Annie E. Casey Foundation: Director, Equity and Inclusion

  • August 02, 2021

New Annie E. Casey Foundation report recommends policies to help millions of children with incarcerated parentsThe Annie E. Casey Foundation creates a brighter future for the nation’s children by developing solutions to strengthen families, build paths to economic opportunity and transform struggling communities into safer and healthier places to live, work and grow. The Foundation’s work focuses on strengthening families, building stronger communities and ensuring access to opportunity, which children and youth need to succeed. We advance research, data and solutions to influence decision makers to invest in strategies that give families and communities resources to help young people overcome barriers to success.

The director of Equity and Inclusion partners closely with colleagues across the Foundation, including the Senior Leadership Team, to integrate racial and ethnic equity and inclusion into all aspects of the Foundation’s work. The director develops tools and protocols that help build the capacity of staff to operationalize equity in their grantmaking to embed equity-focused strategies into programmatic work and policy solutions, and spotlight best practices and proof points across the Foundation and the field.  The director serves as a thought leader and innovator for philanthropy and the social sector, bringing practical tools and resources to support staff and capacity-building organizations.   

The director serves as the Foundation’s primary resource for racial equity and represents Casey externally as a leader and expert on equity.  The director brings expertise and fluency to build staff and grantee capacity in this area and helps drive a grant-making culture focused on racial and ethnic equity. As a thought leader for Foundation staff, leadership, and the field, the director identifies opportunities to strengthen strategies, practices, communications and policies.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • deep knowledge with formal training in racial justice and equity, and experience applying racial equity practices to programs, policies and organizations;
  • proven ability to act as a thought partner, engage comfortably with all staff, solve problems collaboratively and lead by influence rather than authority;
  • authentic, culturally competent leadership qualities, capable of building buy-in and consensus on complex and uncomfortable issues of race, ethnicity and multiculturalism both internally in an organization and with external partners;
  • experience using quantitative and qualitative data and information to tell a story, develop targeted strategies and evaluate success with various audiences; and,
  • demonstrated experience in the leadership and management of one or more of the following: major public systems, organizations or major initiatives focused on economic opportunity; or organizations or initiatives engaged in community change efforts.
  • an advanced degree in the social sciences, organizational development and leadership, human services, or related disciplines, along with 7-10 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.

The detailed job description is attached. If you meet the core requirements and are interested in applying for this role, please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing why you believe you are a fit for this role.  Resumes submitted without a cover letter will not be considered. 

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