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21 Dec 2021

Full-Time Senior Director of Backbone Excellence, Talent Hub

StriveTogether – Posted by StriveTogether Chicago, Illinois, United States

Job Description

About StriveTogether
StriveTogether is a national movement with a clear purpose: helping every child succeed in school and in life from cradle to career, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or circumstance. We refuse to settle for a world where a child’s potential is dictated by the conditions into which they are born. We work to break down barriers, change systems and improve outcomes for as many families as possible. 


The StriveTogether team is passionate, talented and dedicated to achieving our mission. We seek and value all kinds of diversity and work hard to eliminate inequities in ourselves, our organization and our communities. Our goals are bold, so we support each other to try new things, have tough conversations and push for change. As we work, we share learning and progress, use data to make decisions and celebrate our wins. 


About you 

You believe that achieving racial and economic equity means transforming systems by shifting power, practices, polices, and resources within and across communities. You have a passion for training and coaching, and want to create programs that support community leaders. You are a flexible and agile colleague who is ready to adapt and enjoys working with small, nimble teams.  


About the position 

From addressing homelessness to improving educational outcomes, place-based partnerships, networks of people and organizations in a geography who work together to change systems, improve community outcomes and achieve shared goals are a critical and increasingly utilized approach to addressing our most pressing social and economic issues.  

The Senior Director of Backbone Excellence will build and launch training programs for backbone organization leaders who secure the resources and align partners to build and sustain a partnership, ultimately ensuring that backbone organizations across the country have the talent, resources, and operational structures to support place-based partnerships. This role would lead curriculum development, secure partners to provide critical content, and coach backbone organizations to reach their maximum potential. This is an exciting opportunity to work with the country’s largest national network of cradle-to-career partnerships and help build an innovative training institute.  


At StriveTogether, we’re dedicated to eliminating racial inequities. To be successful in this role, you must understand the challenges faced by marginalized communities — including but not limited to barriers of race, ethnicity, class, ability, immigration status, gender and their intersections. 

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Asset Development 

  • Lead the development of a comprehensive training program for place-based partnership organizations that includes an appropriate mix of toolkits, coursework and coaching 
  • Create a comprehensive assessment to help backbone organizations identify critical needs and to provide specific training 
  • Leverage and modify existing courses, webinars, toolkits in the field and partner with national talent organizations to deliver into communities 

Leadership and coaching 

  • Coach both backbone organizations and partnership leaders to build healthy and sustainable backbones that play a meaningful role transforming systems 
  • Serve as a leader on the Talent Hub team to help build and refine its strategy 
  • Align and collaborate with StriveTogether leadership and staff to advance its efforts 

Qualifications and skills 

  • Beyond a personal commitment to diversity, equity, racial and ethnic inclusion, we are looking for candidates with successful experience integrating anti-racism practices into strategy, programs, systems-change efforts and advocacy 
  • 5+ years of experience performing in a senior leadership role within a non-profit, ideally with a place-based partnership or intermediary/backbone 
  • General knowledge of non-profit business operations, including: Finance, Operations, HR, Fundraising, Marketing. Deep expertise within these disciplines are not necessary 
  • Track record of designing and implementing organizational strategies that prioritize racial, ethnic, and economic equity 
  • Prior experience coaching or consulting with various organizations preferred 
  • Experience moving organizations from a start-up to a mezzanine phase 
  • Sets achievable yet ambitious goals, identify critical needs, and prioritize interventions 
  • Ability to ask powerful questions, share observations, and leverage insights to grow teams 
  • Experience in collaborating and listening with other organizations to deliver services 
  • Experience with being agile in response to changing strategies based on learnings 
  • Experience in continuous improvement as this role takes a learning and listening lens from partners and participants to improve quality of services 
  • Travel required up to 25%  


Position Details 

The Senior Director of Backbone Excellence is an exempt position with a salary of $91,200-$137,750. StriveTogether offers competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience and skills. 


Please include a cover letter with your resume.  Apply here. 


StriveTogether is an equal opportunity employer. 

How to Apply

Apply here. 

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

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