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

Rural Equity Philanthropy Practice Associate (Consultant)

MDC seeks a consultant to help identify and document promising practices and case stories of foundations investing in rural people and places, particularly focused on low-wealth communities and communities of color, including Native communities. We anticipate a 5-month scope of service for approximately 10-15 hours of work per week beginning ASAP.

MDC currently supports the United Philanthropy Forum (“the Forum”) in its leadership of a national initiative designed to advance rural equity through philanthropy. The Forum is a membership association of Philanthropic Serving Organizations (PSO’s) and is currently supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to find ways to strengthen philanthropic support for work in rural places that advances equity and racial equity. The consultant will work with the MDC team leader in support of this initiative.

This research is focused on three lines of inquiry:

  1. Philanthropic Practice
    We have identified a set of principles to help guide foundations as they seek to support equitable rural prosperity, including engaging with leaders and community voices; building on local assets; respecting Native sovereignty; appropriately defining impact; internal processes and structures; and building local power and agency. Now we need examples of foundations that are applying these principles, as well as case stories providing context, descriptions, and if available, learnings.
  2. American Recovery Act and other significant federal funding flows
    The American Recovery Act (ARPA) is a significant and one-time potential source of federal resources for rural communities from 2021-2026, but is challenging for funders to discern their roles, onramps, and partners. Philanthropy has a clear role to play in helping rural localities through research, communications, technical assistance, networking, and matching funds, but few foundations know how to intervene and invest. This line of inquiry will similarly focus on identifying funders who are investing in this work.
  3. Narrative: Making the Case
    How do we make the case to state, regional, and national funders to invest in rural communities to advance rural equity? Many foundations see rural America as predominantly white and with limited vision, initiative, and assets. This narrative is false and needs to be countered with data and stories from peers. We are looking for examples of foundations that have found effective ways to make the case for investing in rural equity with staff, trustees, and other stakeholders and who have defined ‘rural’ more holistically and in ways that make sense for their focus and context.

In addition to working with PSO’s and other rural equity organizations and intermediaries to identify foundations that are engaged in this work, the Consultant will also coordinate with a communications firm that is similarly working on changing the narrative for rural people and places but with a focus on policy decision-makers.

Scope of Work

The tasks listed below are to be completed between June 1, 2022 - October 30, 2022 with possible options for extension:

  • Ground the work and become clear in what we mean by core principles related to strong philanthropic practice.
  • Find examples of funders activating these principles and strong rural equity practice using the United Philanthropy Forum’s network of Philanthropy Serving Organizations (PSO’s that represent 7,000+ foundations, and key intermediaries that focus on rural equity.)
  • Review written materials (e.g., current reports, case studies) and schedule and interview key informants.
  • Provide brief notes on each identified example.
  • Build a database of examples, populated with short descriptions and links to additional information.
  • After prioritizing examples in collaboration with the MDC team, shape a short case story for targeted examples:
    • Philanthropic Practice: 2 - 3 case stories
    • ARPA and other federal funding: 2 case stories
    • Making the Case: 1 - 2 case stories

This Consultant will work under the direction of MDC’s Senior Consultant who is leading this work in tandem with a staff team of substance and facilitation experts.

Qualifications

Consultants may be graduate students and/or independent consultants, and they should possess the following qualifications:

  • An understanding of philanthropy and how and why funders invest
  • Familiarity with rural issues from an asset-based point of view
  • Experience interviewing people who help design/run/evaluate programs designed to strengthen/transform under-resourced communities
  • Strong writing skills to create dynamic and compelling case stories documenting organizational and community change
  • Demonstrated experience extracting insights from interviews and written materials
  • Strong ability to self-start, follow through, and produce products across the life of the contract (versus producing everything at the end of the contract period)
  • The ability to be administratively self-sufficient

Compensation

We anticipate that this contract will involve approximately 10-15 hours/week and will be compensated at a rate of $50-75 per hour, depending on the consultant’s experience. It is possible that this contract will be extended with a focus on additional, new topics, to be determined.

To Apply

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED, YOU MUST APPLY THROUGH JAZZ HR. Please send a brief cover letter that speaks directly to your skills and interests in this role along with your available start date, your résumé, a short writing sample, and two references – in one PDF - via JazzHR by 8:00 AM Monday, May 16th. Note that we will review resumes on a rolling basis. Please direct your cover letter to Julie Mooney, Senior Program Director, MDC, 307 West Main Street, Durham NC 27701. NOTE: Please send the application package electronically through JazzHR rather than by regular mail. If you have problems filling out the application, please contact info@mdcinc.org.

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Communications Assistant (Intern)

MDC seeks a Communications Assistant to provide tactical support to the Director of Communications to implement MDC’s external communication strategy. The communications assistant is enrolled in a 2- or 4-year undergraduate program, and the internship can serve as course credit. The position is based in North Carolina but is primarily a remote position, with possible and occasional travel to MDC’s office in Durham, NC.

Primary Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Distill content into engaging, concise messages for websites, e-newsletters, and social media platforms.
  • Draft communications materials such as e-newsletters, social media images, and web content.
  • Update social media channels, including but not limited to LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
  • Create graphics for publications, social media, websites, and presentations (ex., infographics, graphs, and bar charts).
  • Develop and maintain stakeholder outreach lists, e-newsletter subscriber lists, fundraising lists, CRM, and editorial calendars.
  • Track and report website, e-newsletter, and social media metrics.
  • Develop creative ideas for dissemination strategies and tactics.
  • Cull and summarize media mentions.
  • Conduct website maintenance, including posting approved content and editing web text and graphics.
  • Support webinar and video production, editing and closed captioning.
  • Work closely with program and communications staff to prepare PowerPoint and other presentations and supporting materials.

Qualifications

This position is based at MDC’s office in Durham, N.C. The right person for this position will have excellent organizational and time management skills and the interest in and ability to simultaneously track deliverables and milestones across several projects. They should also have an interest in equity and experience with social media, and website development/maintenance.

In addition, candidates must have:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to represent the organization with external partners, clients, staff, and via MDC’s digital channels
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with people who have diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments and competing priorities, and complete assignments on time
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and capacity to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment
  • Highly proficient in Adobe Acrobat (design software – InDesign, Illustrator, and/or Photoshop) and Microsoft Office, including Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint; knowledge of tools for graphic representation/design and experience with CRM systems a plus
  • Familiarity with the issues that MDC works on is also a plus, particularly racial and gender equity, the U.S. South, and economic mobility/security

This internship pays $17 per hour, or is open to course credit.

To Apply

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. Reasonable accommodations are available on request.

MDC staff are currently 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. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM Eastern Time, Friday, April 29th. If you require assistance applying, please contact info@mdcinc.org.

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Program Director, Educational Equity

MDC seeks 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.

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 is currently expanding from 9 to 20 member organizations. 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 a strong practice with the field.

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

Qualifications

This position may be remote, with a preference that it is based out of MDC’s Durham offices. 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 $70-85,000.

To Apply

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.

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. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM Eastern Time, on FRIDAY, May 20, 2022. If you require assistance with your application, please email info@mdcinc.org.

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Program Director, Talent Development and Economic Mobility

MDC seeks a Program Director for its 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, policymakers, 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 the 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

Qualifications

This position may be remote, with a preference that it is based out of MDC’s offices or nearby research triangle communities in North Carolina. 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.

To Apply

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.

Because 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 in one PDF. The deadline for applications is 5:00 PM Eastern Time, on April 29, 2022. If you require assistance with your application, please email info@mdcinc.org.

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Thank you for your interest!