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9 Mar 2021

Full-Time Managing Director – Posted by Anywhere

Job Description

Data for Black Lives (d4bl) is a movement of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people. Since the advent of computing, big data and algorithms have penetrated virtually every aspect of our social and economic lives. These new data systems have tremendous potential to empower communities of color. Tools like statistical modeling, data visualization, and crowdsourcing, in the right hands, are powerful instruments for fighting bias, building progressive movements, and promoting civic engagement.

But history tells a different story, one in which data is too often wielded as an instrument of oppression, reinforcing inequality and perpetuating injustice. Redlining was a data-driven enterprise that resulted in the systematic exclusion of Black communities from key financial services. More recent trends like predictive policing, risk-based sentencing, and predatory lending are troubling variations on the same theme. Today, discrimination is a high-tech enterprise.

For more information on Data for Black Lives please visit the website.

The Opportunity

The Managing Director is a crucial member of the Data for Black Lives team and will have a bird’s eye view across this movement organization, connecting dots in ways that others can’t and leading key strategic aspects of operations and people management. As a strategist, consultant, and implementer, the main functions of the Managing Director will be to facilitate strategic planning, perform ongoing management and measurement toward annual goals, and streamline processes to ensure organizational effectiveness – all while overseeing the financial aspects of the organization and using this data to guide strategic decisions and set priorities.

This is an outstanding opportunity for an experienced leader with strong organizational skills and a proven track record of creative problem-solving to join in a high-impact, mission-driven organization.

The primary responsibilities for this position include, but are not limited to:

Strategic Planning and Alignment

  • Develop organizational strategy in collaboration with the Founder & Executive Director that ensures Data for Black Lives meets its mission;
  • Function as a key player in the implementation of Data for Black Lives’ strategic plan, goals, and operational objectives;
  • Provide timely, accurate, and complete reports to the Founder and Board members on the operating condition of the organization;
  • Ensure operational excellence for all programs; provide coordination across programs to ensure lessons are shared across the organization and that programs are collaborating strategically and effectively;
  • Oversee projects and coordinate deadlines and deliverables; ensure that projects are sufficiently resourced and on budget.

Organization and People Management

  • Serve as an internal leader, providing staff with a day-to-day leadership presence that promotes cross-team collaboration, communication, and a commitment to Data for Black Lives’ values;
  • Manage direct report on internal-facing teams, such as operations, finance, data, while the Founder & Executive Director manages external-facing teams such as communication, partnerships, and fundraising;
  • Develop HR initiatives and company policies, implementing equitable best practices and systems around organizational structure, compensation and benefits, performance evaluation/management, training, recruiting, hiring, and onboarding;
  • Cultivate inclusion by building a truly diverse, inclusive, and equitable team;
  • Build strong organizational culture by fostering an environment open to feedback, candor, and accountability;
  • Oversee the annual budget process;
  • Enhance professional and leadership development; build systems to ensure passionate, motivated, and skilled employees throughout the company;
  • Provide coaching and feedback to help improve skill sets and to drive employee retention and overall satisfaction.

Direct Support of the Founder & Executive Director and Board

  • Operate as a primary advisor to the Founder & Executive Director, facilitating organizational decision making;
  • Support the workload of the Founder & Executive Director and prioritization of time by managing information flow, resolving issues, providing analysis and advice on key issues, and delegating internal and external inquiries to the appropriate individual;
  • Maintain continuous lines of communication keeping the Founder & Executive Director informed of all critical issues.
  • Entrepreneurial, mission-driven professional with the agility, enthusiasm, and aptitude to thrive in a dynamic organization; alignment with the organizational values is a must for success at Data for Black Lives;
  • Proven track record successfully leading end-to-end projects; able to execute effectively under pressure, shift priorities strategically and with flexibility, and solve problems creatively;
  • Possess exceptional people management and communication skills; good listener that is both empathetic and pragmatic; able to work remotely and build culture within a virtual organization;
  • Have a strong learning orientation i.e. can learn from mistakes, have a desire to continuously improve and grow, and have the capacity to foster this with staff across the organization;
  • Trustworthy and able to maintain the highest level of personal integrity

How to Apply

Trisha Sutrisno and Amber Gomes of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here or email and directly. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. …………….. Data for Black Lives is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits Black people, people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTIQAA+ community.

Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

Job expires in 56 days.

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