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POSITION TITLE: Senior Director, Race & Gender Equity

REPORTS TO: Chief Racial Justice Officer (CRJO)

DIRECT SUPERVISION: Racial Justice Staff

DEPARTMENT: Racial Justice

HOURS: Full-time | STATUS: Exempt

SALARY: $66,500 – $80,000


Through program direction and implementation, this position will refine and directly implement our work to mobilize organizations, institutions, businesses and individuals to address racial and gender equity issues. Working with the CRJO and using measurable outcomes focused on long-range impact, the Senior Director will play an essential role in building the capacity of YWCA SEW’s growing race and gender equity work to advance programming, collective impact and advocacy.


  • Provide expert training, consultation and coaching from a gender and racial equity framework. The work begins with baseline education (oppression frameworks), building equity toolkit, influencing and advocating for change through leadership consultation and coaching.
  • Consult with organizations and businesses to identify and dismantle institutionalized gender and race-based barriers to advance equitable opportunities for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) and women to thrive, personally and professionally.
  • Drive several complex racial and gender equity projects in alignment with YWCA Southeast Wisconsin (SEW) program model and achieve measurable success.
  • Facilitate challenging and courageous conversations about race/racism, sexism, gender equity and other related topics and coach other facilitators.
  • Identify staffing needs (team structure). Recruit, hire, supervise and develop staff (and consultants) on the racial / gender equity team.
  • Use quantitative and qualitative data/information to both tell a story and evaluate success with varied audiences evaluate program success and track progress toward organizational goals and outcomes.
  • Address gender and racial equity issues effectively using online social media platforms.
  • Ensure that the mission, vision and brand of YWCA SEW is known and acknowledged in the region and beyond.


  • Other relevant duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, women’s studies, political science, education, organizational development, sociology /social work or similarly focused interdisciplinary degree;
  • Five to eight years of senior management experience supervising staff and leading programs that build gender and racial equity;
  • Established competency using quantitative and qualitative data analysis tools, as well as common software and online tools, e.g., Microsoft Office (primarily Word and Excel), online virtual meeting tools, email;
  • Exceptional interpersonal, written, oral and strategic communication skills;
  • Deep knowledge of and formal training in gender and racial justice and equity;
  • Minimum of two years organizational development experience, demonstrating a keen understanding of organizational dynamics to provide insights, perspectives and actionable plans for addressing race and gender equity practices;
  • Mature emotional intelligence, demonstrating extremely high capacity to manage one’s own emotions and to identify the emotions of others to support staff and outcomes;
  • Strong collaborative project management, consensus-building, networking, and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to
    • foster an environment where a group of diverse people can work together cooperatively to develop community and organizational partnerships and meet goals
    • multi-task and prioritize concurrent projects and day to day tasks within a fast-paced and evolving environment;
    • interact across differences with empathy and a sense of humor, while being self-reflective;
  •  Analytical and agile thinker who can develop and apply strategy using thoughtful and inclusive approaches.


  • Integrity and sound judgment
  • Creative, energetic, optimistic approach to work, leadership and teamwork
  • Political savvy
  • Initiative
  • Persuasive
  • Able to engage comfortably with all staff to lead by influence rather than authority


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job:

  • Noise level varies from low to moderate, typical of that found in a setting that incorporates both administration and direct program activities.
  • Occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • NOTE: COVID-19 safe work environment accommodations are provided.

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job:

  • Frequently required to walk and stand for hours at a time
  • Frequently required to sit for long periods of time in front of computer screens
  • Frequently required to carry or transport materials to off-site locations
  • Frequently required to talk or hear
  • Frequently required to drive to and from different sites
  • Frequent regional travel

Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


Full-time position offering comprehensive health plan, paid holidays, generous PTO, and opportunity to participate in YWCA USA Retirement Plan.


Send cover letter, resume and salary expectations to: CV@ywcasew.org