The Bridgespan Group is the leading nonprofit consulting organization serving ambitious nonprofit leaders, philanthropists, and impact investors in North America, Africa and Asia. We work with social change organizations such as the Harlem Children’s Zone, UnidosUS, PolicyLink and Janaagraha; philanthropies such as the Ford Foundation; impact investors such as TPG’s Rise Fund, Black Ambition and the Impact Investors Council of India; and bold, collaborative initiatives such as TED’s Audacious Project, Blue Meridian Partners and Co-Impact.
We value diversity, passion, respect, candor, and most of all having social impact and working towards societies characterized by equity and justice. Equity is central to all that we do. Our mission to break cycles of poverty is impossible if we do not also achieve equity, and racial equity in the US, given the intersection of issues of race, gender, caste, etc. with poverty and justice. We have made a public commitment to anti-racism (statement is here ) and more importantly are doing the essential work to build a team and leadership at all levels that is diverse, develop a truly inclusive culture, and integrate a focus on equity in all our client work.
At Bridgespan, our internal approach to diversity, equity and inclusion is twofold: We believe that organizations need to fundamentally rethink the ways in which business is conducted to make space for marginalized and underrepresented employees. While those systems and processes are being rethought, refined and rebuilt, marginalized and underrepresented staff need space, community and support to thrive in the workplace. Our DEI team focuses on both, and each role supports Bridgespan achieving progress along both dimensions.
If you want to work with the market leader that bridges the worlds of social change leaders, game-changing philanthropists, and impact investors, then Bridgespan is the place for you.
The Coordinator, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI Coordinator) will report to the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and will have operation and program design responsibilities across the DEI team. The organization first elevated a focus on racial equity in the US in 2016, and has pursued a four-part strategy in the intervening years. Having recently refreshed that strategy, the organization is expanding the Office of DEI to support the next chapter of Bridgespan’s racial equity work in the US and as the organization serves a growing number of geographies outside the United States. In addition to race, Bridgespan’s DEI team considers equity along multiple dimensions, including but not limited to gender, gender identity and sexual orientation, class, caste, disability and religion.
DEI Programming / event planning:
- Drive planning and execution of annual Bridgespan US BIPOC retreats adjusting to the different format variations: virtual, hybrid, in-person
- Help to design agendas
- Develop and manage major pieces of event content
- Help in the execution of the ‘experience’ details
- Create and analyze post-event surveys
- Liaise with Bridgespan event design team
- Manage travel, accomodations and expenses for retreats and other DEI travel
- Shape and assess Bridespan participation in annual joint affinity group retreats with Bain & Company: BABs, LATBA, AAB (API) and BGLAD
- Liaise with Bain teams where relevant
- Design agenda and logistics information for Bridgespan team
- Create and analyze post event surveys
- Manage signature DEI programs such as Community Dialogues (i.e., recruiting facilitators, managing sign-ups, scheduling training, etc.)
- Help design content and organize affinity group events to elevate celebratory months for BABs, LATBA, API, W@B, BGLAD and others
- Provide logistical support for ongoing affinity group programming
- Support Director of Racial Equity and the Racial Equity Working Group in executing racial equity programming and retreats related to racial equity
- Provide logistical and planning support for annual/biannual DEI events including external Speaker Series and Day of Learning and Reflection, engaging in the organization, recruiting and training of facilitators and participants as needed
DEI Operations support
- Programming and training
- Maintain and help manage a central calendar of all DEI and affinity group programming, calls, retreats, etc.
- Help prepare and co-facilitate DEI training as part of employee onboarding
- Affinity groups
- Maintain and update Bridgespan affinity group trackers and distribution lists and send monthly updates to DEI team and People Partners
- Facilitate collaboration and experience-sharing between different offices and affinity groups through monthly/quarterly calls, lunches, cross-office and cross-affinity group check-ins
- Run and analyze pulse check and other surveys to evaluate program success and generate insights and trends among BIPOC community
- Support preparation of annual DEI budget
- Monitor and approve expenses for DEI, affinity groups and working groups liaising with finance team
- Pull and share budget balances on a quarterly basis to share with office-specific affinity group leads
Bridgespan seeks an exceptional team player with intellectual breadth and curiosity, a deep commitment to the mission and values of the nonprofit sector, and the ability to be a trusted and well-respected colleague.
The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience and/or interest in DEI and racial equity topics. She/he/they will exhibit self-awareness, high emotional intelligence, and an understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication and collaboration abilities. This person will have stellar personal and professional integrity and will be able to collaborate effectively with employees across levels and units in the organization, while earning respect and confidence from the leadership team, staff and vendors. The successful candidate will be able to bring all these attributes to the hard work of change management in a multi-racial and dynamic organization.
- 3-5 years of administrative or other relevant experience in nonprofit organizations or other similar industry; experience working in racial equity, diversity, equity and inclusion or other related field highly preferred
- Exceptional administrative and organizational skills along with acumen for using data to assist in decision making
- Proven track record of meeting deadlines, reporting on progress and spotting and working through roadblocks
- Comfort using surveys and spreadsheets to collect and analyze data; proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google suite
- A track record of establishing productive, authentic and collaborative relationships with fellow leaders and colleagues. This role requires a significant amount of lateral collaboration, and requires the ability to influence without authority.
- Alignment with Bridgespan’s values and beliefs
- Outstanding customer service orientation
- Openness to “speaking truth to power”
- A desire and knack for making work fun and engaging
- Enthusiasm for working with people of all backgrounds and identities
- Ability to learn from and maintain momentum in the face of challenges
At Bridgespan, we are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion because we are passionate about helping our clients achieve breakthrough results. An organization that reflects the diversity of our clients and their beneficiaries will produce deeper relationships, engagement, and insights. Bridgespan is committed to providing equal opportunities. We serve diverse organizations, and are committed to non-discrimination. Bridgespan will not discriminate against any employee with respect to any term or condition of employment, including but not limited to less favorable treatment, exclusion from employment or employment opportunities (including hiring, assignment, performance assessment and promotion) on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender (including pregnancy), gender identity, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, expression, veteran’s status or other protected characteristics or status. We actively partner with organizations representing minority concerns and interests to build high-performing teams that mirror the communities we serve.
All company sponsored programs including training, job, social and recreational activities are required to be nondiscriminatory and all human resource practices are monitored to ensure equal opportunity.