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Director of Equity and Learning

Job Location

Remote/ Washington, DC metro area preferred


Type of Job



$108,000 to $134,000

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Published Date

Oct 21, 2022

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Location: Washington, DC preferred. Other locations in the United States may be considered.

Salary will depend on location. For Example:

Asheville, NC- $108K

Albuquerque, NM- $115K

Denver, CO- $121K

Washington, DC- $127K

Oakland, CA - $134K


Application Deadline:Please submit resume & cover letter by November 13th


General Description


The Director of Equity and Learning plays a critical role in establishing and reinforcing an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, inclusion and justice strategic priorities for the organization. This leader will integrate these priorities throughout our organizational culture work, from expanding our professional development opportunities to bringing an equity lens to all facets of staff development. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign-oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.


The Director of Equity and Learning is a member of The Wilderness Society’s Equity, Culture & Learning team and will collaboratively develop and lead organizational efforts to build a more inclusive culture by working with managers and teams to embed more inclusive practices into their work and to focus on achieving more equitable outcomes in pursuit of our mission and vision.


The primary responsibility of the Director of Equity and Learning will be to manage professional development opportunities and resources for staff as they work to embed equity and justice into how they plan, execute, and evaluate their work. Professional development resources include but are not limited to our staff caucuses/affinity groups, TWS equity learning sessions, our intranet page and recommended resources, as well as other learning tools for staff. The Director of Equity and Learning will also directly engage team leaders around the most helpful resources and support from the ECL team to guide their work.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Facilitate the implementation of TWS’ equity, diversity and inclusion workplan, working closely with the Vice President of Equity, Culture, and Learning and Equity Associate and others to achieve our equity goals.
  • Craft plans for professional development and learning on equity, diversity, inclusion and justice.
  • Provide ongoing education and learning opportunities for all staff.
  • Develop skills for bringing an equity lens to TWS’ programmatic work.
  • Coordinate peer learning groups for managers.
  • Oversee and act as liaison to staff caucuses.
  • Use success measures to drive our progress on equity, diversity, inclusion and justice and, in close partnership with Human Resources and the Equity Associate, lead the annual reporting process related to this work.
  • Coach and support managers at TWS who drive equity, diversity and inclusion across our work and our culture.
  • Coordinate internal communications and updates on equity, diversity, inclusion and justice to all staff.
  • Stay abreast of trends and developments on integrating equity throughout environmental advocacy, diversifying the conservation field, creating more inclusive workplaces, and making public lands more inclusive to the full array of US communities to inform TWS strategies and achieve our equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Experience & Competencies

  • Minimum 4 years’ experience in integrating equity, diversity and inclusion as core priorities of an organization, including knowledge of organizational development and change management.
  • Minimum 2 years of experience leading equity, diversity and inclusion work across an organization.
  • Demonstrated experience designing and implementing organizational strategies to embed equity and inclusion in the workplace, diversify organizations, and create education and learning opportunities to increase individual, team, and organizational skills and capacities—in a highly complex, multi-layered, fast-paced environment.
  • Deep knowledge of justice and equity in addition to comfort and skill communicating about these issues to people with a wide range of life and professional experience.
  • Experience working on teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives. This includes a track record of successfully collaborating with and motivating highly skilled staff with diversity across race, gender, gender identity, and political affiliation among other identities.
  • Knowledge of environmental justice and the conservation field will be considered a plus.
  • Excellent writing skills and the ability to speak effectively in public.
  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and ability to work within and lead integrated teams.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Desired Characteristics

  • A collaborative leader with strong emotional intelligence, creativity, flexibility, initiative, and a track record of working in a solution-oriented manner.
  • Superb organizational and interpersonal skills and self-awareness combined with the ability to maintain an effective and supportive working environment while prioritizing competing demands.
  • Ability to manage complex, sometimes controversial issues, with professionalism and discretion.
  • Skilled communicator and listener, who brings a special blend of tact, political and diplomatic savvy to the position.


The physical demands 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 the essential functions.



While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.



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 the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to adverse weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.


The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.


TWS has instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all staff reporting to a TWS office or engaging in in-person work meetings. There is an exception to the vaccine mandate for any staff who have an objection because of a medical or religious reason. We will do our best to devise reasonable accommodation that respects your objection while balancing the competing demands of your specific position.


As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are. Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day. Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.


To learn more about our commitment, please see

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