Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives
Please Note: With a vaccine mandate and safety protocols in place, Solidarity Center staff have returned to our office in Washington, with the option of full-time telework on a temporary basis. The Head of DEI Initiatives is a headquarters position and as such will be expected to work on site at least three days per week once the current health crisis has passed.
This position serves as the focal point for Solidarity Center’s internal Equity and Inclusion (E+I) Initiative for Racial Justice, Gender Equality, and Global Solidarity. This includes interfacing with consultants; designing, coordinating, managing and/or implementing the initiative’s activities; and building an organization-wide approach to internal DEI practices and culture. This individual has broad expertise in DEI in support of staff development and human resources, and acts as an organizational clearinghouse for relevant information, material, and training curricula. Knowledge of the labor movement and/or experience working with unions is important for success in this job.
This position coordinates with peer organizations and professional associations to develop lessons learned and best practices, maintaining a grasp of current knowledge around organizational DEI. This individual will track and coordinate all work across the organization that is related to internal DEI issues.
The Head of DEI Initiatives must have emotional intelligence, common sense, and credibility to help develop organizational standards and strategies around diversity, equity, and inclusion and to be an effective resource for managers and staff in maintaining those standards. A significant portion of this individual’s time is dedicated to expanding the knowledge and capacity of managers and staff in regard to DEI. This includes drafting, delivering, and/or coordinating training curricula and course materials to raise staff awareness and understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and to facilitate culture change.
Organizational policy and procedure comprise another major component of this position. As part of the Organizational and Leadership Development Department, the Head of DEI Initiatives helps to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion as priorities across the organization. This position supports management in developing a strategic approach to DEI and coordinates the integration of these efforts into all areas of operation, including labor relations. This individual collaborates closely with other members of the department on recruitment and staff development. The Head of DEI Initiatives plays a special role in outreach to field office staff, designing internal activities and initiatives tailored to a wide range of cultures and traditions.
This position coordinates internal DEI Initiatives with the external facing work of Solidarity Center’s Equality and Inclusion Department (EID), as relevant.
The Head of DEI Initiatives serves as a resource for managers and staff in navigating internal diversity, equity, and inclusion issues as they arise, including investigations related to alleged misconduct, harassment, and discrimination. This individual assists in identifying bias, responding to allegations of bias, providing recommendations for combating bias, and instituting culture change, including in investigations related to alleged misconduct, harassment, and discrimination.
This position informs management on the meeting of DEI goals, as well as compliance with EEOC data collection and reporting, working with HR Officers as needed. This individual understands the regulatory frameworks around workplace discrimination, harassment, and unfair hiring practices. The Head of DEI Initiatives designs evaluation matrices for internal diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, including the collection of relevant data, and monitors their implementation. This individual produces well-written reports and presentations with compelling visuals and graphic illustration of data. The ability to handle sensitive information with tact and discretion, and to maintain confidentiality are a must.
- Expertise in workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, with both an academic understanding and experience gained as a practitioner
- Passion for promoting racial justice and gender equality, and for combatting bias and discrimination more broadly
- Proven success in managing culture change initiatives
- Capacity for developing sensitive working relationships with management and staff worldwide
- Demonstrated ability to manage thoughtfully the personal, political, and institutional dynamics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Proven success in turning ideas and best practices into action
- Experience in developing and delivering DEI training for global, cross-functional audiences
- Cross-cultural sensitivity to interact easily with a wide variety of people
- Ability to lead and inspire colleagues and engender trust among peers
- Ability to operate independently, with excellent decision-making skills, sound judgement, a strong sense of initiative, and high self-motivation.
- Ability to manage multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines in the absence of direct supervision
- Exceptional judgement and discretion with confidential information
- Exceptional oral and written communication skills, including as a trainer
- Experience working in an international nonprofit organization
- Bachelor’s degree in labor relations, human resources, racial justice, international relations, or related fields (or equivalent work experience), plus ten years of professional experience with significant responsibility for DEI initiatives
- Strong data management and reporting skills
- Computer literacy for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point; proficiency in an HRIS
- Experience in human resources and labor relations desired but not required
- Fluency in a foreign language desired but not required
- Serve as a focal point for Solidarity Center’s internal Equity and Inclusion (E+I) Initiative for Racial Justice, Gender Equality, and Global Solidarity, including coordinating, designing, and/or implementing the initiative’s multi-faceted activities
- Design, deliver, and/or coordinate ongoing DEI training and education initiatives for staff on workplace culture and anti-harassment/anti-discrimination efforts
- Lead and coordinate a team of staff across the organization who will assist part-time in delivering training to strengthen Solidarity Center’s internal DEI capacity and expertise
- Ensure that all DEI training and education initiatives are tailored to reflect the wide range of cultures and traditions among country staff
- Coordinate with the Equality and Inclusion Department and with staff working groups to harmonize internal and external DEI initiatives
- Under the supervision of the Director of Organizational and Leadership Development, engage in processes for receiving and addressing staff concerns related to discrimination, equity, inclusion, and harassment
- Under the supervision of and in conjunction with the Director of Organizational and Leadership Development and other appropriate HR staff, assist in investigations related to alleged misconduct, harassment, and discrimination
- Train and advise regional and field offices, including management, on implementing DEI policies and priorities
- Contribute to and advise on organizational policy, including as to labor relations, to ensure a DEI frame of reference and to address DEI issues organizationally at headquarters and in the field.
- Assist in designing and/or reforming systems for recruiting, hiring, promotions and upgrades, performance management, and staff development to ensure application of a DEI lens; train staff on use of new systems as needed
- Coordinate with managers and staff to ensure that diversity is among the significant criteria considered in offering professional development opportunities, so as to reflect the diverse nature of our global community
- Coordinate with HR staff on the collection and analysis of EEO data, staff surveys related to discrimination and harassment, and other information related to DEI issues
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
This position is generously compensated at $140,000/year, with a robust benefits package that includes fully paid health insurance, a 401k retirement plan plus AFL-CIO pension, life insurance, and ample paid time off for holidays, vacation, and medical/sick leave.
The Solidarity Center cultivates the values of diversity, equality, and inclusion among its staff and partners. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under applicable law. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
For Candidates Applying from the AFL-CIO: Please be advised that we will inform the AFL-CIO when any of its current employees apply for positions with Solidarity Center. This notification is a matter of policy for all candidates, regardless of each individual’s qualifications and competitiveness for a specific opportunity.
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