Equity in the Center Program Manager

Location: Arlington, VA
Date Posted: 06-07-2017
Are you passionate about innovation, social justice, and impact at nonprofit and philanthropic organizations? Do you have an eye for detail and excel in project management and relationship building? Do you want to help social sector organizations achieve their potential for impact by supporting leaders in building more diverse, inclusive and equitable cultures? 

If so, we’re looking for you…

ProInspire is seeking a Program Manager to manage the launch of Equity in the Center, a field-wide initiative to create a more diverse and equitable social sector talent pipeline. ProInspire serves as backbone for this collaborative cross-sector effort.
In 2017, Equity in the Center will conduct research to define a framework that supports leaders in creating more inclusive and equitable cultures at nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. As part of this work, we will convene advisors, funders, and thought leaders for a series of working sessions to culminate in release of a publication during our first Equity Summit in October 2017.
The Program Manager will be a dynamic, driven, rising leader, eager to be on the ground of a start-up collaborative working to drive inclusion and equity sector-wide through development of tools and tactics that change organizational mindsets and practices.
The Program Manager will lead project management for the new initiative, coordinate stakeholder engagement, and support marketing, partnerships, and development. The Program Manager will work closely with the Project Director, ProInspire’s CEO and staff based in Washington, DC, as well as Equity in the Center’s consultants, Steering and Advisory Committee members and partners nationwide.
What is Equity in the Center?
Equity in the Center (EITC) is a field wide initiative to influence social sector leaders to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial and ethnic diversity at all levels. Our work is based on the premise that engaging, supporting and convening leaders for bold conversation on the case, tactics, and tools for equity and inclusion will drive action to combat structural racism in the nonprofit leadership talent pipeline. The initiative was created by ProInspire, Public Allies, and AmeriCorps Alums in 2016. It is a collaborative initiative, with ProInspire serving as fiscal sponsor and backbone.
Program Leadership & Management (35%)
  • Strategic Direction: Work with the Program Director to define goals and strategic priorities for the program
  • Project Management: Develop and manage project plan and timelines, identify project risks and develop mitigation plans as needed
  • Program Evaluation: Identify metrics for the initiative, develop tools to collect data, analyze data to gather learnings and measure results
Stakeholder Engagement (35%)
  • Equity Summit: Manage planning for the fall Equity Summit in 2017, and future convenings
  • Communities of Practice: Develop and implement plan for communities of practice and other stakeholder gatherings
  • Operations and Logistics: Coordinate logistics for committee meetings, dialogue sessions, communities of practice, etc.
Marketing, Partnerships and Development (20%)
  • Partnerships: Support Project Director with engagement of partners and funders around aligned activities
  • Marketing: Work with ProInspire’s Marketing team to launch Equity in the Center newsletter, website, and other marketing activities
  • Development: Support Project Director and Development Director with fundraising activities, including proposals, grant reports, etc.
Team Engagement (10%)
  • Participate in regular retreats, weekly team meetings, etc.
  • Support thought leadership projects
  • Contribute to board meetings and presentations
What we are looking for
This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual to launch a new initiative and work collaboratively with a high-performing team.
Desired skills and experience include:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 or more years of work experience, ideally with some experience around collaborations or partnerships
  • Experience managing projects and/or workstreams, and developing project plans
  • Ability to manage up, and effectively engage Project Director to meet project timelines and mitigate risks to deliverables/project goals
  • Self-starter who takes pride in building and improving things within organizations
  • Ability to work independently and maintain high level of productivity with colleagues in different locations
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills with exceptional attention to details
  • Integrity, humility, resilience, and a passion for ProInspire’s mission
  • Comfort managing through ambiguity as part of an emergent project working in a collaborative, multi-stakeholder, cross-sector context
  • Ability to authentically dive into work about the role that race plays in the daily work of organizations 
What you will gain from this role
Through Equity in the Center, you will contribute to building an initiative from the ground up, managing through an emergent stage toward a sustainable initiative with clearly defined strategies and priorities guiding its work from 2018-2020. You will develop skills around:
  • Facilitation of a collaborative initiative
  • Advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in the social sector
  • Developing and implementing new strategies
Position Details
Salary: This is a salaried position with a preferred two-year commitment. Starting salary for the first year will range from $50-60k and will be commensurate with experience.
Travel and Events: Some work travel is required for conferences, meetings, and programs, typically about 10%. There are also occasional events and meetings during non-standard business hours.

Start Date: Target start date is September.

Location: Our office is located in the MakeOffices co-working space in Clarendon (3100 Clarendon Blvd, Suite #200, Arlington, VA 22201). It is located on top of the Clarendon Metro stop on the Orange and Silver Line. The office features an expansive community area, tons of natural light, treadmill desks, a relaxation room (with massage chairs), and more!

Deadline to apply is July 5th.
ProInspire Selection Committee
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