TRHT Program Director

Initiatives of Change, USA (IofC) has an exciting opportunity to lead a multi-sector effort in Richmond, Virginia, to address the legacies of slavery and structural racism through the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) enterprise.  With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, IofC will convene a wide range of actors from the government, corporate, education, spiritual/faith, cultural, media, and other sectors to work together toward greater racial equity in Richmond through a process of narrative change, racial healing, and relationship building.

To lead this complex, multi-year project, Initiatives of Change, USA is seeking a dynamic and experienced TRHT Program Director. This individual will be responsible for leading the TRHT program in line with funding and programmatic parameters while also remaining sensitive to the interests and needs of the communities that will ultimately benefit from the project. The Program Director will provide broad leadership in strategic planning, partnership development, and implementation of all activities, including a grants program for Narrative Change and Racial Healing activities.   


  • Serve as chief IofC liaison to TRHT partners and donors:
  • Lead development of annual work plans, budgets, and reports;
  • Ensure timely completion of all program activities;
  • Contribute to design of theTRHT monitoring and evaluation plan;
  • Represent the TRHT program to the Richmond community, donors, and other TRHT communities across the United States;
  • Establish and maintain relationships with key TRHT partners (including government offices, corporations, universities, museums, etc.)
  • Routinely identify opportunities for collaboration with additional stakeholders in the Richmond region;
  • Responsibly manage project finances with support from IofC’s Operations Director and CPA;
  • Identify additional donors for the TRHT enterprise;
  • Other tasks as required.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant social sciences discipline;
  • At least 15 years of experience in community development and/or racial healing and equity programs in Richmond or elsewhere;
  • Extensive program management skills (including financial and human resource management);
  • Relationship cultivation, networking, and representation skills;
  • Facilitation, dialogue and training skills;
  • Problem solving skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English;
  • Commitment to IofC’s spiritual values:
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage competing priorities;
  • Strong computer skills including MS Word and Excel.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Community Development or other relevant social sciences discipline;
  • Experience in building a complex, fast-paced work environment;
  • Familiarity with cross-sector collective impact models for community transformation;
  • Experience in culturally responsive programming and evaluation approaches;
  • Program management experience.

Key Relationships:

  • Internal: The Program Director will report directly to IofC’s Executive Director and will supervise at least 2 program officers. He or she will also work with IofC’s Senior Advisors, Marketing and Communications Director, Head of Programming, and Program Development Coordinator. 
  • External: The Program Director will be responsible for maintaining IofC’s relationships with members of the TRHT coalition and expanding the coalition to include additional members from all sectors. As the coalition is the foundational element for the TRHT enterprise, its maintenance and expansion will be a key priority for the Program Director.

This is a full-time staff position with a competitive salary commensurate with the successful candidate’s skills and qualifications. IofC offers a competitive benefits package. 

IofC is an equal opportunity employer. 

About the Organization: 

Based in Richmond, VA, Initiatives of Change, through its Hope in the Cities program, has led a sustained community-wide effort for racial reconciliation, dialogue and trustbuilding for more than two decades.  Starting in 1993, this former slave market, Capital of the Confederacy, and leading proponent of Massive Resistance, has pioneered a nationally recognized model for acknowledging history and building partnerships across traditional divides. IofC/Hope in the Cities offers consultation, leadership formation, experiential learning and facilitation for community leaders in all sectors across the US.

In the international sphere, the Caux Scholars Program teaches students to analyze conflicts, to understand the factors that create and sustain conflicts, and to provide practical understanding of approaches to resolving conflicts – conflict prevention, and transitional justice. Annually, twenty students from around the world are selected for this four-week course held in Caux, Switzerland, during the Initiatives of Change global summer conferences. Since its inception in 1991, the Caux Scholars Program has graduated 475 students from more than 100 countries. The program has an active alumni network, drawn from all sectors of community – academic, politics, international organizations, grassroots institutions.

To Apply

Please email your resume and a cover letter to before August 25, 2017. Please indicate the position you are applying for in the subject line. No phone calls, please