At The Third Option City, we value our diverse and experienced staff that are committed to our

mission to unite the country one city at a time by developing loving relationships honoring our

similarities and celebrating uniqueness, by providing a journey of self-discovery, and by forming

truth-telling partnerships. We strive to be an employer of choice, offering a competitive

compensation package, and a professional and vibrant work environment for those who have a

passion for our mission, vision, and values.




A Race for Unity is committed to equipping the faith community to pursue racial unity by honoring

our similarities while celebrating our individual uniqueness. We are seeking an Executive Director to

lead the execution of our 501(c)(3) nonprofit by identifying, establishing and entering into strategic alliance partnerships with faith-based institutions that directly align with the vision, mission, and values of building The Third Option City strategy to unite the country one city at a time. This visionary and influential role is responsible for working with the Board of Directors in the execution of its operational and strategic goals and interface directly with The Third Option City pillar leaders that will expand the A Race For Unity’s impact across the country.



• Bachelor’s degree in related field.

• Advanced degree in relevant field preferred.

• Five or more years’ experience in working with faith-based institutions, government

affairs, campaigns, and/or business development

• Experience in a nonprofit organization is preferred

• Ability to operate at both strategic and tactical levels

• A demonstrated knowledge of the work of faith-based institutions and community

philanthropy is required.

• Demonstrated leadership and success in fundraising through cultivation of donors personally,

through staff and conducting educational and other events/seminars.

• Candidates must understand how to navigate the marketing, media and/or social media fields

necessary to meet the mission.

• Candidate should have a basic understanding of financial management including endowments,

be able to read and prepare budgets and spreadsheets and have demonstrated knowledge of

asset allocation and fund accounting.

• The ability to work independently as well as to work effectively in a team setting,

demonstrating flexibility and versatility.

• Strong oral and written communication skills are vital, including social media and web

experience. Comfort with public speaking is essential.

• The capacity to develop the necessary relationships in the community to learn about

philanthropic opportunities and form partnerships with others, and to present philanthropic

opportunities to various audiences, is essential.

• Must be comfortable working with diverse populations, sensitive topics and in a variety of


• Hiring, leading and delegating to small staff as a cohesive and competent team. Leading a

small staff, the ideal candidate must be comfortable doing tasks across a broad spectrum

regardless of title or role.

• A desire and knack for working alongside highly engaged Board Members.

• Desire to be the public face of the organization to the community.

• Candidates should possess integrity and commitment to faith-based principles and

professional ethics.

• Proven track record managing and leading complex projects to successful outcomes.

• Computer literate, Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; contact management


• Experience working with volunteers preferred.

• Thrives in fast-changing environment, works well under pressure, able to be flexible and open

to change.

• Must be able to travel throughout the country



Values: Reinforces A Race For Unity’s values within the organization and the nation

Relationships: Builds and nurtures strategic relationship to enhance support for A Race For


Influence: Serves as a leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance

A Race For Unity’s mission and goals

Innovation: Involves partners and community in the development of The Third Option City

Strategy to unite the country one city at a time

Functional Expertise: has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform

well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology



• Bachelor’s degree in related field.

• Advanced degree in relevant field preferred.




• The Executive Director is A Race For Unity’s chief asset developer and will lead, expand and

manage donor and fundraising efforts and relationships to achieve the asset building goals to

increase endowment and other donor funds under management. The Executive Director will

also promote planned and legacy giving through educational seminars and personal meetings

with donors. The Executive Director oversees the growth and administration of all assets

entrusted to A Race For Unity.

• Remains abreast of developing knowledge and trends in religious and non-religious

philanthropy and nonprofit leadership; keep the Board informed about current issues and

trends. Attend meetings and conferences with nonprofits nationally, seeking out best practices.

• Cultivates partnerships with the Board of Directors and its committees. Leads Board

development activities and assists in the recruitment of new board members.

• Oversees the preparation and distribution of Board / Committee materials. Serves as ex officio

on all Board committees and works with the Board leadership to implement Board decisions.

• Work with Board committees to develop and maintain excellent working relationships with

religious organizations, religious schools and other religious institutions nationwide.

• Promotes A Race For Unity’s visibility through participation and membership in community

forums, religious organizations, and activities that align with the A Race For Unity’s mission and


• Provides educational programs and other communications to the religious community and

others in understanding The Third Option City Faith-Based Similarity Training’s mission,

interests and concerns.

• Help the organization build and execute its new markets strategy and playbook in

alignments with A Race For Unity’s strategic plans, and execute effective business

development outreach

• Establish relationships with local government leaders, policymakers, and regulatory agencies,

meeting with them on a regular basis to craft positive relationships that help to establish

trust, mitigate potential obstacles, and convey the A Race For Unity’s priorities and strategies

• Support A Race For Unity’s Leadership by tracking and advancing on key changes in

social justice matters


If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit to fill in your contact

information then submit the following to

• Cover Letter

• Resume

• Indicate in the Subject line: Executive Director, A Race For Unity


A Race for Unity is committed to equipping the faith community to pursue racial unity by honoring our similarities while celebrating our individual uniqueness.



Empower the faith-based nonprofit community to play its role in developing Third Option Cities.



Our Approach

A Race For Unity is dedicated to developing Third Option Cities, which has two major phases:


LEARN IT: This consists of ensuring organizations learn the principles of the Third Option Similarity Training which are committed to honoring and elevating the value of that which we all have in common. This is done through our ‘Train the Trainers’ program that certifies individuals and organizations to teach the Third Option Similarity training.

LIVE IT: It is not good enough to simply learn principles of racial equality, but we must put them into practice. The Third Option Similarity Training provides everyone with a personalize developmental plan and directs organizations to serve their community as a part of the transformation process.