Director, Race Equity Inclusion
Company: National Immigration Law Center
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: February 11, 2024
Founded in 1979, the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is a
leading non-profit organization (501(c)3) in the U.S. exclusively
dedicated to defending and advancing the rights and opportunities
of low-income immigrants and their loved ones. NILC's mission is
grounded in the belief that everyone living in the U.S. regardless
of race, gender/gender identity, immigration status, or economic
status - should have equal access to justice, resources, and
educational and economic opportunities that enable them to achieve
their full human potential. Together, NILC and the affiliated NILC
Immigrant Justice Fund (IJF), a 501(c)4 organization, work to
advocate more directly for federal immigration reform policies.
NILC is committed to advancing its mission - which intersects race,
immigration status, and class - through racial, economic, and
gender justice and equity orientation.
Headquartered in Los Angeles with an office in Washington, DC, NILC
seeks to achieve just laws and policies that address systemic
inequities, create narrative and culture change for an inclusive
and equitable society, and build a healthier and more powerful
movement. For more information, please visit www.nilc.org. and
NILC is at an exciting moment in its organizational trajectory,
supporting our five-year strategic framework and scaling the
organization and its work through influencing systems, policy
advocacy at the federal and state levels, engaging in movement and
power building, and narrative and culture strategies in addition to
continuous improvements to our operational model. We are looking
for entrepreneurial, results-driven, relationship builders who are
committed to NILC's mission and values of racial justice & equity,
valuing diversity, fostering partnerships & collaboration,
encouraging respect & personal well-being, and striving for
transparency, integrity, and honesty.
About the Position
The Director, Race, Equity, and Inclusion (Director)leads the
creation and implementation of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion,
Justice, and Belonging (DEIJB) initiatives at NILC. The Director
acts as a point person for all things DEIJB. They are responsible
for creating, managing, and optimizing all efforts to make NILC's
internal workplace a fairer, more equitable environment for all
employees. They will synthesize the results of current programs
(e.g., the Racial Justice Initiative) andgather data and feedback
to suggest improvements, create and implement new
programs/initiatives, and act as an advisor forthe Executive and
Senior Leadership (ELT, SLT) teams on DEIJB issues. The Director
also creates opportunities for staff training and development by
making tools and resources available that support the organization
in institutionalizing DEIJB principles and values. The Director
will partner closely with leaders across the organization to ensure
progress toward our vision of being a race-forward, fully inclusive
organization that reflects and elevates the voices of the
communities we serve and embraces mutual accountability, analytical
thinking, and commitment to shared outcomes.
This role is not a member of the Bargaining Unit.
The Director, Race, Equity, & Inclusion will be responsible for
providing leadership and driving success in the following key
Specific Position Responsibilities
- Works with Executive Leadership Team (ELT) Senior Leadership
Team (SLT) and other leaders and stakeholders to identify gaps and
improve opportunities for a more inclusive workplace across all
dimensions of diversity and demographic identity groups, including
trends and best practice that help attract, retain, and advance
- Works with the VP, Organizational Effectiveness and HR team to
provide overall direction and management of DEIJB in order to
identify goals, outcomes and strategies that prioritize the use of
racial equity frameworks to advance and support equity, diversity,
and inclusion within organization and with organization partners
around all dimensions of diversity.
- Create and implement an internal DEIJB philosophy that includes
specific metrics for measurement and accountability that are shared
out regularly for all NILC employees to see, celebrate progress,
acknowledge areas of opportunity, and understand next steps.
- Research, develop, recommend, and execute diversity, equity,
inclusion, justice, and belonging (DEIJB) programs and initiatives
to identify and remove systemic obstacles to increasing DEIJB
- Collaborate with the HR department to ensure DEIJB best
practices are enmeshed in all aspects of human resources, employee
experience, and people operations at NILC including hiring &
onboarding, promotion processes, pay equity, performance support,
- Collect feedback, track data, and analyze results of DEIJB
initiatives to measure progress, adjust programs/initiatives as
needed, and report out as appropriate.
- Act as a subject matter expert and strategic thought partner to
the Senior Leadership Team and Executive Leadership Team to advise
on all things DEIJB at NILC.
- Provides specialized consultation, coaching, and support on
employee relations and labor relations to all supervisors and
employees at all levels including the areas of performance
improvement, disciplinary issues, and adherence to collective
bargaining agreements, following organizational and/or collective
bargaining procedures in partnership with the Director, Employee
Relations and/or other HR leadership.
- Design and implement DEIJB educational programs for all NILC
employees such as trainings, workshops, panels, and other
initiatives, as well as ad hoc DEIJB-related meetings as
- Create and maintain a database of DEIJB related trainings,
workshops, and other resources on and serve as a point of contact
for inquiries on diversity training/resource recommendations.
- Collaborate with colleagues across the organization for
DEIJB-related support including language best practices and style
guide creation with the Communications team.
- Review NILC's workplace, policies & procedures, processes, and
technology to ensure that they are equitable, inclusive, and
promote DEIJB across the organization.
- Stay on top of trends and best practices in the workplace with
a focus on DEIJB as well as laws, regulations, and other factors
influencing DEIJB programs.
- Represent NILC internally and externally on topics related to
DEIJB initiatives. ---May be a part of or lead cross
functional/departmental projects using the MOCHA
- Supports the recruitment, interviewing, and hiring of staff and
oversees staff onboarding & training.
- Oversees the daily workflow of direct reports.
- Acts as a coach and mentor including providing constructive and
timely feedback to foster a collaborative environment that develops
strengths, improves weaknesses, and encourages creative and
- Actively manages direct and indirect reports using applicable
performance management software including documenting regular
check-ins, goal progress, and any other relevant information in the
system for performance and coaching purposes.
- Handles discipline and termination of employees in accordance
with organizational policy.
- Directly manages employees with possibility for additional
- Manages outside consultants, third party administrators, and
Shared Organization Responsibilities
- Champions NILC & IJF's mission of advancing the rights of
immigrants with low income by demonstrating a commitment to human
rights, and racial, economic, and social justice
- Attends and actively participates in NILC meetings at the
organization, department, project, and individual level
- Develops relationships and supports NILC and IJF colleagues
across all teams, recognizing that each individual brings a unique
background and perspective to the work and assuming good intent
from each other.
- Follows through on commitments acting with a clear sense of
ownership individually and collectively by taking personal
responsibility for decisions, actions, and failures, establishing
clear responsibilities and processes for monitoring work and
measuring results, and designing feedback loops into work.
- Learns quickly when facing new situations by experimenting to
find fresh solutions, taking on the challenge of unfamiliar tasks,
and extracting lessons learned from failures and mistakes.
- Acts with integrity by following through on commitments, being
direct and truthful, keeping confidence, and showing consistency
between words and actions.
- Commits to centering NILC's values of racial justice & equity,
valuing diversity, fostering partnerships & collaboration,
encouraging respect & personal well-being, and striving for
transparency, integrity, and honesty in all decisions and
In recognition of the fluidity of the work and ecosystem that NILC
operates in, other duties may be assigned depending on
What We're Looking for in This Role
- Commitment to NILC & IJF's mission of advancing the rights of
immigrants with low income and a demonstrated commitment to human
rights, racial, economic and social justice, and equity, diversity,
inclusion, and justice for all.
- Collaborative, proactive, and action-oriented working style
with a strong service mentality promoting mutual accountability and
inspiriting trust and confidence from colleagues, other NILC team
members, and NILC leaders alike.
- Demonstrates sound judgement in decision-making, high
integrity, and utmost respect for confidentiality, including the
ability to view things from multiple perspectives.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills: ability to
read, analyze, and interpret as well as draft documents such as
reports, correspondence, and presentations for various
- Self-starter with a strong ability to move daily tasks forward
in alignment with NILC's broader organizational needs and
- Proven ability to support cross-functional teams, a natural
orientation towards collaboration, and experience bringing together
diverse groups toward shared goals.
- Ability to consistently integrate deep understanding of key
racial equity concepts into work projects and interactions by
addressing structural implications and disproportionate impacts of
policies, activities, and decisions on race, class, and other group
identities within the context of job responsibilities and
- Demonstrated success in working with and gaining the trust and
respect of multiple constituencies including leadership and staff
at all levels, managing projects from idea to outcomes; strategic
thinking; innovating; and navigating nimbly and effectively through
changing and ambiguous situations.
- Strong analytical skills, experience tracking data, reporting,
providing metrics, and developing key success measures to drive
impact and problem solving.
- Project management experience managing high-profile projects,
with a proven ability to lead multiple projects effectively in a
fast-paced environment while navigating competing priorities.
- Recognizes each team member's unique background and perspective
to achieve team goals in a positive and motivating working
- Develops team through coaching, feedback, and exposure.
- An inclusive management style that places deep value on diverse
perspectives and emphasizes the development and growth of team
members and encourages learning and continued improvement.
- Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Education, Psychology,
Social Work or another related field.
- 10+ years of overall experience (including REI/DEIJB
experience) in areas of community development, nonprofit
management, or a related field including the design and
implementation of new programs, initiatives or strategies, data
analysis, secondary research and communicating and presenting
program and policy information, with at least four (4) years of
demonstrated, practical understanding and application of race,
equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and interventions in an
- Experience leading collaborative DEIJB efforts with a racial
equity lens utilizing effective organizing strategies and build
authentic inclusion, consensus, and relationships at all levels of
the organization, including measuring efficacy of programs and
policies and iterating as needed.
- Working knowledge of all federal, state, and local EEO
regulations (including CA, DC, NY) and employment laws affecting
employees, employment practices, and provision of federally funded
benefits and services.
- Experience with a diverse and multicultural workforce,
contributing to inclusion and equity through effective creation and
implementation of initiatives, and to diversity, multi-cultural
experience, and sensitivity to issues of marginalization,
discrimination, and harassment are required.
- Advanced knowledge of DEIJB best practices and innovative
trends with a focus on social justice and equity.
- Proficiency with in-office and virtual environments and
software such as MS Office, internet research, and virtual
- Master's degree in Human Resources, Education, Psychology, or
other related field
- Experience in a unionized environment
- SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP or PHR/SHPR
- DEIJB-related certification (e.g., eCornell, American
Management Association, HRCI or other certifying body)
- At NILC, we know that talented people may have different
backgrounds or experiences, and if your education and experience
doesn't exactly align with the above that's okay! NILC believes
that diversity in all dimensions of the organization supports and
bolsters the innovative thinking essential to its success and is
committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all
qualified applicants. NILC's goal is for our people to reflect the
communities in which we live and serve and to ensure representation
of people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with
disabilities in our organization. We encourage you to apply and let
us know in your cover letter why you are qualified and the right
fit for this role and NILC.
- Location & Travel:
- NILC's offices are located in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles,
California. For this role, up to 10-20% of overnight interstate
travel may be required; travel is typically quarterly to the NILC
Washington, DC office or another location within the US for 3-5
- Compensation & Benefits:
- NILC's compensation and benefits philosophy is to provide a
competitive offering in the nonprofit sector and ensure equity
across the organizational. The salary range for this role is
$128,800 - $161,000.
- Physical Demands
- Remaining in a stationary position, often standing, or sitting
for prolonged periods
- Communicating with others to exchange information.
- Repeating motions, like typing or answering a phone, that may
include the wrists, hands and/or fingers.
$128,800 - $161,000 a year
NILC is an equal opportunity employer; people of color and
individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. NILC
does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin,
citizenship status, ethnic background, religion, political
orientation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age,
disability, or any other protected class. We consider all qualified
applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the
requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative.
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