The ACLU seeks applicants for the full-time position of Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer in the Executive Department of the ACLU’s National office in New York, NY.

The CEIO leads the EDIB team housed in the Executive Department of the ACLU, the critical nerve-center of a 600-person+ national nonprofit with an operating budget of over $350 million, and 1.64 million supporters. The Executive Department stewards the strategic vision for a 100+-year-old legacy institution whose mission is to create a more perfect union – beyond one person, party, or side – to realize the promise of the U.S. Constitution for all and expand the reach of its guarantees. The ACLU advances liberty and justice in the courts, in the legislatures, in the streets, and at the ballot box. Defending and advancing these fundamental rights and core values requires an exceptional executive function, led by the Executive Director. 

The Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer reports to the ACLU’s Deputy Executive Director for Strategy & Culture, working closely with the Executive Director and the entire senior leadership team. The CEIO will be responsible for fully developing, articulating, and implementing a vision and strategy for the organization’s EDIB work. This position will have the unique opportunity to develop and execute programs and systems that bring the ACLU’s most important principles to life. This role works with every leader and department in the organization ensuring that all of our teams, managers, leaders, and staff at all levels have a universal experience of equity, inclusion, and belonging.  


Leadership, Vision & Strategy 

  • Serve as a key member of the senior leadership team of the ACLU and lead efforts to establish a vision and strategy for the organization’s EDIB work that is aligned with the ACLU’s overall strategic priorities and direction, its culture, mission and values  
  • Sets the organization’s comprehensive EDIB strategy and vision and develop all aspects of critical EDIB commitments and investments across every corner of the organization
  • Lead the work of operationalizing the EDIB strategy and vision at ACLU National, including partnering closely with other senior leaders, including the ACLU’s Chief People Officer 
  • Collects, monitors, and reports on data regarding diversity, equity, inclusion goals as well as recruitment, hiring, and attrition trends in collaboration with the HR team 
  • Ensure that the ACLU’s EDIB strategy is integrated and aligned with Affiliates, working in concert with the Affiliate Support & Nationwide Initiatives department  
  • Lead a team of EDIB professionals, including two Deputy Chief Equity & Inclusion Officers and EDIB program staff; manage, develop, and support the growth of the EDIB team 
  • Serve as an internal and external ambassador for EDIB principles and practices for the ACLU; this includes serving as a public spokesperson at times  
  • Represent the EDIB strategy in all-staff spaces and throughout the nationwide organization, including but not limited to monthly Office Hours, Leadership Roundtable, All-Staff Meetings, National Board and Executive Committee meetings, and nationwide convenings  

Collaboration & Guidance  

  • Partner closely with senior leadership of every department at ACLU National to develop a specific EDIB plan for their department including annual equity audits 
  • Serve as a coach and counselor to senior leaders and managers on matters of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging 
  • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and forums through which staff members can have authentic conversations, strategize around EDIB issues and share their thoughts, hopes and concerns with the organization
  • Anchor the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Council (the EDIC), a 15-member group of staff established in 2016 representing every department at the ACLU who serve as advisors to the CEIO and other organizational leaders and as ambassadors to the rest of the organization on EDIB matters 
  • Partner with the Chief People Officer to ensure centrality of EDIB in all aspects of the organization’s human resources and people management work, particularly in recruitment, hiring, onboarding, retention, and professional development 


  • Develop, grow, and lead the ACLU Nationwide Employee Resource Group (ERG) Program including ongoing support of the current 14 ERGs and development and launch of new ERGs 
  • Direct and execute the ACLU’s internal Restorative Inclusion Practice, a nationwide EDIB initiative designed to build a culture of equity-centered conflict resolution at an organizational level  
  • Create opportunities, programs, and pipelines for underrepresented staff to advance at the ACLU; this includes but is not limited to programs like Leader U 
  • Lead the ACLU EDIB Training program by continually developing relevant content, evaluating sessions, and training new internal trainers
  • Lead Community Building spaces including but not limited to Community Hour, reflection and grief spaces, and heritage celebrations 
  • Partner with HR department on various training programs and opportunities


  • Develop equity-based management best practices to be shared with managers across the organization  
  • Draw from academic and professional literature, research and best practices on EDIB to continuously advance the ACLU’s EDIB work 
  • Manage the EDIB component of the Executive Department’s budget 
  • 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 
  • Demonstrate a commitment to diversity within the office using a personal approach that values all individuals and respects differences in regards to race, ethnicity, age, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, religion, disability and socio-economic circumstance 
  • Commitment to work collaboratively and respectfully toward resolving obstacles and/or conflicts 


Strategy and Execution 

  • Significant, demonstrated track record of leadership in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion including race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability, ideally in a national nonprofit setting 
  • Demonstrable track record of success in leading and driving organizational change and results, building and managing teams of people, facilitating strategic decision making, developing and managing complex projects, managing vendor relationships and complex budgets 
  • An experienced strategist who is adept at planning, prioritizing, organizing and following through 
  • Ability to use benchmarking and data metrics to drive organizational change and to drive accountability 


  • Significant proven experience in a senior leadership position in the field of EDIB including developing and implementing a strategic plan, establishing metrics, measuring progress, and managing resources 
  • Demonstrated and proven leadership experience operating successfully in an organization with a federated structure with multiple chapter and affiliate offices and coalition partners in diverse communities a plus 
  • A significant background as a thought leader in the field of equity, diversity, and inclusion 

People Management 

  • A proven management style that is accessible, flexible, decisive, and inclusive 
  • A team builder, who inspires staff to work together in pursuit of a common mission and holds them accountable for the accomplishment of objectives 

Relationships and Impact 

  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, including exceptional attention to detail, the ability to resolve disputes and maintain a high degree of discretion and confidentiality 
  • Ability to negotiate conflict and maintain constructive working relationships with people at all levels within and outside of the organization 
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; and unparalleled critical thinking and problem-solving skills 

Personal Characteristics  

  • Openness to a multi-faceted range of viewpoints; ability to engage with tough questions in a thoughtful and respectful manner 
  • Ability to take risks, see opportunities and pivot when called for by circumstances 
  • Ability to manage crises both internal and external as they arise 
  • Highest ethical standards and unimpeachable integrity  
  • Dedication to and understanding of the ACLU’s complex and multi-faceted civil liberties mission, including its nonpartisan nature 


The annual salary for this position is $337,366 (Level A). 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.

The ACLU makes every effort to assure that its recruitment and employment provide all qualified persons, including persons with disabilities, with full opportunities for employment in all positions.

The ACLU is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you are a qualified individual with a disability and need assistance applying online, please email benefits.hrdept@aclu.org. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive additional information regarding how to request an accommodation for the interview process.

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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