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Detroit Institute of Art Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access in Detroit, Michigan

JOB TITLE: Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access

DEPARTMENT: Human Resources

REPORTS TO: Executive Director, Talent and Culture



Under the direction of the Executive Director, Talent and Culture, and with the guidance of the Director, President, and Chief Executive Officer, the Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) provides dynamic leadership around the development, implementation, and management of effective IDEA strategies. This position works as a museum-wide collaborative business partner in order to foster and promote an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible visitor and employee experience.


• Leads the design, development, and collaborative implementation of employee programs, policies, and strategies aimed at achieving inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible experiences for employees and visitors.

• Advises and guides the Director and other senior leaders on applying IDEA best practice in decision making process, including acquisition, programming, education, visitor experience, communications, vendor selection and other areas of museum operations.

• Drives diversity programs in partnership with various stakeholders across the museum.

• Recommends outcome-oriented IDEA goals for the organization and develop roadmaps for how to achieve them. Monitors progress and reports on status and outcomes.

• Develops metrics for measuring the effectiveness of organizational IDEA initiatives. Assesses IDEA programs; develop tracking strategies to monitor and evaluate impact and effectiveness of programs; develop reports on program effectiveness and make recommendations for program enhancement and improvement.

• Manages projects and initiatives related to IDEA work across the museum, ensuring goals are met and needed resources are in place.

• Reviews current organizational practices and policies, assessing and analyzing the extent to which they support or hinder the organization’s commitment to IDEA. Recommends changes and improvements to organizational practices and policies.

• Researches, develops, and/or recommends training and other interventions to improve IDEA knowledge and understanding. Identifies best-practice resources to support organizational goals.

• Supports the Executive Director, Talent and Culture with development and implementation of Human Resources IDEA strategies, including recruitment, performance management, leadership development, employee engagement and retention.

• Partners with Marketing and Communications to regularly communicate internal and external IDEA initiatives, events, and progress.

• Collaborates with Human Resources Manager to collect and analyze statistical data to evaluate the organization’s demographics in accordance with diversity standards and goals.

• Leads the development, management, and integration of the organization's Employee Resource Groups and any IDEA related committees or work groups.

• Promotes dialog that addresses specific concerns and issues. Works collaboratively with Human Resources Manager to ensure resolution of conflicts/disputes relating to diversity and/or cross-cultural initiatives and activities.

• Maintains knowledge of diversity-related issues, legislation, and best practices.

• Collaborates with the development team to identify significant IDEA fundraising and grant opportunities, assists in proposal preparation, participates in major gift solicitations, and maintains positive relationships with donors and grantors.

• Plans, develops, and manages assigned budgets.

• Performs other duties as assigned.



Demonstrated experience leading diversity and inclusion efforts required. Seven years of broad human resources, organizational development, learning and development, or diversity program leadership experience required. Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development or a related field required. Project management experience and experience in planning and budgeting to meet organizational objectives required. Certified Diversity Professional or similar certification strongly preferred. Additional years of experience may be substituted for the degree requirement.


• Must be a strategic thinker with the ability to plan and execute goals and objectives across multiple departments.

• Must demonstrate high level of emotional intelligence.

• Must possess excellent leadership skills and the ability to influence diverse teams to meet museum strategic goals.

• Must have excellent interpersonal and customer services skills and must have the ability to establish and maintain effective relationships.

• Must have the ability to work well under pressure, handle multiple priorities and meet deadlines; must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

• Must possess sound business judgment, exercise professional conduct, understand and follow business ethics and standards, and maintain a high level of confidentiality in all duties.

• Be an engaged listener with the ability to build consensus both within the Museum and beyond.

• Be a compelling spokesperson adept at inspiring widely divergent audiences.

• Must have exemplary written, verbal, and listening communication skills and a demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and professionally.

• Must demonstrate experience managing budgets and major grants.

• Must be able to successfully manage conflict.

• Must demonstrate excellent negotiation skills.

• Must have strong project management skills.

• Must be proficient in latest version of Office 365.

• Must be able to establish and maintain professional, productive and courteous interactions that promote positive teamwork. This encompasses going beyond giving and receiving instructions and includes but is not limited to (a) performing work activities requiring interacting or speaking with others; and (b) responding appropriately to constructive feedback or suggestions for improvement from a supervisor.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Upon receiving notice, reasonable accommodations may be made, if possible, to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate and exchange accurate information using various methods including in-person, telephone and email.

This job description describes the general nature of the duties and requirements of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list or to limit the supervisor’s ability to modify work assignments as appropriate.