Job Opening - Program Director for Racial Equity

Program Director, Racial Equity

Two-Year Time-Limited Position
National Civic League
Job Description

About Us

NCL strengthens democracy by increasing the capacity of our nation’s people to fully participate in and build healthy and prosperous communities across America. We are the nation’s best at the science of local government, the art of public engagement, and the celebration of the progress that can be achieved when people work together.

Description of Job

This position will direct activities of the National Civic League (NCL) in implementing a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for the Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) work. Under this grant, NCL will be working with other partner organizations to encourage cities to examine the underpinnings of racial bias and the traditional human hierarchy through Truth and Reconciliation Commissions and other community conversations. As part of this partnership NCL will make TRHT a centerpiece of the 2016 and 2017 All-America City Awards, leverage key resources and tools to support TRHT efforts, and provide direct assistance to cities nationwide related to the principles of TRHT.

The position will also provide support for other programs of the National Civic League, such as our work related to environmental sustainability, and community strategic planning, among others. Part of this work will relate to racial equity and part will further other goals. As one of NCL’s four program directors, this position reports directly to the NCL President.

This is a two-year, time-limited position. It has the potential to continue beyond this two-year timeframe, but continuance will depend on funding.

This is an exempt, at-will, position with full benefits and a performance-based pay plan. Benefits include two weeks paid vacation, three personal days, sick leave, and fully-covered health insurance (for the employee only), life insurance, and disability insurance.

Pay Range: $40,000-$50,000.


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Public Administration, Political Science, Public Policy, Pre-Law, Communications, Sociology, or a field of study related to the work assignment ;


At least two years of responsible professional experience in a nonprofit, government agency or equivalent working in community to create, and implement program strategies related to racial equity

Preferred Qualifications

The following supplemental experience, competencies and abilities are highly desirable for this position and will be considered in selecting the successful candidate:

  • Proven expertise in nonprofit or government program implementation, particularly related to racial equity
  • Graduate degree in a related field
  • Demonstrated ability to establish collaborative partnerships and effective working relationships with a variety of internal and external customers and diverse stakeholders
  • Outstanding skills and abilities in verbal and written communications; ability to adapt a style to fit audiences of varying technical levels, and at various levels within an organization, in large groups and individual settings
  • Excellent skills in consensus-building, persuasion, negotiation and influence, including the ability to navigate in a complex political environment; ability to inspire trust in others and use influence and social capital to drive initiatives
  • Ability to work well with constituents and partners regardless of position and authority, contribute to governing boards and committees, and adhere to clear lines of responsibility and accountability
  • Outstanding ability to connect with, engage and work with people from all backgrounds.
  • Proven ability to lead conversations around difficult subjects with grace, respect and purpose.
  • Excellent skills in project management and facilitation, including establishing goals and timetables, tactical plans, securing and coordinating resources, monitoring progress, engaging and working with other personnel or teams, measuring results, developing contingencies, and reporting out
  • Ability and motivation to develop creative solutions to complex, interpersonal, process, and systemic challenges
  • Excellent judgment and decision making skills; makes decisions in accordance with upper management's philosophy, values and goals; perceives items and issues that are of great importance and initiates action proactively and within appropriate boundaries
  • Ability to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret data and information.
  • Ability to adapt work behavior and methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles

Conditions of Employment

The successful candidate in this position will: be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check; possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license and be able to travel up to 25% of the work time throughout the U.S.; and be willing and able to perform work in excess of 40 hours per week as work dictates.

To Apply:

Please send a résumé with cover letter to Doug Linkhart at or by mail to National Civic League, Att: Doug Linkhart, 6000 E. Evans Ave. #3-012, Denver, CO 80222. Deadline for applications is Friday March 11, 2016. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

NCL is an equal opportunity employer.