Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Boston, MA

Ceres is a sustainability nonprofit organization leading the most influential investors and companies to build leadership and drive solutions throughout the economy. Through their powerful networks and advocacy, they tackle the world’s biggest sustainability challenges, including climate change, water scarcity and pollution, and human rights abuses.

Ceres is searching for an experienced professional to lead them on their DEI journey to become an equitable and inclusive organization. The Vice President of DEI will lead on development, implementation, and oversight of Ceres’ DEI strategy for their internal organizational work and guide staff to develop and implement goals. The Vice President will lead culture change work by promoting an environment of cultural competence through identification and implementation of culturally inclusive practices and innovations. The Vice President will report to the CEO and serve on the Executive Team (ET) and guide the team on building and leading an inclusive organization, with an initial focus on how we become an anti-racist organization.  This candidate will also lead the employee DEI committee, staff the Board DEI Committee, and facilitate employee resource groups. This role will have a strong and collaborative partnership with Human Resources (HR) to support and strengthen our recruitment, retention, training, and advancement efforts. They will work with all of Ceres’ teams to develop multi-year goals and partner with Ceres’ Innovation and Evaluation (I&E) Team to evaluate progress toward those goals to measure impact.

This position is preferred to be based in our Boston office, but location is flexible for highly qualified candidates. Specific qualifications include:

  • 10 years of relevant strategy and culture change work experience in roles of progressive responsibility.
  • Prior experience leading DEI efforts in a growing organization.
  • Proven track record of results-driven strategic management is required, including demonstrated success in guiding senior staff to achieve goals.
  • Demonstrated record of working with senior staff to develop and achieve goals.
  • Experience supervising staff, including ability to provide feedback, training and support staff professional development.
  • Broad understanding of how to build effective collaborations across organizational departments, and with different levels of staff across the organization.
  • Superior communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Interest in being part of a diverse workforce and willingness to support Ceres’ Commitment to Inclusion and Equity.

Development Resources, inc. is leading this search for Ceres.

Consultant: Jennifer Dunlap- 703-718-4760​ | [email protected]