Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Washington, D.C
Dec 03, 2021
Dec 11, 2021
Executive, Chief
Full Time

The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) will lead the integration and sustainability of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) into agency culture, mission, and all aspects of agency operations and decision making. This is a new position and will provide the vision and strategy to grow the agency's burgeoning DEIA program into the solid and permanent foundation required for the achievement of the AmeriCorps mission.

The CDIO will leverage the agency's DEIA momentum and lead the agency leadership and workforce through the change management strategy required to achieve the necessary paradigm shift to embed equity in all we do. The CDIO will lead a small team that supports the DEIA efforts of the agency and will work with senior leadership to secure resources to grow the team over the coming years. .

The position will have enterprise-wide impact and influence, which includes providing innovative and expert leadership in the establishment and implementation of comprehensive DEIA related policies and programs. The CDIO will serve as a principal advisor to the agency leadership, will provide direction and guidance to the AmeriCorps Agency Equity Team and Executive Team, and will advance diversity, inclusion and accessibility as core values and objectives.

The CDIO will direct the growing team responsible for developing, implementing, and continually improving the agency's DEIA initiative, and the DEIA strategic plan. The CDIO reports to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), and coordinates closely with the Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, Equal Employment Opportunity Program (EEOP), Strategic Advisor for Native American Affairs, Chief of Program Operations and AmeriCorps Program Directors, Chief Human Capital Officer, the Office of General Counsel, and the agency's operations and finance units.


Accountable for the implementation of the AmeriCorps DEIA Strategic Plan including the establishment of performance measures, tracking and reporting systems, and documentation of impact in alignment with the AmeriCorps Strategic Plan and the Learning Agenda.

Work with senior leadership across departments and offices to create, promote, and implement diversity strategies and assist with embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into all facets of the AmeriCorps strategic plan and operations.

Support the Programs and Office of External Affairs as they implement DEIA recommendations and strategic plan objectives to recruit and retain a diverse corps of volunteers and members and promote equitable grantmaking.

Oversee and support the development, monitoring, and evaluation metrics to help measure and gauge the success of DEIA initiatives across AmeriCorps.

Serve as Chair of Agency Equity Team and lead the further development of the AmeriCorps DEIA governance structure to include additional internal and external stakeholder engagement opportunities and structures.

Analyze Executive Orders and related guidance to inform agency leadership of their related obligations and responsibilities, and to assure agency compliance with such orders.

Provide leadership, advice, and guidance to the Executive Team in developing, implementing, and sustaining effective DEIA programs.

Advise and consult with senior leaders and managers on the status of the organizational DEIA matters, develop and implements multi-faceted recommendations to address gaps and monitor progress for continuous feedback.

Work closely with Chief Data Officer and agency data infrastructure to apply benchmarks, maturity models, frameworks, best practices, and metrics for measuring the impact of diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility on organizational success.

Provide authoritative expert advice to the Department Heads, Office Directors, and Senior Leaders to help navigate DEIA matters that are complex, sensitive, and multi-faceted.

Develop, implement and monitor DEIA programs and initiatives to maximize organizational and mission effectiveness.

Oversee the development and execution of DEIA training plans and awareness campaigns in partnership with key stakeholders.

Lead submission of all DEIA accountability reports to the White House, Office of Management and Budget, U.S. Office of Personnel Management, and other external entities.

Serve as a DEIA consultant to EEOP and Office of Human Capital leadership and provide advice on the development, implementation, and evaluation of DEIA programs and activities aimed at nurturing a culture of DEIA at AmeriCorps.

Represent AmeriCorps, the CEO, and Chief of Staff at meetings, conferences and other events related to DEIA.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • A 2-year probationary period is required for new Federal employees and supervisors.
  • Merit Promotion and internal applicants must submit a SF-50 to verify Status and grade
  • As required by Executive Order 14043, all current and new Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021. See the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for more details regarding this requirement.
  • Satisfactory completion of a background investigation.
  • Must be telework ready. See the ADDITIONAL INFORMATION section for more details regarding the agency's current full-time telework status.


Basic Job Requirements:
As a basic requirement, your resume must clearly demonstrate progressively responsible leadership experience that validates executive level managerial capabilities in a job or combination of functions directly related to this position. Typically, experience of this nature will have been gained at, or above, the GS-15 level in the Federal service or the NX-01 pay band at AmeriCorps.

In addition, you should have a broad range of progressive experience performing the following:
  • Designing and executing enterprise-wide initiatives and strategies to advance an organization's mission or improve operations:
  • Leading and engaging staff responsible for multiple disciplines;
  • Planning, negotiating, executing and administering financial management and acquisition programs for a variety of complex and technical requirements; and
  • Developing sustainable relationships with a variety of internal and external stakeholders to maximize program impact, influence decision making, or drive business solutions.
Such experience must be directly related to the skills and abilities outlined under Executive Core Qualifications (ECQ's) identified below.

The Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) and Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs) listed below must be addressed separately as a narrative statement and attached as part of your application package. Do not exceed more than 13 pages total for the ECQs and TQs. Current or former SES Career members and applicants who have completed a SES Candidate Development Program approved by OPM are not required to address the Executive Core Qualifications, but must address the Mandatory Technical Qualifications. Applicants who submit narrative responses that exceed the 13 page limit will be disqualified.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)

ECQ 1: Leading Change
This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.

ECQ 2: Leading People
This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.

ECQ 3: Results Driven
This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.

ECQ 4: Business Acumen
This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.

ECQ 5: Building Coalitions
This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.

Mandatory Technical Qualifications (TQs):

TQ1. Demonstrated experience serving as the principal advisor to agency leadership in providing expert advice on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility strategies to advance equity and support underserved communities.

TQ2. Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of cultural and social issues and their impact on the workforce, including successful DEIA programs, practices, and procedures.

TQ3. Demonstrated leadership experience in strategic planning, change management and implementation processes to include relating objectives, goals and initiatives to identified strategies.

TQ4. Demonstrated knowledge of, and skill in leading a high performing team in the administration of a large, complex, multi-disciplinary program or project that successfully advanced equity and inclusion within an organization or community.

All AmeriCorps positions are in the excepted service and our compensation system is based outside of the General Schedule system. The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer position is classified within our executive pay-band and is equivalent to an SES level position. As a result, we look to the executive core qualifications, similar to what is used in the the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) Executive Core Qualifications, to help us make this selection. However, to clarify, this is not a SES-position.

Additional information

Additional Selections: Additional selections may be made from this announcement or for similar positions across AmeriCorps. By applying, you agree to have your application shared with interested selecting official(s) at AmeriCorps.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements: As required by Executive Order 14043, all Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than November 22, 2021, regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), and subject only to such exceptions as required by law. Therefore, even if you are selected for a position on or before November 22, 2021, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021, or before appointment or onboarding with the agency. If you are selected, your offer letter will contain additional information regarding how to request a reasonable accommodation legally required exception from this requirement to the vaccination requirement based on medical or religious factors.

Expanded Telework Status Due to COVID-19: Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you will have the option to temporarily telework on a full-time basis, even if your home is located within the local commuting area of the duty station of your position. Once the agency implements its re-entry plan, you may be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement in the manner and frequency the agency deems appropriate. At this time, the agency is unable to confirm if an expanded telework policy or future remote work policy will be implemented.

Military Selective Service Act: If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

Veteran's Preference: If you are claiming 5-point or 10-point veteran's preference, you must submit documentation described below in "Required Documents."

Special Employment Consideration: Persons with disabilities, disabled veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more, certain other veterans, spouses of certain members of the Armed Forces, VISTA volunteers, some Peace Corps employees and returning Peace Corps volunteers are examples of individuals who are potentially eligible for noncompetitive appointment. If you are eligible and would like to be considered for one of these noncompetitive appointments, applicable documentation that supports your eligibility must be submitted with your application package.

Ethics Requirement: Our Agency is committed to the highest ethical standards and, as an employee you will be covered by the criminal conflict of interest statutes (18 U.S.C. 201-209) and the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch (5 C.F.R. part 2635). Additionally, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450) or Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278e) within 30 days of your appointment date and on an annual basis thereafter.

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