Coordinator of Racial Equity Programs & Training

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Founded 51 years ago in Washington, D.C., CLASP is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, anti-poverty organization advancing federal, state, and local policy solutions for people with low incomes. We view all our work through a racial equity lens, addressing the barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. CLASP works across all levels of government. Our federal policy work is informed by our technical assistance to states and local areas/institutions. And our ability to provide technical assistance is enhanced by our knowledge of federal policy. 

CLASP works to develop and implement federal, state, and local policies (in legislation, regulation, and on the ground) that reduce poverty, improve the lives of people with low incomes, and create pathways to economic security for everyone. That includes directly addressing barriers people face because of race, ethnicity, and immigration status. We also fight back against bad ideas as well as political attacks on effective policies and investments.

CLASP policy teams are focused on child care and early education, education, labor and worker justice, job quality, issues affecting young adults, criminal justice, mental health, income and work supports, and immigration.

CLASP is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, immigration status, primary language, disability, age, or veteran status.

CLASP’s Commitment to Racial Equity 

CLASP recognizes the central role our nation’s entrenched history of racial injustice plays in creating and maintaining barriers blocking people with low incomes from economic justice and opportunity. This has undermined the wellbeing of past, present, and future generations of color. As a team, we are committed to a systemic, structural racial equity agenda that strengthens equitable public investments, promotes economic opportunities and security for all, protects civil rights, addresses the challenges of immigrants and their families, and honors the voices of communities of color.

CLASP has taken a hard look at our own institutional policies and practices and the ways they’ve perpetuated existing systems of power, including racism. We have made changes to our recruitment, hiring, promotion, and contracting practices; undertaken organization-wide training; developed internal tools for assessing our policy work; have been actively enriching the diversity of our board; and created time and space for open dialogue. We have also participated in an organizational-wide assessment of our past and current efforts, which has identified new priority areas that will influence both our internal organizational culture and our external policy and advocacy efforts. We are working toward becoming an industry leader in how racial equity must be central in both an organization’s culture and its external and programmatic work functions. 

Following the first year of hiring a Racial Equity Director, CLASP is ready to expand our team by recruiting a full-time Coordinator of Racial Equity Programs and Training to assist in managing and supporting our new efforts and priorities. We seek an innovative, deeply knowledgeable professional who can support and leverage the extensive engagement we’ve seen from staff, while also collaborating with the Director to create an even more powerful and intentional path toward the future.

CLASP seeks a Coordinator who will work in collaboration with the Director of Racial Equity, the Racial Equity Steering Committee, and CLASP staff and partners to create, coordinate, and lead both external and internal racial equity projects, training, and other related initiatives. 

Requirements

The Coordinator of Racial Equity Programs and Training will assist in building our capacity to effectively advocate with a racial equity lens across our teams and policy areas by coordinating and supporting current and new racial equity initiatives. This will include developing staff training efforts, assisting with the coordination and management of the Racial Equity Steering Committee, and CLASP Racial Affinity Groups, assisting with research and other benchmarking efforts, and supporting policy teams with their annual racial equity goals and other related priorities. The successful candidate will work with the Director to address concerns or topics that arise within the organization related to racial equity while supporting a broader, long-term equity agenda. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Potential Functions:

  • Provide project management support to the Director of Racial Equity and other internal and external racial equity priorities and initiatives. 
  • Assist in developing benchmarking metrics and conduct best-practice research on theoretical and practical racial equity and policy approaches, theories, and frameworks.
  • Assist in developing key benchmarks and metrics of progress, ongoing assessment, reporting mechanisms, and other accountability measures to ensure racial equity is incorporated into all of CLASP’s work. 
  • Assist in increasing institutional knowledge and capacity (for example, by coordinating internal training on topics related to race within the context of CLASP’s work) and identify opportunities for external training.
  • Represent CLASP on external workgroups and partnerships. 
  • Assist in the drafting and editing of racial equity reports and presentations. 
  • Manage CLASP’s Racial Equity Affinity Groups. 
  • Co-manage the Racial Equity Steering Committee. 
  • Support policy teams with the planning and execution of racial equity goals and initiatives. 
  • Co-manage cross-organizational consultants responsible for researching content on racism (including racial justice, power dynamics, systems of oppression, and other dynamics) for all of CLASP to learn about.
  • Assist in developing, operationalizing, evaluating, and refining principles, goals, priorities, and a work plan for building a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization in fulfillment of CLASPs mission and values.

Qualifications 

The successful candidate should have a background working in racial equity or diversity, equity, and inclusion roles or related positions within a non-profit or similar organization. In addition, candidates should have a passion and commitment to building the capacity of others to engage in practices and behaviors that lead to more equitable practices and approaches. More specifically, the qualifications we seek include: 

  • Demonstrated commitment to CLASP’s mission of reducing poverty and improving the lives of communities of color with low incomes.
  • Commitment to understanding the structural implications of income, racial, and ethnic inequities on communities, families, and individuals and to promoting equity through policymaking.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work on multiple complex and detail-oriented projects—often on a time-sensitive basis—and to work effectively both individually and as part of a team.
  • Ability to flexibly apply existing skills and knowledge to new content areas, tasks, or projects—and to do so with increasing independence.
  • Strong analysis of racial equity theories, professional standards, and inclusive organizational approaches.
  • Strong research skills and the ability to identify industry best practices and approaches.
  • Ability to develop and present racial equity training to professional staff from various professional backgrounds. 
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills with the ability to synthesize racial equity practices effectively, persuasively, and creatively to diverse stakeholders. 
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, including Excel and PowerPoint, is required. 
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to racial equity and intersectionality, including historic and structural barriers to the advancement of diverse people and communities and how these factors can operate in a workplace.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in participating in and supporting organizational change processes, especially as they relate to equity and inclusion.
  • Capacity to work effectively with staff at all levels, including mentoring and peer leadership.
  • Experience supporting cross-organizational teams.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to listen deeply, facilitate challenging conversations, build rapport and trust, mediate disputes, and collaborate and uplift diverse constituencies.
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two (2) years of related experience or a master’s degree or other advanced degree.
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally (estimated at 10% of the time).
  • Candidate must be based in the Washington, D.C. area.

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including two health insurance options, life and long-term disability insurance, a 403(b) retirement program, flexible spending accounts, and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Application Process

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The Center for Law and Social Policy is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or age.