Link to job opening:–Racial-Justice-Institute—Georgetown-University_JR12852

Posted on behalf of Anita Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Co-Founder & Co-Director, Racial Justice Institute
Professor of Performing Arts and African American Studies
Georgetown University, ICC 454
3700 O Street NW
Washington, DC 20057

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Executive Director, Racial Justice Institute – Georgetown University

The Racial Justice Institute (RJI) creates and inspires racial justice. Building from Georgetown’s values and historical experience with slavery, RJI activates the resources of the university and collaborates with an expansive range of partners. Working across boundaries, RJI catalyzes innovative social change through scholarship, interventions, and transformative strategies.

Job Overview

The Executive Director (ED) is responsible for overseeing and directing the RJI’s day-to-day operations. They collaborate with the faculty co-directors to design and implement a long-term growth strategy to advance RJI’s mission. The co-directors set the strategic vision and overall agenda for the Institute and look to the ED to guide implementation of this vision.
The ED supervises the administrative staff of the Institute and is responsible for key functions, including external relations, communications, events, grant applications and management, and budget management.

Work Interactions

The ED supervises the administrative staff of the RJI and works closely with the co-directors; and works with the President’s office, the Schools and home departments of the Founding Faculty, and other administrative units to ensure coordination on communications, budgets, and human resources. The ED builds and deepens relationships across the University, with other racial justice institutes, and with community organizations and foundations.


Master’s degree required – terminal degree preferred – PhD or equivalent, JD, MD
10+ years of progressively responsible experience in academic, NGO, community group, or research center settings
Strong leadership skills
Exceptional communications skills including written documentation, public speaking, and relationship building
Experience with complex racial justice issues
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
Experience managing a team to achieve strategic goals and vision
Experience with grant writing and grant management preferred
Work Mode: On Campus. Please note that work mode designations are regularly reviewed in order to meet the evolving needs of the University. Such review may necessitate a change to a position’s mode of work designation. Complete details about Georgetown University’s mode of work designations for staff and AAP positions can be found on the Department of Human Resources Mode of Work Designation.

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