The Center for Black, Brown and Queer Studies

Position ID:The Center for Black, Brown and Queer Studies-EXECD [#18130]
Position Title: Executive Director
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States
Subject Areas: Gender and Sexuality Studies / Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Disability Studies
Race / Ethnicity
Gender and Race
Cultural Studies / Cultural Studies (more...)
Appl Deadline:2021/03/20 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2021/02/14, finished 2021/09/25, listed until 2021/08/14)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer being accepted. ***

General Description 

The Center for Black, Brown, and Queer Studies (BBQ+) is an independent research and scholarly center focused on conducting research on issues related to race, gender, sexuality and colonialism among other critical areas of study. It aims to activate, connect, and mobilize communities of researchers, students, educators and activists to dismantle the structural barriers that prevent the full participation and leadership of Black, Indigenous and People of Color, especially LGBTQ+ BIPoC, in spaces of learning and education. All of our programming is rooted in our commitment to addressing inequities by raising historical and cultural awareness around the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, citizenship status, and colonialism. 
At BBQ+ we believe in the power of grassroots initiatives. As an organization focused on dismantling barriers for underrepresented and underserved minorities, we believe in the importance of having the communities we serve represented within our leadership. This is why our organization is majority led by people who understand the day-to-day lived realities of holding intersectional identities in systems of structural inequality. 

 Job Description 

The Executive Director is a member of the Center’s senior staff reporting directly to the Center’s Director. They are responsible for managing the Center’s staff, supporting its various initiatives, leading fundraising efforts, and enhancing collaboration with like-minded organizations and centers. The ED participates in setting the Center’s agenda and its priorities in collaboration with other senior staff members. They are also responsible for managing the Center’s budget and ensuring the Center’s legal compliance as a 501c3 organization. 


  1. Work with the Center’s Director and Senior Staff to develop and implement the Center’s overall strategy. 
  2. Manage the center's staff, including the grant writing team, the technology team, the financial team, and the communications team. The executive director ensures that all staff members are working in unison to facilitate the daily operations of the center. 
  3.  Lead the center’s development initiatives, including researching new grant and fundraising opportunities, creating language to effectively describe the center’s mission to philanthropists, connecting with the center’s leadership to identify areas for growth, tracking and ensuring the timely submission of grant applications, directly contacting philanthropic organizations, representing the center in philanthropic and nonprofit circles. 
  4. Build partnerships with like-minded non-profit organizations. This work includes researching and establishing a solid awareness of the nonprofit field, particularly in the areas of education, academia, and activism (as well as their intersections) 
  5. Develop the center’s digital and communications approach. This work includes identifying and establishing a visual & textual brand for the center, ensuring cohesiveness across all media platforms (website, newsletter, instagram, twitter); overseeing the development of media strategies that are user friendly and accessible; designing effective digital and communications content; and responding to inbound inquiries. 
  6. Oversee the center’s financial activities. This work includes working developing annual budgets for the center, overseeing the work of the center’s accountant, tracking the use of financial resources, developing grant proposal budgets, and establishing transparent record-keeping practices.
Qualifications · 

  1. Masters degree -- preferably doctoral degree. Degrees in related fields, including but not limited to gender studies, history, anthropology, sociology, ethnic studies, and/or area studies, will be considered. · 
  2. 2+ years of management and leadership experience in education or the non-profit sector. · 
  3. Experience and successful track record in grant writing and fundraising · 
  4. Experience building relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including grassroots organizations and policy-makers.
 About the position 

This will be a one year, full-time position starting April 1st 2021, with the possibility of extending further. The work is remote but an office in Cambridge, Massachusetts is available for use. Salary negotiable based on experience and qualifications. Benefits include medical, vision and dental insurance, retirement program plan, and generous paid vacation time. 

Application Process 

Interested candidates can find more information on our website Applicants should submit a cover letter and CV. 

Review of applications will start on March 20th and will continue until the position is filled

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
Further Info:
30 Bow st., Cambridge, MA 02138

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