Equity Director

  • Location: Raleigh, NC
  • Close Date: September 3, 2019
  • Hiring Organization: Conservation Trust for North Carolina
  • Contact Name: Caitlin Burke
  • Contact Email: hr@ctnc.org
  • Job Website

Job Description

Position Summary
Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), a statewide conservation organization based in Raleigh, seeks an Equity and Inclusion Director to join us in our efforts to develop a new approach to conservation that accounts for differences in opportunities, barriers and needs to ensure all people share in the benefits of healthy lands, regardless of their background. We seek a motivated candidate to guide equitable program strategy and design, research development of a race equity consulting service, support staff and board in co-creating our internal race equity practice, and cultivate and maintain community and partner relationships. This position will be based at our office in Raleigh, located at 1028 Washington Street, Raleigh, NC 27605. Read more about our values, priorities, and projects at ctnc.org.


-Program Strategy and Design (30%)
Provide strategic guidance on our programs (land protection, service, climate resilience, etc.) to ensure equity, in particular, racial equity, is central to how we design, implement and track our work
Identify and support staff in implementing strategies that work to build a new legacy of equity and inclusion in conservation, including conceptualizing new ways to utilize conservation tools and resources to disrupt systems of inequity

-Race Equity Consultancy (20%)
CTNC has a history of helping conservation organizations build their individual and collective knowledge and skill in equity and inclusion. Now we are interested in determining the feasibility of formal consulting practice, specifically for race equity in the context of conservation.
Develop a strategy and vision for a race equity consultancy
Develop the business model, including determining clients, activities, resources, revenue sources, and cost structure
If deemed feasible, lead design of the program, including the consultancy process, support offerings, and measures to assess the impact

-Internal Race Equity Practice (25%)
Support co-creation of a culturally inclusive work environment, grounded in equity and appreciation for diversity
Co-lead with the Executive and Finance Directors processes to review, revise and evaluate the employee handbook and other organizational policies and procedures through a race equity lens
Support staff and board in their personal and interpersonal learning, reflections, and analysis of race and conservation
Provide staff leadership for the Diversity & Equity Committee of the Board
Work with the Executive Director to create accountability mechanisms for staff to advance their race equity knowledge, skills and practice
Serve as an active and collaborative member of the Executive Director’s leadership team
Engage all CTNC staff in reaching strategic equity goals, listening to understand challenges and help identify solutions

-Cultivating & Maintaining Strategic Relationships (15%)
Maintain existing relationships and build new partnerships with cultural and community-based organizations
Cultivate readiness in CTNC to meaningfully engage with communities that have been systematically excluded from conservation
Engage with communities to examine connections with land and traditional conservation organizations, envision what equitable conservation would look and feel like, and get to a state of willingness to come to the table with traditional conservation organizations
Collaborate with cross-sector teams to amplify the impact of conservation work and increase access to the benefits of conservation

-Fundraising (10%)
Identify and develop relationships with potential funders
Write grants and reports to funders
Share the work of CTNC with potential donors


-Education and Experience
College degree or equivalent experience
Minimum 3 years of nonprofit experience or equivalent, especially working with white-led organizations to advance race equity work

-Essential Skills and Competencies
Experience facilitating frank conversations about race and fostering alliances across difference
Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to develop trusting relationships with individuals from different backgrounds
Critical thinker with the ability to manage competing demands and work independently without close oversight
Entrepreneurial, confident self-starter
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrates a foundational understanding of how racial and power dynamics impact supervisory and team relationships, and organizational culture

-Desired Attributes
Demonstrates knowledge of the racialized history of the conservation sector, land ownership, land loss, exclusion, and inclusion in an American, particularly Southern, context
Demonstrates knowledge of how institutional and systems change happens
Flexible and adaptable work style with the ability to work some nights and weekends
Supports a culture of collaboration and appreciation in which colleagues work together to succeed and/or celebrate each other’s hard work
Willing and able to work in a predominantly white organization and in support of other predominantly white organizations
Sense of humor
Commitment to CTNC’s mission and its importance to the people of North Carolina

Salary / Compensation

-Compensation and Benefits
The salary range is $55,000 – $60,000, commensurate with experience and abilities, and is negotiable. Current benefits include health insurance, HSA contribution, 403(b) match, long‐term disability, cell phone stipend, 9 paid holidays plus 3 floating holidays, as well as vacation, sick, and personal paid leave.

Applications Instructions

To apply: Submit ONE document that includes your cover letter, resume and three references via email to:

Caitlin Burke
Associate Director