Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Impact
Homeless Action Center (HAC) is a community-based legal services program founded in 1990 to provide legal services to homeless people in Alameda County. Over time, HAC’s specialty became public benefits advocacy, with a focus on Social Security disability benefits. The process of qualifying for disability benefits can be lengthy and difficult. Employing a client-centered focus and harm reduction principles, staff work closely with other legal services programs and social services programs to assist clients in meeting their emergency and longer-term needs during this process. HAC represents over 2,000 clients at a time. Please refer to www.homelessactioncenter.org.
HAC is committed to supporting diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and anti-racism as defined by its Committee on Racial Justice, also known as HAC-POC. HAC is fortunate to have dedicated staff who have put in a tremendous amount of work the last two years towards positively impacting change around DEI and anti-racism. Launched in April 2018, our staff-led HAC-POC Committee promotes racial equity by advocating for a racially diverse and inclusive environment at HAC while equipping managers to lead diverse and inclusive teams. HAC spent 2019 engaged with consultants working on DEI issues, and HAC’s Executive Director has declared that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism will be one of the legal aid organization’s top priorities, and the Management Team, in partnership with staff, are moving forward on a plan to increase and maintain the organization’s diversity, as well as to make the organization a more welcoming place for staff and clients of color.
As part of this initiative, HAC seeks a Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Impact to be a part of the upper management team.
• In collaboration with the Executive Director and Deputy Director, compile and develop regular reporting on diversity data (internal and external) to the Board and management team;
• Evaluates the effectiveness of the hiring program from a DEI lens, considering general hiring goals, number of internship and staff applicants, hiring and retention rates, and promotion rate at the organization;
• Assists management in the design and implementation of hiring, on-boarding and training programs that incorporate DEI principles and policies;
• Oversees the design, planning and implementation of a specific application review and selection process;
• Serves on hiring committees, reviews applications for employment and internships, as needed;
• Identifies law school organizations, bar associations, and legal aid networking events to increase diversity of applicant pipeline;
• Works closely and in partnership with HAC-POC committee and various consultants as needed to ensure alignment with the Equity and Inclusion goals and objectives, focused on hiring, retaining, professionally developing and promoting highly qualified individuals of diverse backgrounds;
• Participates in professional development activities;
• In coordination with management, HAC-POC, and consultants as needed, develops trainings for all staff in Anti-Racism and other DEI areas;
• Insures that DEI issues are accounted for in budgeting, strategic planning, and other forward-thinking in the agency;
• Examines agency operations through a DEI lens, and works to improve them in ways that are more welcoming to people of color, both staff and clients;
• Reports to the Executive Director, but remains accountable to staff, especially to HAC-POC;
• Collaborates with Development Team on finding and applying for grants to fund DEI activities at HAC.
• Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a related area and/or 5+ years of equivalent experience/training.
• Advanced knowledge and experience working with a diverse population especially underrepresented and historically marginalized populations and individuals including but not limited to racial and ethnic minorities (African American, Latinx, and Native American), immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, disabled people, religious minorities, and veterans;
• Juris doctor degree and 10+ years in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training and/or knowledge of legal aid programs in management.
• Advanced ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with law schools, community organizations, and other institutions and with new internal and external partners to identify opportunities to build partnerships and relationships;
• Advanced knowledge of hiring requirements for HAC, including diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks and theories;
• Advanced skills to develop HAC’s strategic recruitment plans, designing outreach and recruitment programs and materials that will attract and enroll top candidates to the organization, including applicants from under-represented groups.
• Knowledge of homelessness and issues surrounding homelessness in the Bay Area;
Salary & Benefits
Starting annual salary $120,000. Employer paid health, vision, and dental, as well as life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Subsidy for Commuter Check program. 403(b) account available without employer contribution. Generous vacation, holiday and sick time.
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter, and resume, and three references who can speak to your qualifications for this position as a single attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org when applying.