AACF Seeks Race Equity Director for Advocacy

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families (AACF) was founded in 1977 to advance public policies that improve the well-being of children and families, especially those most vulnerable because of poverty, racism, and other structural barriers. Through policy research and advocacy, AACF promotes reforms to improve child and family well-being, including health, education, family economic security, juvenile justice, and child welfare. In 2018, AACF’s Board approved a new strategic plan that includes a priority focus on racial equity.

Race Equity Director for Advocacy

Job Summary: Work to promote public policies that improve equity in resources, opportunities, and outcomes for children and families of color. Advocate for state and federal anti-hunger policies, low-income economic supports, and public assistance policies impacting the well-being of children and families, particularly communities of color. Assist agency leadership in ensuring an equity lens is applied to AACF’s advocacy work and internal operations, policies, and procedures. Position is based in AACF’s main Little Rock office. Salary range is $65,000 to $80,000, depending on qualifications and experience. People of color and other applicants with lived experience on the issues we champion are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge and Skill Requirements:

  • Demonstrated experience working to advance racial equity and social justice initiatives that achieve results, either within or outside an organization. A Bachelor’s degree is required.
  • Strong knowledge of structural racism and racial equity, including demonstrated skill and confidence in speaking about these topics.
  • Cross-cultural competence and excellent analytical, writing, public speaking, and facilitation skills.
  • Understanding of state and federal public assistance and safety net policies that impact low-income children and families.
  • Knowledge of public policy advocacy, including engagement of affected communities, policy development, coalition building, and strategic communications.
  • Ability to communicate understandable summaries to diverse groups with various levels of knowledge on these issues, including partners, policymakers, the media, and general public, and to provide training and technical assistance to strengthen the base of support for proposed policies.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to achieve buy-in from stakeholders at many levels, both internally and externally.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide support to staff in using race equity principles in policy analysis and development, communications, coalition building, and constituent engagement to promote greater equity in state and federal anti-hunger policies, low-income economic supports, and public assistance policies for low-income families.
  • Engage communities of color and other partners impacted by our public policy and advocacy work on equity.
  • Conduct interviews and listening sessions with families to identify the barriers that impact the well-being of vulnerable families and families of color and potential policy solutions.
  • Provide technical assistance, conduct training, and advise partners on equity issues in public assistance and safety net programs impacting low-income families and families of color, including anti-hunger and family economic security programs.
  • Monitor and analyze state and federal trends in anti-hunger policies, low-income economic supports, and public assistance policies for vulnerable families by tracking data, political developments, proposed state and federal legislation, and media coverage.
  • Give public presentations on state & federal anti-hunger and low-income economic policies and race equity.
  • Assist in developing equity-based communications strategies and contribute to AACF social media efforts by writing blog posts on race equity and state and federal anti-hunger and low-income economic policy issues.
  • Assist AACF leadership in incorporating equity principles in internal operations and organizational policies and procedures, including staff recruitment, performance evaluation, and personnel policies.
  • Work closely with national partners and networks to share information on state and federal anti-hunger, low-income economic supports, and public assistance policies.
  • Assist the Executive Director and the Development Director as needed in educating donors and funders, including possible grant writing, on equity issues and policies that impact children and families of color.

Commitment to Equity in Hiring

People of color and other applicants with lived experience on the issues we champion are encouraged to apply.

Apply now!

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to jvazquez@aradvocates.org.