Model Communities Impact Officer

We're hiring a sharp and charismatic Impact Officer to join our team and oversee our Model Community portfolio of work.

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Houston or New York

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About the position

We-Collab is seeking an Impact Officer to lead our portfolio supporting systems change leaders focused on advancing outcomes for boys and young men of color. Our new Impact Officer will drive the technical assistance program for the My Brother’s Keeper Model Community initiative with a focus on creating impact in communities.

The Impact Officer will have experience understanding a systems change journey, proficiency in strategy development, confidence in advocacy and stakeholder engagement, and an understanding of key strategies that advance the outcomes of young men and boys of color. In order to be successful in this role, the Impact Officer must be a solutions-oriented thinker. This may include but not be limited to additional traits such as; innovative, consistent, and able to navigate different personalities, motivations, and competing interests. 

The preferred location for this role is Houston, TX (relocation support is available), however, a remote structure can be accommodated if the candidate meets the needs of the initiative. The role will require 30-40% travel to various US cities to provide in-person consultation. The Impact Officer will work closely with We-Collab team members, MBK Alliance leadership, Model Community leads and their stakeholders to fulfill project goals.

The salary for our Impact Officer role at We-Collab ranges from $115,000 - $130,000 based on experience. Additionally, a comprehensive benefits package will be provided including medical, dental, and paid time off.


In 2014, President Obama launched My Brother’s Keeper to address the persistent opportunity gaps boys and young men of color face and to ensure all young people can reach their full potential. Today, the MBK Alliance works to unleash the power of communities working together to solve problems for boys and young men of color, at a level to improve real-life outcomes. They believe communities are the unit of change to realize improved life outcomes for our boys. 

In 2023, the MBK Alliance will identify 2 - 3 communities that have proven impact in one of the 6 MBK Milestones (See Page 16 for the 6 MBK Milestones). The goal is to invest resources, time, and support in these 3 communities to expand their impact across all 6 MBK Milestones. The result of this initiative is to create a deep impact in these 3 communities while building a model for the rest of the country. 

We-Collab has been selected by the MBK Alliance to lead all technical assistance efforts to support the 3 communities in achieving impact across all 6 MBK Milestones. Our work will include onboarding the communities, providing training, creating 5-year strategic plans, and supporting the implementation of each plan. Our key role is to ensure relationships across stakeholders are built and that the community is working collaboratively towards shared goals.

Responsibilities for this role

Model Communities Initiative 

The Impact Officer will lead and manage the MBK Model Community project with support from the We-Collab leadership and team. The Impact Officer will be responsible for ensuring each of the Model Communities meets their defined benchmarks and milestones. Key responsibilities will include:

Project Leadership

  • Define goals and priorities for the project, change process, or arc of learning
  • Ensure overall accountability for the success of projects, programs, and services
  • Lead project team of We-Collab team members, client partners, and client staff for successful implementation 
  • Manage client relationship
  • Ensure project manager is successful in managing  timelines, project plan, and budget

Facilitation and Implementation

  • Facilitate trainings, learning sessions, and client meetings, incorporating equity analysis 
  • Design agendas and facilitation guides
  • Create content and implement deliverables (e.g. trainings, tools, reports, assessments)
  • Implement qualitative data analysis and reporting (conducting interviews, surveys, etc.)

Model Community Lead Support

  • Anticipate the needs of the Model Community Lead and provide TA, insights, and recommendations
  • Ensure community leads are well-positioned with all stakeholders and are equipped to lead the collaboration
  • Provide on-demand coaching and expert advice relating to systems-level change outcomes for Boys and Men of Color

Other Projects

Community and work culture is an important core value, and we are looking for candidates willing to be engaged with the company in the following ways:

External Engagement

  • Increase organizational visibility through conference presentations, storytelling, writing
  • Lead engagement with and build relationships across peer groups

Internal Activities

  • Participate in company-wide meetings, workshops, and retreats
  • Push the organization to live into our values and further the theory of change
  • Capture lessons from our work through team reflection, client/participant feedback, and data gathering

What we're looking for

In addition to being passionate about equity work, we are looking for a candidate with experience working in government, systems change, and/ or community engagement with a keen understanding of bringing stakeholders together to develop strategic and systemic programs and policies. 

The ideal candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of experience in government, nonprofit, or public/private partnerships work. Other past experience or qualities that are necessary to be successful in this role include:

Racial Equity Experience

  • You authentically are interested in how identity and race impact organizations, governments, and communities, and are able to speak from your lived experience
  • You have a perspective and knowledge on what is required to create equity for boys and young men of color
  • You understand what is required to advance policies and programs that positively impact communities of color and have experience working in community and/or government to make systems changes

Communication & Relationship Building Skills

  • You have skills to verbally communicate with different audiences in order to build relationships, educate, and create consensus. Audiences may include systems leaders, community members, and government officials.
  • You have skills to write materials with attention to detail, including facilitation guides, training presentations, and reports
  • You are able to work independently and maintain productivity with colleagues and stakeholders in different locations

Strategy and Facilitation Experience

  • You have experience creating strategies that advance people through a change process
  • You have facilitated groups and have navigated challenging conversations
  • You are technologically savvy and comfortable with virtual meeting design and facilitation

A Match With Our Approach

  • You bring integrity, humility, resilience, and passion for We-Collab’s mission
  • You don’t have all the answers, but are willing to figure things out
  • You are able to identify obstacles and be resourceful in finding solutions
  • You have an entrepreneurial spirit and desire to expand our impact

About We-Collab

We-Collab is a strategic equity firm that helps its clients create tangible and transformative solutions that directly impact people and communities with the highest need. We do this by providing spaces for individuals and institutions to collaborate on inclusive solutions that further their organizational impact. 

Simply stated, we help organizations translate their equity strategy into action.

Our company is rooted in experience at national, state, and local levels. We have the expertise to address issues of inequity and disparities in communities through our DEI work. Our work combines years of experience in organizational processes and structures with a deep personal approach. Our goal is to provide detailed insights and roadmaps for powerful transformation from the inside-out. Our most recent engagements have included facilitating cross-sector teams to identify strategic and practical equity initiatives. This work is in service of helping organizations to impact their stakeholders and constituents in a more authentic manner. 

Our goal is to challenge the status quo, shift mindsets, and encourage “aha” moments.

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