Bowery Residents' Committee
Chief Equity Officer, New York, NY
CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER
Helping people reclaim lives lost, BRC restores hope and dignity by offering opportunities for health and self-sufficiency.
We believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to achieving our mission.
BRC is committed to an environment that values diversity of life experiences and perspectives, encourages innovation in pursuit of its mission, and allows employees to bring their full selves into the workplace.
BRC uplifts both its clients and staff. Deeply rooted in the belief that people have equal value, BRC works and advocates vociferously to dismantle a system that marginalizes rather than empowers. BRC models equity on all levels internally and externally.
For 50 years, BRC has been one of New York City's leading nonprofit organizations committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness. BRC provides caring and effective services and housing to more than 10,000 vulnerable individuals each year. Employing a holistic approach, BRC operates 30 programs and services ranging from outreach to the unsheltered homeless, transitional housing and shelter, permanent housing, substance abuse treatment, mental and physical health services, and workforce development and senior services.
Headquartered in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, BRC has approximately 1,200 employees and an operating budget of $150 million with a major voice on the central committees and throughout the agency. BRC operates its programs in 24 locations. The organization expects to engage in approximately $200 million in capital construction over the next five years.BRC believes inequity is the most pressing social problem facing our country, stripping far too many people of the ability to live with dignity. BRC is dedicated to ensuring everyone's right to an adequate standard of living, starting with adequate housing. BRC offers a comprehensive model and continuum of services to help people reclaim their lives lost, and its clients are provided a caring and effective pathway toward self-sufficiency from homelessness to home.
BRC is seeking an exceptional leader to serve in a newly elevated position as Chief Equity Officer (CEqO) reporting directly to the CEO. Ultimately, the CEqO's role is to ensure that equity is integrated into BRC's program model, organizational culture, stakeholder outreach, and business dealings with the aim of fulfilling its vision to be a model social justice organization. As a senior leader, the CEqO will work closely with the CEO and the Executive Management Team to intentionally nurture a healthy and inclusive organization-wide culture.
BRC has staff and Board committees actively developing a comprehensive equity plan based on agency-wide feedback. Equity is a central priority for the agency, and the CEqO ensures that the work of the committees evolves and positively influences all aspects of the agency's work.
Under the leadership of the CEqO, BRC's Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Advocacy Council willbuild upon a working environment that ensures equal access to opportunities for professional growth and advancement by identifying and overcoming organization and structural barriers. Through the Council, the CEqO will examine the impact of unconscious and implicit biases, address inconsistencies and gaps in employee' work experiences, facilitate meaningful dialogue with community leaders, build cultural competence and capacity, and implement and assess DEI initiatives.
The CEqO is expected to have expertise in the field of DEI and the wisdom, large-organization experience, and mature leadership to be able to lead and support a comprehensive strategy that influences every department across the agency. The CEqO will be a systems thinker and strategic problem solver poised to address society's systemic failure to effectively serve high- poverty communities.
The CEqO will be responsible for developing the vision, strategy, and implementation in the following primary areas.
Equity Vision & Leadership
The CEqO will partner with the CEO and the Executive Management Team to ensure: equity is central to BRC work; an Equity Plan is implemented effectively; results are monitored; and plans are adjusted and improved. The CEqO will partner with the CEO to articulate an evolving equity vision for BRC. The CEqO will also work with the Board Committee to monitor BRC's equity agenda.
Organizational Culture, Health, & Inclusivity
BRC is committed to nurturing the health of the organization and creating an inclusive community that feels supported and connected to BRC's mission. The CEqO will build upon this vision, working in partnership with the CEO and the senior leadership team. Specifically, the CEqO will:
- Ensure BRC's values most notably around equity are nurtured and central to BRC's organizational culture.
- Oversee professional development tailored to working, managing, and leading in an organization that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Partner with HR to ensure staff recruitment meets BRC's diversity hiring goals the ultimate aim of which is to have BRC staff at all levels reflect the diversity of its client base.
- Partner with the Executive Management Team to ensure that staff retention and promotion are equitable.
- Ensure effective training and programming that recognizes the influence of race and identity on staff and clients how it strengthens BRC's effectiveness to build authentic relationships with clients.
- Guide the vendor procurement budget of more than $25 million consistent with DEI values.
Programmatic Leadership & Focus
BRC believes that to achieve its mission, every client must be equitably affirmed and supported on their journey to independence. Specifically, the CEqO will:
- Monitor BRC's equity metrics to identify and solve problems.
- Support a program model that is client-centered, culturally responsive, and effective.
CHARACTERISTICS & QUALIFICATIONS
- Passionate Driven to build a high-performing organization that delivers for all clients. Charged to create an inclusive organization where all staff feel seen and able to do their best work. Expertise in the DEI field is required.
- Visionary Big-picture thinker: can conceive, execute, and iterate what will be a national model for an equitable, high-functioning social service organization.
- Large-Organization Leader Skilled at change management, communications, and scale program implementation in larger organizations. Senior management experience. Able to lead cross-functionally, with a focus on results.
- Analytical Able to analyze why a program or initiative is effective or not. Can understand the root causes of issues. Smart quick learner who is curious and able to work complex problems through.
- Strategic A systems thinker who can see patterns in complex situations, think out of the box, and diagnose systemic strengths and weaknesses.
- Multitasker Can keep many balls in the air; supports teams focused on execution and quality.
- Action-Oriented/Results-Focused Establish metrics with deep commitment that it's the outcome that matters.
- Relationship Builder Able to build relationships with multiple stakeholders; self-aware, with the ability to reflect and adapt to diverse environments.
- Integrity Thoughtful, reflective, and ethical, with solid judgment.
- Gravitas and Communication Effective writer and presenter. Can represent the organization internally and externally.
For more information about BRC and its programs, please visit https://www.brc.org/.
BRC is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from people of all backgrounds. BRC offers a full benefits program and opportunities for professional growth.
Applications, including cover letters and resumes, and nominations, should be sent to the attention of Paul Spivey at BRCEquity@PhillipsOppenheim.com.