V.P. of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #730
Thursday, May 26, 2022

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, youth, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society.   We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.   Project HOME has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all staff and applicants for employment.  Employment decisions including, but not limited to, hiring selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, associate programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

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PROJECT HOME https://www.projecthome.org




POSITION:          VP, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Human Resources

LOCATION:        Philadelphia, PA

REPORTS TO:    Associate Executive Director; dotted line to Executive Director


The Mission: The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.


Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.


Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.

Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.


The Values: The work of Project HOME is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person. We believe that all persons are entitled to decent, affordable housing and access to quality education, employment, and health care. We believe in the transformational power of building relationships and community as the ultimate answer to the degradation of homelessness and poverty. We believe that working to end homelessness and poverty enhances the quality of life for everyone in our community. We believe that the critical resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission must be managed honorably and professionally.


Project HOME is a growing organization. In the last seven years the operating budget has grown from $20M to $40M with $200M in assets, 470 employees in 22 locations. As of June 2019, Project HOME had developed 832 units of affordable housing for persons who have experienced homeless, 104 were units under construction, and 152 units were in the pipeline. The goal is to be at 1,088 units in the next two years.




 Position Summary:


As a member of Executive Leadership, the Vice President, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (VPDEI) serves a strategic partner to leaders across the organization in Project HOME’s journey to strengthen our capacity to live our mission and values by fostering an anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive beloved community internally (staff, residents) and externally (patients, students, program participants, community partners, and others).

The VPDEI is responsible for driving, championing, and ensuring implementation of the ongoing DEI Action Plan. The Senior Director of Human Resources will be a direct report to this role, managing human resources independently, but accountable to the DEI goals of our organization as set by the Vice President of DEI.

The Vice President of DEI role is charged with designing and delivering creative, outcomes-focused content, strategies, and solutions gained through ongoing community feedback, research of best practices, and other methods relating to recruiting, retention, training and professional development, compensation, and employee engagement. Highly collaborative and cross-functional, this role serves as a partner to the Executive and Senior Management teams and chairs the DEI Steering Committee. The role will partner closely with internal and external communications staff to design and deliver communications plans related to DEI. The role will drive organizational strategy related to our existing affinity groups.


Key Responsibilities:


Vision & Strategic Leadership

  • Work with leaders across the organization to embed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into all parts of Project HOME including advising on strategic and departmental plans to advise on the integration of DEI principles and be accountable for the evolution of a DEI strategy and implementation of DEI initiatives underway.
  • Bring content knowledge and strategy expertise to assist in implementation of our dynamic DEI Action plan and Strategic Plan goals related to DEI; report out on these initiatives. Monitor, adjust, and enhance plan accordingly.
  • Create an organization-wide DEI strategy that brings content knowledge and systems to infuse anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion in all aspects of Project HOME’s recovery culture and operations.
  • Provide impactful and strategic leadership to the HR Department.
  • As a member of Executive and Senior Management teams, support organizational strategies to advance the organization’s DEI goals; provide coaching and training to this group.
  • Develop and execute measurable, short- and long-term DEI strategies to support Project HOME's strategic goals and transformation efforts.



Tactical & Operational Leadership


  • Working with the Senior Director of HR, develop content, systems, structures and policies & procedures to integrate DEI strategies and solutions into the employee experience, including but not limited to talent acquisition, development, performance evaluations, employee engagement, and compensation. Work together to ensure workplace policies and procedures around recruiting and selection, learning and development and compensation, advancement and promotion are fair and transparent.
  • Working with organizational leadership, further a culture and processes to ensure staff feel comfortable bringing forward ideas and concerns, to foster healthy relationships, and to advance staff engagement and retention.
  • Partner with Mission Nurture/Internal Communications to create formal and informal channels to hear feedback from employees, residents, patients, students and participants aimed at continuous program/organizational improvement.
  • Collaborate closely with internal and external communication teams to establish a communication strategy and plan about Project HOME’s DEI work – for both internal and external audiences.
  • In partnership with Training team, develop and deliver content for effective, trauma informed training and programming that recognizes the diverse experience of race and identity of staff, residents, and program participants, including comprehensive delivery of DEI curriculum, including in onboarding, annual all-staff training, and supervisory trainings.
  • Partner with executive team and senior management and serve as a resource to the whole agency bringing knowledge and experience to advance cultural competency in the delivery of our programs.
  • Chair the staff elected DEI Steering Committee empowering employees to assist in the execution of DEI initiatives; act as an advocate, partner, and sounding board to committee members.
  • Provide support for employee-led affinity groups and guide the evolution of these types of organizational cultural initiatives.
  • Create clear evaluation tools and outcome metrics to assess impact of DEI initiatives.


Candidate Profile:


Professional Experience:

  • Minimum of 8 years of proven and progressive experience leading organization-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion related initiatives/programs and HR as well as organizational development experience in a large, complex organization.
  • At least 5 years of management experience, providing performance feedback, motivating, and engaging employees to achieve strong performance.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead teams and projects.
  • Experience designing strategies and metrics, driving accountability and delivering results.
  • Proven track record of collaborating with HR to enhance hiring and retention efforts in attracting and retaining a highly talented, diverse workforce.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: experience influencing and being a change agent, ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization.
  • Able to develop and manage productive relationships at all levels, establish trust and provide counsel to staff in a thoughtful, sensitive and timely manner.
  • Experience building organizational aligned affinity groups and DEI Councils. ▪ Prior experience in transformation and change management.
  • Deeply connected to a diversity of networks that can support/contribute to this work at the institutional and community levels, such as vendors, educational institutions, professional associations, recruitment networks, etc.
  • Experience using technology including integrated systems and databases as a tool to extract and analyze data, evaluate performance and outcomes, manage contracts and budgets, etc.
  • Experience and content expertise in developing training on general diversity topics as well as specific competencies.
  • A combination of life and work experiences and education that demonstrates the ability to collaborate effectively with people of different backgrounds, abilities, opinions, and perceptions to achieve significant organizational change.
  • Sophisticated understanding of the social/economic/political conditions that give rise to tremendous inequity and oppression resulting in homelessness and poverty in our community.



  • Bachelor’s degree in related field; open to non-traditional paths of education and life experience.
  • Experience working in a non-profit social services organization strongly preferred.
  • Preference for a candidate who is bi-lingual.



Salary Range: $160,000 to $175,000



If you or someone in your network is interested in exploring this opportunity, please submit a cover letter and resume to:



Toya Lawson                                                              Janet Albert

Partner, Bridge Partners                                             Partner, Bridge Partners toya.lawson@bridgepartnersllc.com                                    janet.albert@bridgepartnersllc.com




Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Project HOME benefits include Medical, Dental, Vision, Flexible Spending Account plans (Health, Dependent Care, Transit, Parking), Paid Parental leave, and a student loan support program.  Project HOME has partnered with Savi to help employees navigate the complexities of federal student loan programs such as Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). Project HOME offers Scholarship Programs thru Capella University for full-tuition Bachelor, Master’s Doctoral, in addition to a number of certificate degree programs. Project HOME's partnership also allows your employees to utilize a 15% discount on any Capella courses, as well as 10 free Sophia Learning courses. Project HOME provides Paid Time Off a minimum of 27 days annually, which includes vacation, personal, sick days, Floating holidays, Holidays, and sabbatical leave. Employer sponsored benefit plans include Life Insurance, Short Term Disability, 401 (k) with employer match up to 5% in addition to an Employee Assistance Program. Voluntary benefits include Accident, Critical Illness/Cancer, and Hospital Indemnity Coverage. and Voluntary Life Insurance.   


Other details

  • Job Family Mandatory Reporter
  • Pay Type Salary
  • Min Hiring Rate $160,000.00
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  • Philadelphia, PA, USA