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16 Sep 2020

Full-Time Director of Diversity, Racial Equity and Belonging

UNICEF USA – Posted by New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Organization Overview

UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children.

The fundamental mission of UNICEF is to promote the rights of every child, everywhere, in everything the organization does — in programs, in advocacy and in operations. The past two decades have seen important progress on child rights, yet while much has been achieved, sharp disparities remain. In most countries, inequality is higher today than a generation ago, including in middle income countries where most of the world’s poor children now live. The rapid pace of urbanization and the growing youth bulge in Africa and parts of Asia will require significant expansion of the provision of essential services for children. These challenges are compounded by the scale and complexity of crises triggered by conflict, natural disasters or epidemics. The global community faces these challenges when the political and economic environments pose challenges of their own, testing the world’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable. In this environment, strong and consistent leadership of UNICEF is critical to enable the achievement of results for children.

UNICEF USA (UUSA) is a private, independent, U.S. nonprofit that rallies the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children through the unmatched reach of UNICEF. Headquartered in New York City, UUSA has some 300 employees distributed across nine regional offices in the U.S. To fuel UNICEF’s life-saving work across the globe, UUSA raises nearly $600 million dollars from private sources every year and marshals its supporters to advocate for over $800 million in annual US government support. UUSA has built a broad-based movement to advocate for the well-being and protection of children globally.

Position Description

UNICEF USA is committed to infusing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) into our work and workplace. The creation of the Director of Diversity, Racial Equity and Belonging will position reflects UUSA’s strong commitment to this work and ensures that policies and processes across the organization are fully aligned with DE&I principles and values, which will allow us to better serve the needs of children worldwide.


The incumbent will hold a mission-critical role of ensuring that DE&I are, and remain, at the center of the work we do at UNICEF USA.  The Director of Diversity, Racial Equity and Belonging will also serve as the lead professional and Sponsor for the UUSA Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, who are responsible for advising and making recommendations to stakeholders about these important issues across the organization.   This position reports to the Chief People Officer, with a dotted line reporting relationship to the UUSA President and Chief Executive Officer.


Position Responsibilities


Provide strategic planning, support and expertise across UUSA to help identify goals, outcomes and strategies to advance and support DE&I efforts


  • Develop and implement a multi-year strategy to move UUSA toward becoming an anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization
  • Conduct initial and ongoing comprehensive organizational assessments to measure progress and identify areas of focus
  • Partnering with the Assistant Director of Recruitment, help to identify evidence‐based best practices in recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse and engaged workforce. Assist in the development an outreach strategy to ensure our organization is effectively and thoughtfully marketing to prospective employees and accurately highlighting our DE&I values
  • Evaluate and set in place necessary systems, practices, and policies to help ensure the success of employees who are (or have historically been) underrepresented in positions of influence within the organization
  • In partnership with the Professional Learning and Leadership Development team, participate in the planning of professional development to address ongoing and ad-hoc organizational needs around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Serve a coach to leaders throughout UUSA to build their individual and team capacity to embody equity
  • Serve as an active listener to employees to gain insights into current concerns and assess the effectiveness of UUSA’s work and approaches to DE&I
  • Proactively work as the lead professional and Sponsor for the Committee on Diversity Equity and Inclusion, including supporting and providing guidance to the co-chairs, Committee members, and the Senior Management Team (SMT), acting as a arbitrator, and helping to provide a platform for the Committee to present their recommendations to the SMT
  • In partnership with the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, engage employees through the development and creation of Employee Resource Groups designed to foster an inclusive workplace.
  • Participate in strategic discussions to ensure equity is considered and reflected in all our policies, decisions, and initiatives
  • Collaborate and partner with a geographically disbursed staff to ensure consistent and frequent organization-wide communications, including regular check-ins with staff in the NY Headquarters, the eight regional offices, and remote staff, to ensure effective connections with our DE&I efforts
  • Work in collaboration with the Chief People Officer to help ensure DE&I and anti-racist principles are included in all human resources processes, and the importance of these principles for employee wellbeing and strategic goals are well communicated


Manage DE&I-related data and metrics

  • Develop organization-wide accountability measures around DE&I, and lead monitoring efforts towards success against those metrics across divisions and functional areas
  • Conduct routine and ad-hoc analysis of various sets of data (e.g., hiring, survey/satisfaction, training and development, compensation, etc.) to identify strengths and areas for improvement, as well as consulting on the methods for data collection themselves
  • Conduct an annual diversity, equity, and inclusion survey and report
  • Work with divisions and departments across UUSA to develop and put in place DE&I KPIs that can be measured and reported with transparency to demonstrate progress against the DE&I strategy
  • Advise as needed on future technology requirements that support DE&I development



Develop and implement a DE&I Internal & External Communications Plan

  • Partner with the Executive Office to prepare relevant internal communications, updates, newsletters, etc. and organizing DE&I related staff meetings (Town Halls, etc.), as required
  • Manage and develop DE&I communications including use of internal communication tools, ensuring that all information is accurate, up to date, accessible and mission aligned.
  • Collaborate with departments and divisions throughout the organization to ensure that DE&I is considered and integrated into all aspects of UUSA’s internal and external communications, and to support regular communication of DE&I initiatives, events, and progress




The ideal candidate is someone who is deeply passionate about improving organizational outcomes and enhancing the employee experience through diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, has strong communication, influencing and program implementation skills, along with the ability to collaborate with a wide variety of employees, departments, leadership teams, and external partners as needed. The incumbent will ideally have experience in turning DE&I initiatives into effective work plans that can be implemented and delivered across the organization.  The selectee will also need outstanding interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and influence at all levels, and have an active affiliation with a broad range of professional networks and organizations in the DEI space/industry, community involvement, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred), and a minimum of 10 years of human resources or employee engagement experience, five of which are tied directly to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A proven track record and ability to ideate and activate DE&I strategies.
  • Knowledge of core diversity concepts including power and privilege, emotional intelligence, implicit bias, trauma-informed approaches
  • A passion for equity and justice programming and policy and a demonstrated awareness and understanding of diversity in all its facets including, but not limited to, cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, gender, educational, age, sexual orientation, linguistic, professional, ability, veteran status and other differences that make us unique
  • Previous experience with diversity and inclusion programs in a global / multi-cultural environment highly preferred
  • Demonstrated experience and desire to build a culture of belonging in the workplace
  • The ability to lead complex initiatives and handle difficult conversations
  • A can-do attitude that is solutions-oriented
  • An ability to operate autonomously, navigate ambiguity, manage timelines and competing priorities resulting in high quality outcomes
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, highly cross-functional organization
  • An appreciation and respect for confidentiality
  • Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service



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