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Vice President, DEI Strategy, Insights, and Innovation

American Cancer Society

November 29, 2023
Vice President, DEI Strategy, Insights, and Innovation


Location Washington D.C., District of ColumbiaPosition Type Full-time 

At the American Cancer Society, we're leading the fight for a world without cancer. Our employees and 1.5 million volunteers are raising the bar every single day. We actively seek candidates from diverse backgrounds including communities of color, the LGBTQ community, veterans, and people with disabilities. The greater the diversity of our people, the better we can serve our communities.The people who work at the American Cancer Society focus their diverse talents on our lifesaving mission. It is a calling. And the people who answer it are fulfilled.Position Description


The American Cancer Society (ACS) is seeking a Vice President of DEI Strategy, Insights, and Innovation, who will report to the Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer. This pivotal role is responsible for defining, executing, evaluating, and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategies, insights, and innovations for ACS that create meaningful change. The selected candidate will work closely with and provide support to the Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer in building high-profile internal and external collaborations, relationships, programs, and strategies that promote diversity, equity, inclusion and align with the ACS's overarching mission, goals, and objectives.  


DEI Strategy

Develop, implement, and monitor an integrated DEI strategy that clearly defines DEI and aligns with the broader organizational mission and goals.
Create metrics and promote the measurable integration and accountability of DEI initiatives.
Engage with and secure commitment from leadership on central DEI-focused strategies and initiatives for immediate impact and with long-term sustainability.

DEI Insights

Harness the power of analytics to derive data-driven insights that will shape DEI strategies, programs, projects, initiatives, and activities.
Continuously monitor, evaluate, and report the effectiveness of DEI programs, suggesting areas for enhancement.
Stay informed of global DEI trends, ensuring ACS's initiatives align with current best practices.

DEI Innovation

Help cultivate a culture that values innovation within the realm of DEI.
Explore and assimilate pioneering DEI best practices from various industries and sectors.
Introduce and lead projects that position ACS at the forefront of DEI practices, solidifying its reputation as an organization that values and centers equity.
Proactively identify and address potential roadblocks, risks, and issues.
Apply a continuous learning approach to drive improvements in innovative solutions based on input from early adopters and gap analysis.

Program Development and Implementation

Design and launch comprehensive DEI programs aligned with ACS's goals and objectives.
Collaborate with various departments to ensure cohesive integration of DEI elements into existing programs.
Continuously evaluate and refine programs based on feedback, results, and evolving DEI best practices.
Lead cross-functional teams in implementing DEI programs, ensuring timely delivery, and optimizing impact.

Strategic Partnerships

Drive a DEI partnership strategy that caters to ACS's priority communities with an emphasis on driving national partnership engagement.
Collaborate with the ACS enterprise to establish and foster existing and new partnerships that align with DEI goals and ACS' mission, revenue, and people goals.
Cultivate, support, and nourish DEI external collaborations with the public, private sector, corporate, community-based, and foundation partners and stakeholders.
Ensure effective community outreach, engagement, and education of diverse communities that advance health equity.
Provide oversight of high-profile DEI partner-centric strategies and activations.
Define and track metrics and accountability measures to ensure alignment with ACS priorities and the realization of DEI and partner and stakeholder goals, including expanding engagement in diverse and multicultural communities.

Leadership & Resource Management

Collaborate with DEI leadership, team members and other internal stakeholders in developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating DEI programs, projects, initiatives, and activities that support and complement organizational goals and objectives and ensure successful outcomes.
Cultivate and maintain an equitable and inclusive team culture through exceptional people management, fostering a sense of belonging, trust, and shared purpose that contributes to exceptional team performance.
Help ensure accountability of DEI team members, leadership alignment, internal and external support, and buy-in for key DEI initiatives.
Support management of DEI-related budget, forecast, and expense oversight to ensure sustainability.


Uphold ACS's mission by collaborating across the ACS enterprise and building relationships with key internal and external stakeholders that strengthen and grow partnerships, champion equity, and drive volunteer engagement and revenue generation.
Build, expand, and support ACS DEI corporate engagement and collaboration with corporate, social responsibility, DEI, high net worth, and other individuals who align with ACS priorities and enhance ACS's image as an organization that values DEI.
Create and manage DEI communities of practice to facilitate knowledge sharing.

Organization and Change Management

Provide thought leadership and expertise for the full spectrum of DEI, including program development and delivery, succession planning, strategy, talent attraction and retention, organization design, and change management interventions.
Help develop and sustain the capabilities necessary to accomplish DEI goals and the ACS mission.
Work closely with leadership and teams to understand the potential impacts of changes and create strategies to manage resistance.
Develop and implement change management plans that ensure the successful adoption of DEI initiatives.
Engage various stakeholders to ensure alignment, communication, and commitment throughout change initiatives.
Monitor and measure the effectiveness of change interventions, refining strategies as needed.

Quality Assurance and Control

Implement and oversee DEI quality assurance processes to ensure that programs, projects, initiatives, and activations are executed effectively and achieve desired outcomes.
Regularly review DEI-related products, materials, tools, and communication products to ensure their accuracy, effectiveness, and alignment with established guidelines and standards, making recommendations for enhancements or modifications based on quality control findings.
Regularly review and evaluate the efficacy of current DEI initiatives, making recommendations for enhancements or modifications based on quality control findings.
Collaborate with data and analytics teams to ensure accurate tracking, reporting, and insights related to DEI metrics and key performance indicators.

Position Requirements

FORMAL KNOWLEDGE:               

Master's degree in a related field
10+ years of proven experience in a diversity-focused and strategic partnerships role.


Exemplary demonstration of inclusive behaviors and ACS Leadership Competencies
Experience with problem-solving and navigating unchartered territory without clear precedent.
Skilled in establishing fruitful interactions with employees and business leaders.
Proven expertise in the implementation and management of DEI programs
Proven experience working with diverse constituencies and communities.
Strong strategic, change management, quality control, and accountability orientation.
Outstanding interpersonal, project management, and conflict resolution skills
Proficiency in coaching and mentoring direct individuals and teams.
Organized, detail-oriented, with an ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently.
Demonstrated team leadership and building competencies.
Superior writing, oral communication, presentation, and computer skills


Understanding of DEI best practices and their integration into organizational dynamics
Skilled in developing, guiding, and supporting teams with DEI concepts, proposals, and plans
Knowledge and expertise in cultural competence channels, including multicultural communication and marketing, patient support, community outreach and engagement, volunteer recruitment, and fundraising


Adaptability in a rapidly evolving environment
Resilience and aptitude to address complex DEI-related discussions and scenarios
Competence to work remotely, ensuring effective team communication and collaborationThe starting range is $155,000-$194,000. The final candidate's relevant experience/skills will be considered before an offer is extended. Actual starting pay will vary based on non-discriminatory factors including, but not limited to, geographic location, experience, skills, specialty, and education.The American Cancer Society has adopted a vaccination policy that requires all staff, regardless of position or work location, to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (except where prohibited by state law).ACS provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: We are a proud equal opportunity employer.