A personal commitment to racial equity along with experience engaging communities in direct, anti-racist action is required for candidates interested in this position. People with lived experience in historically marginalized and excluded communities are especially encouraged to apply.

The Community Center for Education Results (CCER) seeks a visionary, nimble, anti-racist strategist to lead the organization’s efforts to deepen and grow the region’s impact for students in the Road Map Project region, an area that includes South Seattle and South King County, with more than 127,000 K-12 students, 72 percent of whom are students of color. This is an exciting opportunity for someone deeply committed to leading with race, in service of our students.

CCER is a 501(c)(3) organization that serves as the backbone organization for the Road Map Project – a collective impact initiative working to improve educational outcomes from early learning to postsecondary, in seven King County, Washington school districts: Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, (South) Seattle, and Tukwila.

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The opportunity

The Senior Director, Strategy for Racial Equity Impact will work closely with the new Executive Director to prioritize addressing systemic barriers to racial equity, so that we can achieve our Road Map Project goal of eradicating opportunity and achievement gaps in our region by 2030. This role will help us achieve that goal by helping CCER to increase impact across several major workstreams, including Local Improvement Networks, College & Career Success, and Opportunity Youth.

This full-time, exempt role will supervise and support the Directors of the above mentioned workstreams. The work these directors lead is focused on initiatives designed to advance the Road Map Project System-Wide Racial Equity Essentials and to improve system- and student-level outcomes.

Some of these initiatives include:

  • Supporting improvement in kindergarten readiness and early grade success
  • Strengthening college and career readiness practices and policies in high schools
  • Supporting strategies leading to postsecondary success; and
  • Developing a strong opportunity youth reengagement system

The Senior Director, Strategy for Racial Equity Impact will bring a curious and strategic eye to aligning our initiatives across our broader organizational structure and across our region. Initial work will include evaluating disaggregated data, equitably building staff continuous improvement capacity, identifying anti-racist and community-centered opportunities to sustain and scale our impact, solving complex problems by directly and comfortably calling the question on race, supporting partnership development across a richly diverse community, and assisting our efforts to garner the resources to do this work.

Key responsibilities
  • In deep partnership with the Executive Director, advance CCER’s evolving anti-racist work to deepen the organization’s racially equitable impact on students in the Road Map Project region.
  • As supervisor of several directors, strengthen alignment, integration, and tracking of strategies led by CCER and implementation partners to effectively work towards achieving the 2030 Road Map Project goal.
  • As lead for our impact work, strategically serve as the bridge between workstreams by facilitating organizational learning on the impact of our increasingly aligned work.
  • As a strategic leader, elevate key findings of impact so that external communications can be aligned to our racially equitable aims with Road Map Project partners, policymakers, and funders.
The ideal candidate
  • Passionate about the success of children and youth in the Road Map Project region, and committed to eliminating opportunity gaps.
  • Results-oriented leader with current, concrete examples of how they are dismantling racism in their communities.
  • Deep understanding of the opportunities and potential in communities functioning at the intersections of identity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, class, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender. Experience engaging with and working alongside Black, Indigenous, and Latinx communities is especially ideal as our data indicates these communities are often the least, if not last, served.
  • Knowledge, deep curiosity, and experience in the education system. Personal and parental/care-giver experience with the education system’s impact on students of color is valuable to us. A deep curiosity about improvements that can be made along the cradle through college continuum is a plus.
  • A strategic leader with specific examples of how they have led organizations or groups to better collaborate and learn from each other in structured and organic ways that honor an anti-racist journey.
  • Enjoys managing people and building teams that are diverse in knowledge, experience, talents, and skills. They will be good at inspiring excellence and creating a culture of honest vulnerability through mentoring and professional development.
  • Demonstrated ability to connect people, projects, and ideas in collaborative ways that honor the multiple, diverse partners working on opportunities from a variety of angles at the same time.
  • At ease building relationships and will have an approach to leadership that builds trust and fosters collaboration across diverse groups with an emphasis on bringing the most marginalized voices to the forefront.
  • Open to change and able to work at the speed of community; someone who is able to work well in a flexible, sometimes fast-paced, sometimes intentionally slower-paced nonprofit environment.
  • Experience using data to shift the narrative about what is possible in programs and systems, and knowledge of how to change processes that are not working for our
Compensation and benefits

The salary range for this position is $110,000 – $130,000 annually, depending on qualifications, experience and our commitment to pay equity within our organization. Willingness to work some evenings and weekends. Excellent benefits package, including health, vision, dental and life insurance as well as a 401k plan with employer match. CCER is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply:

Submit online application.

Preferred application deadline is 5 p.m. (Pacfic Time) on Thursday, April 9. Position is open until filled.

While we have outlined a timeline for the search process, given this time of great difficulty and uncertainty, we don’t know if or how the search process and timeline may be effected. We know that many potential candidates are also having to adjust their own work and personal lives right now. We will be closely monitoring the search process in relation to the current regional/global situation to make determinations about the search in the best interest of the organization and candidates, and will openly and regularly communicate with all candidates.

Clover Search Works is leading the hiring process of this role. Please direct any questions to Mary Ellen Cunningham via email: maryellen@cloversearchworks.com or phone: 206.406.3159.

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