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Chief Equity and Learning Officer Winston-Salem, NC

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation seeks a highly collaborative, discerning, mission-driven social change leader committed to taking on entrenched challenges to be its first Chief Equity and Learning Officer (CELO). This person will have roles on the equity, program and management teams and report to the Executive Director. The CELO will lead the Foundation's efforts to promote equity in all its work, facilitate meaningful conversations and provide space for reflection. This position will take the lead on the Foundation’s learning agenda. The ever-changing context of the country, the South, states and regions strongly affect grantee partners’ work, for better or worse. It is critical for board and staff to stay abreast of these factors, listen to their grantee partners and adapt strategies accordingly. With humility and discernment, the CELO will manage grantmaking in defined regions or funding areas. This management position will supervise some colleagues and work with staff on important decisions, including an iterative process to define respective roles and responsibilities and how each complements the others. In collaboration with the Communications Director, the CELO will contribute to public communications in service to the Foundation’s commitment to transparency, its vocal support for policies beneficial to low-wealth communities, and its goal of leveraging sustained, thoughtful investment in the South. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the change the South so urgently needs in this pivotal moment in history.

Kahn Lee is leading this search with Martens Roc.

The Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, working to promote racial equity and challenge oppression. The foundation is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment.


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