Vice President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism

Now more than a half century into our trajectory, the National Partnership for Women & Families is deeply engaged in and committed to an ongoing process to evolve into an anti-racist organization that centers the experiences and priorities of women of color and their families, to ensure that our work environment is responsive to the diverse needs of all staff and that our work reflects an understanding of the diverse experiences of all women. We believe that this approach helps to ensure that we integrate an intersectional, racial equity lens in all of our work, both externally and internally, and more effectively attack racism, sexism, and other forms of discrimination and hatred wherever we see it.

Our organization began an intensive internal change process in 2019 to become more inclusive, diverse and equitable in all aspects and levels of our work. While we have made significant progress, we believe that the next phase of our work requires an executive level leader who will be responsible for leading and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism practices across the organization.

We are a progressive, feminist organization that seeks a leader deeply invested in DEIA who is experienced with transforming and building structures, practices, and workplace culture to truly support all staff, particularly those who hold intersecting identities that have been marginalized. This includes experience working with organizations at different phases of growth and development, historically majority white organizations, and smaller organizations. This is a top priority for our new president, who is the first woman of color to ever lead the organization, and for the staff as a whole to operationalize transformative initiatives and confront and disrupt bias in all of its forms.

The Role

  • Report directly to the President and be part of the executive team, playing an integral role in developing and implementing overall strategy, priorities, resource allocation, and cross-team alignment and coordination.
  • Lead the next phase of the organization's DEIA vision and strategy development, with a focus on operationalizing priorities across all parts of the organization and levels of staff, in close collaboration with leadership.
  • Prioritize strategies and actions to implement structural evolution and culture change to ensure staff of all backgrounds feel safe, have their voices and experiences valued, are able to collaborate effectively across differences and work through workplace conflicts, operate with transparency, radical honesty and kindness, so that all can thrive and grow.
  • Collaborate with all internal stakeholders to establish and promote DEIA excellence as a core value for all teams, create needed structures, systems, practices, training, accountability, and metrics on this issue.
  • Develop and implement a training curriculum, in consultation with the Human Resources team, for all staff and different levels of staff that disrupts bias and covers, among other things, change management, equity, inclusion and belonging, giving and receiving effective feedback while creating staff safety, having courageous conversations, valuing opposing viewpoints, and navigating conflict.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on DEI for the rest of the organization. This includes advising organizational leaders on strategies to engage external stakeholders on DEIA, as well as keeping current on developments and trends in the DEIA field, assessing how they should inform the ongoing development of our DEIA strategies and actions.
  • Partner closely with the Human Resources team to ensure alignment of HR functions and operations with DEIA, especially around recruitment, retention, establishing a conflict resolution and learning culture, and a workplace that invites and encourages every staff member to bring their whole selves to the work.

Key Qualifications

  • 10-15+ years as in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Anti-Racist work or as a DEI practitioner, preferably in a non-profit environment or with familiarity with non-profit environments and dynamics.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and hands on experience with DEIA work and integrating strategies throughout the organization's programs, operations and practices
  • Ability to collect and analyze researched expert-based best practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Experience with organization-wide management and decision making, including strategic planning and implementing internal change
  • Demonstrated success in developing cutting edge strategies and driving process improvements in DEIA work in the nonprofit sector
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills with an ability to persuade and influence, and the ability to build excitement and commitment with organizational stakeholders
  • Knowledgeable about the unique stressors, challenges and workplace dynamic of a national, nonprofit advocacy organization working to advance public policy on Capitol Hill and with the Administration
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate highly tense, emotionally charged situations when cultivating an organizational change
  • Proven collaborator and facilitator with the ability to work with senior leadership teams, as well as across all levels of a team to address conflict and build a health culture
  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing gender and racial justice for all persons and their families
  • Successful track record serving as a senior leader with a mission driven organization
  • Proven change management skills in establishing and staff adoption of new internal systems by conducting effective staff trainings, leading through group conversation and facilitation across all levels of the organization
  • Demonstrated strategist, system thinker who can guide the organization in identifying opportunities for changes aligned with our mission and vision, and help refine our mission and vision to better reflect our DEIA goals
  • An unapologetic DEIA agent of change

Salary & Benefits

Minimum salary starts at $175,100 with exact salary based on experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes 3 weeks annual vacation time, paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403B and SEP-IRA retirement options, and paid family and medical leave for eligible employees. Note that accrued vacation and sick time are currently suspended for new employees while the National Partnership temporarily offers ad-hoc unlimited administrative leave for employees during the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that we all have a range of caregiving needs, including self-care and care for others, during this challenging time.

This is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C. office. In order to ensure the safety of our staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, all National Partnership staff members are currently working remotely and are not traveling or holding in-person meetings. This position reports to the President.


The National Partnership recognizes a staff bargaining unit, National Partnership United, affiliated with the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union/IFPTE Local 70, a union for non-profit workers. This position is NOT included in the NP United bargaining unit; however, you will be supervising employees who are in the unit and you will be responsible for managing those employees in accordance with the specific employment terms of a Collective Bargaining Agreement.

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter by June 1, 2022.

The National Partnership is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to racial equity and social justice. We make a particular effort to recruit people of color to apply for open positions. People of color, LGBTQ individuals, people with disabilities, and people with other marginalized identities are encouraged to apply. Please see EEO is the Law and Equal Employment Opportunity for more information.