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Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
The Population Council, Inc in New York, New York
Date Posted 01/19/2022
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


LOCATION: Flexible, New York, NY or Washington, DC preferred.



In recent years, the Population Council (“the Council”) has taken several steps toward becoming a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and antiracist organization. In 2019, we established an Organizational Health Initiative to better articulate and embed our shared cultural values in all our systems, processes, and practices, and in 2020 we launched our Agenda for Change that identified opportunities for positive change across our programs, operations, and structure.

In line with this journey of transformation, the Council now seeks an individual who will lead on the development and implementation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) strategy and accelerate and advance our efforts to ensure that our workforce, leadership, structures, systems, policies, and practices align with our commitments.

The Associate Director will serve as the primary subject matter expert and oversee DEI efforts across the Council – in the US and our International Offices and Affiliate Organizations. They will build on the work already in progress, assess its effectiveness in achieving transformative change, and lead on strategy development and implementation. They will serve as a strategic business partner to leadership and the HR Director, connecting initiatives and efforts to outcomes. They will leverage DEI best practices to help ensure a work environment where, both within and across international offices, strength is derived from our diversity, where equity and inclusion are advanced, and where staff feel a strong sense of belonging, are able to contribute, and have opportunities for growth and development.

This position would ideally be based out of our New York, NY offices but we would consider the position being based at our Washington, DC office and are open to qualified candidates who would prefer to work remotely from elsewhere in the US. At present, the majority of US-based staff continue to work remotely.


  • In collaboration with Council leadership, HR, and staff across the Council, develop and oversee implementation of a comprehensive strategy that contributes to advancing the Council’s DEI work and that is aligned with the Council’s overall strategic direction and Agenda for Change
  • Collaborating with the President’s Agenda for Change Advisory Council of staff representatives, provide overarching technical leadership over global DEI efforts, including, but not limited to, Agenda for Change working group activities
  • Assess ongoing DEI efforts, establish best practices, and work to remove barriers to change
  • Partner with and support HR on integrating and enhancing DEI into all people practices (policies, systems and processes).
  • Promote and support ways to ensure underrepresented groups are heard and participating in discussions and decisions across the Council and are key contributors to the Council’s DEI efforts
  • Working closely with HR, help develop and oversee relevant trainings for global staff on DEI-related topics such as anti-oppression, anti-subordination, unconscious bias, inclusive behaviors, and inclusive leadership
  • Liaise with peer organizations to share best practices and lessons learned. Provide information internally about emerging issues and trends on DEI and serve as change agent for the Council’s efforts
  • Support staff in the US and internationally and establish DEI learning communities; amplify success stories across the organization; facilitate cross-departmental collaboration and peer-to-peer learning
  • Demonstrate a commitment to a culture of belonging that values all individuals and respects differences
  • Develop, improve, and oversee reporting against DEI metrics. Prepare quarterly reports to the Executive Team and Director, Human Resources, and conduct ongoing review and assessment of all DEI initiatives and trainings. Initiate and interpret results of assessments, evaluations and surveys and apply them toward improved outcomes
  • Manage DEI activities budget ensuring that the strategic goal of learning and development initiatives are achieving desired return on investment
  • Provide thought leadership and partner with communications experts and the President’s Chief of Staff on communicating DEI activities on the organization’s publications, intranet, and website


We recognize that strong candidates may not have every qualification listed here, and encourage applications from individuals who bring passion, skills, and experience in many or most of these areas.

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with minimum 6 years demonstrated experience in implementing best practices and leading diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, preferably at an international non-profit organization.
  • Demonstrated understanding of how to lead and support organizational change, and to empower people, influence colleagues, and manage conflict preferably at an organization with a complex organizational structure
  • Demonstrated aptitude for equity-based, effective leadership and programming designed to eradicate systemic and institutional oppression and increase organizational equity and inclusion
  • An effective listener with the ability to engage in productive and respectful conversations
  • Optimistic and resourceful, with strong self-awareness, cultural competence, emotional intelligence, and humility
  • Ability to lead with influence and inspiration, and build collaboration and buy-in toward a common vision
  • Transparent and innovative in approaching partnership and management
  • Commitment to continuous improvement
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Willingness to travel domestically and internationally and participate in remote meetings across multiple time zones on a regular basis

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary range between $110,000-$137,000 annually, depending on knowledge, skills, and experience. Excellent benefits package includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance available immediately upon hire; 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution equal to 12% of annual salary after one year of employment; generous annual and sick leave; and paid parental leave. We strive to provide an environment of professional growth and development.

Application Deadline: February 9, 2022

When applying through the web portal please attach your CV and Cover Letter in Word or PDF format.

The Council requires all U.S. based staff, interns and fellows to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. New staff members must verify vaccination at the time of hire. Exemptions will only be considered for medical reasons and sincerely held religious beliefs. Exemptions are not guaranteed and must be discussed with Human Resources.

The Population Council is an international, nonprofit, nongovernmental institution that seeks to improve the well-being and reproductive health of current and future generations around the world and to help achieve a humane, equitable, and sustainable balance between people and resources. The Council conducts biomedical, social science, and public health research and helps build research capacities in developing countries. Established in 1952, the Council is governed by an international board of trustees. Its New York headquarters supports a global network of country offices. We are seeking an individual to fill the position described. If you know of a qualified candidate or are interested in this position, please apply at:

The Population Council provides equal opportunity; it does not discriminate against any person with regard to age, color, creed, national origin, disability, political belief, veteran status, religion, marital status, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. Decisions on employment are based on an individual’s qualifications as related to the position for which they are being considered. The Council especially encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups including but not limited to Black people and people of African descent, Indigenous people, people of color, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, including people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender expansive, people with disabilities, first-generation college graduates, and those from communities with the most to gain from expanded access to sexual and reproductive health services and information and quality education. The Population Council is international in the composition of its board of trustees and its staff, as well as in the nature and deployment of its activities

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