Director, Truth + Transformation Initiative
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (NCCHR) seeks a director to lead our Truth + Transformation (T+T) area of work. Truth + Transformation is a key initiative of The Center which explores the truth of US history using strategies of memorialization, commemoration, organizing, education, and civic engagement. This initiative takes as its premise that an honest engagement with history is essential to shaping a more equitable future.
Summary of Job
The T+T Director is responsible for managing and delivering the Truth and Transformation Initiative, ensuring all the activities of T+T are implemented and coordinated with internal and external stakeholders, including a range of partners working in coalition and collaboration with The Center. This is a new position within the organization.
Reports to: Jill Savitt, Chief Executive Officer
The T+T Director will:
- Manage the overall shape and direction of the initiative.
- Work collaboratively with the Interpretation team on the project to create a Forced Labor Memorial at Bellwood Quarry in Westside Park.
- Lead the organizing and project development work around the 1906 race massacre education and engagement campaign.
- Organize and engage with community members, organizations, and partners to implement the overall initiative.
- Serve as a spokesperson for the project.
- Mange the initiative budget.
- Work with the CEO to raise funds for the initiative and steward the initiative’s donors.
- Develop and undertake comprehensive qualitative and quantitative assessment and evaluation (impact) of the initiative.
- Coordinate with the CEO, COO and HR Director to determine staffing needs, develop job descriptions, interview candidates, determine professional development needs, and creating standards of excellence for staff working on the team.
- Bachelor’s degree in American history, sociology, or relevant field; Master’s degree or higher preferred.
- Minimum ten years of experience in program development and management in the civil and human rights field or related areas.
- Experience managing advocacy or issue campaigns or civic engagement efforts.
- Strong storytelling, writing and communications skills.
- Experience with managing a budget.
- Strong knowledge of U.S. civil rights history.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to manage conflict and difficult conversations with grace, professionalism, and discretion.
- Experience with engaging diverse communities.
- Project management and problem-solving skills.
- Strong knowledge of widely used workplace technology tools.
NCCHR is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on age (40 and over), race, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, and all other statuses protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
About the Truth + Transformation Initiative
The Center’s Truth + Transformation Initiative explores the truth of US history using strategies of memorialization, commemoration, organizing, education, and civic engagement. This initiative takes as its premise that an honest engagement with history is essential to shaping a more equitable future. Courageously investigating the past and sharing historical truths allows us to correct incomplete accounts of history that routinely leave out the struggles of marginalized people. Looking back with an inclusive lens helps communities understand how the past brought us to the present—with its conflicts, opportunities, and urgent needs.
The Center has been called upon to apply these lessons in settings outside of our museum. Atlanta-area grassroots leaders, educators, municipal officials, culture workers, and philanthropists are actively urging conversation about the meaning and power of how history is taught, and about our historical monuments: in short, about our public memory – the story we tell about ourselves. Central to this discussion is a consideration of people and events in our city that have not been recognized or memorialized, with specific interest in addressing two unacceptable omissions: convict leasing atrocities at the Chattahoochee Brick Factory and Bellwood Quarry and the 1906 Race Massacre, where at least 25 African Americans were lynched over a four-day killing spree.
As both a cultural and rights organization, The Center is uniquely positioned to lead this work. We have the convening power, expertise, and credibility to gather diverse stakeholders for collaborations that recognize some of the most difficult moments in Atlanta’s history. We believe that our success in connecting history to the present, building empathy through exhibitions and programs, facilitating difficult conversations, and empowering people to engage in civic life will create opportunities for Atlanta to engage with its past in ways that prove transformative.
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center) is an engaging cultural center that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s ongoing struggle for human rights, whether at a local or global level. Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors and attendees to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they come away inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities, workplace, and lives. The Center has a local footprint in downtown Atlanta, Georgia with a national reach in the ongoing pursuit of civil and human rights for all. To learn more, visit our website civilandhumanrights.org.
Candidates selected for interviews will receive the full project description of the Truth + Transformation Initiative.