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Vice President - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

NASW Executive Office, 750 First Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America Req #41
Thursday, March 10, 2022
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Founded in 1955, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world, with more than 120,000 members. NASW works to enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create and maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies


Under the direction of the CEO, serving on the senior leadership team, and working alongside some of the leading social workers in the profession, the Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will guide, develop, and implement an integrated DEI strategy and roadmap in support of NASW’s priority to advance DEI and be an anti-racist organization. The VP is a strategic, relational, and compassionate thought leader responsible for the overall vision, mission, and structure of the nationwide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program. This position will provide strategic direction on how to advance the values of diversity, equity
  and inclusion (DEI) in ways that are meaningful to the organization, it’s employees and the members that we serve. NASW is recognized locally and nationally as a leader and innovator of social impact, recognizing this, the Association’s commitment to DEI requires an intentional and deliberate strategic focus and a leader who is enthusiastic about driving meaningful and sustainable change.


  1. Leads efforts in establishing benchmarks, strategies, standards, and criteria for measuring diversity and fostering inclusion that aligns with organizational goals.
  2. Develops and facilitates strategic planning and prioritization in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion, conducting surveys, interviews, and other assessment activities
  3. Ensures that the structure and budget are in place to effectively implement DEI.
  4. Works collaboratively with the Office of Human Resources to recruit, develop, advance, and retain a diverse and inclusive work force, achieve work-life integration and flexibility, and ensure that job design and classification are unbiased, and compensation is equitable
  5. Ensure that DEI issues are integrated into all learning and education programs
  6. Support NASW initiatives by collaborating with teams and leaders to participate in planning and problem solving to advance the goals and objectives of NASW.
  7. Ensure that assessment, measurement, and research guide DE&I decisions
  8. Connects and aligns DE&I and sustainability initiatives
  9. Maintains strategic relationships with stakeholders, including staff, members, customers, other organizations, government, local communities, and the larger society
  10. Represent NASW on various social work initiatives and serve as the point person on special projects as assigned by the CEO.
  11. Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned by the CEO.


Key Qualifications

Mission & Values Alignment

  • Demonstrated commitment to fighting for issues that are central to the lives of underserved communities.
  • Understanding of mission-driven organizations who work at and use their power to influence at national and state levels, as well as in communities, courts, with legislative and executive bodies, and in media and culture.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Expertise:

  • Demonstrated experience visioning, creating, and integrating a short and long-term DEI strategy throughout an organization’s programs, operations, and practices.
  • Familiarity with research and expert-based best practices that promote diversity, equity and inclusion across a widely networked, nationally focused organization and its internal team.

Executive Leadership Experience:

  • Demonstrated success serving as a senior leader within a mission-driven organization, with a staff driving programming and impact.
  • Demonstrated success building and directly managing a team that works cross-functionally.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, develop and facilitate the implementation of organizational strategies and goals, working with and through senior leadership team members and other organizational stakeholders to advance DEI goals.

Change Leadership:

  • Ability to identify and lead through change, including organizational and behavioral change, across levels and audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with and manage through change to arrive at equitable and inclusive solutions.
  • Demonstrated success with implementing new ways of operating, and operationalizing and sustaining change within the culture, processes, and structures of an organization.

Relationship Building & Collaboration:

  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate, grow, and manage mutually beneficial and trusting relationships at all levels of an organization, and to guide direct reports in this work.
  • Proven collaborator and facilitator with the ability to work with and through senior leadership teams, as well as across all levels of a team – individually and collectively – to address conflict and build a healthy culture.

Business Skills

  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills, including the ability to effectively communicate and make presentations to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Strong customer service skills are essential
  • Requires excellent record-keeping skills including and maintenance of confidentiality of files.


  1. Master’s degree required, MSW preferred, and social work professional credentials a plus.
  2. Well versed in stakeholder engagement across various levels (Board, executive management, HR, legal and program managers).
  3. Proficient in project management with a history of strategic planning, program implementation, and managing multiple priorities within a complex environment.


  1. Must have a minimum of 8 years in a leadership position in addition to the educational requirement.
  2. Five (5) + years of DEI focused experience and practice, including leadership and managerial experience, and experience in advancing DEI and anti-racism outcomes in complex organizations.
  3. Experience presenting to and engaging diverse audiences of varying styles and backgrounds.
  4. Experience designing, implementing, and facilitating learning initiatives for adult learners.
  5. Leadership experience in academic, corporate, and/or nonprofit organizations effectively working with historically underrepresented groups.


  1. Results driven: sees the big picture, assists with the development and monitoring of key performance metrics to produce the desired results.
  1. Strong business acumen: sees opportunities and emerging trends, and is knowledgeable about the operations, unique needs, and goals specific to member-driven, not-for-profit organizations.
  1. Firm and fair leadership:  will work with a wide range of staff, colleagues, and members, requiring a firm, fair, and flexible style that both complements the efforts and supports the needs of others.
  1. Partnership: is able to build trust internally and externally, and must be viewed as highly professional, discreet, and accountable.
  1. Organizational agility: has a thoughtful, respectful communication style that fosters an open environment, enabling thought-provoking discussions and collaborative decision making.
  1. Perceptive: is creative and intuitively recognizes opportunities and takes appropriate action.

NASW is an equal opportunity employer.  As such, NASW is committed to promoting and providing equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees.  The selection of personnel, including new hires and promotions, will be on the basis of qualifications designed to ensure appointments of persons able to effectively discharge the duties and responsibilities of their position.  The Association will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression (including transgender status), marital status, veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.  The Association will also abide by applicable Affirmative Action requirements mandated by any federal contracts.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $120,000.00
  • Required Education Master’s Degree
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  • NASW Executive Office, 750 First Street NE, Washington, District Of Columbia, United States of America