MDC values diversity as a core asset and source of strength. Our diverse staff reflects our beliefs, values and passions, bringing diverse experiences and perspectives and a wide range of skills and talent that well serve our clients.

We share a passion for advancing the work of equity and opportunity initiatives in communities in the American South. We believe that everyone deserves to live and work in diverse, equitable communities.

We believe in the value our employees provide and are committed to ensuring our workplace is supportive, equitable, and enjoyable, with clear paths for professional growth and development.

Current Openings

Program Director, Educational Equity

MDC is seeking a Program Director to lead our work to advance educational equity in North Carolina and the US South. MDC enjoys support from national and regional partners in private philanthropy, business, and government. Our vision is a South where all people thrive.

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations

The Program Director will primarily lead the work of Learning for Equity: A Network for Solutions - North Carolina (LENS-NC), along with a talented team.  LENS-NC is a growing Learning and Action Network supported by the Oak Foundation, to advance learning and hands-on work regarding the intersection of learning differences and education equity.  Network members form connections, share experiences, and explore collaborations that will contribute to positive changes for K-12 students with learning differences who are affected by educational inequities due to racism and/or poverty.  The Network has just expanded from 9 to 20 member organizations. This work has the potential to make a major contribution to educational equity in North Carolina and in other Southern states.  Additional responsibilities include:

  • Serve as MDC’s lead point of contact with The Oak Foundation
  • Cultivate connections and partnerships with allied organizations to advance Network learning and the overall Network agenda and serve as MDC’s external spokesperson on the project and specifically on the issues at the intersection of learning differences and educational equity
  • Oversee the regranting and reporting process to Network members
  • Ensure that the day-to-day project activities are on track, working with a full-time Program Manager and other team members
  • Oversee the LENS evaluation, working with an external evaluation team
  • Provide conceptual leadership on principles of practice required for a strong learning network; ensure that MDC is tapping the best thinking in the field
  • Manage the project budget
  • Lead MDC’s partnership with The Oak Foundation; develop relationships with funders and education leaders in other Southern states, and shape a strategy for expanding LENS to other Southern states, along with other opportunities to advance educational equity
  • Track and elevate innovation that emerges from LENS members, and in partnership with MDC’s Director of Learning and Impact, identify ways to share strong practice with the field.

In addition to leading LENS-NC, the Program Director will engage with 1-2 additional MDC projects for a small portion of their time.

Desired Qualifications

This position may be remote, with a preference that it be based out of MDC’s Durham offices. (See more on this below.)  The Program Director should have at least 8-10 years of relevant experience, including work directly within educational institutions and/or education-focused nonprofits or public sector entities.  In addition, candidates must have:

  • A deep understanding of, and commitment to, equity and applied experience in infusing equity within organizations, including a strong racial equity analysis and an understanding of how racism has impacted educational opportunities for BIPOC youth
  • Direct experience fostering peer learning and network building; an understanding of how to leverage connections and foster synergy through collaboration
  • Knowledge of the field of learning differences and of educational equity, so that MDC is both learning from and leading in the field
  • An understanding of what is required to initiate and advance change in organizational practice and a corresponding understanding of systems change that can occur through organizational collaboration
  • Excellent management and team leadership skills that fit with MDC’s culture of team-based project staffing and inclusive decision-making
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with a broad range of strategic partners, including a range of nonprofits (organizing, advocacy, community development), community leaders, academic institutions, foundations, and others
  • Demonstrated creativity in program design and execution, along with facility in engaging interdisciplinary partners to inform the work
  • Deep commitment to and understanding of equity generally and racial equity specifically and the ability to communicate and work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences, including communities where English is spoken as an additional language
  • An understanding of the American South; roots in the South a plus
  • Superb writing skills and clear and compelling oral presentation skills as well as facility in engaging in hard, candid conversations
  • A graduate degree in a related field is a plus (e.g., education, education administration, public policy)

The salary range for this position is $75-85,000.

Work Environment and COVID-19: MDC is adopting a long-term hybrid in-person and remote work policy.  MDC is open to staff who do not live in the Durham/RTP area, but they must be in a reasonable driving distance (3-4 hours) and able to attend monthly staff meetings, periodic in-person team meetings and/or retreats, and other periodic full-staff gatherings.

Dedicated to its employee health and safety, MDC will continue to make decisions in accordance with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. Effective January 1, 2022, all MDC employees whose duties require that they work indoors with others, excluding work done exclusively from the employee’s home, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.

To Apply

For more information about MDC, go to www.mdcinc.org. Please be sure to send the application package electronically through JazzHR rather than by regular mail. Application materials should include: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for three references in one combined PDF.  NOTE: Applications without a cover letter that describes interest in and fit for the position will not be reviewed.  If you require assistance with your application, please email info@mdcinc.org.

Apply via JazzHR here.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  The anticipated start date for this position is mid-late September 2022.

MDC is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups. Further, MDC values candidates with lived experience relevant to our mission.  Reasonable accommodations are available on request.

Thank you for your interest!

Program Director, Talent Development & Economic Mobility

MDC is seeking a Program Director for MDC’s talent development and economic mobility initiatives. MDC receives support from national and regional partners in private philanthropy, business, and government. Our vision is a South where all people thrive.

The primary focus of this work is leading the Network for Southern Economic Mobility (NSEM), a regional network of cities focused on improving the talent development system for low-income youth and young adults by engaging with cross-sector teams of postsecondary and K-12 educators, community members, policy makers, government, local philanthropy, and business.  NSEM alumni cities include Athens GA, Chattanooga TN, Greenville SC, Jacksonville FL, Little Rock AR, Savannah GA, and Spartanburg SC.

MDC seeks to expand NSEM into a larger network of communities to create better policy and more equitable talent development systems leading in Southern cities. We are building a learning and action network of communities that seek to strengthen pathways to postsecondary credentials and living-wage work to advance upward mobility for economically stranded young people.

In addition, the Program Director will guide and support a portfolio of regional, state, and local projects aimed at strengthening talent development systems. These include emerging work in North Carolina and regionally with state human services agencies.

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Lead NSEM strategy, network development and implementation. MDC plans to expand NSEM to an additional 4-6 cities over the next year.
  • Translate overall NSEM strategy into a plan of activities for sites with milestones.
  • Capture lessons from NSEM and related talent development initiatives, to design and implement the next iteration of this work.
  • Working closely with MDC’s Director of Learning and Impact and Director of Communications, identify knowledge and insights that should be shared with NSEM and wider audiences
  • Build relationships with community leaders, academics, nonprofits, public sector agencies, employers, and leaders in the field.
  • Contribute to the fundraising strategy to support this body of work.
  • Supervise and collaborate with program staff and consultants
  • Be informed about trends, practices, and innovations in talent development and economic mobility

Desired Qualifications

This position may be remote, with a preference that it be based out of MDC’s offices. As health conditions improve, the Director will be expected to join periodic in-person team and staff meetings as well as convenings with NSEM sites. The Director should have at least 8-10 years of relevant experience, including direct work with multi-site peer learning networks, and knowledge in one or more of the following areas: K-12 education, youth development, postsecondary education, and/or workforce development. The program director will report to the Senior Program Director, Talent Development & Economic Mobility. In addition, candidates must have:

  • A deep understanding of, and commitment to, equity, including racial equity, and applied experience
  • Ability to build and maintain partnerships with a broad range of cross-sector partners
  • Ability to travel as health conditions improve
  • Excellent management and team leadership skills that fit with MDC’s culture of team-based project staffing and inclusive decision-making
  • Results-driven orientation, with capacity to forecast, plan and deliver in a timely fashion
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Strong self-awareness and empathy, with the capacity to build authentic relationships
  • An understanding of the American South
  • Superior attention to detail and ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field; a relevant graduate degree is a plus
  • Excellent writing, oral communication, and analytical skills
  • Strong facilitator and virtual meeting design skills

The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $80,000.

Work Environment and COVID-19: MDC is adopting a long-term hybrid in-person and remote work policy. Dedicated to its employee health and safety, MDC will continue to make decisions in accordance with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities. Effective January 1, 2022, all MDC employees whose duties require that they work indoors with others, excluding work done exclusively from the employee’s home, must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a reasonable accommodation is approved.

To Apply

MDC staff currently are working remotely, please be sure to send the application package electronically through JazzHR rather than by regular mail. Application materials should include: (1) cover letter, (2) resume, and (3) contact information for three references. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis with an anticipated start date in September. If you require assistance with your application, please email info@mdcinc.org.

Apply here via JazzHR.

MDC is an equal opportunity employer. As an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups. Further, MDC values candidates with lived experience relevant to our mission.  Reasonable accommodations are available on request.

Thank you for your interest!

Program Assistant (Fall Internship), MDC Rural Forward

MDC Rural Forward seeks an advanced or graduate-level student to support community-based and community-led technical assistance and consulting services in rural North Carolina.

About the Program Assistant
The goal of the Program Assistant’s role is to strengthen their understanding of rural community-driven capacity-building services and develop additional skills by supporting MDC Rural Forward staff, community partners, and other constituents. Under the supervision of a Partnership Manager, the Program Assistant will lead a specific project to be determined in consultation with the chosen candidate. The Program Assistant will also support other projects through planning, facilitation, drafting meeting summaries, community outreach and communications, policy research, and/or other administrative tasks (no more than 10%). 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assisting with planning, coordinating, facilitating, and notetaking for meetings.
  • Drafting logic models, asset maps, project management tools, and other documents.
  • Supporting policy change efforts by researching and summarizing public policy.
  • Attending meetings convened by partner organizations.
  • Collecting and distributing relevant articles, resources, and opportunities through our email networks and social media outlets.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience in community outreach, research, and/or program evaluation.
  • Excellent oral and written skills to communicate with a variety of audiences.
  • A sincere curiosity about rural communities; willingness to explore issues of inclusion, power, privilege, and diversity; and exceptional commitment to personal integrity, professionalism, and excellence.
  • Ability to think creatively and collaboratively, while also taking initiative on projects. Skilled in detail-oriented customer service and responsive to community and staff needs.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, virtual meeting applications, and internet research.
  • Written and oral communication skills in Spanish are a plus.

Commitment
For the fall or spring semesters, our expectation is 20 hours per week for four months. For the summer, our expectation is 40 hours per week for three months. Some flexibility is possible. Rate: $17.00/hour + limited benefits.

Office Culture

  • Our commitment to our mission and values means sometimes we have long days to be responsive to our community partners and other constituents. We also support our staff in maintaining a strong work/life balance. We take initiative for our own projects, while also working collaboratively.
  • The Rural Forward team consists of a Senior Program Director, 2 Program Directors, 4 Partnership Managers, 1 Program Administrator, and up to 7 Program Assistants. We coordinate our work and support each other through team meetings every other week.
  • Our work is primarily done remotely. Occasional travel for in-person meetings in rural North Carolina is possible as public health guidance and organizational policy about the COVID-19 pandemic allows.
  • (Optional) Program Assistants may gain insight into non-profit organizations by attending monthly MDC staff meetings.

To Apply:

Please submit a cover letter addressed to MDC describing your interest in this position, a pdf version of your resume, and three references on our website via JazzHR. Questions about the application process can be emailed to RFwdInfo@MDCinc.org.

Apply here via JazzHR.

MDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and members of underrepresented groups in order to effectively achieve our mission. Reasonable accommodations are available on request. For more info about MDC, go to www.mdcinc.org.   

Thank you for your interest!

ARPA Partnership Manager, Rural Forward

MDC is seeking an ARPA Partnership Manager to advance the MDC Rural Forward community resilience portfolio. This role will implement projects that build community-led capacity to plan and partner with local government toward long-term recovery and resilience. Additionally, this role will work to strengthen connections between community-based organizations and governments. Issues include the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), long-term disaster recovery, and environmental justice.

Primary Responsibilities

  •  Manage relationships, subcontracts, and convenings with a diverse network of statewide and community-based partners, mostly but not entirely focused on ARPA. (30%)
  • Support project transparency and accountability by tracking and reporting on internal and external progress toward objectives in written and verbal forms for multiple audiences. (25%)
  • Provide an array of community-based, community-led technical assistance services. These may include facilitating (in-person and online) and documenting meetings, leadership coaching, policy analysis, and advocacy campaign development. (20%)
  • Supervise, coach, and manage a part-time Program Assistant (15%).
  • Other duties as needed to advance the broader mission of MDC Rural Forward will be identified in partnership with MDC Rural Forward leadership. (10%)

Desired Qualifications

  • Relevant experience with government agencies and leaders at the local, county, or state level and/or policy experience.
  • 5-7 years of professional and academic professional experience in fields related to one or more of the following: program management and evaluation, community development, organizational and leadership development, public administration, public health, or community organizing.
  • Strong project management and customer service skills that are supported by the ability to write and speak clearly and concisely with a variety of stakeholders, think creatively, and lead collaboratively.
  • Experience with process facilitation, conflict management, coaching, or policy campaigns.
  • Advanced ability to leverage technology to achieve our objectives, including Microsoft Office 365, Zoom, SurveyMonkey, Adobe Acrobat, and social media.
  • Alignment with our values of People, Power, Progress, and Partnership; including a mature understanding of equity and associated concepts, the power of community-led systemic change, and an interest in rural and other communities in the margins. Successful candidates will be committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all internal and external work.
  • Comfort leading group meetings or meeting with community partners in-person and virtually with possible travel within the state 3-4 times per month.
  • Proof of Covid-19 vaccination is required for MDC employees, though exceptions may be granted based on individual circumstances.

Team Culture

This position reports to the Program Director for Community Resilience. We work in collaboratively to identify shifting priorities and produce excellent work toward a clear set of individual and collective objectives as a team and as part of MDC. Our days are often full, but we take steps to maintain our own personal resilience. We work varyingly in person, virtually, and in hybrid formats. Office space is available in our Durham, NC office, and we come together for team meetings every other week. Otherwise work from home and travel to meet our partners across North Carolina (1-2 days per week) is the norm.

Pay/Benefits

The hiring salary is $61,500. This position will be a full-time exempt position and is eligible for a full package of benefits including health, dental, and vision insurance; short-term and long-term disability; life insurance; vacation, sick, and personal leave; and paid retirement account contributions.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter addressed to MDC, a resume, and three references via JazzHR. As part of the interview process, candidates will also be asked to complete a short task to demonstrate writing skills (approximately 30-45 minutes).

Apply here via JazzHR.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with the first round of 60-minute interviews on Zoom scheduled to begin Monday, August 1, 2022.

The anticipated start date for this position is September 1, 2022.

Questions about the application process can be emailed to RFwdInfo@MDCinc.org.

MDC is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and equity, it is our policy to provide an equal employment opportunity to all individuals without regard to age, color, race, religion, national origin, disability, military/veteran status, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, or status in any other group, protected by federal or local law or for any other reason. We encourage applications from people of color, women, the LGBTQ+ community, and members of underrepresented groups in order to effectively achieve our mission. Reasonable accommodations are available on request. 

Thank you for your interest!