NYRR Job: Director of Diversity and Inclusion


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 

    Supervisory Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Effectively manage employee performance through communication of expectations and standards 
  • Prepare performance appraisals. Work with next level management (directors or department head as applicable) when employee performance does not meet standards 
  • Provide effective feedback and coaching to employees, including potential areas of improvement
  • Create goals for the team and individual employees 
  • Encourage an environment of transparency, support, development, and growth 
  • Delegate and distribute tasks and responsibilities appropriately
  • Ensure employees and staff adhere to company policies and procedures 
  • Make decisions based on best interest of organization
  • Track employee attendance, if applicable
  • Collaborate with Human Resources as support 
  • Promote team culture that coincides with NYRR mission and core values


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

About NYRR

New York Road Runners 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 to the world’s premier community running organization. NYRR’s mission is to empower everyone, of all ages and abilities—beginners and competitive athletes, the young and the elderly, adult professionals and underserved schoolchildren—to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness. 

NYRR is an Equal Opportunity employer


How to Apply:

To be considered, please apply at: https://app.jobvite.com/j?cj=oNVhafwT&s=runningusa.org