Chief Diversity Officer
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Run for Something recruits and supports young progressives running for down-ballot offices in the United States. Since launching in 2017, we’ve recruited 116,000+ young people who want to run, and we’ve endorsed over 2,200 candidates across all 50 states + DC. We’ve elected 640 candidates across 48 states – 56% are women, 58% are BIPOC, and 21% are LGBTQIA+. and all are under the age of 40. Our alumni have meaningfully and intentionally made life better for millions of Americans across the country. We are a high-reaching, hungry team changing the face of politics in America. Learn more about our work in this clip.
We have ambitious plans for 2022 and beyond. Read about them in our Strategic Plan here.
Position Name: Chief Diversity Officer
Reporting Structure: This role reports to Co-Founder + Co-Executive Director Ross Morales Rocketto
Location: Remote (U.S.)
Job Classification: Full Time, Exempt
Essential Duties: The primary responsibilities include DEI strategy design and implementation; leadership and management; and advising and supporting RFS leadership
Run for Something is hiring its first-ever Chief Diversity Officer to build an innovative DEI department as RFS scales. While the position is new to RFS, the work has been core to our mission and culture since day one; the CDO will be responsible for turning both internal and external DEI initiatives into a cohesive organization-wide vision and strategy. Run for Something is a leader in creating an employee-first culture; this is an opportunity to bring your ideas to an organization that serves our employees and builds culturally competent programming to propel the next generation of young, diverse, progressive elected leaders.
As part of this work, the CDO will be responsible for hiring, managing, and leading the work of a team of DEI advisors who will partner with a total of five RFS departments. These advisors will work directly with department heads to create DEI goals and provide input to department heads on ensuring those goals and metrics are consistently achieved. They will also manage and expand upon RFS’s internal DEI work, such as an internal staff-led DEI Council and Employee Resource Groups. Additionally, the CDO will work directly with RFS leadership to ensure a DEI framework is baked into everything the organization does.
As a member of RFS leadership, this position must also contribute, integrate, and hold themselves and their team accountable to the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) goals that Run for Something has established, and actively contribute towards the creation of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture.
The Chief Diversity Officer will help RFS accomplish our strategic imperatives via:
- DEI strategy design and implementation (50% of time):
- Transform our wide-ranging internal and external diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives into a cohesive and thoughtful DEI strategy that has a strong theory of change and applies to all organizational departments (both internal and external)
- Ensure that all RFS leaders and staff understand the strategy and have the tools and training they need to execute
- Manage and expand upon RFS’s internal DEI work, such as an internal staff-led DEI Council, Employee Resource Groups, and related initiatives
- Steward and cultivate RFS’ strong internal culture of equity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism; identify ongoing areas for improvement and paths forward; partner with other departments as needed to implement strategy (such as learning sessions or employee experience surveys)
- As part of the annual budget process, create an annual DEI budget; manage and oversee the budget across the year
- Leadership and management (30% of time):
- Finalize the vision for and hire a team of DEI advisors who will work directly with department heads to create DEI goals, and provide input and expertise to department heads on ensuring those goals and metrics are consistently achieved
- Manage and lead the team of advisors to ensure all department-level work is cohesive across the organization
- Provide accountability to DEI advisors as well as department heads and senior leadership around consistently achieving DEI goals and metrics
- Manage, mentor, and coach staff in line with RFS values and performance management standards to ensure relevant key performance indicators are met; identify and support areas for professional development; ensure RFS performance standards and values are apparent through all reporting lines
- Advising and supporting RFS leadership (20% of time):
- Support RFS leadership to ensure that broad-based organizational strategy is aligned with the organization’s DEI strategy
- Consult directly with organizational leaders on sensitive personnel issues
- Develop tools and trainings for organizational leadership
- As a member of RFS leadership, contribute to organization-wide strategy and initiatives; be an active leader and advocate for RFS’ philosophy, mission, values, and culture throughout the organization
- Hire, manage, and lead a team of advisors who will be responsible for implementing all DEI work at the department-level
- Create an overarching DEI point of view and strategy for RFS
- Assist all RFS departments in meeting their DEI metrics, guiding both internal and external work
- Work with and coach organizational leaders
- Cultivate RFS’ strong internal culture of equity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism, as measured through internal employee experience surveys or other measurement tools as identified by the CDO
- Prior experience developing multi-functional DEI plans that include goals and measurable KPIs on both quantitative and qualitative metrics
- Strong communicator who is empathetic and able to deliver sensitive feedback directly
- DEI-specific coursework, training, or education or equivalent experience; able to translate DEI best practices rooted in a theory of change to a progressive, mission-based organization
- Track record of demonstrating empathy in difficult situations
- Eager to hear from people of different races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and/or abilities about their unique life experiences inside and outside of work
- Experience managing teams of more than 3-4 people
- Experience managing and overseeing the work of contractors
- Ability to manage and manage up in a remote environment
- Experience quickly scaling up program to achieve a big goal
- Experience advising senior-level leaders on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
- Strong project management skills, which includes being extremely organized, ability to turn a vision into tangible next steps, and ability to coordinate across multiple personalities, departments, and interests
- Strong relationship-building skills via email, phone, and video
- Ability to coach and mentor managers as well as staff
- Experience creating and managing budgets
- Strong commitment to the RFS mission
- Ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
- Experienced leader who understands how to leverage their influence toward a collaborative, supportive culture of excellence
- Ability to work with internal and external stakeholders with a high level of trust, accountability, and transparency
- Ability to demonstrate Run for Something’s organizational values: Bold & Fearless; Open & Honest; Supportive & Respectful; Progressive & Diverse; Long-term & Strategic.
- Demonstrated ability to work in and contribute to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment
- Strong commitment to the Run for Something mission
Run for Something is committed to building teams that reflect the diversity of our candidates, and to building equitable and inclusive environments that fully leverage the skills, potential, and unique perspectives of our employees. We strongly encourage applications from members of marginalized communities who have been disproportionately affected by lack of representation in elected office, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color, women, and the LGBTQIA+ and disabled communities. Learn more about our commitment here.
In order to prioritize the health and safety of our employees, all Run for Something employees are required to provide proof of COVID vaccination. Run for Something will discuss reasonable accommodations with employees who may be unable to receive a vaccine due to disability, the advice of a medical provider, or sincerely held religious beliefs.
Run for Something is (and always has been and will be) a remote office environment; you will collaborate with colleagues who are based across the United States. You should be prepared to either work from home or a location of your choosing.
When it is safe to do so, this position will require attendance at approximately 2 all-staff events per year, which may include overnight travel as well as quarterly travel to different target states to see our work in action.
This position requires the ability to work core hours, Monday through Thursday.
Essential Physical Requirements
- As this is a remote position, the person in this position must be able to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, including conference and video calls, as well as written communication such as Slack and email.
- The position requires the ability to work on a computer for all or part of the work day.
- The position requires the ability to attend events which may encompass all or part of the work day.
- This position will include travel, as described above.
Compensation & Benefits
Salary for this position is set at $198,100. In order to counter pay inequality and uphold internal parity, salaries are non-negotiable for new and current employees. Run for Something salary bands for a given staff level are benchmarked to the 75th percentile for our sector, and all new employees are paid at the entry point of those bands. Employees then have the opportunity to progress through current salary bands through annual cost of living increases and performance-based pay increases, and into new salary bands through promotions.
Learn more about our compensation policy here.
Benefits at Run for Something include:
- Four Day Work Week (learn more here)
- Unlimited Paid Time Off policy
- Platinum Medical Insurance (100% of premium covered for employees; 50% of premium covered for dependents)
- Dental and Vision Insurance (99.9% of premium covered for both employees and dependents)
- Professional Development Stipend
- Treat Yourself Stipend ($500 a year to do something that brings you joy)
- Equipment Stipend
- Work from Home Stipend
- Cell Phone/Internet Stipend
- 12 weeks paid family leave
- Paid Sabbatical (after 3 years of service to RFS)
- ~ Four weeks in organization-wide holiday closures, including a two-week winter break
- Flexible, remote work environment
We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis, with priority review given to earlier applications.
Learn more about our interview process here.
No phone calls, emails, or social media inquiries, please. Due to the volume of applications, we are unable to respond to individual inquiries. We know that applying to jobs is difficult, and we do our best to alert every applicant as to their status in the process. However, be aware that you may not receive a response from us until after the application deadline has passed.