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Senior Adviser, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Human Resources Strategy

Job Details

Full-time, regular

Reports to: Vice President, Human Resources

Staff reporting to this position: None

Department: Administration

Position classification: Exempt, full time; Nonunion

Minimum compensation: $100,000

Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)



The Senior Adviser of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Human Resources (HR) Strategy is responsible for the development and implementation of the overall DEI program strategy and will support DEI initiatives across the organization. They will work closely with the Vice President of Human Resources and Executive team to develop the DEI and HR strategy for American Progress and partner with directors and employee resource groups to facilitate and prioritize DEI efforts in internal policies, processes, and employee engagement. They may also serve as a representative of American Progress on matters related to DEI with state associations, government agencies, private foundations, and the public.


  • Manage a portfolio of projects that support DEI efforts, including DEI budget development and oversight and managing the workflow of those working on the project.
  • Work with the Vice President of Human Resources to develop DEI strategy and embed DEI within the overall HR strategy.
  • Research best practices and develop educational resources such as webinars, workshops, case studies, toolkits, and issue briefs; report progress internally and externally.
  • Serve as an external and internal spokesperson on DEI topics and actively communicate and interact with staff, as requested.
  • Serve as lead adviser for the Executive team to ensure all leaders understand and avoid bias, promote equitable practices, and invest in upholding the organization’s mission with clear DEI objectives and outcomes.
  • Develop and deliver a robust set of training and other experiential activities—in collaboration with the HR team and DEI employee resource groups—to develop a common understanding of DEI concepts and set of skills among staff at all levels.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Minimum of 12 years of experience in DEI work in the public policy, nonprofit, local government, or foundation sector.
  • Certification in DEI, change management, or project management is preferred.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and evaluating DEI programs alongside affinity or employee resource groups.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including in public speaking and in conducting formal meetings with internal and external stakeholders. Working knowledge of principles of cultural relativism, cross-cultural communication, and conflict resolution.
  • Must have working knowledge of employment laws.

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is not represented by a union and has a minimum salary of $100,000.

We will continue to monitor COVID-19 and the levels of community spread and adjust plans as needed for in-office work. Any changes to our current hybrid work policy will be communicated at the time of hire. Updates will be posted on American Progress’ Jobs page.