Senior Vice President, Equity

Website City Year

• Senior Vice President, Equity

◦ Flexible
crossposted from City Year

Application Instructions

Please complete the online application and attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter in the “Resume/CV” field on the “My Experience” page. Internal applicants should apply through cyresource.

Position Overview


• In order to fulfill the promise to the students and communities we serve alongside, City Year will be an organization that actively promotes diversity, inclusivity, and equity, ensuring that everyone in our community experiences a deep sense of belonging. To actualize this vision and contribute to combatting systemic oppression within and across our communities, City Year must champion and consistently apply an equity lens to our external and internal work, and endeavor to build and nurture a diverse, inclusive, equitable environment that effectively prepares and engages members of our community in their pursuit of expanding opportunity and striving for educational equity for the students we serve.

• Read more about City Year’s commitment to standing with and acting to support the Black community here.


• City Year is seeking its first Senior Vice President, Equity (SVP, Equity) to serve as a thought leader and driver of the development and implementation of Diversity, Belonging, Inclusivity, and Equity (DBIE) and anti-racist policies, practices, programs, and initiatives within the City Year community and in the organization’s work to deliver impact to and with the students, communities, schools, and systems it serves. The SVP, Equity will play a key role and be a leading champion of the integration of City Year’s DBIE approach and practices into all elements of the organization and will work with leaders and staff members around the country to demonstrate how City Year can and should influence conditions and practices within and external to the organization and partner with key stakeholders in order to drive educational equity and systems change. The SVP, Equity reports to City Year’s Chief People Officer (CPO) and is a member of the People (HR) leadership team and will serve as a consistent thought partner to the CPO and CEO on all internal and external issues concerning DBIE.

Highly motivated by City Year’s mission and strategy to provide direct service to students through partnership with teachers, school and district staff, and education policy leaders, the SVP, Equity deeply understands and communicates thoughtfully about City Year’s externally-facing educational equity agenda and the influence a diverse, inclusive, engaged, and well-equipped workforce has on the organization’s ability to deliver its mission. Working externally, the SVP, Equity partners with City Year’s policy team to inform the organization’s work to influence practice and policy change at the professional educator level, advocate for trauma-informed instruction and whole child improvement, and City Year’s Whole School Whole Child (WSWC) and SEL strategies as equity strategies designed to create equitable learning environments. Internally, the SVP, Equity serves as a key thought-partner to the Chief Transformation Officer (CTO) and CPO regarding City Year’s AmeriCorps member and staff experience and learning agenda, including the experiences and training needed to work across lines of difference as members of the City Year community and as alumni

As SVP, Equity, you will help advance City Year’s work to drive educational equity and systems change in the communities and schools in which we serve by driving—in partnership with key leaders and stakeholders—the organization’s plan to create a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment across all dimension of the City Year community. As a key adviser regarding City Year’s external work and a leader in the development of standards, policies, practices, and training related to equity and anti-discrimination issues across the organization and in the external environment in which City Year operates, the SVP Equity will play a key role in ensuring City Year is in position to achieve its vision for DBIE and increase its awareness, understanding, and ability to actively promote a diverse an inclusive community through its work.

Diversity, Belonging, Inclusion and Equity are critically important to our organization. With a focus on our AmeriCorps members, students and educational communities the SVP, Equity will spend the first year of their tenure working to build understanding of the DBIE work happening in our organization, audit policies, practices and cultural artifacts to gain clarity and alignment around our systemic change agenda. Leading a talented and committed team of two staff members to prioritize the alignment of our DBIE tools and disperse the tools throughout the organization. The efforts of the SVP, Equity will be amplified by the organizational commitment to DBIE as demonstrated in the creation of our DBIE roadmap, inclusion of DBIE goals in organizational leaders’ scorecards and creation of our Equity Council, a team of internal stakeholders convened to advance the DBIE roadmap. After the first year, the SVP, Equity will shift to support organizational understanding of our ability to influence systems to create equitable environments for our AmeriCorps members and students to operate with authenticity.

In this role, you will:  
◦ Serve as a key thought leader and partner in the development and advancement of City Year’s systemic change and educational equity agenda
◦ Help drive cross-departmental alignment and collaboration, through partnering with headquarters and local site leaders (including but not limited to Impact and Transformation, Policy, People/HR, AmeriCorps Member Experience, Recruitment and Admissions, Marketing & Communications, and Operations) to develop, implement, and scale recommended practices
◦ Learn and assess existing policies and promising DBIE practices and establish standards rooted in equity and develop recommendations for improvement
◦ Gather critical feedback from each level of organization to implement policies that reflect needs voiced by stakeholders
◦ Discover and build systems that address root causes of systemic, cultural, or organizational pain points, not just symptoms.
◦ Coach staff leading DBIE work at City Year sites and departments to effectively create inclusive spaces where people feel belonging and are deeply integrated into decision-making processes.  This includes facilitating large and small group trainings and dialogues, as well as providing 1:1 coaching.
◦ Support the employee and AmeriCorps member experience by partnering with our People/HR and AmeriCorps Member Experience teams to support development and implementation of equitable and inclusive practices and policies to attract, develop, and retain our staff and corps
◦ Monitor organizational design, effectiveness and capabilities to make recommendations to the Management Executive Committee (MEC) for necessary changes and improvements to integrate diversity, equity and inclusion into all areas of City Year.  You will also provide ongoing assessments of our in-school service and engagement with our partners (schools, districts, funders, etc.) and providing counsel to functional leaders in the design and delivery of City Year’s service in schools.
◦ Co-lead City Year’s Equity Council, a diverse group of staff and senior AmeriCorps members from across the organization that works to influence, inform, and advance City Year’s DBIE work.
◦ Lead a diverse team.  You will have the opportunity to directly lead a team of internal talent reporting to you to help advance this work. You’ll create a collaborative, team-based and inclusive environment where the staff are supported to engaged members and achieve their individual and organizational goals.


We are looking for an individual who demonstrates curiosity and humility as a life-long learner, seeking diverse perspectives and opportunities for self-growth. You are passionate about creating equitable learning environments in systemically under resourced schools as a pathway to educational equity. You possess a deep understanding of and commitment to driving change and advancing the creation of equitable systems and environments for students and young people.  You deeply understand intersections of identity including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, class, ability, immigration status, sexual orientation, and gender supported by your experience working alongside communities that are marginalized and dismantling racism and bias in your communities.

As a leader, you lean into a culture of empathy and vulnerability through open and honest dialogue and build relationships that foster trust and transparency across diverse groups.  You have the strong ability to collaborate, influence and encourage colleagues/partners to shift mindset and achieve business results.  You are also flexible and open to working at multiple paces dependent on our community – sometimes fast or slower paced.  You exercise patience, recognizing that everyone is on their own journey of understanding and offer deliberate feedback with a compassionate sense of urgency. As a leader who interfaces with stakeholders internally and externally, you also have strong listening, facilitation, and communication skills needed to represent and convey our mission, vision, and DBIE priorities.   

◦ Experience leading diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging strategy in a complex organization, with demonstrated experience measurably integrating these principles into systems change, HR, and business processes;
◦ Lived commitment to the organization’s core mission, vision, and culture, with a special focus on building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community;
◦ In-depth knowledge of human development, training and change management;
◦ Ability to travel to team retreats and in-person meetings across City Year network; and
◦ Experience with and knowledge of school systems, schools, student and youth/young adult development a strongly desired plus.
This position can be based remotely or at our headquarters in Boston, MA.

To Apply 
 Please submit your cover letter and resume via the online application.


Full-time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full-time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more. 
City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans. 
Compensation and Benefits
Full time employees are entitled to compensation commensurate with experience. Benefits for full time employees include health insurance with Flexible Spending Account, paid vacation, holidays, parental leave, 401K, and more.

City Year is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to a diverse workforce. Individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply, including persons with disabilities and veterans.

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