Training Strategies, Manager of Practice

Website Race Forward

Race Forward's mission is to catalyze movement building for racial justice.

About Race Forward

Race Forward’s mission is to catalyze movement building for racial justice. In partnership with communities, organizations, and sectors, we build strategies to advance racial justice in our policies, institutions, and culture. Race Forward imagines a just, multiracial democratic society free from oppression and exploitation, in which people of color thrive with power and purpose.

Since 1981, Race Forward has brought a systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. In 2017 Race Forward united with the Center for Social Inclusion to become the new Race Forward.

Employment at Race Forward is contingent upon a new employee submitting on their start date: (1) proof they are up-to-date on their vaccinations; or (2) an application for an approved exemption as an accommodation due to: (i) a medical reason; (ii) a sincerely held religious belief; or (iii) other exemption recognized by applicable state law. Up-to-date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines. Employees may request an accommodation in good faith without fear of retaliation. Accommodations will be granted where they do not cause Race Forward an undue hardship, pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others, or prevent an employee from performing the essential functions of the employee’s job. Exemption application forms are available from Human Resources at

Position Summary

Reporting to the Senior Director of Training Strategies, the Training Strategies Manager of Practice, will serve as the primary connection point between Race Forward’s Affiliate Trainers and our staff, with the goal of ensuring we have the right bench of Affiliates and that the process for connecting Affiliates to training opportunities is smooth. This will include leading the recruitment, selection, onboarding, and ongoing partnership processes with Affiliates, and facilitating our ongoing community of practice space in partnership with the Training Strategies Manager, Learning and Content.

This role will also serve as a lead facilitator, becoming an expert in our established curricula and regularly delivering racial equity content for clients from various sectors as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Manage the Affiliate Trainers Project (40%)
    1. Lead work with Affiliate Trainers to deliver individual trainings and cohorts that move beyond one-time trainings, focusing on operationalizing racial equity in organizations.
    2. Support, expand, and sustain Race Forward’s pool of Affiliate Trainers through recruitment, onboarding, servicing needs, enhancing skills and knowledge, and building a community of practice.
    3. Develop and implement standards by which Race Forward determines complementary and mutually beneficial partnerships with Affiliates that meet organizational and capacity needs.
    4. Work with Race Forward Operations and Contracting to create a standard process by which Race Forward executes contracts with Affiliates to facilitate equitable and efficient access to entry into opportunities.
    5. Provide Affiliates with the proper information, training, and preparation to effectively support Race Forward work and thrive as an Affiliate partner.
    6. On an annual basis, evaluate the efficacy of Race Forward’s training and Affiliate training programs and processes by seeking input via 1:1 meetings, and track suggested improvements from Race Forward departments, trainers, and Affiliate Trainers.
    7. Manage the invoicing and payment process for Affiliate Trainers.
  2. Support our ongoing trainers community of practice (20%)
    1. Plan and facilitate regular meetings (currently bimonthly) with Affiliate trainers and other Race Forward staff designed to support alignment on core Race Forward training curricula and deepening of participants facilitation skills.
    2. Plan and facilitate training for trainers, both Affiliates and Race Forward trainers in coordination with Training Strategies Manager, Learning and Content
    3. Ensure that internal and external trainers are aligned with Race Forward’s training pedagogy, framework, and best practices.
  3. Facilitate Race Forward racial justice trainings across program departments, virtually and in-person as needed (30%)
    1. Facilitation of public and client trainings and sessions for Program Central, Narrative, Communications, and Storytelling, Institutional and Sectoral Change, and Movement Capacity Building Departments as requested.
    2. Facilitation of complex organizational change management processes with clients
      1. Project manager for specific client work as assigned after scoping and contracting has been completed.
    3. In partnership with the Client Engagement Manager, support in the intake, scoping, and contracting process for clients.
    4. Facilitation of internal learning sessions that support the growth and development of staff as needed.
  4. Others (10 %)
    1. Complete other operational requirements (scheduling, calendaring, answering emails, coordination of meetings and engagements) based on the needs of the team.
    2. Participate in internal meetings as capacity permits.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

To perform successfully in this role, incumbent should possess skills identified below:

  • Strong relationship-building skills;
  • Strong group facilitation skills, particularly conversations and trainings related to race and racial equity;
  • Strong project management and logistics skills;
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and oral;
  • Ability to understand, design, and improve complex work processes;
  • Ability to motivate and inspire others – including peers – to take action;
  • Proactive, self-directed, and able to multitask effectively;
  • Confidence using or learning to use technology tools such as Salesforce, Asana, Google Suite, MS Office Suite;
  • Proficiency in leading trainings using video conference platforms such as Zoom.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to racial justice work;
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience developing and delivering racial justice training, with a focus on supporting people and organizations to understand and operationalize racial equity;
  • Experience assessing performance and giving constructive feedback;
  • A strong organizational development analysis and experience implementing organizational change efforts;
  • Experience managing and completing complex projects in a timely and effective manner;
  • Experience leading and supporting the performance of groups, including across differences in identity (race, gender, age, etc.);
  • Experience using software such as Zoom, Asana, Slack, Google and MS Office Suite, and Salesforce is a plus;
  • Experience working within or closely adjacent to government agencies is a plus.

Additional Information

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift 15 pounds at times.

How to Apply

External Applicants: To apply for this position, please click the link below. To ensure full consideration, please be sure to include both a cover letter and resume with your application.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement

Race Forward is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. In keeping with our commitment, Race Forward will take the steps to assure that people with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. Accordingly, if reasonable accommodation is required to fully participate in the job application or interview process, to perform the essential functions of the position, and/or to receive all other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Human Resources at

EEO Statement

Race Forward provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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