Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programs

Mission Statement

YW Boston works to eliminate racism, empower women and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

YW Boston is at the vanguard of thought leadership on issues at the intersection of race and gender, helping organizations create more inclusive environments where women, people of color, and in particular, women of color can succeed.

YW Boston is undergoing significant organizational change. We have recently updated our strategic plan to leverage our greatest strengths and are investing in our internal culture, including our own racial equity practices. We seek candidates that thrive in adaptive organizations, are comfortable working amidst organizational change, and are excited about helping YW Boston deepen its impact in Boston.

General Statement of Duties

The Director will oversee the Dialogues, a program that works with groups within an institution to affect change both for the individuals in the program and the institution, and the LeadBoston, a program that explores the inequity within the city of Boston and supports mid to senior level managers to recognize these inequities in their organizations, and provides the tools to create change. The Director will lead their teams to deliver high quality program sessions and follow-up that leads to organizational and individual change.

The Director will report to the Vice President of Programs.

Position Outcomes

The successful Director will achieve the following outcomes:

  • Manage a teams to meet aggressive goals
  • Use outcomes, partner feedback, and latest best practices to guide program development
  • Act as a master facilitator and thought leader, internally and externally, on organizational and leadership development
  • Through stakeholder engagement and business development strategies, build successful and lasting relationships with partner organizations

Key Responsibilities

Program Development & Implementation

  • Provide thought leadership to ensure the LeadBoston and Dialogues Programs align with YW Boston’s Theory of Change and best practices in working with organizations to create more inclusive institutions
  • Lead Dialogues and LeadBoston teams to annually achieve or exceed program goals and outcomes
  • Design and strengthen curriculum for all follow-up for both programs
  • Facilitate Dialogues sessions and YW workshops in organizations
  • Co-facilitate LeadBoston program Days
  • Regularly assess, measure, and evaluate Dialogues and LeadBoston outcomes through a data driven approach including assessment tools for participants
  • Hire, train and supervise program staff and interns
  • Achieving performance goals through coaching, goal setting, staff development, and evaluation

Partnership Management

  • Work collaboratively with Partnerships Manager, and other staff to develop partnerships and deliver dialogue series and workshops
  • Provide excellent customer service to partner organizations and individual participants


  • Some travel is required, primarily local travel in and around Boston.


The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must have excellent facilitation skills and an ability to coach others. Successful candidates will have content knowledge of organizational development and leadership with a focus on racial justice, gender equity, and intersectionality. They will exhibit a drive to reach goals and resiliency when setbacks occur. Successful candidates will be intellectually curious, effective communicators, and strong relationship builders.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Demonstrated facilitation skills, 5+ years facilitating conversations on race, racism, diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to turn conflict into learning, training in conflict/mediation resolution preferred.
  • Awareness of their racial identity, personal biases and solid understanding of their own history related to racism.
  • Understanding of Boston’s history with racism
  • Knowledge of race, racism, and the various ways it manifests in modern day society
  • Bachelor’s degree in non-profit management, sociology, human resources, or related field, preferred
  • Knowledge of and experience with the following required:Racial & Gender Equity
    • Curriculum and/or workshop development
    • Coaching and/or training facilitators
    • Managing relationships with external partners
    • Fluency working within different organizational cultures and structures (e.g., corporate, higher-education, government, and school settings)
    • Managing multiple priorities and communicating progress to stakeholders
  • Program evaluation – experience observing, gathering, and analyzing both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Style that is organized, innovative and results oriented
  • Familiarity with Salesforce database preferred
  • Openness to learning and willingness to give and receive feedback
  • Demonstrated commitment to YW Boston’s mission to promote racial, gender and social equity

Additional Organization Responsibilities

  • Adhere to agency policies and procedures for maintaining organizational culture and transparency, including use of regularly scheduled progress meetings with Chief Program Officer, Team meetings, scheduling, e-mail and other communications platforms.
  • Positively represent the Agency in all interactions with the public.
  • Support YW Boston fund development through participation in education, outreach, cultivation and stewardship efforts.
  • Participate in Agency events and perform additional tasks assigned by the Director of Civic Engagement, Chief Program Officer and/or President & CEO

Salary and Benefits

This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. Annual salary range is $75,000 to $85,000. YW Boston offers a generous and comprehensive benefits package including annual paid leave, health insurance, 403b option, and a flexible work environment.

How to apply

YW Boston is an equal opportunity employer. Diverse candidates strongly encouraged to apply. Send a cover letter and a resume to Please place the subject title “DEI Director” in the headline of your email. No recruiters and no phone calls, please.