Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Location: All U.S. offices
Job Code: 265


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 opportunity

The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will report to the Head of Equity, and will have leadership responsibility across Bridgespan’s equity efforts. 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. 

Key responsibilities

The Director of DEI will be accountable for four primary areas of responsibility within Bridgespan’s Equity Strategy:

Strategy and progress monitoring

  • In partnership with Head of Equity, establish annual DEI priorities
  • Manage DEI/RE Dashboard, which will regularly synthesize data from multiple sources, to monitor progress towards DEI and racial equity goals
  • Develop and execute an internal communications plan to keep the Bridgespan community informed about DEI and Racial Equity Strategy progress and activities


  • Oversee continued progress toward goal of 50% BIPOC representation by owning key elements of the “Right Team” pillar of the Racial Equity Strategy on behalf of the DEI Team 
  • Steward, evaluate and improve retention efforts for Bridgespan’s BIPOC non-management team members
  • Partner with People & Culture team to identify and build support systems for BIPOC Core Services staff
  • Serve as a confidential sounding board and vocal advocate for underrepresented and marginalized US staff’s workplace triumphs, challenges and concerns
  • Monitor, document and share staff experience themes with Head of Equity, Chief People & Culture Officer and Office-level leadership
  • Participate as needed in DEI recruiting events


  • Provide support, oversight and planning to all internal staff affinity groups (i.e., API, BABs, BGLAD, LATBA, M@B, W@B)
  • Support the launch of additional staff affinity groups as needed
  • Design and execute programming and learning opportunities that showcase the vibrant diversity of the Bridgespan community and the geographies in which we work


  • Supervise and provide excellent professional development to DEI Program Coordinator
  • Set the vision for all DEI programming in partnership with Head of Equity and oversee execution in collaboration with DEI Program Coordinator 
  • Support Bridgespan’s leadership bodies by evaluating and identifying opportunities to fine tune and/or create policies that advance more equitable outcomes
  • Collaborate closely with Director of Racial Equity and build relationships across Bridgespan that advance DEI within the company
  • Work with website and marketing teams to keep website up-to-date and provide content on DEI for Bridgespan social media
  • Maintain database of and relationships with Racial Equity and DEI Technical Assistance providers 
  • Manage annual DEI budget

Candidate profile

Bridgespan seeks an exceptional leader with intellectual breadth and curiosity, a deep commitment to the mission and values of the nonprofit sector, and the ability to be an influential and motivational mentor and advocate for junior team members and colleagues.  

The successful candidate will have demonstrated experience leading on strategic equity topics and DEI-related priorities. She/he/they will exhibit self-awareness, high emotional intelligence, and an understanding of others that enhances interpersonal communication and management 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 external stakeholders. 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. 


  • 10+ years of progressively broader leadership roles with a deep knowledge base of equity and DEI space, and experience setting and managing toward equity priorities, ideally in nonprofits and/or client service organizations
  • 2+ years of experience leading highly effective teams, supervising and developing team members, including across lines of difference, and building inclusive team environments
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strategies, build alignment and lead implementation within multi-stakeholder organizations
  • Proven track record of success serving and navigating internal relationships and influencing the outcome
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to listen intently and respond effectively
  • Comfort with gathering, interpreting, and acting on quantitative data (e.g., employee survey data, HR data, etc.) 
  • Experience and proficiency with engaging on issues of racial equity and systemic racism
  • Alignment with Bridgespan’s values and beliefs
  • Willingness and ability to get things done, both advising strategically and rolling up their sleeves to make things happen
  • A desire and knack for making work fun and engaging and enthusiasm for working with people of all backgrounds and identities 
  • Ability to learn from and maintain momentum in the face of challenges 
  • Experience with consulting / client service entities would be ideal
  • Experience in global / multi-country organization(s) would be ideal

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. 

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