Job Title: Senior Director, Equity
Organization: National Endowment for Financial Education
Reports To: President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Location: Downtown Denver, Colorado – up to 40% remote work is encouraged
Type: Full-time, permanent
At the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), we champion effective financial education. We are the independent, centralizing voice providing leadership, research, and collaboration to advance financial well-being. We do this by mobilizing and inspiring educators, researchers, and advocates nationwide to maximize the impact of financial education. We work hard to remove barriers, amplify outcomes, and elevate effective models through leadership, research, and collaboration. We believe this is important because everyone deserves the opportunity to live their best financial life and that equitable and effective financial education makes it easier for everyone to navigate the financial system, creating a more just society.
The Senior Director, Equity is a senior leadership role within the organization, reporting directly to the President and CEO. The Senior Director, Equity will attend Executive Leadership Team (ELT) meetings on a monthly basis and partner with teams and individuals across the organization to develop and drive forward NEFE’s key strategies to achieve a nation where everyone has the knowledge confidence and opportunity to live their best financial life. This individual will be responsible for implementing an overarching vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) for NEFE—both internally and externally, a plan that is currently under development —that works to increase access to effective financial education and drive systemic change while promoting inclusion and anti-racist practices. This position requires an energetic, collaborative and visionary leader.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Refining – rooted in research and best practice – NEFE’s equity lens, and what our vision of success is for applying that to all that we do. Overseeing the development, implementation and reporting on the organizational DEI plan in partnership with organizational stakeholders. Identify trends and develop consistent communication and feedback mechanisms to ensure we are able to discuss and address equity issues impacting our field, our staff and those we serve. Providing technical assistance to organization and field leadership and other identified audience groups regarding cross-cultural communications and collaborations. Ensuring that organizational long-term and short-term goals and outcomes are fully reflective of and inspired by an equity lens and reflect our identity. Collaborating with NEFE staff to develop opportunities, that provide pathways for personal growth and development for staff and other stakeholders on our own journey to a more just and equitable world. Collaborating with the Strategy Impact Measurement Team to develop and monitor Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and analyze and share observations regarding internal and external DEI metrics, and organizational culture. Additional contributions to a collaborative office environment as needed (e.g., team building, strategic planning, etc.)
SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Ability to engage with diverse staff and leadership to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership between departments and among levels of leadership. Exceptional leadership and communication skills. Exceptional public speaker and comfortable participating on panels and similar presentation-focused settings. Demonstrated track record inspiring and influencing peers to approach all work through an equity lens. Experience with developing and monitoring organizational culture indicators and engaging employees and executive leadership in generating organizational growth. Strong background in change management. Deep content knowledge of the diversity, equity, and inclusive research base and best practices. Strong interpersonal skills; able to quickly establish credibility to develop and manage productive relationships with internal and external individuals and organizations. Strong project management and evaluation expertise; able to manage multiple projects and to move quickly from one to another. Proven track record of successfully working with executive leadership teams and board members. Applied experience in a solution-focused and collaborative environment in all interactions with staff, vendors, and external stakeholders.
REQUIRED EDUCATION OR FORMAL TRAINING
- Requires a minimum of a BA/BS in social work, psychology, business, education or related field – or equivalent experience. Master’s Degree preferred.
- Minimum 5 years’ experience advocating for and implementing change within a fast-paced, collaborative and data-driven environment. Minimum 3 years’ experience developing and implementing diversity/equity/inclusion programs. Direct service, nonprofit experience preferred.
Work is primarily based in the NEFE offices, with periodic travel to conferences, events, meetings, forums, etc.
At NEFE we focus on possibilities not limitations. To do your job effectively, you need the ability to communicate with people; move about a workspace; utilize a computer, job-related software and a telephone; and travel. We will attempt to make reasonable accommodations to support the fulfillment of the physical and mental requirements of this position.
NEFE allows for up to 40% remote work under normal circumstances. Employees work directly with their supervisor and HR to determine the work schedule best for them that provides sufficient collaboration with other NEFE employees. NEFE consistently monitors the environment to maintain the health and well-being of our staff.
Preference for candidates located in the greater Denver metro area or willing to relocate the greater Denver metro area. A relocation assistance package will be provided. NEFE will consider candidates located in Washington D.C. or candidates living elsewhere and willing to regularly travel to the headquarters in Denver, CO approximately once a month.
The base salary range for this position is between $100,000-$125,000 and commensurate with experience, with an additional annual bonus potential based on successful completion of goals. NEFE offers a generous employee benefits program that currently includes vacation, sick, holiday, and six-weeks paid parental leave; health, dental, vision, long term care, and life/AD&D/disability insurance; EcoPass; professional development; tuition reimbursement; employee assistance program; employer 403(b) match; employer contribution to defined benefit plan.
Not sure you meet 100% of our qualifications? We understand that some candidates who could excel in this role may not have all the qualifications precisely as listed above. If you believe that you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply. We are dedicated to considering a broad array of candidates, including those with diverse work experience and backgrounds.
Please email your resume and cover letter with "Senior Director, Equity" in the subject line to hr[email protected] No phone calls. Priority will be given to applications submitted on or before June 15, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled. Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa at this time.
NEFE is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.