Director of Economic Justice

Director of Economic Justice

Hip Hop Caucus

Flexible Location, USA   |   September 3, 2021

About Hip Hop Caucus

Formed in 2004, the Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that leverages Hip Hop culture to encourage young people to participate in the democratic process. Through a collaborative leadership network, HHC addresses core issues affecting underserved communities. HHC programs and campaigns support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders.

Our mission is to use the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice. Our members, as well as our dedicated national team, span the country and globe. We are multiracial and we center our work in communities of color. We span Gen Z, Millennials, and Gen X, and we come from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Our vision is for racial justice, healthy communities, and a healthy planet. We focus on addressing core issues impacting underserved and vulnerable communities, with programs and campaigns that support solution-driven community organizing led by today’s young leaders. Through a collaborative network, we hold elected officials accountable, shape policy, and build more diverse and powerful movements to ignite positive change.

What We Do

Cultural Organizing

We organize 14 – 40-year-olds, who identify with Hip Hop Culture, and share values of justice and equity. We connect the Hip Hop community to the political process to build power and create change.

Cultivate Leaders

We create platforms for cultural and grassroots leaders to use their voices, creative talents, and networks to educate, energize and mobilize people and communities.

Engage Large Audiences

Through partnerships with artists, creatives, celebrities, and media we create content and share it through cultural channels reaching millions of people and inspiring action. It’s not only large audiences that we engage, we are intentional about engaging our communities on the frontlines of injustice.

Foster and Promote Thought Leadership

We source solutions for local to global challenges from our communities, and advocate for them to decision makers and influencers. We partner with a broad range of organizations, and we have a respected presence in the halls of the U.S. Congress, Federal Agencies, State Legislatures, and the United Nations.

Our Focus Areas

Strengthening Democracy – Respect My Vote! campaign

We register, educate, and mobilize voters through our non-partisan “Respect My Vote!” campaign. We fight against attacks on voting rights and advocate for election system reforms that make voting easier. We empower returning citizens who can vote and advocate for full enfranchisement in all 50 states. Visit RespectMyVote.com.

Climate Change and Environmental Justice – Think 100% platform

We advocate for climate action that will stop and reverse the impacts of the climate crisis that are happening now from the perspective of BIPOC communities for which pollution and climate impacts are life and death issues. Think 100% is our climate justice communications and activism platform. Visit Think100Climate.com.

Civil and Human Rights – Good Trouble Dept.

From police violence and criminal justice reform, to quality public education, healthcare, immigration, Indigenous rights, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and racial justice, we lead and act as allies on the most critical civil and human rights issues of today.

Economic Justice – Justice Paid in Full platform

We advocate for an economy that works for everyone. We promote divest-invest strategies pulling money out from industries that harm our communities and investing in economically, socially, and environmentally empowering solutions. We stand with activists demanding good jobs, access to capital for communities locked out of industries, and fair housing.

For more information on Hip Hop Caucus, please visit www.hiphopcaucus.org.

The Opportunity

The Director of Economic Justice is a new position that will focus on leading economic justice strategies, campaigns, and advocacy work for the Hip Hop Caucus. The Director will lead and launch economic justice campaigns and finance activism efforts that work to drive divestment from industries/areas of harm and invest into BIPOC communities. The Director will leverage research, media, organizing, and coalition building to drive system-oriented change to achieve economically, socially, and environmentally empowering solutions.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Develop and implement campaigns and strategies to advance HHC’s economic and finance activism goals
  • Assess opportunities for building support for our agenda through coalition-building, organizing from within the finance sector, grassroots organizing, media coverage, and message development
  • Develop high-level contacts and relationships in key organizations and financial institutions; collaborate with groups and build or engage coalitions in this work
  • Evaluate research on issues, identify viable solutions, and propose the right advocacy strategy and messaging
  • Generate media, contribute to speaking engagements, and bring other visibility to campaigns and calls to action
  • Center principles of race and equity in all work
Candidate Profile

The Director of Economic Justice must be a visionary and persuasive advocate who is passionate about driving action and impact through finance. The ideal candidate will have an extensive background in developing and launching complex and impact-focused advocacy efforts, specifically in the finance activism and economic justice space. The Director must be a flexible and dynamic change agent who is excited about the extensive opportunities (and understands the potential challenges) that come with leading finance advocacy efforts within a unique environment like Hip Hop Caucus.

The Director should have a background/experience in finance, banking, economics, or investments to be able to credibly lead divestment and investment conversations and advocacy efforts with financial institutions. Ideal candidates will bring experience guiding campaigns and advocating for underserved and vulnerable communities.

Strong candidates will also offer:

  • A passion and commitment to the Hip Hop Caucus mission to use the power of our cultural expression to empower communities who are first and worst impacted by injustice
  • A clear track record with both strategy development and execution
  • Experience working on finance and/or economic justice advocacy campaigns and initiatives
  • Deep and demonstrated commitment to racial equity and social justice
  • A natural affinity for partnership and coalition building; cultivating and leveraging networks or large external constituent groups
  • Understanding of the banking industry, capital, and institutional investment strategies
  • Experience leading impact-focused advocacy efforts that include public campaigns, earned media, and marketing efforts
  • Capable spokesperson and communicator with the ability to translate the mission to a wide array of audiences
  • Comfort navigating between all sectors – nonprofit, government, and corporate – in the United States and globally
Compensation & Benefits

The location for this position is flexible.

The annual salary for this role will be based on experience and qualifications. Hip Hop Caucus also offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package.

Contact

Koya Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Molly Brennan and Amber Brown are leading this search. Make recommendations or express your interest in this role here. All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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Hip Hop Caucus is an equal opportunity employer. HHC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.

About Koya Partners

Koya Partners, a part of the Diversified Search Group, is a leading executive search and strategic advising firm dedicated to connecting exceptionally talented people with mission-driven clients. Our founding philosophy—The Right Person in the Right Place Can Change the World—guides our work as we partner with nonprofits & NGOs, institutions of higher education, responsible businesses, and social enterprises in local communities and around the world.

For more information about Koya Partners, visit www.koyapartners.com.