Assistant Executive Director of Anti-Racism and Equity

Good Shepherd Services - New York, NY4.1

Full-timeEstimated: $80,000 - $110,000 a year

Overarching Role:

Creating and executing a strategic movement at Good Shepherd Services to become an anti-racist organization. As the first position at the agency to focus solely on this work, the Assistant Executive Director of Anti-Racism and Equity [AED-ARE] will set the strategic vision and goals for the agency. Good Shepherd Services recognizes that anti-racism development is ongoing work and is seeking a thought leader who can create, deliver, direct, and implement direction and interim measurable outcomes in an anti-racism framework. An integral part of this role is for this leader to utilize an intersectional approach that recognizes, interrupts, and challenges all forms of oppressive isms.

The AED-ARE will drive the shifting of organizational culture while ensuring alignment with our mission, vision, and values, as well as our Youth and Family Development and Trauma-Informed Approach. As an agency with over 1,200 staff and 30,000 participants and a budget of over 90 million, the AED-ARE will provide an overarching framework for staff and leadership to more expediently move the organization toward its overall goal of being an anti-racist organization for all staff and participants.

Reports to: Executive Director

Location: 305 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10001

Hours: 35 hours/week; Exempt

Our Strategic Plan:

Good Shepherd Services has identified six strategic directions which include: Alignment and Collaboration, Building Leaders, Community Engagement and Advocacy, Funding and Resources, Technology, and Equity and Inclusion. We work to identify and remove unequal structures and inequitable systems at organizational and systemic levels. Our collective work around the Equity and Inclusion direction requires that we: bring racial equity & inclusion to the forefront in decision-making, planning, and policy development; support development and work of the Leadership, Equity, Accountability, & Diversity [LEAD] Council and; expedite diversification of leadership so that it reflects communities we serve.

Role within the Agency:

  • Reports directly to GSS’ Executive Director.
  • Serve as co-chair of the LEAD Council and accountable to its members.
  • Serve as a member of GSS’ Executive Team and Senior Leadership Group [SLG].
  • Serve as member of the Trauma Informed Practice Steering Committee.
  • Serve as member of and report to the Board Human Resources committee.
  • Explore with the Board the development of a subcommittee on Anti-Racism and Equity.
  • Supervise full-time Equity Practices Manager and additional staff if/when funding becomes available to support these positions.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Work with agency leaders, staff and external consultants and constituencies to review, modify and/or create strategic goals, policies, and processes to provide an anti-racism lens for all management, communication and human resources activities.
  • Work closely with and provide thought leadership on anti-racism to divisions across the agency, with specific focus in the first 1-2 years on:
  • Learning and Development: integrate anti-racist content across GSS’ learning programs; build staff capacity to lead anti-racism and equity work across the organization by facilitating and leading trainings on anti-racism.
  • Government & External Relations: review and align internal and external messaging and communications with anti-racist lens; on an ongoing basic review of agency language to ensure adherence to anti-racist language; Build capacity of the Executive Team to manage anti-racism communications.
  • Provide strategic advisory role and build Senior Leadership Group and Executive Team’s capacity to lead and support anti-racism and equity work.
  • Work with the General Counsel and the Human Resources Director to review current and establish new hiring and internal promotion policies and practices that support anti-racism work.
  • Assist in designing efforts to ensure racial representation and equity at GSS’ Board, Executive, and SLG levels.
  • Develop an agency plan for anti-racism work with deliverables and measurable outcomes to evaluate efficacy of anti-racism work.
  • Create internal professional development opportunities and trainings centered on and engaging staff with anti-racism work.
  • Manage budget for the Anti-Racism and Equity Division.
  • Attend Board and Board Committee meetings as applicable.

You Have/Are:

  • Experience driving efforts for transformational change.
  • Innovative, courageous and willing to challenge the status quo and white supremacy norms.
  • Courage to surface anti-racist and anti-oppressive stances.
  • Confidence to present internally and externally before varied audiences and in delivering presentations.
  • Experience with and/or knowledge of multiple anti-racist and anti-oppressive frameworks.
  • Actively engaged in ongoing learning in the field.
  • Actively engaged with networks that engage in anti-racism work, thought, and action.
  • Experience with and ability to work within and lead racially diverse teams.
  • Able to have critical and courageous conversations.
  • Understanding and appreciation of cultural differences and similarities.
  • Initiative to manage conflict; flexible, resilient and able to recover quickly from setbacks.
  • The ability to take smart risks and make bold decisions and/or recommendations.
  • An understanding of the upstream and downstream implications of your work.
  • Ready to take on and own driving GSS’ anti-racism work.
  • Understanding of how institutional racism manifests in social service agencies.


  • 10 years of progressive leadership experience.
  • Significant experience creating and executing anti-racism work in organizations; this includes relevant paid and unpaid/volunteer/community work.
  • Consistent ongoing learning in the field of anti-racism work, both taking and delivering anti-racism trainings.
  • Candidates with BA/BS and advanced degree encouraged to apply.

Good Shepherd Services is a leading multi-service agency with more than 85 programs that serve over 30,000 youth and families each year – and builds on their strengths to help them gain skills for success. At Good Shepherd we respect the dignity and worth of every person and reject intolerance, inequity and injustice in whatever form it may take. Voted one of the top 100 places to work in NYC by Crain’s New York, Good Shepherd Services offers a fantastic work environment, a collaborative team dedicated to fulfilling our mission, and an amazing array of benefits. Join our team and help make a difference!

General Requirements: All staff are expected to be committed to the mission, vision, and values of Good Shepherd Services, which includes involvement in quality improvement activities and a willingness and ability to work within a culturally diverse environment.

Good Shepherd Services is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, subcontractors, and vendors. We do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Leadership: 10 years (Required)
  • anti-racism and equity: 5 years (Preferred)


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)