Senior Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (0321)

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    Multiple Locations
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    New York, Washington DC
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Amnesty International is a global movement of people fighting injustice and promoting human rights.We work to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied. Currently the world’s largest grassroots human rights organization, we investigate and expose abuses, educate and mobilize the public, and help transform societies to create a safer, more just world. We received the Nobel Peace Prize for our life-saving work.

Work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will help AIUSA be a stronger force for hope and justice throughout the world. This work is essential as we prepare to welcome the next generation of AIUSA members into our organization and affirm the values that have driven Amnesty members for years. This work will require new strategies, new tools, and new partners. It will require deep self-reflection, accountability, and commitment to change. We are seeking a leader to help launch and implement this important initiative.

Amnesty International USA is looking to recruit a dynamic Senior Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to join our senior leadership team. This position will provide the intellectual leadership, direction and accountability for DEI initiative. She or he will help the organization navigate the complexity of building and implementing the DEI initiative. We seek a strategist who enjoys building structures and programs and working with volunteers and activists. The successful candidate will inspire high levels of participation in programs by ensuring relevancy and effectiveness in their delivery. She or he will continuously link DEI, learning, and development to organizational performance. The successful candidate will also pay strong attention to details with excellent prioritization skills and an ability to act professionally regarding sensitive subjects.

Position Summary:

The Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will work with the Executive Team, the Human Resources department, and a team of staff and volunteer leaders to increase the capacity of all to advance this organizational commitment. She or he will develop and facilitate training programs; review program plans and organizational policies with an eye to DEI concerns; and develop effectiveness assessments for programs and personnel evaluations across the organization. She or he will also advise Amnesty’s program staff on ensuring DEI considerations in all programmatic work.


Develop and manage strategies to improve demonstrated value for diversity, equity, and inclusion among Board, staff and member volunteers. Integrate diversity & inclusion work throughout the organization, both in internal-facing and program departments

  • Develop, administer, and facilitate training programs for staff and member leaders.
  • Coordinate the strategic engagement of Amnesty USA’s membership in DEI initiatives. Project manage and coordinate the work of the staff and member Diversity & Inclusion team.
  • Guide and support the executive team and the Board on diversity & inclusion.
  • Advise the Human Resources department in the review and revision of policies and procedures, as well as on strategies for engaging and evaluating staff on DEI. Integrate diversity and inclusion content into orientation and training for managers and employees. Boost diverse recruitment in all areas of the organization and support efforts to increase retention.
  • Stay abreast of research and analytics to inform and support Amnesty’s diversity & inclusion strategy. In partnership with senior management, monitor and evaluate Amnesty’s programs for effectiveness in addressing and integrating DEI.
  • Coordinate and liaise on diversity and inclusion with other Amnesty Sections and Offices and allied organizations.


The successful candidate will have at least 10 years of relevant experience in design, management and implementation of equity and inclusion initiatives in the non-profit sector. Ideally she or he will also have substantial experience in designing and leading interactive and effective training and working in membership organizations. She or he will value diversity and will model and promote inclusion; she or he will have a strong commitment to protecting human rights around the world. Other skills needed:

  • Significant large-scale systems change design and implementation experience
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Advanced facilitation skills, including the ability to create safe space within diverse groups, support groups through conflict, and create processes and structures to help groups move forward
  • Ability to continually analyze and evaluate processes and programs and to create innovative and strategic improvements
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal skills and a great sense of humor
  • Demonstrated strength and skill in working collaboratively with all levels of an organization
  • Exemplary leadership skills and the ability to influence decision-making
  • Proven ability to build relationships and deepen connections with diverse people, groups, and communities across all races, genders, sexual orientations, and generations
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with competing or overlapping priorities

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AIUSA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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