Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

Job Type

Full Time




287 Columbus Avenue
United States


City Year Boston is seeking our first-ever Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) to lead the design and launch of a comprehensive, multi-year roadmap that drives diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) work throughout the Boston site. Reporting to the Managing Director of People (HR) & Operations, the DDEI will help shape the DEI vision and strategy as well as researching, defining, and operationalizing DEI best practices that prepare City Year Boston staff and corps to execute on our work through a DEI lens. In partnership with the Executive Office and Department Leadership Team, the DDEI will assess City Year Boston’s DEI progress to date and establish a clear understanding of barriers to engaging in transformative DEI work across the Boston site. This work will also align with City Year Inc’s national DEI efforts in building out a comprehensive strategy for how our work get’s done.

The DDEI will ultimately drive City Year Boston’s exploration of the implications and benefits of becoming an anti-racist, social justice organization. The ideal candidate will have significant experience leading internal DEI efforts for an organization or social and/or racial justice enterprise. They will develop key milestones in partnership with site and organizational stakeholders in order to highlight the efficiency of this work.

The candidate will also have exceptional communication skills, strategy development, and process improvement experience with demonstrated skills leading discussions with individuals/groups with differing perspectives around sensitive issues and controversial topics.

Strategy Development and Execution

  • Work with site staff to create annual and long-term Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategic goals and benchmarks
  • Create, vet, and perform an organizational analysis of current state of DEI work to determine recommendations and action steps including more inclusive policies and procedures
  • Align with Executive Office team on vision and strategy and regularly communicate updates on DEI efforts to staff
  • Keeps current on diversity programs and developments by maintaining contact with others in the field (e.g., professional association and educational groups, and professional development efforts)
  • Collaborate with national People (HR) team to align site and organizational DEI efforts

Culture Building

  • Lead an analysis of current policies and practices to determine target areas for opportunity to create a more open, inclusive work environment
  • Collaborate with Boston People team to design, administer culture and DEI surveys
  • Analyze DEI data and communicate trends with staff
  • Ensure staff buy-in, involvement, ownership, and accountability of DEI and anti-racism efforts
  • Work with other departments at the site to explore department specific DEI priorities and opportunities

Training and Facilitation

  • Partner with the training team to help support DEI training and programming with workforce
  • Collaborate with internal staff to support affinity or employee resource groups
  • Facilitate dialogue (cultural competence, social justice, identity-work) amongst staff to foster an environment of learning and support
  • Create learning curriculum with DEI resources for staff
  • Develop training schedules and facilitate sessions to educate employees and managers on how to recognize, accommodate and appreciate individual differences and how these can be bridged back to assist in meeting company business plans

Talent Recruitment/Development/Retention

  • Work with Boston Human Resource (People) team and hiring managers to reduce bias and ensure hiring processes are inclusive
  • Cultivate broad and diverse talent pipelines to attract both active and passive candidates coming from underrepresented groups
  • Identify and support internal pipelines for high potential employees
  • Strengthen sourcing partnerships in Boston to increase the diversity of workforce
  • Work with Boston People (HR) team to incorporate a DEI lens through our onboarding and talent development processes


  • 7 to 10 years of related experience
  • Experience working with organizational leaders to conduct analysis and generate insight regarding critical organizational questions required
  • Proven success in leading large-scale projects and organizational change
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the Boston Community
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and present ideas with clarity, credibility, humility and tact; lead with “the why” and incorporate vision into messaging; tailor messaging to audience and maintain professionalism in speaking and writing
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and plan for questions, listen carefully, provide constructive feedback and remain open and responsive to feedback from others
  • Proven success operating in ambiguous and changing environments with the demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize projects, delegate tasks, and manage progress against goals for self and others, while addressing barriers to success
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and operate in a proactive and solution-oriented manner, identify the information needed to solve a problem, link decisions to potential consequences and know when to escalate or seek guidance
  • Experience analyzing and interpreting people-related data
  • Possesses openness, responsiveness, approachability and understanding of others’ perspectives with the demonstrated ability to maintain and build relationships through collaboration; recognize and respond to the needs of others while operating within appropriate boundaries to gain respect and maintain professionalism
  • Strong connection to the values of servant leadership, belief in the power of young people, social justice, empathy, inclusivity, teamwork and excellence

Compensation and Benefits

Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply


Please complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the "Resume/CV" field on the "My Experience" page. Internal applicants should apply through cyresource.