The ACLU seeks a full-time position of Deputy Director, Equity and Inclusion in the Executive Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.
The Executive Department is led by ACLU’s Executive Director and provides leadership for the organization as a whole. It is integral in promoting a cohesive vision across departments and affiliates working to ensure alignment that is in support of the ACLU's common mission of preserving civil liberties and civil rights. The Executive Department is also responsible for the ACLU’s national board and several special projects including the Advocacy Institute and Research Program.
Reporting to the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer, this position is one of two Deputy Director, Equity Inclusion positions and will be responsible for working alongside their peer to support the implementation of the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging (EDIB) strategy for the staff of the national headquarters of the ACLU. This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in moving the ACLU to a culture of belonging for a 100+ year old organization, building on the institution’s past work and investment. We seek to develop an organization that reflects the world in which we aspire to live, valuing and reflecting the people whose lives and pursuit of fairness drive our work. We know that our success in doing so is tied to our success in advancing our mission.


  • Develop and oversee training and coaching for national staff on topics including anti-oppression, unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, anti-racism, upstander intervention, supporting and affirming trans and non-binary staff, and disability inclusion
  • Coordinate Employee Resource Group (ERG) program and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Council (EDIC) to develop goals and plans for their EDIB work
  • Manage Leader U, the ACLU's professional development program specifically designed to support the advancement and leadership of underrepresented staff
  • Execute organization-wide and team specific equity audits, by evaluating diversity, equity, and inclusion belonging initiatives, monitoring patterns and trends, and producing and analyzing reports
  • Coordinate and facilitate restorative justice conflict resolution sessions including serving as an entry point for internal EDIB conflict resolution requests
  • Design and manage EDIB communications strategy including: external facing EDIB webpage, internal website, online training platform, monthly newsletter for EDIB Team, annual team report, inclusive language guide, and partnering with external stakeholders to increase awareness of ACLU EDIB programs and assess program progress
  • When national issues arise impacting ACLU staff, manage rapid response communications for the national office EDIB Team and coordinate internal crisis response programming
  • Manage EDIB Team interns including recruiting, onboarding, and training
  • Contribute to the vision and strategy for the organization’s nationwide EDIB work, seeking to align it with the ACLU’s overall strategic direction. Work with departments to implement established EDIB policies
  • Support the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer to ensure that EDIB best practices are applied across the organization; identify and develop strategies to correct for structural barriers to EDIB
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a culture of belonging within the office that values all individuals and respects differences in-regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability, socio-economic circumstance, and record of arrest or conviction
  • Engage in special projects and other duties as assigned
  • Center principles of equity, inclusion, and belonging in all work, embedding the values in program development, policy application, and organizational practices and processes
  • Commitment to the mission of the ACLU
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts


Vision and Leadership

  • Significant relevant experience with a demonstrated track record in achieving results in the EDIB arena preferred
  • Proven experience in the field of EDIB, including successfully developing and implementing strategic plans, establishing metrics and measuring progress
  • Keen understanding of how to lead and support organizational change; empower people, influence colleagues and manage conflict preferably at an organization with a complex organizational structure
  • Significant experience working across departments and/or divisions at a large, complex organization

Organizational Management and Acumen

  • A Bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree in a related field; however, education does not take the place of robust/relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrable track record of success in driving organizational change and results
  • Strong team building and management skills
  • Ability to use benchmarking and data metrics to drive organizational change and accountability
  • Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills, the ability to build trusting, productive relationships with a wide range of partners and stakeholders
  • Excellent critical listening/thinking skills and implementation skills
  • Internal Relations - A track record of challenging and influencing peers to approach all work with an equity lens
  • Demonstrated passion for EDIB work; deep knowledge, research, and best practices for organizations on equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging
  • Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful manner
  • Ability to engender trust and respect
  • An effective listener with a highly collaborative style preferred
  • Experience managing with a trauma-informed approach preferred
  • A strong background of managing change throughout a distributed system of entities and teams preferred


The annual salary for this position is $159,135 (Level D). This salary is reflective of a position based in New York, NY. This salary will be subject to a locality adjustment (according to a specific city and state), if an authorization is granted to work outside of the location listed in this posting. Note that most of the salaries listed on our job postings reflect New York, NY salaries, where our National offices are headquartered.


The ACLU dares to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side. Our mission is to realize this promise of the United States Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees.

For over 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States. Whether it’s ending mass incarceration, achieving full equality for the LGBTQ+ community, establishing new privacy protections for our digital age, or preserving the right to vote or the right to have an abortion, the ACLU takes up the toughest civil liberties cases and issues to defend all people from government abuse and overreach.

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are core values of the ACLU and central to our work to advance liberty, equality, and justice for all. We are a community committed to learning and growth, humility and grace, transparency and accountability. We believe in a collective responsibility to create a culture of belonging for all people within our organization – one that respects and embraces difference; treats everyone equitably; and empowers our colleagues to do the best work possible. We are as committed to anti-oppression and anti-racism internally as we are externally. Because whether we’re in the courts or in the office, we believe ‘We the People’ means all of us.

The ACLU is an equal opportunity employer. We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. The ACLU encourages applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status and record of arrest or conviction, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex people; women; people with disabilities, protected veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are all strongly encouraged to apply.

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The Department of Education has determined that employment in this position at the ACLU does not qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.


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