DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights
Location: Washington, D.C.
The International Institute on Race, Equality and Human Rights (Race and Equality) is a human rights organization created in 2014 working in partnership with local activists in Latin America to build grassroots movements that promote and protect the rights of populations marginalized because of gender, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. Race and Equality has a dynamic capacity-building approach to promote the rights of Afro-Latinos, LGBTI people, indigenous peoples, women, and other marginalized communities. Using a combination of strategic litigation, community mobilization, human rights reporting, research, and advocacy at the domestic and international level, we join our partners in developing and implementing strategies for change. We work with our partners to combat racial discrimination and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) through a holistic, multi-faceted approach. Critical to this work is expanding the role of NGOs representing marginalized communities at the regional level. Therefore, our program includes providing training to our partners so they can advocate for the full incorporation of discrimination issues at the Organization of American States (OAS) and litigate within the Inter-American Human Rights System. We also provide them with the skills they need to pursue domestic litigation, policy advocacy, and community mobilization.
Job Description: Working in close relationship with the Executive Director (ED) and the Senior Legal Program Officer, the Director of Programs will lead the execution of the organization’s projects; collaborate with the ED to advance strategic plans and goals; create, maintain, and oversee internal systems and processes to ensure effective management of the daily operations of programs; facilitate staff team meetings and strategic planning sessions; manage implementation of existing federal and private grants; develop program impact indicators; prepare written reports on program impact and successes; review reports for donors; coordinate with Program Officers to design and implement projects; coordinate with the finance department to ensure that programs follow budget requirements from federal and private donors; coordinate with external organizations as needed; represent the ED in political settings, and other duties requested by the ED.
Qualifications: Advanced university degree in Latin American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, Law, Gender Studies, or related field. Five to ten years of professional experience, including experience in a leadership role, demonstrated experience working collaboratively to lead the integration of a variety of programs in different cultural environments required; experience developing and leading teams, strong staff management required; proven success in managing grants; experience managing federal grants required; excellent communication skills (oral and written); ability to think strategically; positive and constructive attitude; experience with human rights in Latin America required, including in close societies; ability to administer programs on a daily basis required; experience with the use of social media; fluency in Spanish and English essential, strong knowledge of Portuguese is helpful. Must be legally able to work in the United States.
Start date: August -September 2020.
Salary: Commensurate with experience and scale in non-governmental organizations.
Apply: No calls please. Send cover letter, resume, and writing samples in English and Spanish by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.
Afro-descendants, women and LGBTI persons are encouraged to apply.
Race and Equality is an equal opportunity employer.