POSITION:Capacity-Building Coach (30 hours/week)
BACKGROUND: The voices of communities of color have been largely absent from major policy issues, from environmental justice to education equity, in the city of Seattle and beyond. Rainier Valley, in particular, is a culturally diverse neighborhood where marginalized communities were historically forced to settle as a result of redlining and other manifestations of systemic racism and oppression. To this day, the Rainier Valley continues to be a hub for communities of color, especially refugees and immigrants, in Southeast Seattle.
Yet, this neighborhood still faces significant challenges, including inequitable development, gentrification, and schools struggling with lack of resources. A critical mass of community-based organizations (CBOs) has emerged to address the unique challenges present in these communities. These dynamic CBOs face multiple challenges in building organizational capacity to better serve its constituents, which prevent them from working together to change systems and policies. Traditional capacity building has not always been very effective, using approaches that may not be applicable to small grassroots organizations, and failing to account for the fact that many organizations simply do not have the resources to implement recommended strategies.
ABOUT RAINIER VALLEY CORPS: Rainier Valley Corps promotes social justice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaborations between diverse communities.
We believe that by developing strong leaders of color and placing them to work in grassroots CBOs, providing holistic capacity building support such as coaching and back-office support, and creating opportunities for communities to work in collaboration, there will be strengthened capacity among grassroots organizations. This model allows CBOs to better serve their communities and work together to change inequitable policies and practices to create a better, more just society.
Our Fellowship Program identifies cohorts of talented leaders of color, gives them a two-year full-time paid placement at host organizations in Rainier Valley that are led by communities of color, and provides ongoing professional development training on nonprofit management, transformative leadership, advocacy, and community organizing. Interwoven throughout the curriculum are discussions on systemic racism, privilege, power, and intersectionality. Fellows develop an expansive network of nonprofit and advocacy leaders from which to lean on and learn from.
In tandem with our fellowship program, RVC is looking to provide holistic capacity building and support services to our partner organizations, such as back-office services, capacity-building consulting, shared operating support, and funding pass-through. RVC also organizes intentional conversations and collaborations between diverse communities, and between funders and grassroots nonprofits.
OVERVIEW OF POSITION: RVC launched our Fellowship Program in August 2015 with ten Fellows placed in ten local CBOs. As we entered our second year, it became clear that there was tremendous need among our partner CBOs in the area of capacity-building. This mission and values driven position will support our CBO partners through coaching, technical assistance, and identification of other needed resources that will enable them to strengthen their programming, fundraising, and other organizational operations. With our focus on providing holistic support, this position’s coaching and support of our CBO partners is critical in ensuring that they achieve sustainable growth to reach their next level of development. This will entail organizational assessments, customization of capacity building plans, culturally responsive coaching, and consulting support for our partners based on their organizational needs.
This is a new position, so you have an opportunity to be at the forefront of creating an intensive approach to capacity-building that will have a transformative effect on our partner CBOs. We welcome creative thinking in developing this new program, and hope to experiment together in order to ensure that we are providing the most effective support to our partners. This role is perfect for someone who loves capacity building and wants to focus all their energies on it. This position has no internal management, supervision, or fundraising responsibilities, and is entirely focused on building the effectiveness of our CBO partners in a culturally responsive fashion.
REPORTS TO: Ananda Valenzuela, Managing Director
Leadership Coaching (45%)
- Provide culturally responsive, customized executive coaching to the leaders of our ten CBO partners, adjusted to fit different leadership styles, with an emphasis on continuous learning and action planning
- Provide mentorship and connections to resources relevant to leaders of small grassroots nonprofits, advising on areas included but not limited to: planning for the future, board development, fund development, financial management, human resources, communications, facilitating effective meetings, advocacy, community organizing, inclusion, equity, leadership development, supervision, project management, time management, evaluation, and organizational learning
- Work with our partners to assess their capacity building needs and co-develop customized organizational development plans that align with their culture, financial structure, priorities, and challenges
- Facilitate both short-term work plan development and long-term strategic direction setting
- Convene our partners for collaboration, facilitating cohort-based co-learning and relationship building
- Research and recommend high quality capacity building resources aligned with partners’ unique needs, budget limitations, and learning opportunities
- Write about lessons learned and effective approaches, building the capacity-building knowledge of the sector
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the capacity-building support provided to our partners and track their development
General Operations and Program Development (15%)
- Collaborate with staff in making key strategic decisions affecting RVC’s future
- Coordinate with staff delivering related programs to our partners
- Participate in staff meetings, attend community events, and otherwise contribute to strengthening the deep roots within our community, both internally and externally
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR:
- Experience working with communities of color and grassroots organizations, with a nuanced understanding of systemic oppressions
- A minimum of five years of experience in senior leadership/management roles in the nonprofit sector (or related area), with an understanding of the challenges faced by leaders of small grassroots nonprofits with budgets under $500,000. Work, volunteer, academic, and other life experience are all acceptable
- A minimum of five years of demonstrated experience (via paid work, volunteer, and/or life experience) in capacity-building consulting and coaching
- A talented coach, with experience mentoring and supporting leaders in their growth and development
- High emotional intelligence, able to easily develop deep, trusting relationships with diverse individuals from many different backgrounds
- Flexibility and adaptability, able to shift communication and consulting styles to fit the needs of a wide range of cultures, people, and organizations
- Love of continuous learning, with knowledge of diverse nonprofit leadership and management resources that are relevant to our partners
- Able to work with diverse teams
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Able to work some evenings and weekends
- Commitment to our mission and our values of Equity, Integrity, Community, Action, and Transformation
- Passion for organizational development. You are someone who loves learning about new studies of human development and leadership, are well-versed in different organizational development thought leaders and theories, and are skilled in applying this knowledge in a variety of settings, cultivating the knowledge of other leaders and organizations
- Ability to adjust your coaching style to meet the needs of very different leaders, with knowledge of and experience with different coaching methodologies
- An excellent facilitator, able to convene cohorts of leaders in co-learning with grace and ease
- Humble, knowing when to ask for help and advice from others
- A great sense of humor!
WHAT YOU WILL GET OUT OF THIS: This is a part-time, non-exempt staff position working 30 hours a week. The salary range is $56,000 to $64,000, which translates to a full-time equivalent salary range of $70,000 to $80,000. Salary offer will be dependent on experience. We believe in work-life balance, and are committed to keeping the workload in alignment with the true hours worked. This position will be a one-year contract, which will be reviewed and considered for renewal by both parties at the end of the contract.
We provide paid time off in proportion to hours worked (estimated to be 17 days for a 30-hour-a-week position) and 11 paid holidays. We provide medical (zero-deductible HMO and PPO options), dental, vision, short- and long-term disability, life, and AD&D insurance, with RVC covering over 90% of the costs of the insurance package.
We offer a flexible, family-friendly schedule. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a job, but also an opportunity to empower communities of color and cultivate the next generation of leaders. You will be challenged all the time, pushed to the limit, learn a ton of stuff, be on the cutting edge of equity and community engagement work, have a lot of fun, be frustrated on occasion and inspired frequently, and make a huge difference. Plus, we’re right in the middle of Columbia City, and it’s awesome here, with diverse restaurants, bars, and shops. And the team is ridiculously dedicated to the mission and fun to work with.
We will begin scheduling phone interviews on December 12th, and will continue to review applications on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible. We will conduct short phone interviews during December and begin in-person one-hour interviews in January. If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for two writing samples relevant to this position, e.g. an organizational assessment report, consulting tools that you have developed, or other relevant materials. Finalists will be invited to a second-round one-hour interview, and we will make an offer shortly thereafter. We would like to have the selected candidate start in late January.
RVC is an equal opportunity employer. People of color, especially those from Southeast Seattle, are strongly encouraged to apply.