Assistant Director, Diversity, Racial Equity, and Belonging


Assistant Director, Diversity, Racial Equity, and Belonging

Location: New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Dallas, , Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Washington, DC
Employment Type: Regular Full-Time


Organization Overview


UNICEF USA (UUSA) is a private, independent, U.S. nonprofit that exists to deliver impact for children. UNICEF USA advances the global mission of UNICEF by rallying the American public to support the world’s most vulnerable children. We are driven by a shared objective that every child is healthy, educated, protected, and respected. Headquartered in New York City, UNICEF USA has nearly 300 employees across the U.S. with nine regional offices. This year, UNICEF USA raised over $1B in private sector support, advanced legislation, and secured government resources to deliver impact for children. For more information, visit  



Position:                     Assistant Director, Diversity, Racial Equity, and Belonging 

Location:                    Nationwide / Remote

FLSA Status:              Exempt

Salary:                        NYC’s minimum salary for this position is $78,600. This may be adjusted to reflect the cost of labor of a candidate’s work location, if outside of NYC.



Position Description:


Reporting to the Managing Director, Diversity, Racial Equity, and Belonging and working closely with the People and Culture team, this position will help implement the DREB strategic plan, including co-leading on key activities, developing and own communications on DREB, serving as a strategic thought leader, and provide guidance and consultation across functions and divisions.


Key Responsibilities/Outcomes (include but are not limited to):


Internal Capacity Building:


• Co-manage all aspects of our work with the external consultant including, supporting consultant relationship management, assisting with contract management, mapping and tracking different components of the scope of work, and tracking session attendance.

• Create and maintain a library of DREB resources.

• Co-lead and facilitate flash forums (UUSA internal learning forums) on DREB topics for staff. · Manage all pre and post-forum activities and conduct follow-up as needed.

• Co-lead with the establishment of DREB as our 6th pillar of Leadership, Learning and Professional Development.


Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Belonging:


• Partner with the Managing Director with all aspects of our Staff Affinity Groups including, coordinating monthly meetings, sending reminders on Slack, following up with co-leads and/or other affinity group members, and assisting with the establishment of new staff affinity groups.

• Own and maintain a DREB communications plan including an inclusive calendar that acknowledges and raises awareness of different occasions throughout the year. · Assist with the planning and curation of org-wide and smaller audience events.

• Own and maintain a DREB Slack channel to engage staff and share resources.

• Co-lead DREB events and serve as backup for the Managing Director as needed.

• Co-design, distribute, and analyze learning and feedback surveys.

• Attend/present on DREB work at NHO sessions as needed.


Sustainability and Accountability


• Partner with the Managing Director to implement the DREB strategy; including tracking KPIs for goals and key activities.

• Participate in the development of an annual DREB survey.

• Review and analyze annual DREB annual survey.

• Participate in the development of an annual DREB report.


Other Duties as Assigned:


• Support team and organizational initiatives and activities as needed

• Monitor and engage in the DEI field (e.g. attend webinars and conferences, network with other DEI professionals, conduct research, etc.)




Reporting to the Managing Director for Diversity, Racial Equity, and Belonging, this position will play an important role in delivering on our DREB commitments and shifting our culture and our consciousness so that we can be a truly equitable, inclusive, and explicitly anti-racist organization. The ideal candidate will have to experience co-facilitating DEI conversations, be a creative thinker, and be an effective collaborator. The incumbent will also have strong communication, program implementation, and project management skills, and superb interpersonal skills with the ability to build relationships and influence at all levels.


• Bachelor’s degree (Master’s degree preferred) and a minimum of 3 years of direct DEI experience including co-facilitating conversations on race

• Previous experience in the international development and/or humanitarian assistance sector is highly preferred

• A personal commitment to anti-racism, equity, and inclusion beyond the workplace

• Knowledge of core concepts including power and privilege, race and anti-racism, white supremacy, and different kinds of oppression and oppressive systems

• Deep curiosity and a commitment to bringing an open mind and an open heart to everything

• Deep emotional intelligence including the ability to read a room, notice a shift, and adjust

• An ability to lead from a place of empathy, humility, and curiosity

• An ability to build community, and deep connections, put others at ease, and inspire them to engage in uncomfortable topics

• High level of comfort with conflict and emotionally charged situations and an ability to lead calmly and empathetically in such spaces

• Deep self-awareness, including a strong understanding of one’s racial and other intersecting identities

• A passion for equity and justice programming and a demonstrated understanding of diversity in all its facets including, but not limited to, race, gender, ability, religion, sexual orientation, etc.

• Demonstrated experience and desire to build a culture of belonging in the workplace

• A can-do attitude that is solutions-oriented

• High level of comfort with ambiguity and uncertainty

• Experience working in a fast-paced, highly cross-functional organization

• An appreciation and respect for confidentiality · Strong project management skills, with a proven ability to manage projects while completing deliverables in a timely manner

• Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills

• Excellent written and verbal communication skills

• Ability to be self-directed and work both independently and in a team

• Thoroughness and attention to detail without losing focus on the bigger picture.

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

• Must demonstrate UNICEF USA Core Values: Trust, Respect, Accountability, Innovation, Teamwork, and Service



Must possess current and valid US Work Authorization and be eligible to work for any US employer without sponsorship.


Due to the high volume of applications received, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.



UNICEF USA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer
We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, reproductive health decisions, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state, and local law. UUSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected].

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