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We’re Hiring! Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advancement

Posted May 17, 2022
6:00 pm

Legal Aid has created this new leadership role in pursuit of two goals:  to advance in our efforts to be an inclusive, welcoming, anti-racist organization and to support the professional advancement of all staff. The new Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advancement (DEIA) will report to the Executive Director and will serve on the Executive and Management Teams. The Director will lead the implementation of Legal Aid’s DEI Plan, design and implement strategies to embed DEI principles into every aspect of Legal Aid’s operations and design and implement a system of advancement for all staff.

Legal Aid is a non-profit law firm whose mission is to secure justice and resolve fundamental problems for those who are low income and vulnerable by providing high quality legal services and working for systemic solutions. Founded in 1905, Legal Aid is the fifth-oldest legal aid in the United States. Legal Aid’s 120+ staff (including 65+ attorneys) and more than 3,000 volunteer lawyers use the power of the law to improve safety and health, shelter, and economic stability for clients and communities with low income. Legal Aid has a $16 million budget from government, philanthropy, and partnerships.  For more, visit:

Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Advancement responsibilities will include:

DEI Plan

  • Facilitate, support, and coordinate with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.
  • Lead implementation of Legal Aid’s current DEI Plan and development of future DEI plans.
  • Collaborate with the Executive Team, Management Team, HR Manager, DEI Committee and staff to design and implement strategies to embed the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into all parts of Legal Aid’s culture and operations.

Culture and Staff Engagement

  • Support the Legal Aid Executive Team, Management Team, and staff to build a culture of inclusive internal and external communications.
  • Design and implement mentoring programs for staff.
  • Create systems to support staff who wish to address internal equity and inclusion matters.
  • Provide DEI-informed coaching and training to managers and supervisors.

Staff Hiring, Retention and Advancement

  • Collaborate on the design and implementation of inclusive and transparent systems of recruitment, hiring, onboarding, compensation, retention, and promotion to advance equity at all levels of the organization and to increase the diversity of Legal Aid’s senior leadership.
  • Collaborate on the design and implementation of professional development pathways for staff to understand and obtain the education and experience needed to advance to higher skill roles within Legal Aid – particularly with an eye to building a transparent framework for diverse staff to achieve the highest levels of leadership.

The Successful Candidate will have:

  • Humility in working with colleagues and clients across the spectrum of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, immigration status, religious identity, physical and mental disabilities, age, and/or language.
  • 8+ years of experience in diversity, equity, inclusion and advancement related roles and responsibilities is preferred.
  • Master’s degree in diversity & inclusion, social justice, sociology, social work, organizational leadership, human resources, public administration, or other related fields. Comparable experience may substitute for education.
  • Experience and strong understanding of DEI principles and experience with implementing principles and values in practice.
  • Experience creating successful advancement programming.
  • Extensive knowledge of racial equity and anti-racism strategies and best practices with an intersectional lens, especially as related to nonprofit organizations.
  • Ability to be both a strategist and an implementer, with an eye toward outcomes as well as process.
  • Demonstrated leadership and strategic management skills for initiatives related to equity.
  • Strong project management skills and experience, ability to be detail oriented while maintaining and cultivating big picture vision and consistency.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to work collaboratively with dynamic teams and diverse constituencies.
  • Curious and self-directed with an ability to anticipate what needs to be done.
  • Proficient technology skills, including in MS Office, Windows and databases.
  • Excellent management and leadership skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Spanish language skills preferred.

Compensation & Benefits:  The salary for this position is $104,483 - $139,310 annually DOE.  In addition, Legal Aid offers an exceptional benefits package including healthcare insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plan with up to 13% employer contribution, paid time off, and much more.  Please visit Legal Aid’s “careers” section at for more information.

To Apply:  Send a cover letter, resume and writing sample to:, listing “Director of DEIA” in the subject line of the email.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.

Legal Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strive to create an inclusive culture. Legal Aid encourages and considers applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Legal Aid is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities to ensure full participation in the interview process and to perform essential job functions.



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