Chief Equity and Innovation Officer - The Indianapolis Foundation (TIF) seeks a visionary Chief Equity and Innovation Officer to imagine, design, and lead the start-up of a newly formed Center for Racial Equity and Economic Opportunity (CREEO). The mission of CREEO is to innovate and scale practices that significantly reduce racial and economic disparities through research-based strategies and community collaboration. The position will inspire and supervise two senior leaders within CREEO including the Vice President for Racial Equity Lab and the Vice President for CREEO Advancement.
We are Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana–a $1 billion collective of philanthropic organizations committed to making Central Indiana a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential – no matter place, race or identity.
What We’re Looking For:
The Indianapolis Foundation (TIF) seeks a visionary Chief Equity and Innovation Officer to imagine, design, and lead the start-up of a newly formed Center for Racial Equity and Economic Opportunity (CREEO). The mission of CREEO is to innovate and scale practices that significantly reduce racial and economic disparities through research-based strategies and community collaboration. The position will inspire and supervise two senior leaders within CREEO including the Vice President for Racial Equity Lab and the Vice President for CREEO Advancement. Reporting directly to the President of The Indianapolis Foundation, the successful candidate will be responsible for standing up a Center that builds on the Foundation’s prior work to advance racial equity and increase social and economic mobility for individuals, families, and communities, especially historically underserved and disinvested communities. The Center formalizes the Foundation’s commitment to the goals of equity and opportunity, establishing the research and knowledge base required to translate theory into practice and track meaningful measures of progress over time. With visionary and inspirational leadership, the Center is well-positioned to attract and leverage partnerships and funding from other institutions that share our commitment to a more just and equitable city and county.
- Develop the theory of change, high-leverage programmatic areas of focus, and a five-year strategic and fundraising plan for CREEO outlining key goals, objectives and milestones.
- Develop and launch under CREEO a succession of prototyping to practice Labs, beginning with the Racial Equity Lab and Economic Opportunity Lab as the flagships for, its vision and strategy, programmatic areas of focus, goals and objectives, and sustainable funding model.
- Lead the positioning of CREEO in the community by directing the branding, marketing, communications and narrative efforts in partnership with the CREEO leadership team and the Director of Marketing and Communications.
- Lead a $10 million fundraising campaign over 3 to 5 years to sustain the Center and ensure annual funding for ongoing operations and programming.
- Develop local, state, and national partnerships to expand the reach and impact of the Center.
- Accelerate the rate of growth of the total number of users for the Movement of 10,000 applications to double every year surpassing 10,000 users by 2026.
- Build a prestigious advisory board of community leaders and civic luminaries to advance the work of CREEO.
- Lead and innovate the TIF Community Ambassadors program.
For applicants who believe they can meet the overall expectations of the position, we encourage you to apply.
- Experience. A bachelor's degree is required. Master’s degree with 20+ years of experience in the not-for-profit or public sector with a demonstrated track record of senior leadership and successful fundraising of significance is preferred. Experience in grant making, innovation and equity is preferred.
- Community-focused. Existing relationships with national funders, innovation ecosystems and relevant corporate foundations. Familiarity with Indianapolis. its communities, critical issues, key organizations, civic leaders and resources preferred.
- Inspired. You are deeply committed to the idea of a community foundation and its possibilities for the community, and you can inspire an audacious campaign setting a new standard for generosity in our community.
- Results-Focused. You consistently deliver measurable outcomes, leverage data of current donors and prospects for decision-making, and can juggle multiple priorities while achieving outstanding results.
- Builder. Relationships, teams, partnerships, and a shared vision – you build these with intentionality and rigor.
- Learner. You are curious and seek to understand the world around you, challenge your own viewpoints, and continually think about how to deliver better results with your team, colleagues, and external partners.
- Exceptional People Manager. Building and leading teams of talented and strong-minded individuals and helping your colleagues perform at their best are among your deepest passions. You offer inspiration and lead by example, challenging your colleagues to perform at the highest levels, and instilling a possibilities mindset and a culture of accountability.
- Flexible. Ambiguity doesn’t scare you; it invigorates you. You’re able to manage through complexity, coach team members and colleagues through challenges, and keep TI F’s mission and values at the center of key decisions.
- Inclusive. You understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion aren’t “nice to have,” but critical to enabling positive results. You insist on diversity of race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and lived experiences as you build teams and coalitions.
What You Get:
- $200,000 salary plus generous benefits, including:
- Employer-provided health, dental, vision
- 7% percent employer discretionary 403b contribution
- Potential for an annual bonus based on organizational and individual performance
- 10.5 paid holidays, including MLK Day and Juneteenth
- 20 PTO Days
- Flexible hybrid office environment (in office three days a week). Home base–English Foundation Building in downtown Indianapolis
- An opportunity to do meaningful, results-driven work with a passionate, diverse team, supporting organizations that are committed to building and maintaining a strong, equitable and supportive culture for our team of changemakers.
EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYMENT:
Central Indiana Community Foundation, The Indianapolis Foundation, Hamilton County Community Foundation and Women’s Fund of Central Indiana are equal opportunity employers that seek to recruit persons of diverse backgrounds and to support their retention and advancement. Justice is one of our core values, and we are committed to fostering a workplace culture inclusive of people with respect to their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, marital status, age, disabilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other characteristic. Our commitment to justice and diversity also means providing a work environment that is welcoming, respectful, and engaging.
Our mission is to mobilize people, ideas and investments to make Central Indiana a community where all individuals have equitable opportunity to reach their full potential—no matter place, race or identity.
Racism deeply impacts the well-being of our communities, compounding existing disparities and creating intersectional barriers. We strive to name and address these barriers through community engagement and assessment, relevant and effective policy creation, and organizational accountability methods. We support initiatives that address all forms of oppression, however, maintaining an explicit focus on race is essential to advancing equity across our communities. Improving outcomes for people of color will improve outcomes for everyone.