The Nathan Cummings Foundation

Director, Racial and Economic Justice

New York, NY

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Website: The Nathan Cummings Foundation


The Nathan Cummings Foundation (NCF or the Foundation), a multigenerational family foundation committed to creating a more just, vibrant, sustainable and democratic society, is seeking nominations and applications for the leadership role of Director, Racial and Economic Justice. 

NCF focuses on finding solutions to the two most challenging problems of our time – the climate crisis and growing inequality – and aims to transform the systems and mindsets that hinder progress toward a more sustainable and equitable future for all people, particularly women and people of color. At a time when racism, anti-Semitism and xenophobia are on the rise and democratic institutions are under attack, NCF is taking an integrated and intersectional approach to solving these problems, using all of its resources. The Foundation invests in four integrated focus areas that together advance a vision of a healthy planet and a healthy democracy: an inclusive, clean economy; racial and economic justice; corporate and political accountability; and voice, creativity and culture. Reporting to the Vice President of Programs and working in partnership with the President, the Vice President of Programs, peer Directors and the Board of Trustees, the new Director of Racial and Economic Justice will help guide execution of an integrated framework for grantmaking and lead a collaborative grantmaking process in this area. NCF maintains deep respect of grantees as field experts and as such, the Director, Racial and Economic Justice will work closely with grantees to develop mutually accountable and transparent relationships that deeply inform relevant, responsive and on-going strategy. 

The ideal candidate will have significant expertise in one or more of the issue areas of racial justice, workers’ rights, economic justice, economic or community development, community wealth and asset building, and criminal justice. They will bring a firm understanding of key public policy, research, and movement building efforts and trends in the space. Strong candidates will have successful experience partnering with peers to co-create programs and engage in collective decision-making and will be excited to become immersed in and integrated with other program areas. 

They will have proven experience building strategic partnerships and demonstrated strengths in turning complex strategy into action. Demonstrated success in program development, evaluation, finance and budget management, and networking are also critical. The ideal candidate will have developed and implemented innovative approaches, be a creative problem solver, and will lean toward disruptive ideas that challenge the status quo. They will be a facilitator of strategy and systems change dialogues and efforts. The Director will have a pivotal role in shaping and sharing the story of NCF’s work and will partner with the Director of Communications to effectively communicate the work of the Foundation and its grantees and develop communications strategies that advance the Foundation’s program goals. 

Strong candidates will bring a thoughtful, values-driven approach to managing and working with others. They must be capable of effectively addressing sensitive issues such as power dynamics and gender and racial inequities and will be excited to work as part of a multidisciplinary team of people from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds. With a demonstrated commitment to being a team player, the ideal candidate will embody humility, wisdom and strength of character, and bring a deep passion for social, racial and economic justice. 



This search is being led by Allison Kupfer Poteet and Callie Carroll of NPAG. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications including a cover letter describing your interest and qualifications, your resume, and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

Our Lead


Allison Kupfer Poteet

Allison leads a national search practice that spans philanthropy at all levels, leading direct service providers, as well as nonprofits advancing solutions through policy, advocacy, evaluation and learning, and innovative approaches to social change.

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