Director, Disability Inclusion and Accessibility

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion New York, NY


About NYRR

New York Road Runners (NYRR) was founded in 1958 when a small group of passionate runners vowed to bring running to the people and has grown from a local running club into the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s mission is to help and inspire through running, aiming to empower people of all ages and abilities to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness.

NYRR’s year-round offerings of races, community events, programs, and training resources provide hundreds of thousands of people with the motivation, know-how, and opportunities to start running and keep running for life. NYRR’s premier event, the famed TCS New York City Marathon, attracts the world’s top professional runners and committed amateurs alike, while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for New York City.  NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire children in underserved communities in New York City, nationwide, and around the world.

Headquartered in New York City, NYRR is a 501(c)(3) organization.  To learn more, please visit 

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About the Department

The DEIS function is to advance the org-wide commitment to a more diverse, equitable, inclusive, and socially responsible NYRR. The DEIS Department works collaboratively with the Human Resources Department to ensure that all employees are treated with dignity and respect in the workplace, that the employees’ unique identities and experiences are valued, welcomed, and respected. DEIS utilizes an evidence-based approach to identify, analyze, and address processes and policies that impact the employees and the employee life cycle. The Department uses a framework that focuses on equity-centered advocacy, education, workforce diversity, compliance, and policies.  

About the Position

The Director, Disability Inclusion & Accessibility will provide oversight for accessibility initiatives, partner to advance the disability inclusion strategy, and integrate the strategy into all areas of the organizational operations.  This person will collaborate with Human Resources, Runner Services, Employee Relations, and Event Development & Production teams as a key liaison for the organization and provide strategic resource planning for services, facilities, policies, and procedures relating to, as well as the promotion of, NYRR opportunities for persons with disabilities.  Continuous development and awareness in DEI current best practices is necessary. An external understanding and awareness, with exceptional understanding of internal firm dynamics and a high-level ability to influence change, are essential for success in the role.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate current state of disability inclusion and co-create a roadmap to close gaps to improve customer, community, and colleague experience.
  • Stays abreast of information regarding state and federal laws and regulations, as well as best practices, concerning the rights of persons with disabilities and ways of providing reasonable accommodations to persons with disabilities while maintaining program performance standards.
  • Partner with Human Resources, Legal, and other stakeholders on ADA policy, physical and technology accessibility.
  • Work alongside existing accommodations team within Human Resources to ensure alignment of accessibility and accommodations work while collaborating to advance firm goals for both.
  • Provide oversight and coordination for NYRR accessibility and disability initiatives.
  • Serves a key liaison across the organization, assisting with strategic resource planning for a programs, services, facilities, policies, and procedures relating to, as well as the promotion of, opportunities for persons with disabilities that may go beyond compliance with federal and state law.
  • Provides ADA advice on adherence to both policies on compliance and beyond towards a culture of belonging and inclusion.
  • May be asked to perform additional duties not listed in the job description as required by business needs

Job Requirements:

  • Five (5) plus years of experience in a position requiring leadership, analytical skills, and familiarity with ADA and other relevant law.
  • Bachelor’s degree required in related area. Advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of ADA policy, accommodations management, disability market segment and digital accessibility.
  • Demonstrated experience in creating and supporting inclusive diverse and respectful environments.
  • Ability to communicate effectively across all levels of the organization, to build productive working relationships.
  • Ability to develop, coordinate and conduct organization-wide and targeted educational programs including programming regarding culture, universal design, and electronic and information technologies accessibility.
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to influence all levels.
  • Ability to develop, manage, and objectively evaluate projects and progress of those projects.
  • Ability to leverage qualitative and quantitative metrics to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of key programs/initiatives.

New York Road Runners is an Equal Opportunity Employer