Generation is a nonprofit that transforms education to employment systems to prepare, place, and support people into life-changing careers that would otherwise be inaccessible. The global pandemic has led to an unprecedented surge in unemployment. Even before the pandemic, more than 75 million young adults were out of work globally, and three times as many were underemployed—and 375 million workers of all ages needed to learn new skills by 2030. At the same time, certain jobs remain in high-demand, and 40 percent of employers say a skills shortage leaves them with entry-level vacancies. To date, more than 38,000 people have graduated from Generation programs, which prepare them for meaningful careers in 14 countries. Generation works with more than 3,900 employer partners and many implementation partners and funders.
Generation is dedicated to creating an organization where staff and learners of all backgrounds and identities can achieve their full potential, in class and at work. We envision an organization that dismantles barriers to success for our learners, enables staff to fearlessly be themselves at work, and advances equity in the education and employment systems that we live within.
Generation USA is seeking an Equity Director who will serve as the leader and steward ensuring that diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are at the heart of everything we do. The Equity Director will be responsible for the co-creation of Generation’s organizational-wide equity plan, incorporating employee and learner feedback to embed DEI in the organization’s operational structure through resource-sharing, learning opportunities, and personal development work. They will be passionate about social justice and operationalizing practices that build justice and equity for all marginalized groups. The Equity Director will report to the Chief of Staff, and work closely with the Chief People Officer.
This is a full-time and fully remote position.
- Design and guide an equity assessment process throughout Generation USA
- Review existing policies, plans, tools, and accountability measures that ensure all employees and learners are able to fearlessly be themselves at work and in the classroom
- Catalyze Generation’s DEI journey, identifying gaps and pain points, devising DEI strategy, owning implementation, and course-correcting as needed
- In collaboration with the senior leadership team and the DEI Committee, set SMART goals and prioritize according to both learner and employee experiences, that ensures integration with all operational structures
- Ensure employers and community partners align with Generation’s DEI values
- Through an inclusive process, co-create an organization-wide equity plan that promotes belonging amongst all learners and employees, allowing all of Generation’s stakeholders to thrive
- Assure instructional practices are culturally relevant and monitor equality of opportunity and equitable outcomes for all learners
- Chair and steward the DEI Committee, to further develop channels for feedback and inclusive processes
- Amplify voices of people of color, recognizing that an explicit focus on race and its intersection across all other identities directly acknowledges the societal injustices faced disproportionately by communities of color
- Create and implement an organization-wide learning plan that is proactive, relevant, and consistent
- Inform and influence resource-sharing, learning opportunities, and personal development work in the areas of DEI
- Ensure that DEI education is accessible within learner curriculum
- Build a common vocabulary of DEI terms for use throughout Generation’s employees and learners, in order to foster a more inclusive environment and baseline knowledge
- Identify potential partnerships and educational leaders to bring professional development to employees and learners
- Pursue personal professional development and education to stay abreast of leading work in social justice and equity
You are passionate about building upon Generation’s stance against oppression of any marginalized community and dismantling systemic racism. You are willing to learn, be direct about addressing blind spots, and creating an inclusive environment for all employees and learners. You are committed to equity and model it in all your personal and professional endeavors. You are an excellent communicator and you recognize that building relationships is critical to DEI initiatives.
Specific requirements include, but are not limited to:
- Previous experience leading equity-related work
- A track record of leading, motivating and developing high-performance teams
- Experience implementing an equity plan within an organization
- Strong analysis and research skills: strong critical thinking skills, ability to analyze data to generate insights
- Passion for working collaboratively and independently - you are emotionally intelligent, manage projects flawlessly, and you can rally leaders around a common vision
- Comfort with intersectional analysis and understanding of the full spectrum of identities
- Demonstrated commitment to asset-based approaches to equity work
- Ability to develop trusted relationships across all levels of the Generation team
- Experience working in nonprofit/educational programs is highly valued
- Flexible and able to adapt to changing position demands and shifting organizational priorities
- Ability to multitask, prioritize, problem solve and manage time and stress well
- Integrity, positive attitude, mission-driven, and self-directed with demonstrated passion for Generation's mission and commitment to working collaboratively
- A growth mindset; self-reflective and open to frequent feedback from multiple stakeholders
- An entrepreneurial spirit, embracing the opportunity for creativity and hard work inherent in a start-up
- A strong sense of ownership (takes personal responsibility for meeting objectives) and timeliness
- Data-driven approach in presenting/influencing and informing decisions
Please submit your resume and cover letter via Greenhouse. Your cover letter should be no more than one page and should answer the question: What experience do you have leading organizations in their DEI efforts?
Generation is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds.
“In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.”