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Vice President of U.S. Diversity, Equity & Belonging

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Vice President of U.S. Diversity, Equity & Belonging

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The VP of Diversity, Equity, & Belonging is responsible to lead a team of internal consultants who assist mission leadership by (i) increasing individual and organizational cultural intelligence, (ii) providing leadership with critical DEB resources and support, (iii) advocating for those on the margins of YL’s community, and (iv) promoting new stories – all kinds of stories – that expand YL’s cultural narrative, all to drive a culture of belonging deep into YL’s DNA.

Essential Duties

Spiritual Development - “Following Jesus.” Includes: Prayer and other spiritual disciplines, fellowship, growth, health, and, church relationships.
  • Maintain a genuine and sincere commitment to understanding God’s Word and regularly/actively practice other core spiritual disciplines. This includes personal and corporate prayer, worship, fellowship (i.e., active church participation), fasting, etc.
  • Actively lead and participate (i.e., promote growth and health) in the spiritual life of Young Life and member communities (i.e., Human Resource, Operations, and the President’s Office).
  • Develop a yearly personal growth plan that fosters a vibrant spiritual life including time for solitude, retreat, reflection, prayer, and Scripture reading.
Leadership Development - “Equipping leaders, committee and staff.” Includes: Recruiting, developing, team building, training, retaining, and vision casting.
  • Provides leadership to steward and develop the staff and work of the DEB department. This includes hiring, evaluating, training, promoting, and disciplining staff as necessary.
  • Partners with the Mission Lead Team (“MLT”) to create a pipeline of diverse, culturally intelligent staff trained to launch and lead ministry across the global mission. This includes (but is not limited to) supporting the creation of regularly assessing and reporting the status of pipeline development.
  • Encourages collaboration across the greater mission of Young Life, actively working to identify barriers to partnership and breaking down silos that undermine mission efficiency and efficacy.
  • Drive cultural change that is supported and sustained by increased organizational and cultural intelligence
Direct Ministry - “Proclaiming and modeling.” Includes communications, relationship management, coaching, mentoring, event hosting, and staff support Diversity, Equity, Belonging
  • Plans, guides and advises the mission on diversity, equity, and belonging matters. Collaborates with leaders to create, implement and monitor initiatives, programs, and projects designed to ensure belonging for all staff.
  • Leads the mission in developing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating strategic programs that result in the realization of a culture of diversity, equity, and belonging. Partners with mission leaders, staff, and internal and external stakeholders to ensure programming supports the mission’s values and strategic goals.
  • Provides strategic direction for learning initiatives on cultural intelligence/competency, racial/ethnicity/gender differences, disability, building a climate of equity and belonging, and other topics designed to increase mission awareness, capacity, and support of equity and belonging values.
  • Promotes the mission’s commitment to a culture of diversity, equity, and belonging through advocacy and interaction with the Board of Directors, Mission Lead Team, Senior Leadership, staff, and the community.
Ministry Support - “Taking care of business.” Includes accounting, administration, communication (internal), data management, and strategic plan
  • Partners with mission leaders (US field, Mission Services and camping) to develop, implement, and highlight effective, incarnational ministry efforts and leverage strategic planning to increase impact, build and support the development of healthy teams, and ensure staff feels a sense of belonging in the DEB Office and the broader mission.
  • Collaborates with mission leaders (US field, Mission Services, and camping) to annually identify critical strategic priorities – e.g., goals, objectives, key performance indicators (KPIs), highlight growth opportunities, and track performance progress.
  • Manages the department’s budget, including developing budget proposals, justifying expenses, and monitoring accounts.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.
Qualifications Required For The Job:
  • A minimum of 5 years experience in DEB work/roles.
  • Demonstrated success as an innovative, strategic, culturally intelligent, and results-oriented leader
  • Seasoned professional who has previously held several HR and/or DEI(B) roles in fast-paced and complex environments. Work experience should include success in a period of growth and/or transition.
  • Ability to apply a variety of HR/DEIB frameworks to analyze problems and to guide and develop solutions.
  • Ability to translate and communicate complex topics in a variety of forums, tailoring communications to effectively fit and influence the targeted audience
  • Strong presentation and communication skills, with demonstrated ability to effectively communicate a broad vision for the role of strategy and DEB in achieving excellence.
  • Adept at facilitating difficult discussions, shepherding change, creating and strengthening partnerships, and aligning an array of efforts across several business units.
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and the ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results
  • Ability to lead the entire range of problem-solving work from problem definition to analysis, recommendation, and the development of implementation plans.
  • Ability to influence on a global and virtual stage, demonstrating courage, an approachable style, and inspiring confidence
  • Strong track record in managing change with an understanding of the contexts, cultures, and politics within institutions that impact the implementation of effective DEB change efforts
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and implementing best practices in strategy and DEB and an excellent command of relevant concepts and applications to organizational contexts
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for assessments related to performance, culture, and organizational change
  • History of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance
Working Conditions
  • Regular travel required (50%)
  • Master’s Degree or commensurate experience (Terminal degree or doctorate preferred)

This description is not intended, and should not be construed, to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the principal job elements essential for making compensation decisions.

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