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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ADVOCACY, Center for Antiracist Research

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR FOR ADVOCACY, Center for Antiracist Research

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The mission of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research is to convene varied researchers and practitioners to figure out novel and practical ways to understand, explain, and solve seemingly intractable problems of racial inequity and injustice. We foster exhaustive racial research, research-based policy innovation, data-driven educational and advocacy campaigns, and narrative-change initiatives. We are working toward building an antiracist society that ensures equity and justice for all.

The BU Center for Antiracist Research founded in 2020 by Dr. Ibram Kendi, the Center is rapidly growing and looking for passionate individuals to join their dedicated staff.

The Center is built on four pillars of work: Research, Policy, Narrative, and Advocacy. Each pillar is led by an Associate Director, a senior leader in the Center. The Associate Director of Advocacy will have the opportunity to devise, execute, and manage the center’s Advocacy pillar working closely with the Center’s senior leadership team. The Advocacy pillar’s portfolio will include forming strategic connections and facilitating research and policy support for racial equity offices and officers in governments and institutions, as well as local and national racial justice activists and organizations; and organizing an antiracism society of Center supporters and local activists. This position will be building strategic partnerships for the Center among individuals, organizations, and institutions in the Boston region, the United States, and around the world! The Associate Director of Advocacy will lead the center’s development and research-based advocacy projects and initiatives that respond to current and emerging campaigns and racial justice movements.

The individual should describe themselves a key relationship builder, connector, structure builder, and most of all, an organizer. The individual should have a record of organizing and policy change work, and experience cultivating a network of activists, influencers, policymakers, institutions, and organizations to challenge racist systems, structures, policies, and practices. The individual should be an effective manager with supervisory experience.

We are also looking for a candidate with a proven track record for crafting and executing on fundraising plans to support the center’s Advocacy work. The Associate Director will work closely with the Center's Director, Managing Director, and Development staff in executing the fundraising plan.

The Associate Director should be internally motivated to build and lead the Center’s Advocacy pillar and work collaboratively with internal and external partners towards antiracist policy change.

This position is eligible for Boston University's generous benefits package including health, dental, life insurance, tuition remission, paid time off, and so much more!

Required Skills

Master’s degree required, but doctorial preferred. Experience building relationships with large scale organizations.

To be considered for the role, please include a resume and cover letter. Finalist for the role will be asked submit an assignment.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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