YMCA of Greater Kansas City

  • Director Diversity & Inclusion

    Job Location US-MO-Kansas City
    Req No.
    Location Site
    Association Resource Center
    Human Resources
    Position Hours
    Full - Time
    Location : Location
    US-MO-Kansas City
  • Overview

    Under the direction of the Chief People Officer and in partnership with the senior leadership team helps to develop diversity, inclusion and global strategies and implement key tactics that strengthen organizational capacity to deliver the Y’s cause.
    Responsible for the diversity, inclusion and global initiatives and programs across the YMCA of Greater Kansas City focusing on helping to link diversity, inclusion and global strategies and programs to Association operations and priorities. Responsible for all activities related to the sustainability and advancement of the Diversity, Inclusion and Global programs for the Association. Partners with leaders across the organization to ensure the Association recruits, retains, engages and develops qualified and diverse associates and volunteers.
    This position may provide leadership for researching and developing strategies to better serve and engage all segments of our community including membership, program, volunteers, associates, suppliers, donor base and community partnerships.


    Candidates who apply before August 31 will be given priority.  The position will remain open until filled.  Hiring salary range is $50,000-$65,000.  


    • Contribute to the overall YMCA mission of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. 

    • Under the direction of the Chief People Officer and in partnership with the senior leadership team helps to develop diversity, inclusion and global strategies and tactics that strengthen organizational capacity to deliver the Y’s cause. 

    • Partner with Leadership Development to identify and/or facilitate training and development programs to drive the diversity and inclusion competencies of associates and volunteers. 

    • Provide research on best practices, recommend strategies and solutions in support of new programs or collaborations to increase cultural competence, inclusion and global awareness across our workforce and service area

    • Work with Association’s Leadership in integrating diversity & Inclusion goals into daily operations and assisting in aspects of the business case for growth and relevance

    • Work with center leadership to identify and pilot initiatives to engage underserved populations and increase participation and membership/program results

    • Supports the Diversity, Inclusion and Global Council, Diversity, Inclusion and Global Associate Committee, the Associate Resource Groups, coordinating all meetings, managing charts of work and assisting in the execution of all actions items. Take the lead on all local collaborations, multicultural development programs and partners with Leadership Development team to provide strategic direction and support to the Bridging the Gap program.

    • Work with Association centers, sites and departments to help create a welcoming and engaging environment for underserved populations

    • Promote a diverse and inclusive environment across workforce, membership and program practices.

    • Foster relationships with volunteer including Council and board members across the Association, engaging them in global diversity initiatives and helping to improve center and Council/Board inclusion strategies.

    • Collaborate and coordinates with Y-USA Diversity, Inclusion and International Groups and alignment with Y-USA strategic priorities. Ensure the integration of DIG priorities with emphasis on newcomer-immigrant engagement, global education, cultural competency and local to global philanthropy. 

    • Partner with association leadership to develop and share best practice resources and tools to create, educate and support further integration of international work into YMCA youth and adult programming. Work with association leadership to evaluate and support opportunities for global service with our teens, staff and volunteer leadership development trainings

    • Works with Marketing and Digital marketing and People Services team develop a process for delivering communication messages to associates, members, program participants and volunteers (via newsletters, emails or presentations) related to Diversity Inclusion and Global (DIG) efforts. 

    • Identify and/or develop strategic partnerships and relationships to support and deliver the Y’s cause. 

    • Responsible for administering the organization’s affirmative action program.

    • May partner with People Services leadership team and Senior Leadership on associate and program participant matters that involve diversity and inclusion concerns.

    • Gathers and analyzes data pertaining to DIG strategies such as member/program, associates, donor and collaboration, researches best practices and works collectively to improve all measurements and growth impact.

    • Develops specific new actions based on the strategic plan and goals for the Association and communicates them to management 

    • Develop an internal and external communication plan for DIG.

    • Association Liaison to YUSA Diversity, Inclusion & Global departments 

    • Responsible for the monitoring and tracking of yearly DIG reporting to YUSA and ensuring our Association is successful in maintaining expectations

    • Actively seek and participate in community events which support enhancing our DIG brand and key efforts. 


    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

    • Three years’ experience in training, public speaking, communication, human resources, or other related operational areas where they have demonstrated successes in integrating diversity and inclusion. Skilled at designing and implementing effective diversity and inclusion programs.

    • Skilled trainer and facilitator in diversity and inclusion related experiences including unconscious bias.

    • Ability to lead and influence at all levels of the organization. 

    • Experience in working with newcomer and new immigrant populations helpful.

    • Skills in collaboration, managing change, and building consensus.

    • Must think strategically, operate tactically and impact collaboratively

    • Project management experience with ability to work with cross-functional teams.

    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and skilled at building and maintaining community relationships 

    • Ability to travel throughout Greater Kansas City area and periodically travel to national and regional meetings and events, 

    • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

    • Ability to define problems, collect data and draw valid conclusion. 

    • Effective listening and resolution skills. 

    • Strong computer skills with the ability to adapt to new software.

    • Must maintain a current motor vehicle license and acceptable driving record that meets YMCA standards.

    • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred. 


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