Arabella Advisors is a business built on the
conviction that we can help changemakers achieve transformative
impact by equipping them with the right tools. As a certified B
Corp our goal is to help our clients identify the most promising
pathways to change, build bold and impactful efforts and partner
wisely with organizations, communities, and leaders. Advancing
diversity, equity, and inclusion within our firm and in our work
with partners is critical to achieving our mission. As our
Head of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI),
you will play a pivotal role in stewarding Arabella’s strategy to
advance how our DEI values and commitment are integrated into
everything that we do. This includes ongoing learning about
long-term, systemic racial and social inequity, examining how our
organizational systems and practices may be part of those dynamics
and therefore need be transformed, and integrating our DEI values
and commitment into our internal and external communications and
our work with clients.
Reporting to Arabella’s Chief Strategy and Impact Officer, you
will work closely with the firm’s senior leadership, Human
Resources, client service staff and other key stakeholders to
deepen our DEI understanding, commitment, and framework, and to
align them with our strategic planning, goal setting, client
service, communications, and continuous improvement.
- Create and manage the firm's DEI strategy and annual
- Design and steward learning opportunities for all Arabellans
around racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Facilitate and lead meetings, retreats, and other educational
opportunities to deepen and apply DEI learnings and
- Embed DEI competency and practices across teams and work
streams, the HR Team and department leaders around hiring and
onboarding, performance reviews, supervisory relationships, team
culture, and with client service leaders and business development
on work with external clients.
- Partner with client-facing service line leaders and staff to
support continual learning, examination, and integration of DEI
values and principles into Arabella’s professional craft and
- Serve as a primary thought leader and resource for DEI,
bringing expertise and fluency to strengthen equity-centered
strategies, policies, and practices and help drive an
- Manage and mentor a growing DEI team.
To be successful in this role you’ll need:
- Relevant training in the social sciences, organizational
leadership, human services or related disciplines, and 7-10 years
related experience or equivalent combination of education and
- Fluency and expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion
concepts, methodologies, strategies and tools.
- Leadership, organizational development, capacity building, and
- Knowledge and training in diversity, justice, and equity, and
experience applying racial equity practices to organizational
development and programs.
- Ability to act as a thought partner, engage comfortably with
all staff, solve problems collaboratively, and lead by influence
rather than authority.
- Experience working within a professional services environment
- Ability to listen, discern challenges, and identify
- Excellent relationship building, consultative, and influence
skills, with a strong propensity for addressing adaptive leadership
- Proven experience as a conceptual thinker who can translate
ideas and concepts into practical and actionable resources, tools,
products, and solutions.
- Authentic, culturally competent leader capable of building
buy-in and consensus on complex and uncomfortable issues of race,
ethnicity, and multiculturalism.
- Track record of effectively developing and implementing
strategies that support a bold mission within an organization.
- Comfort working in a fast paced, inter-connected, collaborative
Our Core Competencies:
- Collaboration and Stakeholder Management: The
ability to work cooperatively and inclusively with others,
cultivate positive and trusting stakeholder relationships, and
generate necessary buy-in to achieve shared goals.
- Communication: The ability to understand your
audience and communicate productively, effectively, and
- Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): The
ability to create, maintain, and improve a diverse, equitable, and
inclusive workplace community where Arabellans can thrive.
- Growth Mindset
Development: The demonstration of a growth mindset
and use of available resources and feedback to continually develop
mastery in your role and facilitate team learning.
- Project and Task Management Goal Achievement:
The ability to effectively manage time, resources, and priorities
to achieve desired project and task outcomes and strategic
- Resourcefulness and Strategic Thinking: The
ability to anticipate and respond to challenges (expected and
unexpected) that may not have obvious answers with creativity and a
- Service Excellence: The drive to provide
exceptional service to all internal and external clients and
About Arabella Advisors
Arabella Advisors provides guidance and support to changemakers
pursuing significant social and environmental impact. An
award-winning consulting firm and certified B Corporation, Arabella
Advisors is dedicated to making philanthropic work more efficient,
effective, and equitable. We work together across geographies on
issues ranging from the social and economic advancement of women
and girls, and conservation of our climate and planet, to reducing
poverty and inequity in the United States and around the world. Our
staff members are mission-driven and action-oriented, and have a
unique combination of experience in philanthropy, business,
nonprofits, government, finance, law, and other fields. We combine
creative, strategic thinking with knowledge and networks developed
through decades of hands-on experience.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Advancing DEI within our firm and in our work with partners is
critical to our mission. To be effective partners to
philanthropists, nonprofits, and communities impacted by
philanthropic dollars, we need to have a highly diverse staff, a
workplace where individuals are encouraged to retain their
uniqueness and can feel a sense of belonging, and a nuanced
understanding of the racial, ethnic, gender identity, sexual
orientation, disability status, and other disparities that
undergird the issues we engage in and the interactions we have with
one another. For us, equity means that our staff members, our
clients, and the people they serve can experience the same level of
success, no matter their starting place. We expect all our
employees to share this commitment, and always seek ways to improve
how we will live these values. Click
here to learn more about DEI at Arabella and read our official
TOTAL REWARDS (COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS)
This is a full-time position. We offer a competitive and
holistic total rewards package that includes salary, bonus, and
benefits. Our base salaries are based on a blend of similar sized
organizations from different sectors, including nonprofits,
foundations, and professional service firms. They are also based on
local market rates and differentiated by geography.
All full-time staff are eligible for our generous benefits
package on their first day of employment:
- Health insurance - On average Arabella pays 86% of the medical
premium, 80% of the dental premium, and 100% of the vision
- Paid time off - 16 days’ vacation, 10 personal days, 11 company
holidays (7 federal and 4 more from a list of inclusive cultural
and religious holidays and your birthday), 20 hours’ volunteer
leave, 8 weeks’ parental leave.
- 401(k) retirement plan - Arabella will match up to 4% of your
contributions. There is no waiting or vesting period; all funds are
yours to keep on day 1.
- Reimbursements for your personal cell phone plan and
- Pre-tax withholding for transportation and parking.
- Bonus incentive opportunities.
- Access to professional development opportunities.
Working with us
While this position must be based in Durham, NC; Chicago, IL;
Washington, DC; New York, NY; or San Francisco, CA, please note
that due to COVID-19, all Arabella Advisors' offices are closed,
and we continue to temporarily work in a remote environment.
When we reopen -- currently anticipated in early 2022 -- we will
be returning to work with a hybrid workplace strategy to ensure
continued flexibility for our staff, while deepening our strong
culture rooted in collaboration and in-person interactions between
colleagues. It is our expectation that once we reopen, Arabellans
will generally work 2-4 days per week from the office and 2-4 days
at home/remotely. We will make reasonable accommodations under the
guidelines of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We are committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive,
transparent, collaborative, healthy, and fun culture. We invite you
to visit our careers page to
More information about Arabella Advisors may be
found at: www.arabellaadvisors.com
We are partnering with Linh Nguyen and
of the national talent and search firm NPAG. Due to the pace of this search,
candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Candidates
may submit their cover letter, outlining their interest and
qualifications, along with their resume via NPAG’s website.
Arabella Advisors is an Equal Opportunity Employer
committed to racial equity. If we can make the application process
easier through accommodation in the recruitment process, please let
We encourage you to read (or listen to) our DEI
statement prior to applying. We make a particular effort to
recruit people of color and members of marginalized groups to apply
for open positions. Once you have applied, we welcome your feedback
on how you have experienced our values around DEI in the
While Arabella is open to individuals from various
locations applying to join our team, please note that we generally
are unable to pay for relocation expenses, and all applicants must
already be legally eligible to work in the United States at the
time of application to be considered for this