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Director, Race Equity Inclusion

Company: National Immigration Law Center
Location: Los Angeles
Posted on: February 11, 2024

Job Description:

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 www.immigrantjusticefund.org/

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 areas:

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 diverse talent.
  • 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 throughout NILC.
  • 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, policies/procedures, etc.
  • 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 needed.
  • 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 framework/methodology

    Supervisory Responsibilities
    • 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 constructive problem-solving.
    • 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 staff
    • Manages outside consultants, third party administrators, and vendors

      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 actions

        In recognition of the fluidity of the work and ecosystem that NILC operates in, other duties may be assigned depending on organizational needs.>

        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 audiences.
        • Self-starter with a strong ability to move daily tasks forward in alignment with NILC's broader organizational needs and goals.
        • 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 projects.
        • 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 environment.
        • 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.

          Qualifications Required
          • 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 organizational setting.
          • 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 collaboration tools.

            Preferred Qualifications
            • 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.

              Work Environment
              • 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 nights.
              • 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.

Keywords: National Immigration Law Center, Los Angeles , Director, Race Equity Inclusion, Executive , Los Angeles, California

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