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DEI Program Director

Job Location

San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC


Type of Job



Dependent on experience and location.

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Published Date

Jul 26, 2021

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Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals, and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are guided by a passionate, ambitious vision for the future for people and our planet: until justice stands for all, we will never rest. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.

Founded in 1971, Earthjustice has a distinguished track record of achieving significant, lasting environmental protections. We achieve this by hiring people who share a passion for justice and a healthy environment. Our headquarters are in San Francisco with offices in Anchorage, Juneau, Los Angeles, Tallahassee, Miami, Honolulu, New York, Philadelphia, Denver, Seattle, Bozeman, Chicago, and Washington, D.C.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Director is a critical part of the leadership of Earthjustice’s DEI work. The Program Director will report to and work closely with the Vice President of DEI to implement meaningful and sustained organizational change. The Program Director has experience and proven success in leading the strategic development and implementation of DEI initiatives across complex organizations, as well as conflict resolution, research experience and practices in antiracism. The DEI Program Director will be a partner and a resource for teams and individuals across the organization in creating and implementing adaptive and relevant solutions through an equity lens, and embed DEI strategy.




  • Partner with the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion and work closely with all of the members of the Senior Leadership Team in the development, implementation, and assessment of Earthjustice’s antiracist and DEI program goals and initiatives.
  • Lead the development of antiracist initiatives and programs that drive DEI across the organization, in partnerships with key stakeholders and program leaders.
  • Develop an annual diversity report with quantitative data about racial representation for hiring, attrition, and broadly, leadership roles.
  • Create reports and spreadsheets to track departmental data, analyzing metrics and research to understand key opportunities.
  • Develop strategic guidance on antiracist practices across Earthjustice
  • Collaborate with critical internal partners to create and lead programming that will result in greater diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Serve as a thought partner for strategic work towards making people and management practices more equitable and inclusive.
  • Advise and connect staff members and teams to relevant DEI and conflict resolution resources.
  • Partnering with members of the senior leadership team, co-facilitate meetings focused on successfully achieving and implementing DEI organizational goals.
  • Work with relevant stakeholders to implement DEI goals in areas including hiring, promotions, diversification of partners, donors & funders, internal culture, training and employee engagement & recognition.
  • Partner with DEI team and other relevant stakeholders to iteratively create and ensure completion of DEI organizational objectives.
  • Assess appropriate DEI pedagogy for the organization.
  • Model Earthjustice’s core values of justice, partnership, excellence and inclusion.


  • Listen and assess staff concerns and refer staff to the appropriate set of services based on their specific DEI concerns and ensure their concerns are resolved (Concerns that staff could raise include, but are not limited to, disagreements between staff members; microaggressions; feeling disrespected, etcetera).
  • Collaborate with Human Resources to assess and refer the individual to the appropriate set of internal resources (e.g., facilitator; mediator; conflict resolution specialist
  • Assess urgency of requests, ensure that those in need are put in touch with appropriate resources, and manage information flow in a timely and accurate manner
  • Responsible for tracking and trending the nature of complaints and make recommendations regarding any areas of concerns raised that are occurring with a frequency or severity that would require further inquiry.
  • Treat confidential information with appropriate discretion
  • Model best practices for managing in an inclusive and effective way.


  • Collaborate on communications for the DEI Program, including a monthly internal newsletter, DEI annual plan and report card, blog posts, and language for internal and external websites.
  • Collaborate on an internal DEI related communication for staff and external communications for prospective employees, current partners, clients and environmental communities.
  • Develop presentations & talking points and present to internal and external audiences.


  • 4-year College degree, master’s degree preferred.
  • 5-7years’ experience in a related position.
  • Experience in conflict resolution and change management preferred.
  • Experience in program development and evaluation required .
  • Experience in environmental advocacy and litigation a plus.
  • Must possess advanced knowledge of current diversity, equity, and inclusion theories and practices.
  • Change management experience with proven success in designing and implementing meaningful organizational change.
  • Experience facilitating meetings that have positive impact on overall goals.
  • Proven experience in conflict resolution and DEI facilitation.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Focus on attention to detail, including the management of complex information.
  • Ability to collect, interpret and persuasively utilize data.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills including the ability to deeply listen and empathize with others.
  • Ability to maintain confidences and confidential information.
  • Proven ability to build sustainable and respectful relationships throughout the organization.
  • Demonstrates an awareness and sensitivity to the needs and concerns of individuals from diverse cultures, backgrounds and orientations.
  • Contributes to the creation of a diverse, equitable and inclusive work culture that encourages and celebrates differences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in multiple written forms and in oral advocacy.
  • Highly collaborative with the desire to consult and share information with other colleagues across disciplines and departments.
  • Ability to lead projects to completion with strategic thinking and problem-solving.
  • Ability to take initiative, multi-task, and identify priorities amidst competing demands

We offer a mission and employee-focused work environment and a competitive compensation package including excellent benefits.  Earthjustice is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity.


Salary range is based on experience and location. 

San Francisco, CA:
Washington, DC:


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Interested candidates should submit the following via Jobvite:

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  • Cover letter

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Earthjustice is driven by a passion for justice, partnership, and excellence. Our core values lead us to seek a broad range of perspectives and backgrounds to achieve our mission and to maintain an inclusive environment where all staff are valued and respected. As an equal opportunity employer, we are committed to employment practices that ensure that employees and applicants for employment are provided with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, or any other factor that is not related to the position.


For positions located within the City and County of San Francisco:  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment-qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


For positions located within the City of Los Angeles:  We will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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