Director, Strategic Partnerships

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 Director of Strategic Partnerships to help us build and support our national network of local church partners.

Candidate Profile

The ideal candidate will have a track record for building and growing strategic partnerships with individuals, organizations and networks. They will have experience building and managing strategic coalitions to advance a mission. 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, strategic partnerships or a related field.

 

They will have a strong ability to articulate the organization’s unique value proposition while facilitating key relationships to expand the organization’s partnership base and deepen its impact. They must be an advocate – for the organization, the church partners we serve and the community we foster.

 

The successful candidate will be able to relate, speak and lead across cultures, hierarchies and individual needs. They will feel comfortable working alongside the founder and Executive Director to raise the organization’s profile through public speaking opportunities and developing partnerships with local churches, denominations, seminaries and more to mobilize them toward impactful change in their local communities and nationally.

 

They will have a special combination of confidence, compassion and humility that inspires what we do. They will be a high-integrity leader whose values align with those of Faith & Prejudice and an ability to communicate a strong vision while also managing the day to day work of ensuring partner needs and program objectives are met.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

The Director of Strategic Partnerships will expand our local church partnership base to 100,000 churches by 2030.  The Director of Strategic Partnerships will be responsible for developing and executing a highly strategic, innovative and collaborative plan to identify and engage local church partners who share our commitment to living out our Christian faith by acting justly, loving mercy and walking humbly before God.  This position reports directly to the Executive Director and will have the following duties among others:

 

  1. Developing and executing a strategic and innovative plan for engaging local churches in implementing Faith & Prejudice programs and services.

  2. Creating and managing a committee of church, business and community leaders whose purpose is to advance community-based strategies for driving racial equity through local church partners.

  3. Build a team of volunteer leaders to manage a growing portfolio of local church partners. 

  4. Work closely with the Founder, Board of Directors, Executive Director, Director of Resource Development and others to bring major partner prospects to an awareness and involvement with Faith & Prejudice.

  5. Work closely with the Director of Programs and Director of Resource Development to identify and prioritize compelling capital and program/special project opportunities to secure gifts from prospective investors.

  6. Maintain and analyze a database to manage partners and increase their long-term engagement.

  7. Develop a work plan with partnership goals, timelines and opportunities.

  8. Work in a cross-functional environment, supporting and assisting in other areas of Faith & Prejudice where needed.

  9. Serve as a member of the Faith & Prejudice Leadership Team.

Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, or related field required; Master’s preferred.

  2. Minimum five years experience in sales, community relations, or development in a corporate or civic/non-profit setting. Church engagement, racial or social justice preferred.

  3. Proven success in meeting significant business development goals and/or establishing significant partnerships to indicate the capability to grow our local partner network.

  4. Must possess strong relationships and proven success in networking with community leaders.

  5. Must be passionate about promoting and addressing the issue of racial inequity.

  6. Must be a strategic visionary.

  7. Must be an independent, highly accountable and driven self-starter.

  8. Must possess exceptional interpersonal and networking skills at the highest level.

  9. Must possess strong analytical and communication skills.

  10. Experience using Raiser’s Edge or other database preferred, or an aptitude and willingness to learn.

  11. Must be able to read, write, and communicate effectively in the English language.

  12. Must possess sight/hearing senses, or use prosthetics that will enable these senses to function adequately so that the requirements of this position can be fully met.

  13. Must possess the ability to make independent decisions, follow instructions, and to accept constructive criticism.