Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. We are the largest private funder of Alzheimer research and the premier source of information and support for the estimated 5.7 million Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, their families and caregivers.
At the Alzheimer’s Association, we are the brains behind saving yours®. Many of us who work for the Association have some connection with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. It is what drives us to make the extra effort in the daunting task of modifying a disease that currently has no cure. With 78 million baby boomers entering the age of greatest risk for Alzheimer’s, we need passionate, dedicated people committed to helping the Association meet the increasing demand for care and support and fund vital Alzheimer’s research.
Why join us? We have been recognized as a Best Nonprofit to Work For by the Nonprofit Times nine consecutive years and offer a great mission, excellent benefits and a positive, engaging work culture
As a result of our growth, the Association is looking for a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer to lead our strategic diversity initiatives. This role is responsible for attracting diverse talent to the association and developing, implementing, and managing strategies that will prepare and promote a diverse pipeline of talent. In addition, this position is responsible for developing strategic partnerships with diverse groups and communities and working cross-functionally to develop metrics and accountability structures across the organization. The position reports to the President and CEO.
Preferred location is the Association’s Home Office in Chicago. However, exceptional remote candidates, based in any major metro in the contiguous United States may also be considered.
Essential Job Responsibilities
- Lead the development and implementation of strategies to monitor association-wide progress in creating a diverse and inclusive environment, including workforce, volunteer outreach, community partnerships and media messaging
- Work cross-functionally with division leadership to develop key strategies and metrics to monitor diversity and inclusion activities
- Coordinate the development, implementation, and monitoring of diversity working groups
- Lead a team that designs and delivers cross-cultural and diversity and inclusion presentations, workshops, and learning modules
- Identify and manage relationships with key external partners to advance diversity and inclusion at the Association
- Develop and implement processes to track and monitor trainings, presentations and outreach progress
- Oversee the compilation and reporting of outreach initiatives and progress against goals
- Provide leadership in designing and implementing an association-wide environment embracing diversity, inclusion and respect for all
- Collaborate with senior leaders to integrate diversity and inclusion workplace practices
- Provide technical assistance, advice, coaching, and consultation to individuals and groups as well as support for appropriate policies and practices
- Stay abreast of regulatory and policy developments affecting areas of responsibility
- Responsible for reporting diversity and inclusion metrics to the CEO and senior management team
Specialized Knowledge and Competency Requirements
- Demonstrate ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and provide leadership in organizational change
- Demonstrate ability to influence and partner with business and community leaders to assist in the outreach, development and maintenance of a diversity and inclusion strategy that facilitates association initiatives and objectives
- Demonstrate ability to facilitate implementation of the cross-functional strategic plan and work with division leaders to implement and measure effectiveness
- Exhibit presentation skills with sufficient knowledge and experience to provide counsel and recommendations to association leaders in the area of diversity and inclusion program initiatives
- Possess excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural communication, organizational and problem-solving skills
- Show exceptional people skills reaching volunteers and employees at all levels
Education and Experience Requirements
- Bachelor’s/Master's Degree in Business Administration
- Minimum 15 years’ experience in marketing/business strategy or managing large, complex programs
- Experience serving a large voluntary health organization or other significant nonprofit organization preferred
- Superior verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to interface with all levels of staff, volunteers and leadership
- Ability to write with simplicity and clarity
- Excellent presentation and training skills including the ability to engage audiences with credibility.
- Ability to effectively collaborate with others to reach mutually agreeable outcomes
- Professional, self-motivated, results oriented and approachable
- Effective time management skills to meet deadlines
- Capacity to multi-task and shift priorities in a changing environment
- Proven ability with MS Office, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint; understanding of Google platform/Gmail
- Availability to travel up to 25%
- May require occasional international travel
- Must possess a valid driver’s license and good driving record
The Alzheimer’s Association offers comprehensive compensation, benefits, retirement savings and paid time off plans. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, or military status. This position description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the jobholder.
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