Senior Director of Belonging and Strategic Learning

  • Raise the Future
  • Denver
Full time Nonprofit Social Services

Job Description

Openings & Location
Please note that this position is posted in multiple locations. We are only hiring to fill one vacancy which can be based in any of our three office locations (Denver, CO; Salt Lake City, UT; Las Vegas, NV). While working from one of our office locations is preferred, we open to hiring for other remote locations within the United States for the right candidate.
What You Will Be Doing
Reporting to the CEO, the Senior Director of Belonging and Strategic Learning will bring to life Raise the Future's commitment to being a welcoming, inclusive, and affirming organization for staff and for the youth and families we serve. The work will advance Raise's strategic plan, which includes a goal for the agency to be a leading expert in promoting diversity, championing equity, and modeling inclusivity. Using the well-being of the youth and families that we serve as our guidepost and recognizing the disproportionality and racial trauma they have likely experienced in the child welfare system, the Senior Director of Belonging and Strategic Learning will design, plan, lead, and integrate the DEI vision and strategy into all aspects of the organization including policy, programs, practice, human resources, board leadership, and development.
Job responsibilities include:
1. DEI Thought Leadership and Strategy
  • Provide comprehensive vision, leadership, and planning for organization-wide strategy that promotes and supports Raise the Future as an organization where each of our team members feels a strong sense of belonging and pride in our work.
  • Serve as thought partner to the CEO to achieve excellence in DEI and promote an organizational culture that is diverse, equitable and inclusive.
  • In collaboration with the CEO, lead and guide the Board of Directors in developing its portion of the DEI strategy, including (but not limited to) training, education, diversification, and community leadership.
  • Foster strong relationships with external stakeholders; community partners; and local, state, and national organizations to further racial equity efforts.
2. In Collaboration with Senior Staff, Lead and Manage Strategic Learning and Organizational Development
  • Serve as DEI strategic and operational leader, developing and collaborating on the implementation of DEI tactical plans across and throughout the organization.
  • Bring awareness and appreciation of cultural differences, knowledge of child welfare systems, and trauma-healing practices together with the organization's DEI strategies to enhance the delivery of services to our transracial and culturally diverse clients.
  • Build strong relationships with staff across all levels to drive awareness, commitment, and accountability for the DEI action plans.
  • Lead and guide the Racial Equity Task Force/Committee and the LGBTQ+ Committee, leveraging and utilizing staff voices and talent.
  • Collaborate with HR leaders and organizational leaders to formulate strategic learning objectives, guide leadership capacity building, and support execution of talent lifecycle and employee relations strategies.
3. Become a Voice in the Child Welfare Community
  • Seek out, initiate, and participate in DEI efforts with partner agencies and colleagues in the child welfare (and associated) systems, serving as an effective spokesperson for Raise the Future and serving as a leader in the field. Ensure that collectively we are creating and advancing an equitable child and family-serving system.
  • Partner with communications team to develop DEI communications plan and regularly communicate internal and external DEI efforts.
  • Support other senior staff colleagues in making their communications even more DEI-informed.
4. Set and Monitor Standards for Ongoing Best Practices
  • Develop assessment and evaluation methods, metrics, and reporting systems to support and inform advancement of DEI goals.
  • Lead compliance initiatives for external DEI certifications, including the All Children All Families seal from the Human Rights Campaign.
Who We Are
At Raise the Future, we believe every young person goes through life knowing they have a caring adult by their side. So, every day, we show up for kids in foster care by listening to their needs and introducing them to adults they can rely on. We then surround those connections with support so that they grow into meaningful, lasting relationships that help our youth heal from the past. Because to truly raise the future, we must raise the bar for what it means to support vulnerable youth and families as they navigate life.
Since our founding in 1983, Raise the Future has designed and implemented evidence-based, wraparound services that reduce the amount of time youth in foster care live without a permanent family. Our programs increase the likelihood of forming and sustaining positive connections that help to transform their futures.
What We Offer
As a nonprofit organization, we are mission driven, and our employees are highly engaged in the work they do. The best reward is when our efforts payoff and youth leave the child welfare system and find lasting connections with families.
We offer a great culture and a full benefits package too. We value the need for work life balance offering four (4) weeks of PTO, one (1) week of paid personal time, 10+ paid holidays per year, plus much more--that's 35+ paid days off per year! Our benefits also include:
  • Health Insurance
  • Dental & vision insurance
  • 100% Paid life, long-term and short-term disability insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for healthcare and childcare
  • Health Savings Accounts
  • 401k with matching contributions & immediate vesting
  • Flexible work arrangements available on case-by-case basis
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Discount programs
  • Paid Parental Leave
This is a full-time position with benefits. The hiring range for this position is $85,000-$105,000 annually*.
* This is the expected pay range for someone hired in Colorado. Actual hiring range may vary based on qualifications and geographic location.
Who We Are Seeking
The successful candidate is someone who has professional experience leading organizations in overcoming the challenges related to diversity, equity and inclusion work, preferably in a child welfare field. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree preferably in social work, psychology, business, education, gender studies, race studies, or related field. Additional qualifications include:
  • 5-7 years of progressive experience leading culture change and organizational development efforts.
  • Demonstrated project management experience with ability to develop, implement and evaluate organization wide programs across multiple locations and settings.
  • Demonstrated competency and experience initiating and managing DEI efforts, preferably within a child welfare organization or similar system or organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coach individuals at all levels of an organization including board, senior leaders, staff, partners, and funders as well as those served by the organization.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree or equivalent experience
  • Multilingual a plus
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI®) informed
Serious candidates should submit a cover letter.
Raise the Future is more than an equal opportunity organization. We are committed to diversity and building an inclusive environment for people of all backgrounds and ages. We are taking steps to meet that commitment. We especially encourage members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including women, people of color, LGBTQ+, and people who are differently abled. We know there are great candidates who won't fit everything we've described above, or who have important skills we haven't considered. If that's you, please don't hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself.