Executive Director

Westerville for Racial Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Engagement

Westerville for Racial Equity, Inclusion and Social Justice Engagement


The WeRISE for Greater Westerville organization was formed in 2021 with the mission to eradicate individual and structural racism in the greater Westerville community. In support of this mission, we will lead collaborative anti-racism efforts, driving meaningful, lasting and equitable change. We will form relationships with underrepresented communities, build equitable partnerships, make concrete changes to policies and programs, and increase public accountability, relevance, and value. We exist to enable community organizations to share power with people who they may previously have excluded or ignored.

Job Summary

The Executive Director will provide direction and leadership for the organization, while upholding our mission and inspiring our Board of Directors (Board) and supporters. Reporting to the Board for WeRISE, the ED is responsible for developing and deploying strategies that support a diverse and inclusive community while focusing on racial justice and equity within the greater Westerville community. Working with local organizations, boards, government agencies, diversity councils, and other external partners to implement short, mid, and long-term strategies to advance anti-racism.

Reports To

Board of Directors



  • Provide leadership to staff, volunteers, and cross functional teams
  • Provide anti-racist training and coaching for residents and community partners
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to achieve organizational goals
  • Assist in the development of the organizational strategy
  • Work with the Board to implement a comprehensive diversity strategy, as well as related programs/initiatives and projects across the city
  • Collaborate with key partners to create performance reporting and assist with the selection, implementation, and verification of performance metrics.
  • Persuade others into agreement in sensitive situations while maintaining positive relationships

Community and Public Relations

  • Work with underrepresented and marginalized populations to determine needs and close gaps of access
  • Build relationships with external partners and accelerate actions and behaviors that drive inclusivity
  • Partner with community stakeholders and city leaders to ensure the adoption and implementation of anti-racist policies and practices
  • Grow and sustain relationships between external partners and diversity related organizations that support the diversity strategy while adopting best practices to include assessing and delivering on existing partnerships
  • Interact with internal and external leaders, including city officials
  • Establish meaningful partnerships that yield impactful results

Organizational Management

  • Develop a means to measure and provide reporting on the progress of all programs and initiatives
  • Partner and team creatively and virtually within tight budget parameters
  • Leverage social media platforms to promote and create engagement
  • Maintain knowledge of EEO regulations and remains current on diversity trends
  • Provide direction and thought leadership to execute strategy
  • Manage scope, budget, and timeline while ensuring requirements are met
  • Fundraising and grant writing

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or related work experience
  • Commitment to racial justice
  • Possess a high level of awareness and understanding of issues of equity, privilege, power, and oppression
  • Ability to manage large work plans for multiyear initiatives
  • Experience creating and fostering positive inclusive environments, with a focus of delivering equity for minoritized populations
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
  • Demonstrated performance with coaching and developing teams to consistently deliver results in demanding and intense environments
  • Direct lived experience and/or demonstrated expertise about issues of exclusion and marginalization in civic and cultural institutions
  • Cross functional/multi-organizational experiences
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to lead ad hoc teams without direct authority
  • Superior oral and written communications skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to organize and manage multiple tasks, complex short and long-term projects within desired timeframes to meet stated deadlines efficiently and effectively
  • Ability to integrate effectively and work diplomatically with a broad range of individuals, including board members, government officials, partners, and other advocacy groups
  • Conflict resolution skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree
  • Nonprofit management experience
  • Professional fundraising experience
  • Experience in racial justice movements
  • Experience working with small, low-infrastructure organizations and volunteers


Salary will be based on the candidate’s background and experience, not to exceed $75,000 during the initial one-year contract. Salary after the first year will be determined, in part, by the success of the ED’s fundraising. Paid leave of 24 days annually plus federal holidays to be used at the director’s discretion for sick, personal, and vacation time, with not more than 10 consecutive days of leave taken without prior approval. Up to 12 days of leave may be taken during the first 6 months.

Terms of Employment

This is an exempt full-time position with an initial one-year contract. Following a successful first year, the board will consider either offering another contract (potentially for a period longer than one year) or transitioning to a model of employment without a contract.

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information for two references to WeRISEforGW@gmail.com.

To apply for this job email your details to WeRISEforGW@gmail.com