VP of Equity & Policy

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Ada Developers Academy’s mission is to prepare women and gender expansive adults to be software developers, while advocating for inclusive and equitable work environments. We prioritize serving Black, LatineIndigenous Americans, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, LGBTQIA+, and low income people.

Our cost-free training program includes a collaborative learning environment, individualized support (mentors, tutors, a network of mental health support, affinity groups), and an applied learning internship. Our program consists of two highly immersive parts: six months of focused instruction, and five months of internship at partner companies, where students refine their skills working on real-world code.

About this position

We are looking for a VP of Equity and Policy to develop and deliver Ada’s organizational approach to equity and policy across students, staff, and corporate partners to a) foster a shared understanding of institutional white supremacy culture, racism, sexism, classism, and other systemic and institutional forms of oppression; b) strengthen staff capacity to help build an anti-racist Ada through their work with all stakeholders; c) work with HR to develop the HR systems, policies and procedures, staff support systems, and organizational strategies aimed at creating an anti-racist culture and a diverse and inclusive workplace environment, and d) translate those learnings into corporate training and accountability with Ada’s corporate partners. This role will oversee a team of program managers and directors responsible for staff, student, and corporate partner training and accountability. This is a full-time position (40 hours per week) with an annual salary of $140,000 and excellent benefits.

Core responsibilities

Organizational Leadership (70%):

  • Develop Ada’s equity & policy strategy and ensure it is delivered consistently across students, staff, and corporate partners
  • Lead continual learning in and thought leadership in the fields of racial and gender equity at Ada
  • Manage a team of directors and program managers to ensure high quality content creation and delivery to Ada staff, students, and corporate partners
  • Develop new tools and systems to evaluate organizational equity both internally at Ada and with Ada corporate partners

As an Executive Team member (25%):

  • Partner with the CEO in developing accountability metrics for the executive team around racial and gender equity
  • Partner with the CEO in building an organizational strategy for building an inclusive and equitable culture at Ada
  • Recommend professional development activities to ensure the executive team is continually learning and growing on issues related to racial and gender equity
  • Provide thought partnership to executives as they work to increasingly lead anti-racist teams
  • Partner with the CEO, VP of People and Operations, and HR to continually evaluate and prioritize areas for operationalizing anti-racism
  • Share accountability with the rest of the executive team for the overall health and sustainability of Ada as an organization
  • Represent Ada in public speaking and thought leadership opportunities (authoring articles, blogs, speaking on panels, podcasts, etc.)

With Ada’s Board of Directors (5%):

  • Support Ada’s Board of Directors in developing a racial and gender equity strategy for the board
  • Recommend on-going professional development for directors in areas of racial and gender equity

Essential qualifications

  • 7-10 years of experience leading racial justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives inside organizations
  • Master’s (MPA, MPH, MEd, etc.) degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience developing strategic initiatives to advance social, racial, and economic justice
  • Strong project management and collaboration skills
  • Experience managing projects across multiple stakeholders
  • Experience designing and facilitating racial equity, diversity, and inclusion events and trainings for multiple audiences
  • Comfort and experience collaborating and coaching at all levels of an organization, including coaching and advising managers, executives, and board members
  • Expert knowledge of race, structural racism, white supremacy, patriarchy, and oppression and the ability to acknowledge its presence throughout systems, cultural norms, practices, and policies
  • Familiarity with state and federal statutes regarding workplace equity and protections, such as FLSA, ADA, FMLA, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, etc.
  • Demonstrates a deep understanding and emotional intelligence regarding human behavior and organizational development
  • Demonstrated embodiment of Ada’s values

Seattle is preferred, though we are open to remote with some travel. 

We hope to be drivers of change, and believe having a team of diverse backgrounds will enable us to strengthen our impact for others. Ada is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. EOE, including disability/vets. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please don’t be shy and contact us at

Ada Developers Academy’s mission is to prepare women and gender expansive adults to be software developers, while advocating for inclusive and equitable work environments. We prioritize serving Black, LatineIndigenous Americans…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Professional Level


Up to $140,000


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Seattle, WA
Associated Location
Seattle, WA, USA

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