Position Description

Director, Diversity and Inclusion
Location Washington, DC
Department Finance & Accounting
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Position Summary:

The incumbent is a key strategist for diversity and inclusion at the MBA and plays a key role in developing, refining, and executing the strategy.


Duties and Responsibilities:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Works with CDIO to set organization-wide diversity and inclusion framework, vision, goals and equitable practices.
  2. Support and execute the member-facing D&I strategy and coordinate external initiatives to ensure members receive maximum benefit.
  3. Influence leadership and deliver on the diversity, and inclusion framework and outcomes; provide coordination and strategic planning support for the design and implementation of association wide programs to ensure diversity, inclusion and respect for all employees
  4. Expand the strategy of leveraging partnerships with non-profit, other trade organizations, and members to increase diversity in the industry.
  5. In partnership with the Affordable Housing Initiative, execute virtual career fairs, and support the Convergence strategy.
  6. Work with Communications and Marketing to execute a content syndication strategy, a method of republishing content on other sites to reach a broader audience.
  7. Collaborates with CDIO, SVP of Human Resources,and Director of Talent to provide leadership for EMBRACE, MBA’s culture of inclusion.
  8. Drive programs objectives through program management and defined project plans; manage implementation activities, and develop processes, documentation and communications for program/process roll out and ongoing support.
  9. Assist Human Resources with the development of internal diversity and inclusion strategies, programs, policies, training, and metrics that will attract, retain, and promote a diverse workforce and foster an environment of inclusion.
  10. Lead the execution of the D&I Roundtable, including creating an evaluation and follow up process with recommendations for next year.
  11. Support Vice President of Residential Policy and Member Engagement with staffing of D&I Advisory Council and execution of the Council’s agenda.
  12. Utilize a data-oriented approach to drive decisions and measure success. Analyze and report diversity data and research trends to ensure best in class, and innovative solutions are continuously integrated into inclusion programs and practices.
  13. Measure, track, and analyze the effectiveness of D&I initiatives to report on progress and identify opportunities for future areas of focus.
  14. Drive MBA’s internal and external supplier diversity initiatives.
  15. Own all resources to assist members in their D&I efforts, including expanding web content to include resources for members. These resources include diverse supplier lists, articles, and information on D&I programs, best practices, D&I award winner tips, a list of the members who might be available to help others with execution.
  16. Create report and  provide updates on strategy results, adjustments, and progress on D&I initiatives.
  17. This position description should not be construed to contain every function/responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job.  Incumbents are required to perform other functions, as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 7 - 10 years’ relevant experience. A minimum  of five years in diversity and inclusion strongly preferred.
  • Leader with demonstrated experience leading transformative change.
  • Strong analytical skills and ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy and improvement opportunities.
  • Must possess excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, as well as interpersonal skills and a high level of emotional intelligence.
  • Confident in facilitating, presenting and speaking to both internal and external audiences.
  • Ability to organize and lead meetings.
  • Business acumen and proven ability to execute strategy
  • Attention to detail is required.
  • Proven project management experience.
  • Demonstrated experience translating vision into strategy and delivering against the plan.
  • Collaborative work/leadership style. Must also be self-directed but highly team-oriented.
  • Viewed as a trusted advisor with a successful track record in building and maintaining strong relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to challenge the status quo with fresh ideas, new approaches, and new solutions.
  • Ability to travel up to 25%.


Working Conditions:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those the incumbent in this position encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.


Physical Requirements:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the incumbent in this position 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 regularly required to, stand, sit; talk, hear, and use hands and fingers to operate a computer and telephone keyboard reach, stoop kneel to install computer equipment.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision requirements due to computer work.
  • Light to moderate lifting is required.
  • Ability to adjust to the stress of traveling.
  • Regular, predictable attendance is required as business demands dictate.

The Association has reviewed this job description to ensure that essential functions and basic duties have been included. It is intended to provide guidelines for job expectations and the employee’s ability to perform the position described. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all functions, responsibilities, skills and abilities. Additional functions and requirements may be assigned by supervisors as deemed appropriate. This document does not represent a contract of employment, and the Association reserves the right to change this position description and/or assign tasks for the employee to perform, as the Association may deem appropriate.

The Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Association does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.



It is anticipated that less than 20% of time for this position is devoted to “lobbying activities” as designed under the Omnibus Reconciliation Act of 1993.



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