Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

DEI Learning Lead

Job Locations US
Posted Date 2 months ago(2/7/2024 3:01 PM)
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Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion


NRDC is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our people helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our team of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and the globe from our offices in Beijing; Bozeman, Montana; Chicago; New Delhi; New York; San Francisco; Santa Monica; and Washington, D.C. 

Position Summary 

NRDC is seeking an experienced Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Lead to partner in the design and execution of an enterprise-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion learning strategy and program.   


NRDC is committed to infusing the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into its work and workplace because it aligns with our core values, enriches the work environment, and enhances our effectiveness as an advocate for the safeguarding of our earth, and environmental justice. NRDC is looking for a Lead of DEI Learning to increase DEI awareness through education, applied learning, mentoring, and coaching.  


This person will build DEI training curriculum, materials, and learning experiences that change behaviors and mindsets to increase DEI capabilities and advance NRDC’s efforts to build a workplace culture of inclusiveness, belonging, and anti-bias. This person will also serve as a facilitator, leading learning experiences and train-the-trainer sessions. This position reports to the Managing Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and partners closely with the Talent Management Team.   


This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled DEI practitioner and learning and development professional with significant experience in development and instructional/curriculum development with a DEI lens. This person will be a skilled trainer and exceptional relationship builder and communicator. This is an individual contributor role with room for growth. As a part of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, this individual will demonstrate genuine alignment with DEI best-practices and innovation and NRDC’s values and seek to apply their experience and passion to embed diversity, equity and inclusion practices and principles in our people, strategy, and structures used to advance our mission.   


  • Conduct needs analysis at the individual, team, and organizational levels to uncover the learning and developmental needs of individual contributors, leaders, and teams.   
  • Build, implement, and execute enterprise-wide, scalable, DEI learning strategy including developing DEI curriculum, staff development, training and learning opportunities, toolkits, and materials that advance NRDC’s DEI commitment and strategy.   
  • Serve as subject matter senior advisor to identify and integrate DEI learning and development into business priorities, principles, and operations.  
  • Develop and implement accountability measures and metrics to track, evaluate, and report on the progress of DEI and L&D objectives across functions and countries.   
  • Lead cross-functional L&D diversity projects and facilitate meetings; handle project documentation and plans, including success metrics, training timelines, and milestones to ensure timely completion of learning project deliverables; and communicate project status across the organization.  
  • Develops learning curricula for onboarding, employee, and manager effectiveness trainings. 
  • Undertakes needs analysis at the individual, team, and organizational levels to find out the learning and developmental needs of individual contributors, leaders, and teams. 
  • Works with individual contributors and people leaders to recommend learning events, learning paths, and talent development interventions based on needs. 
  • Create and maintain content that is delivered through a variety of modes and platforms that engage all types of learners and are consistent with adult learning principles; continually review, audit, and update content and materials to integrate best practices that reflect the evolving nature of DEI education.  
  • Help build the expertise and capacity of the team and Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  
  • Develop and maintain expert knowledge by researching DEI training best practices and emerging trends.  
  • Conduct follow-up assessments of learning experiences to evaluate and measure results. Modify programs based on findings, as needed.  


Education & Experience 

  • Minimum 7 years of experience in DEI, Learning & Development, Education, Human Resources, or a related discipline. Must have subject matter expertise in DEI. 
  • Proven experience designing and implementing a learning agenda in a complex, matrixed organization. 
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and implementing an L&D agenda and programming that required building buy-in and leading across a wide range of stakeholders. 
  • Demonstrated expertise in DEI content development. 
  • Highly skilled communicator (oral and written) and facilitator; experience presenting to large and small groups as a subject matter expert and facilitating in-person and virtual group discussions. 
  • Strong understanding and experience applying principles of adult learning theory, needs assessment, instructional design, delivery, and evaluation. 
  • Demonstrated ability to use data and metrics to demonstrate the impact of L&D interventions. 
  • Solid project management skills and experience coordinating multiple events. 
  • A track record of leadership in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, including initiatives related to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability. 
  • Experience and understanding of leadership in a multi-racial, multi-generational setting, and the ability to coach others to be inclusive leaders. 

Key Competencies 

  • Avid learner who enjoys delivering virtual and in-person experiential learning coursework. 
  • Ability to build strong relationships quickly and organically at all levels, cross functionally, and globally 
  • Ability to leverage and extend internal and external networks to develop strategic partnerships. 
  • Ability to be authentically vulnerable to build trust and role model DEI practices for learners. 
  • Ability to synthesize and translate data, research, and organizational insights learning and development opportunities made available on various platforms to increase employee engagement and participation. 
  • Strong cultural awareness and the ability to work with, collaborate, and influence diverse teams, groups, and across geographies.   
  • Enjoy rolling up your sleeves and providing hands-on support.   
  • Ability to act as a collaborative, strategic thinker and expert, leading bold and innovative ideas and projects to execute the DEI vision. 
  • Thoughtful and patient communicator who will strengthen NRDC’s efforts to establish shared norms, vocabulary, and practices around DEI. 

NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. 


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.  


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. Internal equity will be reviewed and considered to determine a final offer. For this position, the salary range is $131,000 to $144,000 


Our offices are open and we are operating in a hybrid model. We offer NRDCers flexibility, and we ask them to come into the office and spend meaningful time there in collaboration with their colleagues. We call this purposeful presence. 


As a science-based organization, NRDC aims to do our part to help contain the COVID-19 public health crisis. For the sake of health, safety, and equity, we ask that people be vaccinated unless they have an approved medical or religious accommodation or other exemption in accordance with state and local law. We consider a person to be vaccinated two weeks after receiving one full course of a CDC-approved vaccine. In accordance with state or local law, new hires will be asked to attest to vaccination, those wishing to do so may request medical or religious accommodations or other exemptions via NRDC Employee Relations. NRDC treats all vaccine-related data confidentially, in keeping with local, state, and federal laws. 


To apply, visit and upload your résumé and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs. 


If you experience technical problems while applying or if you are a person with a disability and need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care at 1-800-889-4422. 


For more about NRDC, visit 


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