Director – Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB)

Posted: 09/23/2020

While Federation’s team is currently working remotely, candidates should be located in or willing to relocate to the Greater Washington (DC, MD, and Northern VA) region. Flexible work options available.

Director, Diversity, Equity Inclusion & Belonging Overview

The Jewish Federation professional team is mission-driven and dedicated to helping every member of Greater Washington’s Jewish community connect with purpose, at a time when maintaining those connections is more important than ever before. JFGW is committed to proactively using our resources, platforms and influence to build a culture of inclusion and belonging and to work to repair our broken world (“tikkun olam”) – with a core focus on disability inclusion. Our work is grounded in the value that every human being is created “b’zelem elohim” (in G-d’s image), across ability, race, gender-identity, LGBTQ+ status, and other aspects of identity. We recognize that this kind of important work starts from the inside out, and our responsibility in this ongoing journey includes fostering inclusion, equity and belonging for our professional team, our volunteer & Board leadership, and for our community.

The Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) is a key driver and champion of this work, responsible for collaborating with colleagues, volunteer leadership, and other community builders to create a robust culture of inclusion & belonging and deep impact within the organization and in the broader community. You will be managing the implementation of Federation’s new DEIB plan being developed with outside consultants, along with a cross-functional team, with the full backing of our Executive Team.

You will:

  • Be responsible for continuing to evolve our internal and external Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging strategy, partnering across the organization to ensure delivery of our DEIB roadmap, and offering a level of subject matter expertise that will continually elevate how we think about DEIB at Federation for our staff and lay leadership. The ideal candidate is a leader with the expertise and ability to inspire learning and collaboration across our organization, and with our community partnerships, while maintaining a data driven approach, including monitoring and measuring progress to ensure that our activities and actions are leading to the right outcomes.
  • Be an internal and external resource and area specialist in disability inclusion, with the ability to mobilize resources on the broader DEIB agenda, who will convene and collaborate with Federation colleagues across the organization, as well as community leaders, congregations, agencies and schools, to advance thought leadership in the field to fight stigmas and prejudices, learn how to welcome, include, serve and benefit from the talents of people with physical, learning, sensory, intellectual, mental health and other disabilities who often are left out of the diversity discussion, and advance opportunities for people with disabilities to fully participate in all aspects of Jewish community. You will work with, and support the development of, disability leadership, as well as partner with leaders across the community in the DEIB space.

At core, the Director, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging will be responsible for ensuring we are living up to our values through building a pipeline of diverse lay leadership, honoring a commitment to disability access and inclusion, and holding ourselves accountable to anti-racist practices. This is an opportunity for the right candidate to lead a high impact, evolving function in a fast-paced, mission-driven and strategic organization.

The salary range for this position is $58-$63K.

Your Role and Responsibilities as Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging:

  • With the full support of our Executive Team, champion the successful execution of Federation’s first DEIB program that is being developed with outside consultants to help us shape a diverse and inclusive team, Board and leadership pipeline; support organizational and team-level DEIB goals
  • Provide training, support and expertise so that Federation promotes diversity, inclusion and belonging across ability, race, gender-identity, LGBTQ+ status, and other aspects of identity, including disability access and inclusion, throughout our internal and external programs
  • Convene lay and professional leadership networks to develop, implement, and monitor strategies for inclusion of people with disabilities in the Greater Washington DC Jewish community, working in partnership with community lay leaders and professionals, congregations, agencies and schools to advance thought leadership, share best practices to build organizational capacity, and create and implement innovative new opportunities for inclusion of people with disabilities
  • Identify, build, and sustain community partnerships and convenings to support a community culture of diversity and inclusion and belonging
  • Represent the Greater Washington Jewish community and the Federation at local, national and international disability inclusion and other DEIB forums, organizational meetings and trainings to benefit the growth and enhancement of disability access and inclusion, as well as other aspects of diversity, inclusion and belonging
  • Challenge our thinking to help us grow and keep growing

Your Background, Qualifications, and Success Factors

  • Recognized by peers and the broader community as a thought leader on topics related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging – with specific expertise in disability inclusion
  • 7+ years of success within the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging space, including minimum 5+ years specific experience working in disability access and inclusion
  • Demonstrated experience articulating a vision, translating it into executable strategy and driving cross-functional teams to deliver to established priorities with measurable positive impact on outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience facilitating organization-wide initiatives involving stakeholders at all levels (professional and volunteer) and across all functional areas of a matrixed and integrated organization
  • Experience convening and facilitating a broad range of external stakeholder to collectively build and implement successful DEIB initiatives
  • Understanding of the Jewish community organizational ecosystem
  • Experience with data collection practices and a strong ability to translate data into actionable insights
  • Comfort with ambiguity as we develop a new area of work
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite, and various electronic communication tools
  • Experience maintaining a high level of confidentiality and discretion

A People-Friendly Workplace

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is an equal opportunity employer offering a people-friendly environment, including excellent health care and retirement benefits, generous time off, flexible work options, opportunities for continued professional development, and access to the JPRO Network, which connects, educates, inspires and empowers professionals working in the Jewish nonprofit sector.

Application Instructions

If this is the right fit for you, let’s connect!
To apply, submit your cover letter and resume to, using subject line “DEIB – FY21”.