Senior/Equity Officer

Senior/Equity Officer

Hiring Organization Information

Organization Name: 
Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation
Little Rock, AR

Position Information

Employment Type: 
Full time
Experience Level: 
Not applicable
Job Category: 
Other - please specify below
Job Description: 
We are seeking a dynamic individual capable of working during a period of organizational, programmatic, and culture change in support of the AR Equity 2025 strategic direction. The Foundation’s mission is cross-cutting, and consequently, the Equity Officer works closely with the Chief Innovation Officer and other Senior/ Equity Officers to envision, implement, and oversee an intersectional strategy of policy disruption, community change, and movement building. KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following: ● Purpose-driven: Grounded in the work, aware of the impact that is possible, and exhibits a personal commitment to purposeful engagement and collaborate with others internally and externally to move organizational strategy forward ● Innovation: Able and eager to identify new opportunities, strategies, and approaches to philanthropy within and outside of traditional systems and structures ● Entrepreneurialism: Ability to present ideas to reimagine supporting community-based organizing groups in Arkansas ● Ideas and inquiry: Generate ideas, then test those ideas internally and externally to establish original methods and points of view ● Comfort with ambiguity: Possess the confidence and flexibility to successfully work in an environment where experimentation is encouraged ● Growth mindset: An individual who is always learning, growing, improving, open to feedback is one that would fit into the culture of the foundation ● Exceptionally strong organizational skills, sharp attention to detail, and persistence in following through on projects ● Critical thinking skills as they apply to the processes of leadership, engagement, assessment, intervention and evaluation of organizations, and communities ● Advocacy skills for practice delivery and policies that promote equity when working with organizations and communities ● Excellent written and oral communication skills ● Excellent computer skills and a willingness to learn new tools and systems ● Demonstrated flexibility, maturity, and ability to work as a team with program staff, consultants, and persons outside the Foundation ● Comfortable working in a supportive role and team environment ● Good sense of humor and abiding optimism in the potential for Arkansas to improve people’s lives ● Strong understanding of and commitment to equity in Arkansas DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN ARKANSAS 225 East Markham Street, Suite 200 • Little Rock, Arkansas 72201 • 501.376.6854 • Fax 501.376.4797 • ● Provide leadership and oversight for the development of policy, advocacy and public affairs strategies that support increased equity for all Arkansans ● Develop relationships, manage a related grants portfolio, and champion programs to ensure that every Arkansan has the chance to thrive and prosper ● Ideate, curate, and support activities that drive progress towards equity as defined by WRF’s strategic direction ● Initiate and foster strategic partnerships with thought leaders and key external constituencies, including governmental, philanthropic, business, and nonprofit communities to advance the equity mission of the Foundation ● Advocate for equity and challenge inequity and structural barriers internally and externally ● Work closely with the Chief Innovation Officer to develop external communications strategies that advance equity ● Expand the Foundation’s learning on strategy and outcomes to inform grantmaking, investments, movement building, policy advocacy, and strategic direction ● Obtain, maintain, and share a high level of knowledge of the most effective strategies and current thinking in public policy and social change – what works, what are the most effective and/or innovative ways to support the work, and how to implement strategies with partners ● Respond to inquiries for grants and Program Related Investments; offer support beyond grant seeking, including referrals, networking, technical assistance, and general counsel ● Partner with the Chief Innovation Officer and other Equity Officers on recommendations; conduct due diligence, and write strategy papers and funding recommendations for board approval ● Continuously monitor grants, investments, and professional service contracts for impact and lessons learned, revising the strategy as needed based on learning and appreciative inquiry processes ● Represent the Foundation at conferences and meetings; stay abreast of the philanthropic field and foundation’s program areas through conferences and other professional activities QUALIFICATIONS ● Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree preferred or experience related to the WRF’s priorities ● Three to five years of experience preferred in education, economic development, communications, community change, or public policy. Prior experience in the nonprofit sector is preferred.

How to Apply

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Application Instructions: 
Apply with a cover letter, resume, and references. Applications should be directed to Please place WRF Equity Officer and your name in the subject line.
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