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Vice President of Racial Justice 

About the Organization YWCA Minneapolis is a nonprofit organization founded in 1891 as a member of YWCA USA, the oldest and largest multicultural organization in the world.

The mission of YWCA Minneapolis is eliminating racism, empowering women and girls, and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. Our vision is to be the most trusted and effective change agent in the journey to eliminate racism and sexism in our community.

We are a trusted social justice organization with a 129-year history of advocacy for women and children. More than 30,000 people in our community are served every year by YWCA Minneapolis, through award-winning programs, classes, and workshops.

YWCA Minneapolis strives every day for:
• Race and gender equity
• Economic independence for women
• Respect for diverse cultures
• Children and youth who thrive
• A community that is vibrant and healthy

Category Community Relations  


YWCA Minneapolis seeks an experienced leader to join our team.  Reporting to the Executive Team, this position provides leadership and strategy for YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice programs in support of the YWCA Minneapolis mission, vision and goals. The VP of Racial Justice will lead the development and execution of innovative engagement and education programs in cross-cultural competence and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI).  In collaboration with YWCA’s Office of Advancement, the VP of Racial Justice oversee the content and focus of YWCA’s racial justice events (i.e. It’s Time to Talk:  Forums on Race, It’s Time to Act!). This position serves as a member of the senior leadership team and represents the YWCA of Minneapolis on racial justice and public policy related issues both locally and nationally.


  • Lead the vision and strategy of the Racial Justice department.
  • Supervise, develop and provide leadership for Racial Justice staff.
  • Ensure high quality programs and services are offered and delivered to customers, clients and participants.
  • Develop, update and formally document all program curriculum ensuring alignment YWCA mission, vision and goals.
  • Develop and implement annual Business Plan with sales strategy for Race Equity Consulting, workshops and facilitator training.
  • Provide staff leadership for the Racial Justice & Public Policy Committee and IT2T Steering Committee.
  • Lead and facilitate race equity workshops and other offerings
  • Ensure development and achievement of program budget and ensure financial goals are met on an ongoing basis.
  • Partner with YWCA Marketing Director as it pertains to Racial Justice and Public Policy and ensure program marketing strategies, activities and materials are planned, developed and implemented
  • Review  and report on financial and sales activity and determine if changes in programs or services is necessary
  • Maintain current knowledge and understanding of programming in the Racial Justice industry by actively performing competitive research and analysis to evaluate existing programs as trends and standards change for continuous improvement and innovative opportunities
  • Establish external community and corporate partnerships that will enhance operations and brand awareness of our mission and goals.
  • Develop annual legislative and policy agenda, including advocacy plan.
  • Assist Organization Advancement team with Racial Justice and Public Policy related grant reports and applications to strengthen and expand funding base.


The incumbent will work closely with the YWCA Senior Leadership Team, Volunteer Coordinator, community representatives, and employees within the department and organization. Critical relationships will include: Chief Executive Officer, Chief Development Officer, Director of Human Resources, YWCA board members; Committee Chairs for It’s Time to Talk Forums on Race Committee and Racial Justice & Public Policy Committee; community leaders of color, and leaders with similar responsibilities in another organizations.

Position Requirements



  • Master’s Degree, or equivalent experience, in Public Policy, Organizational Development or related field.
  • A minimum of five years-experience in racial equity and diversity, equity and inclusion work.
  • Minimum of three years of staff and team management experience coupled with demonstrated institutional leadership experience in roles of increasing responsibility.
  • Deep knowledge with formal training in racial justice and equity and experience apply racial equity practices to organizational development and programs.
  • Ability to articulate the direction of Racial Justice and the intersection of racial justice and public policy in relation to YWCA’s mission, strategy and goals.
  • Previous work in leading organizational culture change. 
  • Ability to organize, manage and drive projects to completion. Supports a climate of high achievement and accountability.
  • Demonstrated excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and conflict management skills. Exceptional customer service skills to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, grantors, or members of the community.
  • Ability to effectively present information to large audiences of 1000 or more, top management, public groups, boards of director, community people, staff and youth.


  • The successful candidate will have:
  • A high degree of emotional intelligence and self-awareness.
  • An entrepreneurial mindset and ability to solve problems creatively and seek innovative solutions.
  • The ability to work effectively and collaboratively across a complex organization.
  • An ability to navigate ambiguous situations successfully.
  • An ability to articulate thought leadership and a clear point of view.
  • A commitment to continuous learning and reflection
  • A history of developing staff through coaching, facilitation and teambuilding.

In addition to these requirements, the YWCA of Minneapolis has identified the following Leadership Competencies:

  • Exhibits Ethics, Integrity, and Values in passionate Pursuit of the Mission of the Organization
  • Drives for Results
  • Demonstrates Strategic Agility
  • Leverages Differences and Practices Inclusion
  • Communicates and Provides Direction, Support and Focus
  • Creates Engaged, Winning Teams
  • Coaches and Develops Direct Reports
  • Collaborates Across Functions and Drives Alignment


  • Experience and/or education in leadership development or reflective leadership.
  • Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) qualified administrator 
  • Marketing or sales experience a plus.
  • Some experience in grassroots advocacy and/or lobbying/government relations
  • Intercultural Development Inventory, Intercultural Conflict Style, Circle Process, Mindful Facilitation and Kingian Nonviolence certifications.



  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
  • Must be able to sit for long periods of time at a desk
  • Must be able to occasionally life and/or move up to 40 lbs
  • Be able to travel to various YWCA and/or community sites
  • Work remotely and in-person as instructed according to protocol guidelines during COVID-19



This job description represents the major functions but is not intended to be all-inclusive.


Benefits: Health, Dental, Vision, Disability and Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, and 403(b) Tax Sheltered Account, as well as, PTO. After two anniversary years (1,000 hours each year) of employment, employees who are eligible will be automatically enrolled in the YWCA Retirement Fund.

Salary: The salary range for this position is $91,520 - $137, 280 (depending on qualifications)



During your application process, it is very important for you to submit the following: 

  • Cover letter (including salary requirements)
  • Three professional references (including contact information)
  • Resume

If you experience any issues with uploading the above material with your application, please email it directly to:


Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Position Vice President of Race Equity and Public Policy  
Number of Openings 1  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Location Downtown YWCA Minneapolis  
EOE Statement YWCA Minneapolis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.  
HoursPerWk None Specified 

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