Deputy Director


The mission of the Chisholm Legacy Project is rooted in the Just Transition Framework. The project serves as a vehicle to connect Black communities on the frontlines of climate justice with resources to traverse the path from vision to strategy to action plan to implementation to transformation. In support of frontline leadership, the project seeks to link movements and mainstream entities with the tools necessary to advance systems change centered in equity and justice.  With Black femmes on the frontlines of advancing systems change, this project ensures that these leaders have the support they need as they transform society from extractivism to a living economy that cares for sacred relationships between people and with Mother Earth, through regenerative, cooperative, democratic systems. 


We are looking for a talented systems-thinker, who is passionate about Black Liberation, Gender Justice, Climate Justice, and Just Transition. The Deputy Director (DD) will play an overarching leadership role as an internal leader, supporting and managing the Senior Management Team in ensuring that our programming, operations, communications, financial, and administrative functions are optimizing the outcomes of the organization, and serving as a thought partner to the Executive Director.  

Our ideal candidate has strong organizational, management, coaching, analytic, and writing skills, as well as high emotional intelligence. The person is a stellar interpersonal communicator and can look at a process and see the system that will enable and sustain success, and they have the ability to hone organizational practices that center the interests, needs, and vision of our frontline Black community constituency.  


The Deputy Director: 

 Organizational Leadership 

  • Serves as the internal leader and partners with the Executive Director to manage the organization’s programmatic and operational efforts 
  • Anchors the Senior Management Team and provides supportive supervision to the Chief Program Officer, the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Strategy Officer, and the Systems and Evaluation Director 
  • Works with the Executive Director to engage and staff the Advisory Committee 

 Organizational Strategy and Operations 

  • Ensures that all aspects of the organizations are anchored in a constituency driven strategy that centers Black Liberation and Just Transition. 
  • Guides strategy and work planning processes and leads performance and impact management, ensuring that the organization meets its measures of success. 
  • Partners with the COO and CFO to prepare the annual budget and ensure financial systems and controls are operating effectively. 

 Values Alignment   

  • Works with the SMT to nurture an overall culture that centers Black Liberation and Just Transition and ensures that organizational practices exemplify connection, fulfillment, caring, support, and purpose-driven and value -centered accountability,  
  • Ensures that our funding streams and grant agreements align with our values, theory of change, and strategic plan.   

 External Partnerships Management 

  • Fields external partnership requests, 
  • Assesses prospective partnerships with a lens that prioritizes collaboration that optimally advances Black Liberation and Just Transition, and ensures the development of collaborative principles and terms of engagement, 
  • Coordinates organizational response and engagement internal and externally  


 The ideal candidate for this position will possess the following qualifications and competencies: 

  • Deep commitment to Black Liberation, Gender Justice, Climate Justice, and Just Transition; 
  • 10+ years senior management experience at a social justice nonprofit organization of a similar size and complexity, with supervisory responsibilities including programmatic, finance, administrative, and operations; 
  • Experience and appetite for guiding rapid and significant organizational growth, change and transformation, and investment in people and systems aligned with mission and values; 
  • Proven ability to lead the development of collaborative, cross-functional teams and ability to support and inspire the leadership capacity of team members to innovate and achieve high impact,  
  • Ability to ensure the team has a deep level of discernment in identifying high impact and strategic action, from the portfolio planning level to the day-to-day decision-making level. 
  • Strong relationship builder, strengths-based leader, and communicator who values equity and justice, caring and compassion, collaboration, partnership, accountability, and learning; 
  • Exemplary experience to provide supportive supervision, including identifying learning needs and matching with informational or technical resources, as well as conducting coaching where warranted; 
  • A passion for and commitment to advocating for the creation of progressive policies and programs as well as for the elimination of policies and practices that lead to racial and ethnic disparities; 
  • A successful track record in managing multiple projects simultaneously, setting priorities, and keen analytic, organizational, problem-solving, and decision-making skills; 
  • An ability to hold a long arc view of transformation while simultaneously holding an agenda consisting of short-term gains that affect change in current material conditions while building toward that long term change. 
  • Excellent communication and relationship-building skills with an ability to prioritize, negotiate, and collaborate with a variety of internal and external stakeholders and manage difficult situations; 
  • Exceptional writing skills.  

 Position Terms 

  • This position is full time (based on a 40-hour workweek) 
  • Annualized compensation will be $150,000, payable in accordance with the payroll processing schedule of The Chisholm Legacy Project. 
  • Robust benefits package provided based on a full-time employment status and includes options for health, dental, vision, retirement, etc.  
  • There will be the potential for moderate travel, as well as non-standard hours worked to meet the organization’s needs. 
  • Position is classified as exempt as defined by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and is not eligible for overtime compensation. 
  • The position reports to the Executive Director of The Chisholm Legacy Project.

Details at a Glance


Full Time Schedule


Up to USD $150,000 / year



Benefits include medical, dental, vision, health savings accounts, health reimbursement arrangements, income protection (AD&D), tax savings, travel assistance, EAP, life insurance, and retirement plans, as well as vacation, PTO, and holidays.

COVID Policy 

Although an offer of employment and continued employment is not contingent upon a candidate being fully vaccinated, we are committed to following all health department guidelines and contractual requirements associated with venues as well as internal TCLP travel protocols where Chisholm events may be held. Therefore, those who are unvaccinated may be limited in their ability to participate in staff retreats, in-person staff meetings, conferences and meetings with certain organizations, etc. 



Work may be performed anywhere in United States


15210 Dino Dr, Burtonsville, MD 20866, USA
P.O. Box 1031

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