Deputy Director of Equity, Inclusion & Justice at Sierra Club

  • Koya Leadership Partners
  • Oakland, California headquarters, Washington, DC or the Denver, Colorado office.
  • Jun 21, 2019
Full time Executive Management

Job Description

Sierra Club’s Equity Department is charged with leading the organization to become a more equitable, just, and inclusive organization. To accomplish this, they are currently seeking a Deputy Director of Equity who will play a critical role in ensuring that the values of Equity, Inclusion, and Justice are echoed throughout their employee engagement, retention and employee relations strategies including complex conflict resolution and workplace investigations.

The Deputy Director of Equity feels compelled to name injustice and works towards the dismantling of oppression and oppressive systems through their work on a daily basis. This Deputy Director is energized and motivated by the thought of being a leader within the department charged with implementing this work throughout a 100+ year old organization. 

The Deputy Director of Equity will play a key role in supporting organizational transformation through the management of programmatic staff, the cultivation of senior leader engagement, and the fostering of relationships with chapter leaders (regional grassroots support) and volunteers. The Deputy Director will also play a leadership role in upholding and implementing the direction of the department across the organization. Reporting to the Equity Director, the Deputy Equity Director will act as a senior manager for all equity-related matters.

This is a full-time position with a flexible location but a strong preference for the Oakland, California headquarters, Washington, DC or the Denver, Colorado office.


The ideal candidate will have the following professional skills, qualities, and competencies:

  • Motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized
  • Ability to design plans and work under deadlines to deliver on pre-identified results and assigned work product
  • Ability to quickly learn and navigate organizational structure and processes
  • Ability to take initiative and to work autonomously with high-level direction demonstrating strong project management skills
  • Strong commitment to creating a workplace culture grounded in the values of equity, inclusion and justice
  • Awareness of privilege (both personally and externally) and a commitment to both self-transformation and improvement
  • Ability and willingness to take and receive feedback, direction and guidance from senior leaders and to lead departmental efforts with this guidance in mind
  • Ability to use tact and diplomacy in dealing with confidential and sensitive matters, to exhibit responsible and respectful demeanor when dealing directly with staff and volunteers
  • Ability to delegate responsibility to direct reports, to support direct reports in their efforts, and to promote accountability for delivering timely results
  • Displays strong leadership capabilities, vision, and consistently operates with perspective of equity and justice
  • Ability to openly hold space, and invite others into conversations during sensitive engagements
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, pushing to meet deadlines while remaining cool and calm under pressure
  • Ability to diagnose and successfully handle organizational development issues
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills - must be a clear and persuasive communicator to all levels
  • A detail-oriented, proactive leader with excellent organization and time management skills; strong collaborator


Top candidates will bring the following personal characteristics:

  • 2 years’ experience serving in a position of senior or executive leadership
  • 2 years of work experience in the field of advocacy (preferably racial, social, economic or environmental justice) including working with volunteers to create change
  • Must have at least 3 years of direct management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively navigate complex leadership structures and address employee relations issues (experience with labor relations and matrix management is preferred)
  • A working knowledge and understanding of the ways implicit bias, personal identity, and power and privilege impact individuals, organizations, systems, and structures
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic guidance for building organizational effectiveness on equity, talent development for direct reports, promoting accountability and performance management
  • Demonstrated history of achieving results in a strategic and timely way
  • Experience working to address issues of discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender, race, religion and sexual orientation in order to promote change
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or Educational Experience - preference on focus areas of diversity, behavioral change, adult learning/education and/or other areas related to social or racial justice. Graduate education is appreciated, but not necessary

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