May 5, 2017

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Race to Equity Wisconsin Project and Engagement Coordinator

Position Announcement: Race to Equity Wisconsin Project and Engagement Coordinator

The Wisconsin Council on Children and Families (WCCF) is a statewide child and family research, communications, engagement, and policy advocacy organization. We stand up for children and work to make Wisconsin a place where every family thrives. The Race to Equity initiative is a project of WCCF.

Position Overview:

WCCF is seeking a committed, energetic, and experienced advocate to help develop and sustain institutional partnerships and community level engagement to support collaborations focused on reducing racial disparities and improving the well-being of children and families of color in Wisconsin. This will be accomplished through the following actions:

  • Facilitate progress toward greater racial justice in selected communities around the state by promoting the Dane County Race to Equity model as an organizing framework for positively impacting the social determinants of health outcomes among populations of color.
  • Support partner organizations and community leaders in targeted counties to effectively utilize the Race to Equity model by providing training, technical assistance, and coaching.
  • Work towards the development of local racial-equity policy agendas in selected counties around the state and help increase the capacity of communities of color to advocate for and shape the implementation of evidence-driven action strategies. This work will include sustaining and deepening community participation as well as garnering commitment from key local policymakers, stakeholders and institutions in support of a racial equity policy agenda focused on the social determinants of health.
  • Coordinate the development of a state-level racial equity policy agenda that will advance public and political will to make significant and lasting change by converging the various local racial equity agendas into one overarching racial equity statewide agenda that is reflective and responsive to issues facing Wisconsin’s children and families of color.

Core Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Director of Race to Equity, the Engagement Coordinator will have lead responsibility to:

  • Build and maintain relationships with grassroots leaders and organizations to assure a strong community voice and role in the shaping and pursuit of racial and ethnic equity.
  • Build and maintain relationships with key institutions (government agencies, non-profit service providers, advocacy groups, funders, employer groups, and academic institutions) to develop and support their commitment to reduce racial disparities.
  • Make presentations to promote public and stakeholder awareness of relevant racial disparity data as well as best practices and strategies to address racial inequities.
  • Provide periodic consultation and training to community leaders and organizations to strengthen their advocacy for racial justice.
  • Help develop policy positions that advance racial and ethnic equity and encourage their adoption by state and local elected officials and policymakers.
  • Track and document project activities for grant reporting, internal monitoring, and project evaluation.
  • Assist the team in the on the on-going implementation of the Dane County “Roadmap to Equity” and similar community plans that may be developed in other jurisdictions.

Key Qualifications, Skills, and Experience:

  • Dedication to the mission and vision of WCCF.
  • Commitment to social, racial, and ethnic justice.
  • Basic knowledge and comfort with race theory, social justice, and equity concepts.
  • The ability to establish rapport and relate sensitively to a multiracial and multicultural group of partners as well as excellent interpersonal skills and experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse, and dynamic team is necessary.
  • Self-motivated, creative thinker with excellent organizational skills.
  • Experience in community organizing and coalition building.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent relationship and networking skills.
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout Wisconsin as necessary. Some evening and weekend work will be required.
  • Minimum educational attainment required- Bachelor’s Degree

Salary: The salary range for this fulltime position is $45,000 to $55,000. Benefits include health insurance, paid vacation, holidays, and sick leave.

To Apply: Please email a cover letter, articulating both your interest and the skills you could bring to this position, and your resume, to with subject heading “Race to Equity Wisconsin.”

Deadline: The deadline for submitting application materials is 5:00 PM, THURSDAY, MAY 25.

We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse, inclusive work environment and an organization with a commitment to advocacy on behalf of people of color. We strongly encourage applications from people of color.

 WCCF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

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