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Chief Diversity Officer

National Council for Mental Wellbeing
District of Columbia, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Closing date
Dec 1, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Other Administrative
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is a newly created position and a member of the strategic leadership team (SLT) responsible for working across the National Council to create an organization-wide strategy and road map to embed diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) into every aspect of the National Council’s mission, work, and culture.

Leading through executive-level vision, influence and voice the CDO will develop and articulate a clear, compelling, and inspired vision for DEIB. The CDO will collaborate with the CEO, staff, senior leaders and the Board on programmatic innovation and membership engagement to make the National Council a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization.

This is an opportunity to join an exceptional organization eager and ready to hasten its DEIB journey at all levels of the organization and externally with its membership, the broader community and through ongoing policy initiatives.

Reports to: Chief Executive Officer

Location: Open, with frequent travel to Washington, D.C., after the Covid-19 crisis


  • 10+ years of Human Resources, DEIB and program management experience; DEI certification preferred. 
  • Experience could have been gained in the following sectors: high-growth nonprofits, mission driven corporations, social enterprise, associations, healthcare and organizations focused on mental/behavioral health and/or substance use. 
  • Evidence of leading, developing and implementing industry-leading DEIB programs and best-practices including organizational structure, culture and development, employee engagement and wellbeing. 
  • Track record of building complex, cross functional programs/initiatives from the ground floor and aligning DEIB strategy with overall strategic objectives through collaboration and getting buy in on goals and outcomes; provides key metrics and data to guide DEIB road map and measure impact. 
  • Deep content knowledge of DEIB research; focused on current and future needs to find synergies to advance organizational strategy across the organization. 
  • Experience developing values and norms of various communities, particularly with communities of color, LGBTQ+ and behavioral health communities. 
  • Experience building and leading a diverse and inclusive team; able to delegate to achieve right level of involvement on day-to-day operations.

Leadership Characteristics 

  • Passion for the National Council’s mission and vision, preferably with the knowledge of the needs of people living with or experiencing mental illness/substance use; lived experience a plus. 
  • Authentic leadership style, confident working inclusively with diverse teams/groups of people with different perspectives and levels of DEIB understanding in a change/growth environment. 
  • Able to motivate, persuade and influence at all levels to ensure strategic alignment and high impact execution. 
  • Proven ability to navigate conflict and recognize the power of consensus-building; comfortable having difficult and courageous conversations; patience to gain understanding.
  • Experience building and mentoring strong, motivated, collegial and diverse teams with multiple perspectives, to achieve collective understanding and success. 
  • Identifies opportunities to influence work that isn’t obviously titled “DEIB” but has a DEIB impact.
  • Direct and transparent communicator, a relationship builder who promotes trust, collaboration, and partnership between departments

Compensation: The National Council for Mental Wellbeing offers competitive compensation. The starting salary for this position is $290,000 with a final offer based on the candidate’s years of professional experience and internal equity. In addition to base salary, we offer bonus potential and a comprehensive benefits package

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