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Now Hiring: Director of Equity & Community Partnership

Position Open Until Filled; Priority Consideration to Applications Received by January 10, 2018

In alignment with its mission to grow and support equity and justice leaders and organizations working across the state, JustLead Washington seeks an experienced trainer, relationship-builder, and program manager who can help its partner organizations advance their efforts to further racial justice and engage meaningfully with communities most impacted and harmed by structural racism and structural oppression.

About JustLead Washington

JustLead envisions a world that is just, equitable, and fair, where no individual or community lives outside of the circle of human concern. We see thriving and inclusive communities, a justice system that is open and accessible, particularly to those who need it most, and an environment where advocates and organizations have the training, tools, and capacity needed to work effectively and collaboratively. We view leadership as a set of practices that anyone can develop, regardless of their position or status. By enhancing the adaptive leadership capacity of individuals and organizations working to eradicate poverty, racism, and oppression we work to inspire and create capacity for more strategic and unified action, furthering our community’s collective ability to create more just and equitable outcomes for all Washingtonians. We seek a Director of Equity & Community Partnership who shares and can be a strong ambassador for our vision and values.

Role & Responsibilities

The Director, reporting to JustLead’s Executive Director, will design and implement JustLead’s anti-racism work in partnership with the Executive Director and Senior Education Consultant and with guidance from the volunteer-led Washington Race Equity & Justice Initiative. In 2018, this work will largely focus on supporting Alliance for Equal Justice (civil legal aid) organizations that are developing and enhancing equity strategies and practices within their organizations and inter-organizationally; the Manager will also work with other justice system and community partners.

Services will include trainings on topics such as implicit bias, structural racism, and managing conflict and organizational change; consultation to support creating and implementing organizational equity initiatives; and the development of and connection to racial justice resources and accountability measures for organizations and advocates. The Manager will directly provide services and engage volunteers and external organizations and consultants to help identify and advance our community’s collective priorities around racial justice. Specifically, the Director will:

  • Design and deliver live and recorded trainings and presentations focused on implicit bias, structural racialization, and other topics to promote racial justice competence;
  • Build and steward meaningful relationships with individuals and organizations that work to promote equity and fairness within the justice systems and that work to further racial justice, including other capacity-building organizations and consultants;
  • Help develop resources to help organizations apply a race equity lens to their internal and external work and further systemic change that is responsive, relevant, and accountable to communities most harmed by structural bias and poverty;
  • Offer advice, consultation, and facilitation assistance to organizations that are engaging in equity self-audits or developing or implementing equity plans;
  • Assist with enhancements to Leadership Academy curriculum related to racial justice and strategies for legal and community partnerships; and
  • Provide staffing support to the Washington Race Equity and Justice Initiative.

Desired Experience and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and social justice, be mission driven, be able to manage and quickly move forward a wide range of tasks and priorities independently, and have strong relational, communication, and community organizing skills.

Specifically, a successful candidate must possess the following:

  • Demonstrated commitment to economic, racial, and social justice and an understanding of the ways in which institutions and systems informed by conscious and unconscious bias harm individuals and communities of color. This includes an awareness of how racism intersects with and compounds harm caused by bias and structural oppression based on gender identity, poverty, age, national origin, immigration status, disability, and other factors;
  • Proven ability to develop and carry out anti-racist, pro-equity strategies and analyze situations with a racial equity lens;
  • Experience and comfort with teaching adult learners as well as with curriculum or training design or development;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including comfort with public speaking;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative, productive, and authentic relationships with other advocates and groups, including but not limited to justice system partners, other capacity-building organizations, and groups rooted in communities of color;
  • Strong administrative skills, including the ability to develop and manage multi-faceted programs, projects, and tasks;
  • Experience working with law and justice issues and/or collaborating with equity and justice-related entities, such as civil legal aid organizations, public defender or other criminal or juvenile justice agencies, or civil rights or legal advocacy organizations;
  • Flexibility to carry out the wide-ranging and often rapidly shifting responsibilities of a new and small nonprofit; and
  • At least five years of experience working with or leading programs that further equity and racial justice OR a Bachelor’s and/or graduate degree in public administration, law, social work, political science or a related field and at least three years of experience working within or leading programs that further equity and racial justice OR any combination of education and experience that demonstrates the capability to perform the duties of this position.

The ideal candidate would also have:

  • Well-developed emotional intelligence and self- and other-awareness;
  • Experience developing partnerships between nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and/or grass tops and grass roots community groups or experience working within complex statewide coalitions; and
  • Extensive lived and/or professional experience working within communities of color or other communities who have historically been harmed by structural oppression.

To Apply

To apply, please email the following as Word or PDF documents to the attention of Jennifer Werdell at

  • A letter of interest explaining your qualifications
  • A resume
  • Three references
  • If available, brief examples, with links if appropriate, of related work product you have contributed to, such as presentation materials, blogs, videos, policies, etc.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until filled, with priority consideration given to applications received by January 10, 2018. If you need disability, language, or other accommodation in the application process, please contact

Compensation & Benefits

The position is a new role that will be between 30-40 hours per week (75-100% of full-time, to be determined in advance with the successful candidate), starting as soon as possible. The salary range is $52,000 – $62,000 per year (depending on experience), pro-rated if working less than full-time. The position also offers generous leave benefits and a monthly stipend for health, transportation, and other expenses.

The Director will be based in Seattle or must be able to travel to Seattle at least 3-4 times/ month. Some statewide travel will be required. Funding for the position is confirmed through December 2018 and will continue presuming successful ongoing fund development work.

JustLead Washington is committed to upholding its policies and values around inclusion, equity, fairness, and belongingness, which includes an environment free from barriers and discriminatory practices for its clients, partners, board, and staff. JustLead encourages submissions from applicants who are diverse in work and educational background, experience, race, national origin, gender identity, religious preference, sexual orientation, ability, and other identity factors. We particularly encourage applications from those who have lived experience within communities most harmed by structural oppression.

 For more information, please contact JustLead Executive Director Jennifer Werdell via or (206) 914-9406, or visit our website,, or Facebook page,