Vice President, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB)

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The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas towards a future where birds thrive because Audubon is a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing force for conservation. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the hemisphere and more than 1.5 million active supporters.

North America has lost three billion birds since 1970, and more than 500 bird species are at risk of extinction across Latin America and the Caribbean. Birds act as early warning systems about the health of our environment, and they tell us that birds – and our planet – are in crisis. Together as one Audubon, we are working to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. We do this by implementing on-the-ground conservation, partnering with local communities, influencing public and corporate policy, and building community.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon brings new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (EDIB) Officer, the Vice President, EDIB, will support, within a collaborative environment, projects, partnerships, education/training, and processes integrating the organizations values of diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and cultural competence throughout our primary functions. They will help develop the strategic direction and vision for the team. This role will support the operations and administrative needs of all affinity groups and EDIB staff committees. The Vice President, EDIB, will support the assessment, design, development, implementation and evaluation of these programs and processes and manage special and on-going projects. They will assist with communications, coordination of activities, calendar, events, and will supervise staff.

The Vice President, EDIB, will provide leadership on a range of services, programs, policies, and procedures related to advancing the National Audubon Society’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. This role will be responsible for leading efforts in community partnerships, focusing on improving access and delivery of culturally competent care across the National Audubon Society.

This is a hybrid position with ability to work from our New York, NY office location.

$215,000 - $230,000/year
Essential Functions:
  • Analyzes, plans, and organizes multiple initiatives, such as spearheading the development of employee resource groups, the development of an EDIB data dashboard, management of reporting mechanisms and language services.
  • Exercises sound judgment in handling sensitive and confidential information and situations.
  • Responsible for management of administrative and training needs for all affinity groups and EDIB staff committees within the organization.
  • Monitor team performance by developing both an action plan for affinity groups and EDIB staff committees and updating an annual scorecard.
  • Maintain positive relationships throughout the organization and with the executive sponsors for each affinity group and the EDIB staff committees. Ensures continued engagement of team members and Executive sponsors.
  • Responsible for attending team meetings. Facilitates and/or moderates meetings; Ensures meeting objectives are met and the team members remain on point. When sensitive issues arise, they must understand when and how to escalate them when necessary.
  • Oversight and coordination of all affinity groups and EDIB staff committees across the National Audubon Society.
  • Acts with a strong sense of urgency and skill to make important decisions quickly.
  • Provides an overview of the status of all affinity groups and EDIB staff committees.
  • Writes success stories for communications via both internet and intranet.
  • Collaborates with the Communications Team to develop content to be added to both Intranet and Internet sites. Maintains schedule for all affinity groups and EDIB staff committees’ activities across enterprise.
  • Responsible for understanding and following internal event planning protocols across the organization and for external functions.
  • Leads event planning functions, securing venue, ordering food, preparing marketing materials.
  • Builds relationships with departments within each delivery network that manage event planning activities. Orders items for teams and department and work with purchasing. Assists in the development and maintenance of budget for the fiscal year.
  • Serve as a strategic consultant to Executive and Senior Leaders at all levels of the organization.
  • Works with members of the EDIB Team to develop and implement strategies to engage National Audubon Society staff to help create a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible working and learning environment, ensuring our workforce reflects the communities that we serve.
  • Serve as a change agent by challenging the status quo processes, policies, and practices to create learning and working environments where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to succeed.
  • Create a sustainable infrastructure around current equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives.
  • Plan, implement and track the National Audubon Society’s efforts towards developing a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable community; establish a system of accountability using data and reporting.
  • Demonstrate leadership with an entrepreneurial approach to program development and implementation of an operational plan while establishing dynamic relationships with staff.
  • Forge alliances and strategic relationships with the community to develop more effective approaches to increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • Provide recurring educational opportunity on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging topics that encourage the organization to become better versed in issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Interacts with co-workers, visitors, and other staff consistent with the values of the organization.
  • Other job-related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree strongly preferred. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted.
  • 15+ years’ professional experience, to include at least 5 years at a senior management level with comparable staff and budget responsibilities.
  • Strong leadership skills and strong business and management skills; demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate a must.
  • Experienced organizational leader with an array of experience in equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to succeed in a highly matrixed, complex organization—strong ability to influence and persuade others required.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills, judgment, and a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build coalitions with a wide range of individuals.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing complex, multiple and/or geographically diverse projects through to success, including meeting financial goals, project deadlines, and coordinating the work of key staff.
  • Excellent and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal, including substantial public speaking experience.
  • Willingness and ability to travel routinely throughout the state and nationally, as required.
  • A demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging, and the overall mission, values, and programs of the National Audubon Society.
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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