Rainier Valley Corps

Organizational Development Consultant

Do you love creating equity-focused tools and resources? The Organizational Development Consultant will be at the forefront of creating an intensive approach to capacity-building. This position has no internal management, supervision, or fundraising responsibilities, and is entirely focused on building the effectiveness of our CBO partners in a culturally responsive and relevant way.

Our story: In light of the current political climate, the need to invest in communities-of-color-led nonprofits is more urgent than ever. Due to a historic lack of investment in this sector, communities of color are unable to fully participate in civic engagement and advocacy around critical areas such as environmental justice and education equity. Without the involvement of the communities most affected by injustice, policies and practices are often ineffective.

Recognizing these challenges, Rainier Valley Corps was formed in 2014. We focused on the lack of staff capacity and launched a fellowship program where cohorts of talented leaders are recruited, trained by RVC, provided a living-wage salary and healthcare, and placed at grassroots organizations led by communities of color, with the goal of helping these organizations develop their capacity.

RVC then moved from a single leadership program toward a holistic capacity building model focused on organizations led by communities of color. This new model combines our existing fellowship with four new core capacity-building areas: operations support, capacity-building coaching, partnership fundraising, and collaboration. We believe that the combination of these strategies will unlock the potential of communities of color to mobilize, shape policies, and respond to the current political climate.

RVC works in partnership with a variety of communities-of-color-led organizations in Rainier Valley, including Got Green, Puget Sound Sage, Geeking Out Kids of Color, Somali Doulas, MarketShare, Ethiopian Community in Seattle, Powerful Voices, East African Community Services, Families of Color Seattle, Rainier Beach Action Coalition, Voices of Tomorrow, and AGE UP.

As RVC grows, we need a passionate Organizational Development Development who can work with the rest of the team to shape the future of our organization. This is a great opportunity for someone who wants not just a job, but also an opportunity to empower communities of color and cultivate the next generation of leaders. Plus, we’re right in the middle of Columbia City, and it’s awesome here, with diverse restaurants, bars, and shops. And the team is ridiculously dedicated to the mission and fun to work with. It helps that we have the best snacks.

OPPORTUNITY: RVC launched our Fellowship Program in August 2015 with Fellows placed in local Community Based Organizations (CBOs). As we evaluated our first cohort, it became clear that there was tremendous need among our partner CBOs in the area of capacity-building. This mission and values driven position will support our CBO partners through coaching, technical assistance, and identification of other needed resources that will enable them to strengthen their programming, fundraising, and other organizational operations. With our focus on providing holistic support, this position’s coaching and support of our CBO partners is critical in ensuring that they achieve sustainable growth to reach their next level of development. This will entail organizational assessments, customization of capacity building plans, culturally responsive coaching, and consulting support for our partners based on their organizational needs. This also includes facilitation of peer learning networks and collaborative advocacy efforts with our partners.

You have an opportunity to be at the forefront of creating an intensive approach to capacity-building, which includes researching or creating our own equity focused tools & resources! We welcome creative thinking in developing this program, and hope to experiment together in order to ensure that we are providing the most effective support to our partners. This role is perfect for someone who loves capacity building and wants to focus all their energies on it. This position has no internal management, supervision, or fundraising responsibilities, and is entirely focused on building the effectiveness of our CBO partners in a culturally responsive and relevant way.

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