Director of Inclusion

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Lisle, IL
United States

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The Morton Arboretum is a world-renowned nonprofit dedicated to protecting and growing trees locally and globally. We are seeking an experienced Director of Inclusion to oversee and manage the ongoing roll-out of the Arboretum’s inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) plan. In order to be successful in this position, the Director will work with staff across the organization and forge community partnerships that will help to diversify the Arboretum’s audiences. The Director will be responsible for prioritizing the IDEA plan’s many goals, set metrics, and report out on the Arboretum’s progress. This is an incredible opportunity to be part of a team working together to make the Arboretum exceptional.

Position Summary: 
Develop, prioritize, plan, implement, and evaluate the impact of strategies and tactics related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) at The Morton Arboretum. Lead collaboration with colleagues and staff to meet the strategic plan’s goals to engage and reflect diverse audiences through which the Arboretum can make transformative and enduring change toward becoming a more inclusive organization.

Essential Functions:

  • Implement the Arboretum’s IDEA plan. Conduct a periodic review of the plan and an annual diversity audit. Set priorities and milestones, track and report on metrics, establish new objectives as needed, and produce an annual report on Arboretum IDEA progress.
  • Working with an outside consultant, lead the design and implementation of a needs assessment study. Based on data gathered, provide ongoing support by helping the Arboretum understand and eliminate barriers that inhibit attendance by, and engagement with, BIPOC audiences. Work with staff to ensure that program development is informed by data derived from this study. 
  • Collaborate with colleagues across the organization and lead efforts to enhance the Arboretum’s IDEA capacity. Work with employee resource groups and external consultants to conduct regular discussions and trainings that address implicit bias and other forms of discrimination. Serve as an advisor to management and employees in the implementation of initiatives, events, and programs to advance IDEA objectives.
  • Collaborate with Human Resources on ensuring recruitment, development, engagement, and retention policies and practices, for employees and volunteers, support IDEA goals. 
  • Develop a supplier diversity plan. Work with colleagues across the Arboretum to engage more businesses owned and operated by BIPOC, women, LGBTQ+, and individuals with disabilities. 
  • Improve attendance by BIPOC and other new visitors through key partnerships with community centers, libraries, and organizations that serve BIPOC communities.
  • Work with Arboretum staff to identify opportunities that would strengthen the pipelines that can contribute to diversifying professional disciplines related to the Arboretum by evaluating existing programs and forging partnerships with schools, colleges, and universities.  
  • Work closely with Marketing and Communications and HR to ensure that branding and internal and external communications reflect the Arboretum’s IDEA pursuit.
  • Identify programmatic, as well as online, on-site, capital, and master planning projects that improve accessibility to welcome all visitors.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred. In lieu of required degrees, practical experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement. 5+ years of experience required, advancing inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility in a complex organization. Experience working in an affirmative action and EEO compliance function and project management experience strongly preferred. Advanced level of knowledge in critical competencies around diversity and inclusion such as unconscious bias; dimensions of diversity, gender, generational diversity, race and intersectionality; and change management required. A track record in designing successful organization-wide initiatives and engaging cross-functional teams is required. Effective facilitation, and excellent writing and public speaking skills required. Proficiency with Microsoft Office, learning management systems, and Google applications beneficial.

Success Factors:  Ability to effectively articulate and navigate the dynamics of difference, privilege, and power. Demonstrated ability to influence, build relationships, and deliver results. Ability to lead interdepartmental teams and relate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds and ages. Ability to prioritize, multitask, and delegate work while meeting deadlines and moving projects forward. Ability to be proactive, work independently, and communicate clearly under pressure. Ability to balance attention to detail with big-picture strategic vision. Commitment to continual improvement. Ability to embrace and align with the organization’s employee core values to take ownership, work together, keep learning, and make the Arboretum exceptional.

Physical Demands and Work Environment: The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

Physical Demands: Requires limited physical activity: walking over uneven terrain, and possible local and national travel.

Work Environment: Office environment. Work is performed primarily indoors.

Equipment: General office equipment.

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