Director of Justice Oregon
MEYER MEMORIAL TRUST
Position Description: Director - Justice Oregon for Black Lives
Reports to: Director of Programs and Strategy
FLSA Status: Exempt
One of the largest private funders in Oregon, Meyer Memorial Trust commits its position, resources and energies to dismantling barriers to equity and improving community conditions so that all Oregonians can reach their full potential.
Established in 1982 from the estate of Fred G. Meyer, Meyer has awarded grants and program-related investments in excess of $814 million to more than 3,432 organizations. With current assets of approximately $840 million, Meyer focuses on work in Oregon in four areas Oregonians have identified as crucial to making the state better for all its residents: housing, education, the environment and building stronger communities.
Learn more about Meyer at mmt.org.
The Director will contribute creative, dynamic and forward-thinking leadership to, and is responsible for, the success of the Justice Oregon for Black Lives initiative. This is a new position, leading new and innovative work at Meyer.
Justice Oregon for Black Lives is an initiative launched by Meyer Memorial Trust in July 2020. It is a $25 million commitment over five years to invest in Black-led and Black-serving organizations, reimagine public safety and support large scale systems change projects. The initiative will be a long-term effort, co-created with Black communities to understand how Meyer can show up as the best possible partner in the work to advance racial justice and equity in Oregon. Our hope is to build new relationships within philanthropy as well as with individuals, government agencies, cross-sector institutions and businesses and nonprofit organizations—to think creatively and holistically about how to be in partnership, and be transformational and impactful with our grantmaking and investments.
Learn more about this new initiative at mmt.org/JusticeOregonforBlackLives.
The Director of Justice Oregon for Black Lives reports to the Director of Programs & Strategy (DOPS) and leads the work of the Justice Oregon initiative, coordinating capacity and resources as necessary. The Director will partner and collaborate with the Director of Programs & Strategy as well as the directors of Meyer’s four existing grantmaking portfolios to provide leadership and oversight for Meyer’s multiple streams of programming. The initiative director will work with senior leadership and Meyer’s board of trustees to shape and steward the work of the foundation.
Core responsibilities of the Director of Justice Oregon for Black Lives role includes: collaborating with senior leadership to set the initiative’s direction; developing and executing strategy and work plans; deepening relationships with community; engaging at relevant policy tables; oversight of initiative assessment; providing field leadership; and inspiring partnerships, collaborations and co-funding relationships. The Justice Oregon Director also prepares and manages the initiative’s grantmaking and administrative budgets and has oversight of its operational needs.
The position is responsible for cultivating successful collaborations across Meyer’s portfolios and leveraging connections and skills from throughout the organization to strengthen both the initiative and the foundation. As the initiative develops, additional staffing may be warranted, at which time the Director of Justice Oregon for Black Lives Director would be responsible for managing, motivating and developing a strong team. In all facets of responsibility, the Director ensures that the Meyer’s key values of equity, collaboration, innovation, responsiveness, humbleness and transparency are upheld.
- Develop and implement a strategic and well-balanced initiative that incorporates the full range of Meyer’s resources – grantmaking, capacity building and technical assistance expertise, influence, communications, investments and relationships – to address disparities experienced by Black Oregonians.
- Develop formal mechanisms for and maintain ongoing practices of deep community engagement and relationship building to ensure that the initiative’s strategies are community-informed and build reciprocal trust with Black community leaders throughout Oregon.
- Seek, identify and maximize bridging opportunities, supporting and engaging in work that attracts allies and builds cross-racial solidarity to advance the initiative’s strategic goals.
- Oversee and, as appropriate, directly engage in initiative activities (e.g. policy work, grantmaking, partnerships, research, trainings, convenings)
- Continually survey the local, regional, and national landscape to identify emerging innovations, policy opportunities and trends, furthering partnerships in the initiative’s areas of focus and in philanthropy.
- Lead the development of new strategies and approaches that address emerging needs, leverage opportunities and reflect best and emerging promising practices, ensuring the agility and responsiveness of the initiative.
- Partner with the Director of Programs & Strategy and external consultants to develop initiative success indicators and ensure related systems are in place to track and assess progress toward strategic goals.
- Maintain a strong external presence in local and statewide community events, participating in relevant local, regional and national affinity groups, as appropriate.
- Develop and maintain strategic relationships with policy makers, nonprofit leaders, public and private stakeholders and funders.
- Building reciprocal trust with Black community leaders.
- Serve as a facilitator, convener, and connector to further the initiative’s strategic goals.
- Collaborate with senior leadership to cultivate and support a strong practice of engaging trustees to provide strategic guidance and oversight of the initiative and leverage trustee insights and influence.
- Prepare and manage the initiative’s annual strategic work plan as well as grantmaking and administrative budgets.
- As it becomes applicable, lead, manage and motivate Justice Oregon team members, and work closely with other portfolio leaders on professional development and team building.
- Offer personal interest and commitment to working in a diverse and inclusive work environment that places a high value on equity.
- Participate in promoting a positive workplace culture of collaboration, innovation and respect. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to establish effective working relationships in a multicultural, multi-ethnic environment (please refer to Meyer’s Equity Statement).
- Engage in equity trainings and serve on related work groups as needed.
- Deep knowledge and understanding of historical racism and discrimination in Oregon.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/WORK ENVIRONMENT
Meyer Memorial Trust is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and compliance with all federal, state and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, Meyer ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race; color; age; gender identity or expression; sexual orientation; religion; marital status; national origin or ancestry; citizenship; lawful alien status; physical, mental or medical disability; veteran status; or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.
Transgender, gender non-conforming and gender non-binary job applicants, as well as applicants with disabilities and applicants with criminal record histories, are encouraged to apply.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will:
- Engage in regular communication in-person as well as through electronic means.
- Routinely use computer laptops, tablets, desk phones, photocopiers and monitors including computer screens, televisions and projectors.
- Occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
- Work in a business setting of open cubicles with an estimated 45 - 60 decibel noise level.
- Work primarily from home or any quiet place while Oregon wrestles with the Covid-19 pandemic