Director, Faith & Prejudice Institute

Position Summary

Faith & Prejudice is an early-stage movement by and for Christians who are committed to confronting and dismantling systemic racism in America. We exist to equip and mobilize local churches for the work of advancing racial equity across the dimensions of education, criminal justice, economics and health. To achieve this, we are looking for a dynamic and visionary leader to launch, build and lead the Faith & Prejudice Institute; the research and education arm of our organization.

Institute Purpose

The Director of the Faith & Prejudice Institute will construct a new capability for Faith & Prejudice and our partner organizations that will inform the racial righteousness ecosystem while raising awareness about issues and solutions for implementation at the local, state and national level. The Faith & Prejudice Institute will promote excellence in Christian leadership on advancing racial equity in America by:

 

  1. Creating, identifying and disseminating relevant research at the intersection of faith, culture, race, politics and policy.

  2. Building a national learning community of Christians committed to righting the wrongs of racial injustice in America.

  3. Facilitating collaboration while creating healthy opportunities for intellectual exchanges among researchers and scholars that advances our mission.

  4. Working with educational institutions to support graduate education at the intersection of faith, culture, race, politics and policy.

  5. Competing for research grants at the intersection of racial justice, faith and social science.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will be a seasoned academician, theologian and/or social scientist who has a deep understanding about the complexities of racism and its promulgation through the institution of the Church. They will be widely and deeply respected for their scholarship while playing a key strategic leadership role in aggregating and disseminating educational resources to local church partners and the general public.

 

They will have a demonstrable passion for the Faith & Prejudice mission, with education and meaningful work experience in the areas of Christian faith, racial justice, American history or a related field. They will have a strong ability to articulate the organization’s unique value proposition while mapping research opportunities to advance the mission and deepen programmatic impact. 

 

They will be a data-driven leader who will serve as a key member of the executive leadership team. They will also serve as an external voice for the Faith & Prejudice mission in regards to our impact and investment opportunities. They will be a high-integrity leader whose values align with those of Faith & Prejudice and will have an ability to communicate a strong vision while also managing the day to day work of ensuring development objectives are carried out and reported to stakeholders.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of the Faith & Prejudice Institute will be responsible for leading and facilitating Faith & Prejudice’s strategic research initiatives at the intersection of faith, culture, politics, race and policy. This will include the coordination, design, performance, and evaluation of educational and research programs, research funding acquisition in partnership with the Director of Resource Development and the development of strategic research partnerships that advance the Faith & Prejudice Conciliation Learning Agenda. This position reports directly to the Executive Director.

Responsibilities
  1. Develop and encourage a shared vision for the future direction, goals and priorities of the unit, aligned to the University mission and in the context of the Faculty and other academic units.

  2. Prepare the unit’s strategic and operational plans and manage the unit to achieve its strategic direction and goals in the context of Faculty and University strategy.

  3. Prepare, for unit PDR purposes, an annual report of progress in research, engagement and teaching.

  4. Maintain and enhance the academic reputation of the unit.

  5. Implement quality assurance and improvement procedures to enhance all aspects of the unit's activities, including both postgraduate and undergraduate student experience.

  6. Work with PVC’s and Deans to foster the development of outstanding research, research training and academic programmes in the unit.

  7. Monitor and evaluate the unit’s research, engagement and teaching activities in relation to comparable units both within and outside the University.

  8. Manage, administer and foster excellence in the organization’s research, community engagement and educational activities.

  9. Establish and maintain communication with appropriate internal and external stakeholders, including the Executive Leadership Team, Board of Directors, local church partners and others.

  10. Represent Faith & Prejudice in external engagements amplifying scholarship at the intersection of faith, culture and race.

  11. IInitiate, maintain and strengthen partnership with relevant academic bodies, social justice organizations and policy think tanks.

  12. Maximize opportunities for generating income that extends the reach of the Institute’s research and programs in partnership with the Director of Resource Development.

  13. Where appropriate, commercialize research/teaching outcomes and intellectual property.

Qualifications
  1. PhD in a relevant field of study preferred with four year’s relevant work experience OR Master’s degree in a relevant field of study with six year’s relevant work experience.

  2. Progressively responsible positions in research and/or education for large nonprofit organizations; prefer statewide or national experience.

  3.  Demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and delivering the outcomes of research projects in order to drive outcomes.

  4. Experience building programs to educate a targeted population of people and change their behavior.

  5.  Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating data into action plans.

  6.  Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution.

  7. Presence and confidence to project credibility to the Board, media, and strategic stakeholders.

  8. A passion for Faith & Prejudice’s mission, vision, and accomplishments.

  9. Demonstrated ability to form and maintain strong collaborative partnerships and to build consensus with colleagues and other strategic stakeholders