Job Opportunity: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Sierra Club

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Job Title: Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Reports to: National Program Director

Department: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Location: The Sierra Club is currently headquartered in San Francisco but will be relocating to Oakland in May 2016

Supervises: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiatives Manager, Additional staff as need and resources allow


The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) works closely with the executive team and Board of Directors, who are responsible for managing the vision, culture and values of the organization.

In partnership with the volunteer leader of the Diversity Steering Committee, the DEI Director leads the organization's efforts to become a multicultural organization with the capacity throughout the organization to engage, value and learn from diverse cultures and people, and implements strategies to increase the organization’s diversity, promote equity through its brand, messaging and programs, and create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all staff, volunteers and allies.


Oversees efforts to meet the organization's stated DEI goals in relation to Organizational Culture and Inclusion; Ongoing Education, Learning, Training and Skills Development; and the Foundation of Justice and Equity. Directs the development, operation and fiscal management for all DEI initiatives and budgets.

Collaborates with the heads of departments and the Executive Office, the Board of Directors, senior staff and volunteers to carry forth organization-wide priorities and shared goals and values. Models behavior in leadership that encourages continued learning, equity and inclusion in the workplace.

Advises senior staff and volunteers on the impact of the organization's DEI commitment on policies, structure and issue positions. Participates in development of Sierra Club priorities with staff and volunteer leaders.

Represents the Sierra Club publicly as a spokesperson and senior leader.

 Job Activities:

  1. Directs the development and implementation of strategic DEI activities to ensure:
    • Staff and volunteer leaders report increased confidence, in self and colleagues, to integrate and apply DEI and anti-oppression values to work.
    • Staff and volunteers report Sierra Club as a welcoming and respectful place to work and volunteer, and that values their contribution and talent.
    • Community partners report Sierra Club as a respectful and reciprocal partner for justice and a vibrant element of the movement for a more equitable and sustainable world.
    • External outcomes demonstrate broader commitment to justice and equity.
    • Demographics of staff, volunteer leaders, members and champions more closely reflect the communities we serve, particularly at the decision-making, leadership level.
  2. Works with the Office of Advancement to identify donors and foundations to support the organization's DEI work, participates in preparation of grant proposals, attends meetings with donors and provides regular information, updates and reports as needed.
  3. Responsible for appropriate use of Sierra Club financial and staff resources to meet the goals of the department and organization.
  4. Effectively manages DEI staff and teams with emphasis on developing, coaching, and empowering staff and volunteers to set and reach ambitious goals, build and maintain effective and respectful relationships and model values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
  5. Participates in the Senior Management Group and frequently advises the Executive Team.
  6. Works with Executive Director, National Program Director, Executive Office, Executive Team, key staff and volunteer leaders on internal and external DEI strategies and implementation as well as strategic decisions on organizational practices, policies, values, culture and mission.
  7. Oversees implementation of big picture strategic goals, and employs nimble problem solving and intervenes when course direction is needed throughout the organization.
  8. Uses expertise from the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion as well as environmental, racial and economic justice and authoritative understanding of related tools, influence and trends to identify new opportunities and methods for achieving the organization's DEI goals.
  9. Builds and maintains relationships with Sierra Club's external partners in this work.
  10. Miscellaneous responsibilities as directed.

Knowledge and Skills:

  • Effective oral, written and visual communication skills. Able to effectively assert a vision and position based on broad expertise while demonstrating the ability to nurture the creative ideas of others.
  • 6+ years of experience in the fields of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or environmental, racial and economic justice.
  • Experience and proven success in training and motivating volunteers and staff.
  • Commitment to inclusive practices and equitable treatment of staff and volunteers.
  • Has a proven track record for driving organizational change, maneuvering successfully through complex political situations and working effectively in dynamic circumstances.
  • Effective communicator in a variety of formal presentation settings: one-on-one, small/large groups, peers, direct reports and organization wide.
  • Ability to interact effectively with volunteers, staff, partners, consultants, the media and donors and to be a strong and effective team leader and team member.
  • Demonstrated experience in facilitation, training and conflict resolution.
  • Has a proven track record for raising funds to sustain a program, department or organization and managing a budget.
  • Ability to foster team spirit and proactively support staff and volunteer leadership development.
  • Excellent supervisory and hiring experience.


The Sierra Club offers competitive salary package commensurate with skills and experience plus excellent benefits that include medical, dental, and vision coverage, and a retirement savings 401(k) plan. This is a category 1 exempt position.

Sierra Club is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse workforce.