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Senior Leader, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Childcare Aware of America | Arlington, VA

Posted Date 5/23/2023

CCAoA is currently recruiting for an experienced professional with a proven track record of leading the charge for an organization’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion agenda.



The Senior Leader, will report to the Chief Executive Officer and work across the organization, and serves as a bold and primary thought leader and resource on equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives that address intolerance, racism, bigotry, bias, and discrimination. They will bring expertise and fluency to strengthen equity-centered strategies, policies, and practices reflecting CCAoA’s commitment to anti-racism and helping drive an equity-centered child care system. Responsible for strategic leadership, innovation, and vision to advance and foster D.E.I. excellence, which is critical to achieving our mission. The position works closely with colleagues and other key stakeholders to support new and ongoing initiatives and ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (D.E.I.) are embedded within the organization to support the growth and development of children.  

 Position Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advises the Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Executive Officer, and the Board of Directors on DEI strategy and efforts designed to address structural and institutional racism.
  • Serves as a primary thought leader and resource for DEI, bringing expertise and fluency to strengthen equity-centered strategies, policies, and practices and help drive an equity-centered and anti-racist child care system.
  • Strategically plans, recommends, and leads key strategic goals related to DEI.
  • Through knowledge sharing facilitate successful execution and adoption of DEI leading practices that advance CCAoA’s goals.
  • Works closely across all functions on related initiatives and other issues (e.g., People & Culture, Impact & Engagement, Policy, Practice, and Research, etc.)
  • Convenes and builds community with CCR&Rs and other constituencies.
  • Maintains data-driven metrics to ensure accountability and success.
  • Facilitates and leads meetings, retreats, and other educational opportunities to deepen and apply DEI learning and understanding. Leads intergroup dialogue; moves people to a place of being comfortable with discomfort, change, and growth.
  • Create and manage the organization’s DEI strategy and annual strategic priorities.
  • Design and steward learning opportunities around racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Partner with stakeholders across the organization to embed DEI competency and practices across teams.
  • Develops and maintains partnerships that generate the necessary buy-in to achieve shared goals.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent combination of higher education and experience required.
  • Minimum 7-10 years experience with relevant training in social sciences, organizational leadership, human services.
  • Demonstrated creativity to lead projects from design and development through implementation measurement, and reporting required.
  • Proven experience as a conceptual thinker who can translate ideas and concepts into practical and actionable resources, tools, products, and solutions.
  • Effective at enhancing external engagement.
  • Culturally competent consensus builder with proven facilitation skills, including highly developed emotional intelligence, influencing skills, and the ability to engage and build relationships with constituencies and historically excluded communities.
  • In-depth understanding of race, diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the early childhood education system and ability to speak extemporaneously about key issues in the early child hood education system.
  • Strong fluency and expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts, methodologies, strategies, and tools.
  • Expertise in applying racial equity best practices to organizational development initiatives and programs.
  • Diversity, justice, and equity knowledge with experience applying racial equity best practices to organizational development and programs.
  • Track record of effectively developing and implementing strategies and initiatives that support a bold mission within an organization. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Ability to work both independently, and a team player who will productively engage with others at varying levels within and outside CCAoA.
  • High energy and passion for CCAoA’s mission are essential.
  • A professional and resourceful style; the ability to take initiative, and manage multiple tasks and projects at a time.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills with exceptional attention to detail.
  • Innovative thinker, with a track record for translating strategic thinking into action plans and output.
  • Excellent judgment and creative problem-solving skills, including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
  • Superior management skills; ability to influence and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Flexible, collaborative, and proactive; a team leader who can positively and productively impact both strategic and tactical finance and fundraising, and administration initiatives.
  • Leadership, organizational development, capacity building, and change-management skills.
  • Exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills and the ability to effectively interface with senior management, Board of Directors, and staff.
  • Creative and thoughtful on the utilization of new media technologies.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, the ADA, and other applicable federal and state laws, regulations and guidelines preferred.

Benefits and Compensation

CCAoA offers an inclusive and comprehensive benefits package. Benefits include a multi-tier medical plan, dental, vision, life, and disability, generous time off, supplemental benefits, retirement, 403B, child care fee assistance, transit benefits, and an Employee Assistance program. This position requires working on-site in Arlington, VA. The annual salary range for this position is $121k-$164k.

Child Care Aware® of America is an Equal Opportunity Employer & Drug-Free Workplace. This position requires the completion of a satisfactory background check. As a condition of employment with Child Care Aware® of America, all new employees must provide proof of vaccination on the first day of their employment.

Salary121,000.00 - 164,000.00 Annual
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