The Equity Center

A UVA Democracy Initiative center for the redress of inequity through community-engaged scholarship

Careers

    Executive Director

    The Democracy Initiative Center and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks a dynamic and collaborative Executive Director for the newly created Equity Center.

    The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship (the “Equity Center”) is the University of Virginia’s newest collaborative multi-disciplinary center, established in August 2019. The Equity Center tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities’ fundamental research mission, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, the Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

    The Executive Director position is a vital role responsible for managing the day-to-day function of the Equity Center and to manage the Pipeline Program. The Director will be the public face of the Equity Center and will work to oversee that the organization’s Strategic and Action Plan is implemented to carry out the Equity Center’s mission in accordance with its core values.

    Job responsibilities:

    • Support the Research Practice Partnership Co-Directors in developing and carrying out work plans to meet their annual priorities.
    • Reports to the Faculty Director, and together with the Faculty Director provides reporting oversight for the Equity Center staff.
    • Responsible for effectively administering all the Center’s programs.
    • Works as a liaison with internal and external agencies providing timely response and problem resolution.
    • Coordinate assigned events and projects, including reservation of meeting locations and catering.
    • Direct external vendors and agencies on specific projects and events, where appropriate.
    • Work collaboratively with members of the Equity Center team, Democracy Initiative team, the UVA College of Arts & Sciences team, colleagues across the UVA Grounds as well as throughout the community.
    • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Education: Bachelor's degree with at least five years of relevant experience or Master's degree with at least two years of relevant experience. Significant relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
    • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.
    • Experience in budget management skills, and demonstrably sound professional judgment.
    • Ability to develop, articulate and implement organizational vision.
    • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with staff, interface with Local Steering Committee, National Advisory Committee, faculty, and donors.
    • Strong public speaking ability as well as strong written and oral communication skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and transparent, high integrity leadership skills.
    • Ability to make sound decisions based on competing and complex information from multiple sources.
    • Ability to work with tact on complex, sensitive and confidential issues.
    • The analytical skills and judgment to interpret data and take the appropriate action in circumstances /situations.
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).  

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Preference will be given to candidates with organizational experience successfully managing a non-profit organization similar in size and budget to the Equity Center.

    This is an exempt level, benefited position, and is restricted as it is dependent upon performance and funding.  Anticipated Hiring Range: $65,000 - $75,000 commensurate with education and experience.

    Preference will be given to applications received by November 22, 2019, though the position is open until filled.

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    Fiscal and Research Administrator

    The Democracy Initiative Center and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks a dedicated Fiscal and Research Administrator for the newly created Equity Center.

    The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship (the “Equity Center”) is the University of Virginia’s newest collaborative multi-disciplinary center, established in August 2019. The Equity Center tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities’ fundamental research mission, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, the Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

    The Fiscal and Research Administrator position has two dual roles, both of which require exceptional attention to detail, organizational skills, and the highest standards of integrity. The first role is to handle fiscal management and the second is to administer grants for the Equity Center.

    Job responsibilities:

    • Apply professional accounting concepts to perform basic financial and resource analysis to understand past performance, determine present and future performance, and manage resource allocations in accordance with the Equity Center Strategy and Action Plan. 
    • Prepare basic financial, resource, and budget reports for internal analysis. 
    • Manage all payments to staff, community directors, faculty, students, vendors and bookkeeping for the Equity Center.
    • Oversee smooth and timely distribution of payments to community partners, contractors and vendors while ensuring efficient compliance with all of the University’s financial/budget requirements and systems. 
    • Collaborate with Equity Center faculty and community directors during the Pre-Award phase to review and submit proposals for sponsored research, by negotiating, accepting, and establishing financial accounts for awards.
    • Provide comprehensive service in managing compliance and audit in the Post-Award phase.
    • Act as the designated liaison with the University of Virginia’s Office of Sponsored Programs and therefore obtain the requisite training and certification to comply with that office’s requirements to submit, manage financial compliance, and close all the Equity Center grants.
    • Coordinate all grants, designate funds into appropriate accounts and provide regular reports on each initiative and the EC overall to ensure integrity and alignment with overarching goals. 
    • Work collaboratively with members of the Equity Center team, Democracy Initiative team, the UVA College of Arts & Sciences team, colleagues across the UVA Grounds as well as throughout the community.
    • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Education: Bachelor's degree with at least three years of relevant experience.  Significant relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
    • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.
    • Experience in budget management skills, and demonstrably sound professional judgment.
    • Ability to develop, articulate and implement organizational vision.
    • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and transparent, high integrity leadership skills.
    • Ability to make sound decisions based on competing and complex information from multiple sources.
    • Ability to work with tact on complex, sensitive and confidential issues.
    • The analytical skills and judgment to interpret data and take the appropriate action in circumstances /situations.
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).  

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Preference will be given to candidates with budget and accounting, grant and contract experience. 

    This is an exempt level, benefited position, and is restricted as it is dependent upon performance and funding.  Anticipated Hiring Range: $50,000 - $60,000 commensurate with education and experience.

    Preference will be given to applications received by November 22, 2019, though the position is open until filled.

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    Program Evaluation Analyst

    The Democracy Initiative Center and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks a motivated Program Evaluation Analyst for the newly created Equity Center.

    The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship (the “Equity Center”) is the University of Virginia’s newest collaborative multi-disciplinary center, established in August 2019. The Equity Center tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities’ fundamental research mission, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, the Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

    The Program Evaluation Analyst position’s primary role is to perform statistical analysis and evaluation, and support research for the Equity Center. The position requires a detail-oriented analyst with the capacity for data collection, cleaning, and analysis.

    Job responsibilities:

    • The position will require the ability to initiate plans for program evaluation, analyze data, assess and report outcomes for funding organizations such as grantors and donors.
    • Prepare reports for internal evaluation, for external funders, and for dissemination in white papers, issue briefs, electronic platforms, and academic journals.
    • Format slides, graphs, and displays to communicate statistical information.
    • This position will be expected to grow into co-authorship on articles and may be included in conference presentations.   Equity Center’s initiatives, community partners (via technical assistance) and overall evaluation.
    • Provide information to internal and external audiences to describe and monitor the Equity Center’s alignment with its mission and metrics.
    • Work collaboratively with members of the Equity Center team, Democracy Initiative team, the UVA College of Arts & Sciences team, colleagues across the UVA Grounds as well as throughout the community.
    • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Education: Master's or terminal degree with five years of specialized experience.
    • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.
    • Ability to develop, articulate and implement organizational vision.
    • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and transparent, high integrity leadership skills.
    • Ability to make sound decisions based on competing and complex information from multiple sources.
    • Ability to work with tact on complex, sensitive and confidential issues.
    • The analytical skills and judgment to interpret data and take the appropriate action in circumstances /situations.
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).  

    This is a part-time 20 hours per week benefited position and is restricted as it is dependent upon performance and funding.

    Preference will be given to applications received by November 22, 2019, though the position is open until filled.

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    Grant Writer/Advancement Officer

    The Democracy Initiative Center and the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences seeks a dedicated Grant Writer/Advancement Officer for the newly created Equity Center.

    The Democracy Initiative Center for the Redress of Inequity Through Community-Engaged Scholarship (the “Equity Center”) is the University of Virginia’s newest collaborative multi-disciplinary center, established in August 2019. The Equity Center tangibly redresses racial and socioeconomic inequality in university communities by advancing a transformative approach to universities’ fundamental research mission, which will in turn reform institutional values, pedagogy and operations. Specifically, the Equity Center will change the way that University of Virginia (UVA) scholars interact with members of the surrounding community, replacing a model that has been extractive with one that is respectful and collaborative and conducts research that benefits communities. This approach will be a model for institutions of higher education domestically and globally to leverage their anchor positions in local communities to eradicate racial and socioeconomic inequity.

    Grant Writer/Advancement Officer position is responsible for working closely with the Equity Center Director to achieve the funding goals for the organization.

    Job responsibilities:

    • Must be thoroughly familiar with the Equity Center’s values, peers, goals and financial needs.
    • Conduct comprehensive ongoing research to identify a full range of potential funding sources including individual donors, philanthropic foundations, and governments.
    • Compile information needed for grantors and assist the Equity Center’s Research Practice Partnerships in writing grants to meet the Center’s Advancement goals in accordance with the Strategy and Action Plan. 
    • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects believed to be capable of making gifts.
    • Responsible to work on several projects at one time and meet tight deadlines.
    • Produce multiple grant/fundraising proposals, requests, applications and reports to fulfill the development plan as outlined by the Faculty Director.
    • Collect required data in preparation of grant applications, renewals and grant reports.
    • Equity Center’s primary liaison with the University of Virginia’s Office of Advancement.
    • Record keeper for all proposals, reports and ensures compliance with all requirements of the Office of Sponsored programs at UVA.
    • Identify new opportunities for funding.
    • Attend fundraising events and assist with event planning and execution.
    • Work collaboratively with members of the Equity Center team, Democracy Initiative team, the UVA College of Arts & Sciences team, colleagues across the UVA Grounds as well as throughout the community.
    • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    • Education: Bachelor's degree with at least five years of previous fundraising, grants and contract experience.  Significant relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
    • Must have a commitment to serve communities by reducing racial and socioeconomic inequity.
    • Ability to effectively articulate and implement organizational vision.
    • Ability to cultivate and maintain effective relations with prospects, donors, and volunteers.
    • Ability to research, investigate, and utilize resources and information from a variety of sources.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Experience in grant/proposal writing for the creation and formulation of plans, contracts and proposals.
    • Excellent organizational skills, time management, and transparent, high integrity leadership skills.
    • Ability to work effectively both independently and as a member of a team.
    • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint).  

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated success with closing major gifts.

    This is an exempt level, benefited position, and is restricted as it is dependent upon performance and funding.  Anticipated Hiring Range: $55,000 - $60,000 commensurate with education and experience.

    Preference will be given to applications received by November 22, 2019, though the position is open until filled.

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