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Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Washington, DC · Volunteering/Non-Profit
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Center For Science in The Public Interest

Status: Full time - Exempt
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Salary: $115,000 - $125,000
Location: Hybrid; Washington, D.C. preferred, but negotiable 
Deadline: Apply by July 1st for best consideration. Early applications encouraged. 

The Center for Science in the Public Interest, your food and health watchdog, is one of the nation’s leading public health advocacy organizations with a 50-year record of fighting for science in the public interest. CSPI envisions a healthy population with reduced impact and burden of preventable diseases and an equitable food system that makes healthy, sustainable food accessible to all. We’ve led efforts to win passage of many state and local policies to improve school foods and remove sugary drinks from children’s menus. National policy successes include the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act; Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act; Food Safety Modernization Act; and Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act. 

Over the past two years, CSPI has engaged in an extensive DEI organizational change process, including creating a DEI Task Force and implementing task force recommendations, racial equity staff training, leadership equity coaching, organizational assessments, and more. This newly created position will build upon that work, continuing to embed our equity commitment into the organization's culture and policies, while supporting us in taking the next steps on our equity journey. 

This position is a strategic advisor to the Executive Director on organizational DEI programs and policies, will serve on the Executive Management Team, and reports to the Chief Operating Officer. They will also work closely with CSPI’s DEI Committee to design and implement the organization’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic initiatives while supporting training and education, staff engagement, staff relations, and organizational accountability. This includes, but is not limited to managing ongoing DEI projects, developing new initiatives, and tracking measurable progress. 

The Director of DEI will also partner with the Director of Human Resources to develop strategies that ensure DEI and HR initiatives and programs align with CSPI’s core values and our racial justice organizational change process and commitment. Additional responsibilities include traditional human resource projects, such as staff and intern recruitment, performance management, benefits administration, and managing the CSPI intern program. Ensuring strong execution of these projects, while thoughtfully balancing privilege, effectiveness, and humility to foster a workplace culture that is welcoming and inclusive to staff of different races and backgrounds will be essential to this role.

This is a full-time exempt position. While the preferred work location is the Washington, DC office, we are open to remote working. CSPI operates under a hybrid work model where staff located in the DC office have the flexibility to work in the office or from home. 

CSPI is committed to including and valuing diverse voices and fostering a culture that ensures all staff feel a sense of belonging and are encouraged to be their best selves. In that spirit, each of us is committed to putting in constant work to live up to our organization’s core values: 
  • We are inclusive. We seek to foster an environment where all staff feel a sense of belonging and are affirmed. We are not looking for everyone to think and look the same. We actively welcome and value staff with different experiences, backgrounds, attributes, abilities, and perspectives. 
  • We are open. We are honest and direct in how we communicate with each other in order to build trust and integrity within our organization. 
  • We are accountable. We acknowledge and assume responsibility for our actions. 
  • We are kind. We communicate and treat one another in a respectful, generous, considerate, and compassionate way. 
  • We are collaborative. We work together for the common good and shared success. 
DEI Responsibilities: (80%)

Develop CSPI’s DEI vision, mission, and framework, including broader implementation of CSPI’s DEI Statement and Values.
  • Develop and operationalize CSPI’s DEI initiatives and chair the DEI Committee.
  • Work across the organization to hold CSPI accountable for implementation of DEI initiatives.
  • Develop and implement initiatives for staff and leadership to strengthen cultural competency, improve understanding of race, ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other areas of individual identity, increase awareness and support for equity and inclusion values, and build a climate of equity and inclusion.
  • Create project plans, benchmarks, and deliverables for DEI initiatives; and implement and monitor systems to track metrics and measurements for success.
  • Develop and lead a DEI training program for staff and the CSPI Board of Directors.
  • Provide support and guidance to Executive Director, senior staff, and other staff when complex, specialized, or sensitive questions and issues relating to equity and identity arise.
  • Collaborate with Director of Human Resources and recruiting teams to review and implement recruiting and hiring strategies to diversify staff and intern applicant pipelines.
  • Assess CSPI’s hiring toolkit and refine our policies and processes to maintain and improve our inclusive hiring processes and mitigate bias.
  • Assess CSPI staff retention practices from an equity perspective including orientation, promotions, and benefits.
  • Research best practices to establish sound and innovative processes, policies, and programs.
HR Responsibilities: (20%)
  • Collaborate with Director of Human Resources to update and maintain CSPI personnel policies to ensure they advance and support an equitable and inclusive workplace.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Human Resources to manage and update the grievance process to ensure issues are handled in a timely manner.
  • Help manage CSPI’s intern program including program assessment, intern recruitment, and organizing social and professional development events. 
  • Assist with full cycle recruiting including drafting job descriptions with hiring teams, sourcing, screening applications, scheduling interviews, and checking references. 
  • Help manage and assess CSPI’s performance management system to ensure alignment with CSPI’s core values.
  • No less than 4 years of experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion with an emphasis on human resources, designing, managing, and implementing diversity programs, recruitment, performance management, and employee relations. 
  • Strong understanding of leading practices in DEI.
  • Strong cultural competency, including an understanding of power dynamics and intersecting axes of diversity (age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economic circumstance) and how these attributes play out in a workplace.
  • Ability to leverage insights through data analytics (assessment, analysis, and reporting) of diversity and inclusion metrics. 
  • Ability to develop strong working relationships with staff across all levels, geographies, backgrounds and lived experiences.
  • Proven interpersonal skills, including the ability to actively listen, collaborate, build relationships, influence, manage conflict, and problem solve. 
  • Experience developing and delivering workforce training preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Attention to detail and a highly organized, process-focused aptitude. 
  • Ability to manage sensitive situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy.
The salary range is $115,000 - $125,000, based on experience. CSPI offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: 3 weeks of annual vacation leave; additional paid holiday leave between December 24 and January 1; 8 weeks of paid parental leave; excellent medical and dental insurance with CSPI paying a significant portion of employee and dependent premiums; and a three percent employer match contribution to the retirement plan after one year of service.
Good Insight, a national nonprofit executive search firm headquartered in Washington, DC, is assisting with this search. Visit www.good-insight.org/careers to upload application materials. Confidential references and inquiries about the role may be directed to Kessa Thompson at CSPI@good-insight.org.

For best consideration, applications should be received by July 1, 2022. Interested applicants should submit a resume and a cover letter that describe their interest in and qualifications for this role, emphasizing their leadership experiences. Qualified applicants will be contacted on a rolling basis. Early applications are encouraged due to the pace of the search. 

Finalist(s) for this position will be required to consent to a pre-employment background and reference checks as a condition of employment.

CSPI is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. This employee is regularly required to sit, stand, bend, stretch and kneel for long periods of time; frequently required to talk, hear, and use repetitive hand motions; and should possess the ability to push, pull, and lift up to 20 pounds unassisted. 

As a condition of employment, and part of our continued efforts to maintain a safe workplace for employees and visitors, CSPI is requiring all employees to receive an FDA-authorized and/or -approved COVID-19 vaccination as a condition of working for CSPI. 

CSPI is committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspective, and skills and encourage people of diverse ages, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, religions, races, ethnicities, socioeconomic statuses, work, and life experiences to apply.

Contact Kessa Thompson (kessa@good-insight.org) to request reasonable accommodation for this application process.

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