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TDC Executive Director Position

The Directors Council (TDC) is seeking a proven leader with a demonstrated record of working in the non-profit or government sectors and experience in policy research, advocacy, and organizational management. The Executive Director will be a team builder with the ability to collaborate with a volunteer board of directors while advancing an aggressive agenda focused on improving life outcomes for individuals of African descent living in Polk County, Iowa. The State of Iowa reports that Blacks constitute 4.3% of the state’s total population; approximately 137,863 people. While Iowa has experienced significant notable progress historically, the present state of blacks in Iowa reflect the need for greater community engagement in efforts to preserve the integrity of freedom and equality for Black Iowans. For more than 25 years, TDC, comprised of non-profit and for-profit individuals of color, has provided outstanding cross sector leadership to the region. TDC’s groundbreaking One Economy work, first launched in 2017 and revised with additional data in 2020, has provided an extensive diagnostic and blueprint that has led to increased efforts focused on reducing disparities in the areas of health, education, employment, housing, and financial inclusion. TDC is also home to the American Leadership Academy, Black Urban Professionals and a host of initiatives intended to advance the cause for individuals of African descent living in the region. TDC is seeking a committed, engaging and community driven leader to serve as its Executive Director. The successful candidate should possess the following characteristics and qualifications: -A proven leader with a demonstrated record of improving outcomes for individuals of African descent. -A fierce champion for the African American and African community with the ability to build an advocacy and public policy agenda required to address the disparities faced by individuals of African descent. -An honest and visible advocate for TDC with experience in coalition building who maintains an active role in the civic life of the community and willingly represents TDC at community tables. -A team builder with the ability to increase community understanding and grassroots engagement with the One Economy initiative. -An advocate for individuals of African descent who is willing to take the necessary risks to achieve One Economy outcomes and goals. -A fiscally savvy and creative leader who has fundraising and budgeting experience. -A courageous and politically astute leader who possesses the capacity to advocate at the local, state, and federal levels and a willingness to maintain a nonpartisan stance. -A transformational leader with the capacity to continually advance TDC’s vision, mission, and strategy development.

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