The YMCA of Middle Tennessee
Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Global Engagement
The YMCA of Middle Tennessee
The YMCA of Middle Tennessee is seeking a dynamic, proven leader to serve as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement (DEIG). This results-oriented, strategic thinker will provide leadership and direction for all YMCA of Middle Tennessee diversity, equity, inclusion, and global efforts and initiatives in alignment with the Y’s strategic plan and in response to the prevalent DEIG needs in communities the Y serves.
The VP of DEIG is a core leader of the organization and, as such, will need to motivate, communicate, lean into, influence, and hold all levels of the business accountable to DEIG with the highest levels of integrity, honesty, respect, and ethics. This position will lead the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s DEIG department and report directly to the CEO.
The Y is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Women, people of color, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with laws and in furtherance of our commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.
YMCA of Middle TN Inclusion Statement
Simply put, the Y is for everyone.
Inspired by our Christian mission, we believe that keeping our doors open to all only strengthens our YMCA and its ability to meet the needs of the communities we serve. In an increasingly global society, fortifying our commitment to inclusive behaviors, policies and environments is more important than ever. The YMCA values and respects the diverse nature of the individuals and communities we serve, and chooses to be inclusive through its acceptance of all individuals.
Our intent is to reflect the love of Christ by fostering welcoming environments, both inside and outside our walls that intentionally engage and strengthen the social connectedness of all members of the Y and our community.
Consistent with the Christian mission and vision of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee and in cooperation with other YMCA staff, the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Global Engagement (DEIG) will assess the Association’s current DEIG strategic framework, prioritize its objectives and lead the strategies and tactics necessary to advance, monitor and evaluate the organization’s performance in advancing DEIG strategies across all operations, which include: 14 family wellness centers, a 100+ site before/after school childcare program, a 328-acre day and resident camp, several community-based outreach programs and a shared services division. This position will interface with multiple constituencies (e.g., staff, volunteers/ board, and members) to galvanize the Y’s advancement of equity, inclusion and global organizational strategies.
- Model the YMCA core values: Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility.
- Model anti-racist attitudes and behaviors and operate with multicultural competence, including supporting diversity and effectively working with people of different backgrounds, abilities, motivations, opinions, and perceptions.
- Demonstrate deep commitment to the Christian mission of the YMCA, and as such, its commitment to the inclusion of people of all, or no religious backgrounds, as well as inclusion of all dimensions of diversity in the delivery of the organization’s programs and services.
- Develop relevant partnerships and be visible in the community to position the Y as a leader in diversity, equity, inclusion, and social responsibility.
- Exemplify continual self-growth and support the growth of others; demonstrate executive-team leadership and management, teamwork and personal accountability, seek and provide feedback, coaching, and resources for development.
- Leverage an understanding of all dimensions of diversity to work with all leaders and departments to identify, prioritize, and plan for necessary changes in infrastructure and operations that will create a more inclusive, antiracist, multicultural, and equitable Y in philosophy and practice.
- Serve as a thought leader on DEIG best practices; support, guide, and influence leaders and departments across the organization to apply a DEIG lens in decision-making and to operationalize practices that foster a more inclusive culture.
- Lead and/or manage and coordinate all organizational DEIG groups, including the Diversity, Inclusion, Global Committee (a standing committee of the Board), the DEIG Operational Strategy Team (staff), Employee Resource Groups, and various related taskforce groups.
- Lead and/or manage the YMCA of Middle Tennessee’s participation in various national YMCA DEIG councils, committees, coalitions, etc.
- Conduct regular DEIG audits, monitor DEIG progress and identify, gather, analyze, and leverage new/existing data and create annual action plans to hold the YMCA accountable to its own goals, objectives and priorities.
- Identify and/or facilitate training and development programs to drive the equity and inclusion competencies of staff and volunteers.
- Passion, enthusiasm, and commitment to the mission and cause of the YMCA.
- Knowledge of systemic injustices and inequities with a track record of working through structural and organizational barriers, building consensus, and driving sustainable change.
- Must present a professional image and possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to influence and relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of a multi-cultural community.
- Established reputation as a resilient, diplomatic leader who can transcend differing perspectives, engage a wide range of ideologies, and build relationships and community.
- Demonstrated ability to work cross-functionally, collaborate, and convene working groups across all levels of the organization.
- Proven supervisorial leadership, people management, and development skills with the ability to play a day-to-day role in directing staff.
- Strong acumen of a volunteer-governed organization, with an appreciation for and/or experience working with a non-profit board.
- Must be highly organized with the ability to work under pressure and handle multiple strategic priorities and deadlines, working either independently or as part of a team. Takes initiative and holds self and others accountable to meet or exceed quantitative and qualitative goals.
- Expert presentation and training facilitation skills, both in-person and virtual
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and other software programs, as well as the ability to use most office equipment is required.
- Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information.
- This position is onsite and requires the ability to travel throughout Middle Tennessee and the ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends.
- Minimum 18 years of age.
- Bachelor’s degree and five years experience managing DEI programs/change management or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Multilingual a plus.
- Before start of 1st shift: New Hire Orientation training
- 60 days: Introduction to Listen First (virtual)
- 90 days: Advancing Equity (six-part virtual series)
- Benefits package including generous paid time off
- Participation in Y Retirement plan and 403 (b) savings account upon eligibility
- Free membership at all 14 wellness center locations
- Discounts on youth programs, summer camps and sports instruction
How to Apply
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- Date Posted: May 23, 2022
- Type: Full-Time
- Job Function: Executive Leadership
- Service Area: Children / Youth
- Salary Range: $91,748 - $114,684, depending on experience
- Working Hours: Monday - Friday, typically 8am - 5pm, occasional evenings/weekends for special events/projects