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Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Year Up in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 03/02/2021
Nonprofit-Senior/Executive Management
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Reporting to the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, this role will be a key partner, steward, champion, and thought leader to deepen Year Up’s ongoing investment in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The team has primary ownership of both strategy and implementation for increasing organizational capacity for DEI among staff, alumni, external partners and ensuring our program delivery and outcomes are equitable and inclusive. This role will work closely with Human Resources and a have an ability to engage with various other functions to drive DEI priorities throughout Year Up. The DEI work ensures Year Up is living its mission internally, externally, and programmatically.

To be successful in this role, you will have an inspirational and engaging leadership style. Your passion for furthering DEI will be clear to all as you lead collaborative efforts and leverage your strong interpersonal and communications skills. Further, your analytical capabilities coupled with your operational effectiveness skills will be called on regularly to translate ideas into action. You will be comfortable raising difficult topics and moving stakeholders who can be resistant to change. You will be a trusted partner to internal and external stakeholders of all levels, and you’re able to work effectively through others to achieve significant impact.

As part of the work, the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will also have the opportunity to interact with students as a mentor, group facilitator, and advocate, participating in Year Up’s mission.

The location for this position is flexible and open to candidates in any city where there is a Year Up site.


Thought Leadership & Strategic Partnership

  • Partner with stakeholders as needed to design high-impact solutions that advance Year Up’s DEI agenda
  • Provide support, coaching, and consultation to leaders in assessing local challenges & opportunities and implement responsive strategies
  • Provide thought leadership on policies, benefits, & practices that support equity and inclusion
  • Partner to provide services that are accessible to and inclusive of our diverse workforce
  • Help set, oversee, track, and measure short, medium, and longer-term DEI goals for the organization
  • Leverage data to provide insights to stakeholders to drive decision-making and behavior change
  • Support DEI efforts by increasing visibility (e.g. creating effective collateral which tells a clear story and inspires action)
  • Recruit and drive highly active and engaged committees and resource groups (e.g. Diversity Advisory Council, Cross-Site DEI Committee, People of Color Staff Resource Group); coach and support members to ensure success in local markets
  • Other duties as assigned

Employee Support

  • Partner with internal stakeholders (in HR and beyond) to integrate DEI into “business as usual” programs, initiatives, practices and policies
  • Develop and implement annual DEI communications strategy and learning agenda, including
    • Producing high quality trainings and events including oversight of all planning and logistics
    • Promoting and sponsoring staff professional development opportunities, manager learning that enhance participants’ ability to work effectively on diverse teams and deliver culturally relevant services.
    • Developing and curating Year Up’s library of best in class DEI trainings and resources
  • Design and implement initiatives to promote equitable professional & career development (e.g., mentorship, sponsorship, retention, performance assessment, and succession planning)
  • Serve as a regular and active listener to employees and students to both gain insight into current concerns and assess effectiveness of YU’s work/approaches in DEI
  • Other duties as assigned

Site Team/Learning Community Member

  • Serve as a coach/mentor for a small number of current students
  • Join and sometimes facilitate weekly group sessions with students
  • Participate in staff meetings and trainings


  • A passion for working with young adults, an unshakable belief in their potential and a strong commitment to the mission of Year Up
  • 8+ years of professional experience with at least 3 years in work driving diversity, equity and inclusion in communities or organizations
  • Self-Starter with experience driving efforts for transformational change; innovative and willing to be disruptive to challenge the status quo
  • Experienced facilitator of content on identity, power, privilege, equity & justice
  • Demonstrated management skills including individual coaching and driving team effectiveness
  • Advanced organizational skills with an ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Ability to manage multiple stakeholders at various levels of leadership
  • Solid experience successfully creating and/or maintaining processes
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfort engaging internal and external stakeholders at the executive level
  • Comfort with change and working in a fast-moving environment
  • Sound judgment, discretion, and ability to appropriately handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Experience in HR or Organization Development a plus
  • Understanding of the Opportunity Divide and its drivers
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office


  • Salary: Competitive and commensurate with relevant experience and skills.
  • Benefits: Comprehensive healthcare options and dental coverage; 401(k) match for eligible participants.
  • Vacation: Earn three weeks paid vacation in first year of employment; four weeks after initial year.
  • Professional Development: Support available to all staff in achieving career objectives.


Year Up is a national 501(c)3 wo rkforce development organization committed to ensuring equitable access to economic opportunity, education, and justice for all young adults—no matter their background, income, or zip code. Employers face a growing need for talent while millions of talented young adults lack access to meaningful careers. These inequities only further perpetuate the opportunity gap that exists in our country—a gap that Year Up is determined and positioned to close through three interconnected strategies: providing targeted skills training and connections to livable-wage employment for students and alumni; empowering others to serve and support young adults; and changing systems that perpetuate the opportunity gap. Year Up’s intensive training program utilizes a high expectations, high support model where students learn in-demand technical and professional skills and apply them during a corporate internship. Year Up has served more than 30,000 young adults since its founding in 2000. Year Up has a presence in 27 U.S. cities, including Arizona, Baltimore, Bay Area, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Greater Atlanta, Greater Boston, Greater Philadelphia, Jacksonville, Los Angeles, the National Capital Region, New York City/Jersey City, Pittsburgh, Puget Sound, Rhode Island, South Florida, Tampa Bay, and Wilmington.

Voted one of the Best Nonprofits to Work For in the country by The NonProfit Times, Year Up is a rewarding place to work. Our staff is passionate, supportive, mission-driven, and committed to positive change and continuous learning. We set high standards for both ourselves and our students, and live by a set of core values that reflect an unshakable belief in the talent and full potential of our young people. The work we do is life-changing, and we know that our team is the greatest asset in achieving our mission.


Year Up actively engages individuals from all backgrounds. We are committed to embracing diversity within our organization because we firmly believe that diverse employee teams help us to achieve our best organizational outcomes and provide the most effective support to our young adults as we work to close the Opportunity Divide. We are deeply dedicated to creating and maintaining an inclusive and supportive work environment. Learn more about our commitment to diversity: http://www.yearup.org/about-us/careers/commitment-to-diversity/

As an equal opportunity employer, Year Up is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


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