Director of Diversity & Inclusion

Executive New York, NY


About the Department

The Executive Office provides strategic leadership for NYRR by working closely with the Board of Directors and executive leadership to establish long-range goals, strategies, plans, and policies to successfully carry out the mission and goals of the organization. 

About the Position

New York Road Runners is seeking a full-time Director of Diversity, & Inclusion to cultivate and further embed a diverse and inclusive culture across all facets of NYRR. The Director will report to the President & CEO and be responsible for the development and execution of strategic initiatives and programs, including training/education, workforce partnerships, employee and community engagement. 

Job Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research in connection with D&I objectives, best practices, and benchmarking and define NYRR specific deliverables
  • Leverage data to identify opportunities for growth, promote adoption of inclusive practices, establish D&I reporting structure, and communicate insights & recommendations to Executive Leadership
  • Establish mechanisms to measure, track, and report on diversity metrics
  • Work collaboratively on internal and external communications strategy that brings to life NYRR’s culture, and drives both employee engagement & external community engagement as it relates to equity
  • Build leadership awareness, commitment, and accountability for employee experience and diversity action plans across the business
  • Create and oversee Employee Resource Groups to ensure alignment with overall business objectives
  • Work cross functionally to assess areas of risk as it relates to diversity and inclusion, and collaboratively develop mitigation plans
  • Provide subject matter expertise and guidance as needed on sensitive diversity topics
  • Liaise with branding & communication, PR, and community engagement teams to ensure: visibility of NYRR’s diversity efforts, continued expansion of communities and demographics served through NYRR mission, and inclusion is pervasive throughout all programming and events
  • Work collaboratively with Human Resources to implement diversity and inclusion strategies as it relates to employee recruitment, performance management, leadership development, and retention
  • Partner with branding and communications teams to regularly communicate internal and external diversity and inclusion initiatives, events and progress
  • Exercise professional skill and subject matter knowledge to write presentations, executive talking points, and external materials around the Organization’s diversity efforts
  • Represent the organization on diversity-related topics at conferences, professional associations and business meetings 

Job Requirements:


  • 10 – 15 years’ experience with proven success in creating and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies
  • Demonstrated experience articulating a vision, translating it into executable strategy and driving cross-functional teams to deliver against the plan
  • Proven experience leading large-scale change management initiatives and demonstrated solid business acumen, analytical skills, reliability and sound judgment.
  • Experience in translating external and internal trends into innovative practices
  • Proven track record of facilitating company-level initiatives with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience translating data and analytics to develop insights, drive decision-making, and measure impact
  • Experience serving as a representative of senior management to the broader organization and other stakeholders 


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • Master’s Degree preferred

Skills and Attributes:

  • Proven ability to drive change: to transform, align and inspire across all levels within an organization
  • Collaborative with a natural orientation towards community building and organizing
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail combined with ability to see the bigger picture; ability to navigate change, take ownership and deliver results in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience with thought leadership and change management
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to tailor messages for specific audiences and spokespeople
  • Ability to professionally represent NYRR and the Executive Office
  • Ability to build consensus and relationships at all levels of the organization

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer