This an exciting opportunity for someone who is committed to racial justice and wants to work on a collaborative team to address structural inequities that contribute to the racial homeownership gap. Currently, there is a 32- percentage point difference in rates of homeownership for Black households (41%) and white households (73%). This gap is larger than in 1960 after the passing of the Fair Housing Act and is a result of structural barriers that have been built and maintained for decades. Living Cities seeks to help local governments understand those barriers and devise strategies that change the systems and structures in place to enable Black and brown households who desire to become homeowners do so.

Partnering with an outstanding team of colleagues, consultants and external partners, the Senior Associate will be the project manager for a new strategy area that Living Cities will be co-designing with local leaders that addresses the history and ongoing legacy of anti-Black racism and racist policies that prevent Black and brown households from building wealth through homeownership. This work will be a strategy within the Closing the Gaps Network and the Senior Associate will cultivate relationships within and among participating cities, ensuring all work remains consistent with the CTG Network’s core values and Living Cities’ priorities. Moreover, the Senior Associate will work to analyze, synthesize and codify key findings from strategies being implemented in participating cities and support the adoption of those learnings in more cities across the network

Core Responsibilities

Collaboration & Synthesis

  • Provide project management including facilitation, research, synthesis, analysis, and technical assistance for a new strategy that will be codesigned with up to six cities in the CTG network
  • Generate meaningful insights, identify key themes, build evidence, and codify learnings from strategies being implemented to address racial disparities in homeownership

Relationship Building

  • Support the building and management of relationships among local leaders in cities working to address systemic barriers to homeownership for people of color
  • Participate in the ongoing community management of practitioners including building trust, supporting convergence around shared goals, facilitating the adoption of promising practices, and engaging relevant partners, stakeholders, and communities, as appropriate/necessary
  • Build relationships with national and local organizations with expertise and experience supporting cities to advance strategies that address racial disparities
  • Build relationships with national organizations working to collectively address racial homeownership gaps across sectors

Requirements

Professional Experience

  • A minimum of six years applicable work experience; proficiency in managing relationships with key external stakeholders, using data and performance measures to improve program performance and assess impact, and facilitating large groups towards shared results
  • Experience and content knowledge to: operationalize racial equity within an institution or system(s), drive a collective action effort(s), and support homeownership for people of color
  • Demonstrated commitment to closing the racial income and wealth gaps in American cities and possesses a nuanced understanding and competencies related to applying a racial equity and inclusion practice and analysis to the work
  • Strong research, synthesis and strategic thinking skills, with a track record of career advancement into positions with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship management skills, including strong social listening (in person and digital) to understand sentiment, needs, and questions of partners and stakeholders and the ability to diplomatically communicate complex messages to a range of audiences
  • Demonstrated success managing multiple priorities at the same time, connecting dots across projects and issue areas, and executing in service of results
  • Proven ability to utilize strong organizational skills when faced with multiple time-sensitive priorities
  • Exceptional communication skills, with the ability to demonstrate confidence and enthusiasm when delivering both formal and informal presentations to colleagues, partners, grantees, and funders
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to collect, organize, analyze and disseminate information with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Flexible and enthusiastic approach to work, including effectively working in collaboration with others
  • Ability to travel (when permitted under CDC and expert guidance); at least 10-20% of work will necessitate travel to other locations within the United States

Racial Equity & Inclusion (REI)

Demonstrated knowledge and core concepts

  • Understands why racial equity is an integral part of Living Cities’ approach and ability to achieve its mission.
  • Engages with curiosity, humility and openness in discussions about race, equity and power inside and outside of the organization
  • Understands how the construct of race has impacted the distribution of power and resources, and recognizes its impact on current and future outcomes across systems

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