Position Title: Director- Organizational Learning & Development, Weissberg Foundation
Position Posting: https://recruitcrm.io/apply/16728546149270017972sKb
Work Type: Full-time exempt employee based on a 40-hour work week (on average); Flexible schedule over a 4-day work week (The Foundation is closed on Fridays)
Location: Virginia preferred; DMV possible. Other Option – Remote with travel: Work from home plus periodic in-person meetings with grantees and partners, in-person team-building opportunities every other month at varied locations across the Commonwealth, one in-person annual Board meeting
About The Foundation
The Foundation envisions a world that recognizes inequities and actively seeks to dismantle structural racism by continuously building access, opportunity, and power so that all can thrive. We advance organizations and efforts building power of those most negatively impacted by racism.
Established in 1988, the Weissberg Foundation is a Virginia-based private family foundation rooted in the values and experience of our founder, Marvin Weissberg. Marvin’s hope was for the Foundation to bond the family across generations and help family members find their moral compass through shared learning, dialogue, and engagement around building a more equitable world. You can learn more about Marvin’s life and legacy here.
How do we advance a vision for racial equity and justice in Virginia? At the Weissberg Foundation, this is the query animating our work as we move forward into our next era of investing and grantmaking. We are starting from a belief that building the power of those most negatively impacted by racism is the central path to transforming systems and achieving a world that recognizes inequities and actively seeks to dismantle structural racism. With the leadership of our new Executive Director, the Foundation is guided by a set of strategic commitments and pillars affirmed by the Board in 2022:
- Assets: The Foundation is committed to activating 100% of our assets – endowment, impact investments, and grants – for racial equity and justice.
- Priority: The Foundation affirms power building as its primary focus.
- Place: Given the genesis of the Foundation in Virginia and the role Virginia played in Indigenous forced land removal and genocide, and as the birthplace of chattel slavery, the Foundation is committed to prioritizing Virginia while continuing to support regional efforts.
- People: As an extension of our mission focused on those most negatively impacted by racism, the Foundation centers Black and Indigenous people while supporting all communities of color.
- Black-Led and Accountable Power Building: Building power of those most negatively impacted by racism is the central path to transforming systems and achieving a world that recognizes inequities and actively seeks to dismantle structural racism.
- Narrative Change: Combatting disinformation, misinformation and extremism while proactively messaging the benefits of racial equity and justice.
- Wealth Building: Building the wealth of Black and Indigenous people and working for acknowledgment, apology, atonement, and repair of the generational harm of structural racism.
- Democracy & Electoral Reform: Identifying and combating structural racism in our electoral processes.
- Base Building: Expanding the base of regional, statewide, and national foundations invested in dismantling structural racism and achieving racial justice in Virginia.
The Foundation’s values and the emergent nature of our work calls us to be curious and make space for learning, while also holding the urgent need for justice. This urgency demands that we minimize process and continuously move forward toward a shared vision that is deeply informed by the values, wisdom, and lived experiences of those most negatively impacted by racism. We are looking to generate and iterate, experimenting with what’s possible through nontraditional approaches to leveraging philanthropy as a transformative power for realizing racial justice in Virginia.
We will work together across teams to allocate approximately $10M annually to strengthen current programs and pilot new areas of potential ongoing investment. We are committed to partnering with our grantees and investees to build the kind of trust-based relationships that allow us to authentically explore, experiment, and learn, together.
Join us! We’re looking for mission and values-aligned colleagues who are energized by the opportunity to partner with community in service of racial equity and justice in Virginia.
The Director, Organizational Learning & Development, will report directly to the Executive Director and be an integral leader on our team, bringing their expertise and creativity to our ongoing exploration of new ways of philanthropy that center community wisdom and elevate Black, Indigenous, and People of Color leadership.
The Director will be a leader in shaping our programming, grantmaking, and investments across the following areas:
Strategic Leadership & Learning Design trainings and experiential opportunities to meet our unique needs as a racial justice philanthropy and ensure we are deeply engaged in ongoing learning across the Staff, Board, and Family. Ensure we are upholding our values and actively dismantling white supremacy culture as we operate generally, and specifically as we add Independent Trustees to the Board. Plan, curate, design, and facilitate experiential learning journeys for Staff, Board, and Family that elevate the wisdom of community leaders, illuminate opportunities in Virginia, and help inform our organizational priorities. Lead the Foundation’s process of learning into our Wealth Origin Story. Partner with the external consultant leading the Weissberg family NextGen Leadership & Board Development Program. Develop and launch the Foundation’s “Expert in Residence” program which will invite leaders to lend their expertise to the Foundation on a temporary basis to guide us around potential new grantmaking areas: e.g., Reparations, Wealth Building, Democracy & Electoral Reform. Serve as an expert facilitator for internal meetings and external collaborations as needed.
Organizational Development Work collaboratively across the Foundation to ensure that our Staff and Board are properly prepared and supported to do their best work. Create an annual plan for professional and organizational development activities that strategically aligns with Foundation resources and priorities. In partnership with the Executive Director, develop an evolving set of core competencies for all staff members. Look for gaps in organizational capacity to meet our mission effectively and propose development strategies. Integrate learnings across bodies of work. Evaluate and evolve development needs over time as the Foundation grows. Develop an annual learning budget.
Expanding the Base Research local and national collective impact models and propose a methodology for our collective impact funding program. Support our work to expand the base of regional, statewide, and national foundations invested in dismantling structural racism and achieving racial justice in Virginia by planning, curating, and facilitating learning journeys for other foundations. Create compelling presentations to encourage others to engage in this work.
- You have 10+ years of relevant experience some significant portion of which rooted in and connected to Black and Brown communities of Virginia
- You have experience with various leadership development and organizational learning practices that advance racial justice and can articulate a theory of change for the Foundation’s internal learning that resonates with the stated purpose of this role
- You have values-centered experience facilitating and/or training groups, in-person and online, are able to create spaces where participants can effectively engage with one another to build transformative understanding, strengthen community, and gain common purpose
- You have strong people and project management experience and at least 3+ years of experience managing multiple aspects of a program, including its budget, external vendors, and support staff
- You have experience working successfully across complex collaborations, e.g. coalitions, cross-sector partnerships, multi-organization projects etc, that include Black and Indigenous leaders
- Experience as a grantmaker is not required or desired, however, you must have a grounding in the role of philanthropy in funding movements and contemporary conversations about the limitations and challenges of philanthropy gained either through your experience as a grantee or through other interactions with foundations, corporate social responsibility, individual donors etc.
Who You Are
- You are a lifelong learner and natural teacher who derives joy and energy from transforming people’s understanding of themselves and others for racial equity
- You are a skilled communicator who can lead productive conversations that bring people into authentic dialogue across lines of difference
- You have a well-developed racial analysis including understanding of how race and racism are embedded in practices, policies, institutions, and systems
- You have a personal and professional commitment to ongoing learning about the Foundation’s work and antiracist leadership approaches
- You have a desire to serve the movement from this particular position, as someone who is in service to our Staff and Board and are deeply motivated to provide our community with a supportive experience
- You are a strategic and thoughtful leader who can balance the details of annual work plans with the big picture of steadily moving forward a decades-long strategy
- You are energized by opportunities to shape new initiatives and programs; you love brainstorming with a team of other committed and talented people and coming up with ways to improve our practice
- You are creative and willing to experiment–you welcome the messiness that comes with experimentation
- You have a high ambiguity tolerance, proactively seek clarity when needed, and are excited to bring shape to new initiatives
- You have a growth mindset and consider yourself a work in progress–you seek feedback and incorporate what you’re learning on an ongoing basis
- You desire to be part of a group of leaders who are actively seeking sustainability; you are looking for an opportunity to be a member of a committed team that is moving critical resources to power building *and* you believe that liberation calls us to hold boundaries around our personal and collective wellbeing
All Weissberg Foundation employees are required to show evidence that they are fully up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. The Foundation will consider requests for reasonable accommodations, as required by law. Due to our requirements for travel and commitment to gathering in community, the Foundation has a duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards. Our COVID-19 vaccination policy is in place to safeguard the health of its employees, their families, our partners and visitors, and the community at large from risk of exposure
Compensation and Benefits
The salary for this position is $125,000 based on the requirements of the position and on a 4-day work week. The salary is non-negotiable. We are co-creating a culture of collective care (we-care in addition to self-care) where the Foundation is as committed to the values of living and learning, racial equity and justice, and building power and community internally as it is externally.
For full-time employees, benefits include:
- 4-day work week
- 100% coverage of employee medical, vision and dental insurance, and 85% of medical, vision, and dental insurance for families and/or dependents. Flexible Spending Accounts for health care and dependent care. Employee Assistance Program.
- 6% 401K match
- $150/month reimbursement for services that support wellness including: fitness activities, mental and/or physical health services, and body work (e.g., massages, reiki, etc.).
- Employees have the following regular leave benefits: 10 days of paid sick leave; 15 days of paid vacation for employees who have been at the Foundation 0-5 years, and 20 days for those who have been with the Foundation for 5+ years; 10 organization-wide paid holidays; 2 paid floating holidays per year to be used for religious or cultural holidays, employee birthdays, or other state or federal holidays during which the Foundation remains open; the Foundation closes annually for the last week of the calendar year.
- The Foundation also supports additional special leave including: 16-week family leave for birth, adoption, care of sick family member; 2-week reentry leave for support of immediate family member returning home from incarceration; 5-days of bereavement leave for loss of family member; 8-hour civic participation leave for volunteering at the polls on election day. Full-time employees are eligible for a 3-month paid sabbatical after 5 years of employment, and every 5 years of employment thereafter, subject to approval.
This position is open until filled, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a resume along with a cover letter responding to the question “What is your vision for racial justice in Virginia and what experiences have informed that vision?” and detailing your interest in this position APPLY AT THIS LINK Submission of additional relevant samples of previous work—written reports, links to web-based publications, curriculum, meeting agendas, grant proposals, event invitations, podcasts, pitch letters, press releases, videos—and any other materials demonstrating communication skills or subject matter expertise are welcome, but not required at this stage.
- Salary $125K/year
- Experience Level 10+ years