The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation is devoted to developing a brighter future for millions of children and young people with respect to their educational, economic, social, and health and mental health outcomes. As a national philanthropy based in Baltimore, Casey uses grant-making and staff expertise to improve public systems and advance local, state, and federal policies to create equitable opportunities for children, older youth, families, and communities.
Casey’s work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities, and ensuring access to opportunity because children, youth, and young adults need all three to succeed. The Foundation advances research and solutions to overcome the barriers to success, helps communities demonstrate what works, and influences decision-makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence. Over the years, these efforts have translated into more informed policies and practices and yielded positive results for millions of kids and families.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation invites nominations and applications for the Senior Associate, Equity and Inclusion role. Reporting to the Director, Equity and Inclusion, the Senior Associate will partner closely with colleagues across the Foundation to integrate equity and inclusion into aspects of the Foundation. They will assist in developing tools and protocols that help Foundation staff embed equity-focused strategies into programmatic work and spotlight best practices and proof points across the Foundation and the field. As a thought partner for Foundation staff, grantees, and partners, the Senior Associate will identify opportunities to strengthen strategies, practices, communications, and policies.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation (Casey) is dedicated to building a brighter future for millions of children and youth at risk of poor educational, economic, social, and health outcomes. The Foundation focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities, and ensuring access to opportunity because young people need all three to succeed. Casey advances research and solutions to overcome barriers to success, helps communities demonstrate what works, and influences decision-makers to invest in strategies based on solid evidence.
At Casey, you will find a dynamic environment with staff of diverse backgrounds and perspectives who share a deep commitment to advancing the Foundation’s mission. The successful candidate will bring demonstrated experience with various equity and inclusion strategies, tools, programs, trainings, and methodologies, along with expertise and fluency in racial equity, to drive a grant-making culture focused on racial and ethnic equity.
YOUR OPPORTUNITY FOR IMPACT
As a Senior Associate, Equity and Inclusion, you will work as a thought partner, strategist, and implementor to integrate equity practices within the systems, processes, and structures that support and undergird the Foundation’s impact on young people, with a specific focus on children and young people of color. The Senior Associate will be positioned to:
• Serve as a consultative partner providing equity expertise, strategic input, and thought partnership to Casey staff, grantees, partners, and stakeholders regarding racial and ethnic equity and inclusion goals and strategies.
• Provide one-on-one coaching/mentoring to Casey staff, grantees, partners, and other stakeholders to advance their work.
• Represent and equally hold the interests of all racial and ethnic groups, promoting a multicultural lens to Casey’s equity work.
• Provide expertise and strategic guidance on Foundation strategies to strengthen support for youth in immigrant families.
• Implement strategic planning, deployment, and technical assistance evaluation to Casey staff, grantees, and partners. Develop and implement tracking and assessment tools to support the work. Prepare budget requests and monitor spending.
• Develop, implement, and evaluate equity and inclusion strategies, resources, performance measures, and tools. Promote the use of Casey tools and frameworks to Casey staff, grantees, partners, and stakeholders.
• Collect, measure, interpret, and analyze data to inform equity and inclusion strategies, program offerings, trainings, and tool development that ultimately improve outcomes for Foundation staff and the populations Casey serves.
• Contribute to the design and implementation of major Foundation initiatives and serve as an equity partner on cross-foundation work groups. Review and provide feedback on draft publications, resources, and tools.
• Collaborate with Casey program and operations units to identify co-investment opportunities, implement joint efforts, and ensure results alignment.
• Establish and maintain grantee and partner relationships and execute grant agreements consistent with Casey’s common practices. Make recommendations to the Director, Equity and Inclusion regarding grant-making and identify grantees, consultants, and partners to support the work.
• Design, plan, manage, and/or facilitate equity and inclusion conferences, trainings, meetings, and other convenings of Casey staff, grantees, partners, and stakeholders.
• Share insight, knowledge, and lessons learned with philanthropic peers who wish to implement similar institutional strategies.
• Represent the Foundation’s equity approach and practices by participating in convenings, delivering public presentations, and assisting in preparing written materials.
• Exhibit sensitivity to and respect for diversity in personal, professional, and business relationships on behalf of the Foundation.
• Seek to use the Foundation’s resources equitably with regard to race, ethnicity, and gender.
• Demonstrate awareness of and appreciation for the Foundation’s mission, values, standards, principles, and programs, drawing on Casey’s knowledge management system, intranet, website, staff development sessions, and other learning opportunities.
The duties listed above are intended to illustrate the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
QUALIFICATIONS AND ESSENTIAL SKILLS
Key Qualifications Include
• Graduate degree at a minimum in business administration, law, community development, political science, human services, urban planning and development, public policy, public administration, or a related field, or equivalent senior public, nonprofit, or private sector experience.
• Minimum five years post-bachelor’s degree experience in Casey-relevant and/or racial equity-focused work.
• Experience with various equity and inclusion strategies, tools, programs, trainings, and methodologies used in the field.
• Demonstrated leadership experience in major public systems, organizations, or initiatives that advance economic opportunity, community change, public policy and advocacy, leadership development, research, and evaluation.
• Demonstrated experience in effectively engaging Latino communities and institutions that serve children and families a plus.
• Experience collaborating with teams, public speaking, data development, and balancing the demands of multiple projects and multiple deadlines.
• Ability to speak and write Spanish fluently desired.
Essential Skills and Abilities Include
• Strategic Thinking and Agility: Demonstrated ability to think organizationally and to manage financial and political resources to solve complex problems. Commitment to organizational capacity building with an understanding of the work’s long-term, intensive, and expansive nature. Commitment to the service concept of philanthropy and public trust. Outstanding judgment, initiative, and motivation.
• Equity and Inclusion: Ability to apply research and equity and inclusion strategies in building enduring partnerships to effect change. Demonstrated ability to lead efforts to build equity into solutions and organizations. Ability to work with people who have diverse perspectives and backgrounds to facilitate stronger relationships to pursue shared interests.
• Communication: Good listener with exceptional writing, public speaking, and presentation skills, including experience presenting complex subject matter to nonexpert audiences and high-level decision-makers in a strengths-based and positive manner.
• Analytical, Assessment, and Statistical Skills: Strong analytical and critical thinking skills. Uses data in assessing, analyzing, maintaining, and disseminating data – the ability to build and use analytical frameworks, models, and approaches for large-scale system change efforts.
• Politically Savvy: Can maneuver through complex political situations effectively; is sensitive to how people and organizations function; anticipates where the land mines are and plans an approach accordingly; and views corporate policies as a necessary part of organizational life.
• Intellectual Curiosity and Creativity: Comes up with many new and unique ideas; easily makes connections between previously unrelated notions; tends to be seen as original and adding value in brainstorming sessions; and challenges the status quo, takes risks, supports change, and encourages innovation.
• Project Management: Establishes project goals, milestones, and procedures; defines roles and responsibilities; acquires project resources; coordinates projects throughout the Foundation; monitors project progress; and displays the administrative and organizational skills necessary to implement and oversee multiple complex projects.
• Interpersonally Savvy: Relates well to all kinds of people throughout and beyond the Foundation; establishes appropriate rapport; builds constructive and effective relationships; uses diplomacy and tact; and can diffuse even high-tension situations comfortably.
• Planning and Organizing: Strong administrative and organizational skills to implement and oversee complex multisite projects. Demonstrated ability to multitask and deliver quality work on time.
• Building Relationships: Develops, creates, and sustains professional relationships with internal and external parties. Networks with peers and associates to build constructive and supportive relationships. Understands the importance of building strong relationships.
• Collaborative: Proven ability to work effectively, internally and externally, and as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Salary & Benefits: This position is full-time, exempt, and reports to the Director, Equity and Inclusion. Annie E. Casey offers a competitive total rewards package with an annual salary and comprehensive benefits.
Work Location: The person filling this position will work in the Foundation’s offices in Baltimore, Maryland, with overnight travel required up to 35% of the time.
How to Apply
More information about The Annie E. Casey Foundation may be found at www.aecf.org
This search is being led by Julian Jackson and Alejandra Villa of NPAG. Due to the pace of this search, candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates should submit a cover letter that speaks to the ideal qualities and skills outlined in this position description, and a resume via NPAG’s website.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks to ensure that qualified applicants are considered for employment and are not discriminated against with regard to race, color, national origin, citizen status, creed, religion, religious affiliations, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable law.