Director, Training and Capacity Building

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a full-time Director to join HRiA’s Training and Capacity Building Department (TCB) department to lead and contribute to training and technical assistance projects within the portfolio.

Position Description:

The Director will be responsible for leading projects and teams to deliver high-quality services and products for our clients and communities. Specifically, the Director will work collaboratively with a cross-disciplinary team to oversee the development and delivery of the MA COVID-19 Community Grants Program. This position will ensure that the program is implemented effectively and meets its goals. The Director will provide supervision and support to project staff, inform and guide the development of programmatic activities, and identify opportunities for continuous quality improvement (CQI).

We are seeking an individual with extensive experience working in and with BIPOC community- and faith-based organizations, developing and providing CBA services, and with expertise in health and racial equity, community engagement, and facilitation and training.

This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range in the low to upper $90K’s based on skills and experience. Given the focus on local community organizations, MA residency is strongly preferred. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, HRiA has adopted a “hybrid” work environment, enabling staff to work remotely and/or in the Boston office (for those whose vaccinations are up to date). The Director can work remotely for some or all of their workweek, as appropriate to the role and as discussed with and approved their supervisor. Some travel to the Boston office and/or to local CBOs and FBOs may be required. The Director will be supervised by a Managing Director in the TCB department.

The Director will initially lead the MA COVID-19 Community Grants Program and over time, will take on additional projects and opportunities. This is an exciting opportunity to expand the capacity of the TCB Department and to lead and contribute to important initiatives that improve public health and advance health and racial equity. The MA COVID-19 Community Grants Program is a partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) and HRiA to provide grant funding and CBA to over 75 CBOs and FBOs serving Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) in Massachusetts cities/towns hardest hit by COVID-19. Funded grantees are providing education and training, culturally and linguistically appropriate messaging, and a broad array of services to prevent COVID-19 transmission and/or reduce the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities. HRiA is supporting grantees efforts through training, communications support, and other technical assistance to enhance organizational and community capacity.

Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Manage the COVID-19 Community Grants Program team and supervise three to four staff and consultants
  • Ensure high-quality products and service delivery by managing the team and its responsibilities
  • Create and sustain healthy and positive team culture rooted in racial and health equity principles
  • Engage regularly with staff and leaders of community-and faith-based or public health organizations, local and state health departments, funders, and/or other stakeholders
  • Communicate effectively, efficiently, and appropriately with team members, team leads, and supervisor
  • Assist in departmental planning, budgeting, decision-making, implementation, or evaluation in collaboration with the Managing Directors
  • Facilitate and participate in committees, staff/team meetings, in collaboration with project leads and Managing Directors

Project Work

  • Collaboratively conceptualize and support all aspects of the COVID Program (e.g., TA, training and facilitation, grantmaking, evaluation, and CQI)
  • Conceptualize and implement the systems and processes for delivering the program, with attention to the experience of both the community- and faith-based organizations and funder
  • Oversee program evaluation and ensure attainment of program and funder goals
  • Coordinate and develop program reports and workplans
  • Support the work of the TCB department by contributing to the development and implementation of projects and programs, developing and conducting training, and performing other supportive functions
  • Contribute technical skills and/or content expertise to other related HRiA projects and the organization, as appropriate or needed

Thought Leadership

  • Provide strategic direction for the COVID-19 Community Grants Program and identify opportunities for CQI
  • Sit on panels, present at conferences, and generate content to promote the COVID-19 Community Grants Program’s work and impact
  • Maintain and advance skills in project management, supervision, training and facilitation, health communication, health and racial equity, and related content areas
  • Contribute to blogs, website content, and other communications efforts to share and promote organizational approaches, expertise, and learning, as appropriate or needed
  • Suggest ideas/improvements in project and/or organizational processes and systems through participation in teams and committees

Business Development

  • Identify and pursue opportunities to expand and/or leverage the COVID-19 Community Grants Program model to expand impact
  • Identify new partners and clients and cultivate existing relationships to further the programs and organizations health and racial equity work
  • Lead proposal writing and other new business development activities, such as helping develop scopes of work and budgets for contract extensions or preparing content for proposal for rebids or other new opportunities, as appropriate or needed
  • Write proposals and lead proposal development processes for relevant opportunities and contribute to other writing teams where appropriate

Typical hours are Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Additional evening and weekend hours are sometimes required to fulfill the duties of this position.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under their supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • 7-10 years working within and helping to lead capacity building programs, specifically those serving BIPOC communities, with several years of experience in leadership positions
  • Masters degree or Bachelor’s with 10+ years of relevant experience. Commitment to and understanding of racial and health equity and strong analysis of the root causes of inequities
  • Ability to engage a variety of stakeholders including community- and faith-based organizations, funders, community partners, among others
  • Strong written and oral communication, including the ability to be the spokesperson and ambassador to build awareness of a program’s work and impact
  • Experience creating and managing budgets, in particular large state and/or federal budgets
  • Experience bringing in new business opportunities, including scaling programs to position them to succeed
  • Experience managing and leading teams and individuals, with an inclusive leadership style, and an empathic approach
  • Strong supervision skills and the ability to connect well across a diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Ability to encourage, inspire, and mobilize others toward collective and strategic actions
  • Ability to cast a vision and think conceptually, balanced with the ability to be detail-oriented to support program implementation
  • Demonstrated maturity of judgement and integrity
  • Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle many projects and tasks at once
  • Keen attention to detail and a strong commitment to high-quality products, customer/client service, and team interactions
  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, initiative-taking, and communication skills
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

HRiA offers an attractive benefits package including generous vacation starting at four weeks, 13 paid holidays, and 15 sick days as well as medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and flexible work schedules.

Generally, our interviews take place between 9am-5pm EST. If this is a barrier to you in any way, please let us know so we can work with the interview team to find a time that works for you.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online.

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