes of hunger for good.

We build community power to dismantle systems and policies that drive hunger and poverty.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we strongly encourage applications from candidates who can increase the diversity of our organization and strengthen our capacity to eliminate hunger. We believe strongly in the power of lived experience — and we actively seek individuals who have experienced hunger and its root causes to join our team. Our organization is stronger because of the leadership of people who have faced food insecurity in their own lives and/or hail from historically under-represented communities. Learn more about our commitment at oregonfoodbank.org/equity.

Additional information

The Fine Print:
Work environment: Work is performed in an office environment while sitting in meetings or at a computer screen for extended periods inside and outside of Oregon Food Bank and will use computer and phones extensively. May work outside of general working hours of 8:00 – 5:00 p.m., such as evenings and weekends. This role requires travel/personal vehicle use /work outside normal with frequent travel by car to points outside the greater Portland metro area, with overnight stays 6-8 times a year. Work may require to lift, move and carry objects from 20 to 40 pounds, such as boxes containing office and other supplies. Crouching, bending, kneeling and reaching when filing. Accommodations may be available upon request.
A background check is not required for this role.

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