Executive Director

Running Industry Diversity Coalition

United States Remote

Full time

$140-160k (annually)

100% Remote

Dec 8

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About the Organization

Founded in 2020 by a team of leaders in the running industry, the Running Industry Diversity Coalition (RIDC) is a first-of-its-kind effort to address systemic inequities faced by people of color within the industry and culture of running. The RIDC aims to unite thousands of stakeholders throughout the running industry, including brands, retail, events, clubs, and media, to achieve racial equity and justice for BIPOC professionals and runners. Following an exciting growth year in 2021, the RIDC has defined an ambitious, forward-looking mission to provide resources, measure progress, and hold the industry accountable to achieve equitable employment, leadership, and ownership positions and improve inclusion, visibility, and access for Black, Indigenous, and people of color. 

About the Opportunity

We are searching for a visionary, passionate, and dedicated individual to join the RIDC as our first Executive Director. The Executive Director will work closely with the RIDC leadership team to steward the organization through its start up phase, implement an ambitious strategic direction, oversee high impact programs, ensure financial stability and growth, build a sustainable and highly engaged membership base, and lead organizational development, operations, and compliance. We are seeking a candidate with the ability to influence, lead, and motivate progress toward racial equity and justice within the running industry, inspire effective internal and external collaboration, and build a strong, stable organization. 

To achieve the RIDC’s goals, the Executive Director is responsible for coordinating the leadership team, members, key stakeholders, industry leaders, and aligned partners to: 

  • Launch new initiatives that drive progress towards racial justice in the running industry
  • Track trends, gaps, and challenges in the running industry related to racial justice
  • Lead research that evaluates racial equity and DEI measures in the running industry 
  • Develop programs and campaigns that facilitate growth, learning, and accountability for members
  • Build a robust BIPOC employment and leadership pipeline
  • Support and expand the RIDC membership 
  • Amplify the RIDC’s brand, impact narrative, and messaging 

The RIDC is an organization rooted in strong racial equity values, and the Executive Director is expected to reflect, embody, and hold the organization to a high, industry-setting standard for diversity, well-being, and an inclusive workplace culture. To be successful, we are seeking a leader who understands the importance of a management style that embraces cultural dexterity and cultural empathy. 

Roles and Responsibilities 

Organizational development and governance

  • Communicate effectively with the leadership team and provide updated information to make informed decisions, generate input and feedback, and ensure the commitment and involvement of the leadership team to achieve the organization’s mission and strategic plan.
  • Manage implementation and execution against strategic plan goals, including tracking progress, evaluating impact, identifying gaps, challenges, and needs 
  • Responsible for fundraising, sponsorships, and income generation to raise revenue needed to execute on the organization’s goals and objectives. This includes prospecting new donors and sponsors, conducting outreach and engagement of donors and sponsors, managing funder and sponsor relationship, ensuring compliance, and reporting  
  • Development of organizational budget and responsible for managing budget, including tracking income and revenue
  • Responsible for establishing organizational compliance and reporting procedures and working with leadership team, advisors, and counsel to guarantee organizational health 
  • Developing staffing plans and responsible for the hiring, managing, and retaining staff. Responsible for establishing a healthy, collaborative internal culture that aligns with the RIDC mission and values

Membership and stakeholder engagement

  • Setting a vision for membership and stakeholder engagement with a goal to grow, retain, and sustain RIDC membership. Maintain a keen focus on cultivating and building relationships with members
  • Oversee membership programming, content, educational opportunities to support RIDC’s goals to diversify the running industry and to create space for learning, growth, and accountability among the members
  • Responsible for generating industry commitments to racial justice, supporting member engagement, tracking and accountability 
  • Oversee engagement of RIDC Ambassador Circle and working groups 

BIPOC Diversity Initiatives

  • Oversee key RIDC initiatives, including industry research, BIPOC pipeline and leadership development programs, and jobs programs 
  • Work with RIDC leadership team, members, staff, and stakeholders to develop clear and actionable plans for BIPOC diversity initiatives and ensure successful execution of signature programs 
  • Track progress and impact of BIPOC diversity initiatives, evaluating successes, challenges, and areas of opportunity

Communications and external affairs

  • Work with RIDC leadership team and communications consultants to shape narratives about RIDC’s mission and impact 
  • Serve as key spokesperson for RIDC, providing interview, quotes, and interaction with media and journalists 
  • Develop an external engagement plan to position RIDC at key industry, DEI, and racial equity events, communities, and conferences 
  • Serve as liaison for external stakeholders 

Desired Experience and Skills

A successful candidate will be a champion for RIDC's mission and goals, a capable steward of the organization's values, and a collaborative leader within the running industry. Desired qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated passion and experience working for racial equity, diversity, and BIPOC representation and inclusion 
  • Senior or executive management experience, with 5 years of experience in a leadership capacity and working directly with a board of directors
  • A balanced blend of visionary and strategic thinking with strong implementation skills to take ambitious ideas, put them into action, and evaluate progress, results, and impact  
  • Expertise in organizational development, particularly leading organizations through a period of growth and expansion 
  • Demonstrated experience with budget management and fundraising 
  • Ability to bring people to the table to tackle big problems through collaboration, relationship building, and by growing coalitions 
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills with an ability to clearly and decisively deliver messages 
  • Strong self-awareness and ability to ask for help 
  • Passionate about the ethos of running, including understanding the culture, compassion, and community
  • Experience working in the nonprofit sector preferred 

About the role

This full-time, salaried position reports directly to the co-chairs of the RIDC Leadership Team. The Executive Director will work remotely with travel required. The starting salary range for the role is $140,000 - $160,000 with a competitive benefits package. 

The Running Industry Diversity Coalition is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. Folks who are queer, trans, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, people of color, disabled, parents, are/have been system-impacted, are immigrants, and anyone who has experienced systemic oppression and/or gender-based violence are encouraged to apply. 

How to Apply

The Running Industry Diversity Coalition has secured Fait La Force Strategies to conduct this search. 

Interested candidates send a  cover letter, resume, and a work sample that best represents your experience or skill sets for the role to hiring@runningdiversity.com. We will begin formally reviewing applications after December 21, 2021 with interviews conducted in January 2022 and a preferred March 2022 start date. 

Should you have any questions, please contact hiring@runningdiversity.com

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