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
- Experience building and leading a diverse and inclusive team;
able to delegate to achieve right level of involvement on
- 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
- Authentic leadership style, confident working inclusively with
diverse teams/groups of people with different perspectives and
levels of DEIB understanding in a change/growth
- 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
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