Director - Center for Racial & Social Justice
Company: Shaw University
Posted on: March 18, 2023
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accommodation by visiting the following page:Known for its legacy
of social justice, advocacy and human rights intricately linked to
Shaw's mission of "enhancing spiritual and ethical values", Shaw
University seeks a Director for the Center of Social and Racial
Justice who demonstrates a theological understanding of the
intrinsic connection between the profession of faith and acts of
social justice aimed at realizing the vision of the "beloved
community." Following in the footsteps of iconic social activist
leaders such as Ella Baker, C.T. Vivian, Reverend William Barber
and Martin Luther King, Jr. the Director must have a strong
understanding and praxis in the advocacy of social and racial
justice issues, in addition to knowledge of issues related to
liberation spirituality, economics, peace, human rights, and
globalization.The Director of the Center for Racial and Social
Justice must possess strong leadership skills necessary to
cultivate and strengthen the Center's long-term vision, create
innovative strategies, facilitate teamwork, and unite diverse
constituencies around shared philosophies centered on social
justice. The Director is the primary public face of the Center, the
acting spokesperson for the Center to the media, state officials,
the business community, and the public. As such this individual
must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
ensuring the Center has strong media presence.The Director will
oversee a robust portfolio of activities, including the CRSJ's
courses, programs, and signature events. The Director serves as the
first line of contact for visitors, vendors, consultants, faculty,
and staff engaging in/with the Center. The Director also works
collaboratively with the leadership and students at Shaw in the
advancing the Center's mission. The Director reports to the Dean of
the School of Divinity.Essential Job Functions:
- Proven "change agent" (leader) known for work related to
social, religious and community activism.
- Possesses exceptional community organizing skills to mobilize
diverse communities to be involved in the Center's initiatives on
- Identifies and establishes strategic partnerships that can
produce the greatest impact in dismantling systems that perpetuate
racism, economic oppression, and environmental degradation.
- Advances the partnership with the local Church in seeking
justice from oppression of any kind; promote and support the role
of prophetic preaching and leadership models in the Church that
embody social justice
- Possesses and utilizes their extensive network of contacts on
the local, national, and global level in furthering (fulfilling)
the mission (work) of the Center and reinforcing the value
proposition of partnerships within local communities and
- Must garner external funding from foundations, organizations,
corporations, state and federal agencies, to support the Center's
mission and develop relevant partnerships.
- Responsible for ensuring public awareness of the work of the
Center through strong media presence overseeing public relations
for the Center to ensure the consistency and quality of the
Center's messaging and its presence and visibility in the community
(i.e. website, news releases, newsletters, publications, etc.)
- Writes and posts blogs, Op-Ed, etc. in response to current
events on a semimonthly basis.
- Creates and maintains an archive of activities, and programs
and events sponsored by the Center
- Serve as the liaison between the Center, grassroot groups and
community, and lead advocate for social and racial justice.
- Provides leadership in the execution of the strategic vision
for the Center including comprehensive planning and
- Oversee, plan, conduct and host courses, workshops and research
related to theology, racial and social justice that demonstrate the
nexus between spirituality, equity, and justice and reflect the
Center's and university's mission and vision as well as those in
response to current realities.
- Assist in the development and maintenance of a certificate
program (i.e., Faith and Public Life, Social Justice Advocacy,
- Research, identify, catalog, and respond to racial and social
inequities in housing, education, employment, health, and
government and politics throughout the region, nation, and global
- Partner with advocacy groups that are environmental justice and
ecologically conscience (i.e. Green Church, Eco-womanists, North
Carolina Environmental Justice Network, NC Black Alliance, Black
Church Food Security Network)
- Facilitate social-justice related lectures for UG/G students
that demonstrate the nexus between the historical Black Church,
equality, justice, and advocacy.
- Establish and maintain partnerships with volunteer legal
services, host legal rights and civil rights clinics.
- Promote widely the legacy of Shaw University's engagement in
racial and social justice (i.e. Leonard Medical School and its
graduates, Ella Baker, SNCC, C.T. Vivian, Adam Clayton Powell,
- Familiarization with data system(s) or programs, including but
not limited to MS Excel, Jenzabar, Adobe and Qualtrics
- Actively participate in university events for faculty and
- Manage contractual agreements (i.e., professional service
agreements, memorandums of understanding, and other contracts) for
Center's programs and activities.
- Collaborate with Institutional Advancement, Sponsored Programs,
and Academic Affairs on grant and research opportunities; ensure
timely and accurate grant writing, management, and reporting.
- Manage expenditures and inventory for the Center.
- Develop and implement standard operating procedures for the
- Develop written policies and procedures for all Center
activities, services, and programs.
- Design and disseminate reports and models that gauge the
Center's programs and activities.
- Keep up with and utilize changing technologies and social media
platforms; contribute material, and coordinate efforts to meet the
communication needs of the Center.
- Other duties as assigned. This job description is not intended
to provide all duties that may be required of the position, as
other duties may be required.Supervisory Responsibilities
- Student Interns
- TBD -Minimum Job QualificationsEducation and/or Experience
- Doctorate in area(s) related to discipline in the humanities,
social or behavioral sciences, theology/divinity, or comparable
professional skill set.
- Minimum of 5 years of work experience in higher education.
- Demonstrated leadership as a faith leader and advocate within
the racial and social justice community.
- Minimum of 3 years of management experience.
- Strong record of media exposure regarding racial and social
justice issues evidenced by a body of published work, video and
radio appearances, and social media posts
- Active membership on local, regional, and national boards that
supports racial and social justice advocacy and work
- Experience in leadership position on at least one board
- Significant knowledge of constitutional and civil law that
support racial and social justice advocacy
- Demonstrated ability to develop collaborative, productive and
respectful relationships with leaders and other institutions and
groups, including but not limited to BIPOC (Black, Indigenous
People of Color) and gender diverse communities, immigrant, and
- Must possess strong oral and written communication skills
- Demonstrated ability to analyze policies from a social justice
and racial equity lens.
- Experience developing and managing programs to address
institutional and structural racism and social inequity.
- Demonstrated experience in communicating as a public
intellectual in the field and discourse of social and racial
- Experience developing partnerships between educational
institutions and government, non-profit organizations, businesses,
philanthropic groups, and grassroots organizations.
- Must be responsive, quick-thinking, and possess an innate
ability to anticipate and respond to issues.
- Strong interpersonal skills, humor, and compassion. -
- Outstanding administrative skills, including the ability to
produce, track and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping
deadlines in a high-performing environment.
- Bilingual language skills a plus.Achieving ResultsSets
challenging goals, tracks progress towards them, solves performance
problems, and demonstrates the urgency and drive towards achieving
them.Builds constructive working relationships with
clients/customers, other work units, community organizations and
others to meet mutual goals and objectives. Behaves professionally
and supportively when working with individuals from a variety of
ethnic, social and educational backgrounds.CommunicationClearly and
respectfully conveys and receives information and ideas through a
variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages
the listener, helps them understand and retain the message, and
invites response and feedback. Keeps others informed as
appropriate. Demonstrates good written, oral, and listening
skills.Customer ServiceMakes customers/clients and their needs a
primary focus of one's actions; shows interest in and understanding
of the needs and expectations of internal and external customers
(including direct reports); gains customer trust and respect; meets
or exceeds customer expectations.Strategic FocusUnderstands how an
organization must change in light of internal and external trends
and influences; keeps the big, long-range picture in mind; builds a
shared long-range organizational vision with others. Committed to
course of action to achieve long-range goals and influences others
to translate vision into action.Other Competencies (skills,
abilities, behavior)Must have a philosophy that is consistent with
the Mission, Vision and Core Values of the organization. Vision,
commitment, and experience in achieving goals and pursuing
excellence are critical. Strong oral and written presentation
skills. Ability to work well independently and as a member of a
team. Excellence in the organization, decision-making,
problem-solving, and creating a collaborative environment. Ability
to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Must be able to read,
write and speak fluently in English.Physical DemandsAbility to sit
or stand for up to 8 hours/day. Some lifting (up to 25 pounds
occasionally), bending, and carrying. Specific vision abilities
include the ability to use close vision. The employee is regularly
required to talk and hear, and to use hands and fingers to handle
or feel.QualificationsBehaviorsRequiredTeam Player: Works well as a
member of a group Leader: Inspires teammates to follow them
Innovative: Consistently introduces new ideas and demonstrates
original thinking Functional Expert: Considered a thought leader on
a subject Detail Oriented: Capable of carrying out a given task
with all details necessary to get the task done well Dedicated:
Devoted to a task or purpose with loyalty or integrity
MotivationsRequiredGoal Completion: Inspired to perform well by the
completion of tasks Ability to Make an Impact: Inspired to perform
well by the ability to contribute to the success of a project or
the organization EducationRequiredDoctorate or better in Theology
or related field.ExperienceRequired3 years: Management Experience 5
years: Higher Education Work Experience
Keywords: Shaw University, Raleigh , Director - Center for Racial & Social Justice, Executive , Raleigh, North Carolina
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