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 Boston site’s 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 close 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. Recognizing this work will be multi-year and may evolve over time, the DDEI will work to set manageable priorities for year one. This work will also align with City Year Inc’s DEI efforts in building out a comprehensive strategy.

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 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 strong 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, Collaboration, and Execution

  • Work with site staff to create annual and long-term Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategic goals and benchmarks
  • Lead analysis of current state of DEI work to determine priorities, recommendations, and action steps including more inclusive policies and procedures
  • Work closely and align with Executive Office team on vision and strategy and regularly communicate updates on DEI efforts to staff 
  • Collaborate with other departments at the site to explore department specific DEI priorities and opportunities
  • Help develop and lead a DEI Committee in order to engage staff in this work and deepen our site’s DEI efforts
  • Work with site leaders to establish a culture where staff are engaged in and accountable to DEI efforts
  • Collaborate with national Human Resource (People) team to align site and organizational DEI efforts

Training, Facilitation, Resources

  • Partner with departments to help support DEI training needs and programming with workforce 
  • Facilitate, or secure external facilitators, to foster dialogue (cultural competence, social justice, identity-work, etc.) amongst staff to foster an environment of learning and support
  • Work towards establishing a baseline learning curriculum with DEI resources for staff
  • Collaborate with internal staff to support affinity or employee resource groups
  • Keep 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)

Talent Recruitment/Development/Retention

  • Work with Boston Human Resource (People) team and hiring managers to reduce bias and ensure hiring processes are inclusive
  • Work with Boston Human Resource (People) team and people managers to incorporate a DEI lens through our onboarding, engagement, and talent development processes
  • Begin to cultivate broad and diverse talent pipelines to attract both active and passive candidates coming from underrepresented groups


  • At least 5 years of related experience
  • Experience working with organizational leaders and across departments to conduct analysis and generate insight regarding critical organizational questions required
  • Success in managing organizational change
  • Knowledge of and experience working in the Boston Community is a plus
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.