Advertised Summary Job Description: Atlantic Fellows for Racial Equity (AFRE) is a fellowship program working to build just and equitable communities in the United States and South Africa.
Based at Columbia University in New York City and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, AFRE's fellowship brings together accomplished individuals from diverse backgrounds to incubate new strategies for addressing, dismantling, and transforming the power structures that exist to subjugate black people. The program aspires to build a dynamic and enduring network of transnational, cross-sectoral leaders dedicated to creating the institutions, narratives, and policies that advance racial equity and justice in both countries. AFRE launched its inaugural group of fellows in 2017, with the second cohort beginning in February 2019.
Key Responsibilities Reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Director will lead and support a cadre of US and South Africa-based changemakers fighting for racial equity and justice. Specifically, the Program Director will lead in these opportunities and challenges:
In collaboration with the South Africa and US program team members, lead ongoing curriculum development and improvement to build an enduring network of leaders dedicated to shifting the institutions, narratives, and policies that perpetuate systemic oppression. Ensure overall program alignment with the organizational mission, vision, and theory, that program elements are cohesive with each other, and that U.S. and South Africa-based components are well integrated. Collaboratively build in on-going assessments of the program and create mechanisms for continuous improvement.
Direct and oversee on-the-ground execution of program efforts, including: guiding and co-facilitating learning sessions, identifying partners to augment the program experience, managing relationships with stakeholders, and ensuring a cohesive approach to the Fellows' learning agenda. Work closely with the Associate Program Directors and other relevant AFRE and partner staff to provide guidance and support to fellows, including setting the conditions for individual learning and development, supporting the development of innovative ideas and models, and supporting implementation of fellows' efforts.
Develop and oversee AFRE's alumni network-building strategy. Nurture the creation and expansion of a respected network, curate opportunities to convene alumni, and facilitate the development of platforms that support an organic and expanding network of leaders fighting for racial justice in their communities.
Represent AFRE and communicate information about the fellowship to internal and external stakeholders. Share in representing the organization to other programs in the field, including other Atlantic Fellows programs and the Atlantic Institute. Develop and provide high-level reports and analysis on program performance to the Executive Director and Governing Board. Collaborate in building an exceptionally well-respected organizational brand.
**This position is based in New York City and will require significant international travel.**
General Minimum Qualifications: -Bachelor's degree required. -7 years of related experience required.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: To lead in this area, the ideal candidate for Program Director will have at least seven years of experience in program and curriculum development and a strong grounding in social change theory and experience translating theory into practice. S/he/they will have strong facilitating skills in adult training programs and the ability to move problems and navigate disagreements and conflicts to positive outcomes. S/he/they will have deep knowledge of the social justice landscape, particularly as it relates to anti-black oppression, and experience developing strategy to navigate it.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience inspiring and leading a team of people to achieve a common set of goals. S/he/they will be a skilled manager and organizational leader with successful experience in direct supervision, staff development, and planning for organizational performance. S/he/they will have excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking. The successful candidate will be a rigorous, flexible thinker with exceptional emotional intelligence and high tolerance for ambiguity, the ability to adapt quickly to change, and success working effectively in a consensus-driven team environment with persons from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds ? including internationally. Above all, s/he/they will have a deep commitment to transforming the scale, impact, and quality of efforts to advance racial and social equity.
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
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