Oversee and manage strategy development and implementation of association’s DEI initiatives. Will work internally, with cross- functional staff and externally, with relevant committees and volunteers, to provide guidance, support, and resources to advance key priorities that establish the industry and association as welcoming communities.
Manage implementation of multi-year strategic plan to integrate DEI internally and externally; contribute to the planning and execution of long-range goals
Ensure that short- and mid-range objectives are met, working with stakeholders across the organization to help integrate DEI principles in relevant programs, products, and services
Assess organizational practices; research best practices to establish sound and innovative processes, policies, and programs to include learning opportunities and forums relating to DEI principles, with the goal to increase involvement and engagement of under-represented populations and elevate awareness of DEI throughout the organization
Provide support for and serve as primary staff liaison to the following ELFA DEI-related committees and their subcommittees: Emerging Talent Advisory Council (ETAC), Equality Committee, and Women’s Council
Work cross-functionally with other staff and stakeholders, primarily Business and Professional Development and Communications and Marketing staff, to plan, deliver, promote, and evaluate the three annual DEI-related live events: Emergence, Equity Forum, and Women’s Leadership Forum
Incorporate relevant DEI subject matter content in other association-sponsored activities, including webinars, podcasts, electronic media, and annual convention programs.
Merge fledging Women’s Council mentorship initiative into one coordinated, association program
Oversee three D&I LinkedIn groups
Communicate results and outcomes of these various DEI groups and activities internally to staff, other committees and the Board, and externally, to the general ELFA membership
Foster and maintain relationships for collaboration on DEI initiatives across industry partner groups
Implement and monitor system to track metrics and measurements for success
Conduct other activities as developed and assigned by the Board
Minimum Qualifications and Experience
Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; advanced degree is a plus; equivalent work experience can be substituted
Three to five years of relevant experience in the DEI field, and demonstrated knowledge of DEI and/or related subject matter
Three to five years’ experience managing projects or programs of similar nature
Experience designing and leading learning sessions and communication plans
Ability to engage collaboratively among stakeholders; excellent relational and emotional intelligence skills and proven ability to work with diverse cultures, styles and preferences
Ability to manage sensitive situations with tact, professionalism, and diplomacy
Excellent decision-making skills; ability to lead, manage and support change effectively
Ability to effectively manage projects or programs throughout their lifecycle, including ability to create detailed project plans; ability to work independently and coordinate multiple priorities and deadlines concurrently
Excellent organizational and research skills and attention to detail.
Strong analytical, proactive and critical-thinking skills; strong written and verbal communication skills
High level of motivation and initiative
Ability to leverage insights through data analytics (assessment, analysis and reporting) of DEI metrics
Intermediate-level proficiency in working with Microsoft Office
Proficient with or the ability to quickly learn systems or computer applications, including membership database
ELFA is the trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers in the nearly $1 trillion U.S. equipment finance sector. Our members provide the financing that businesses need to operate and grow.
ELFA exists to provide member companies a platform to promote and advocate for the industry, including attracting and developing new and diverse talent; a forum for professional development and training; and a resource that develops information about, and for, the industry.