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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist

For Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS)

DO WHAT MATTERS If you’re looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work in your community, join the passionate, community minded team at the Committee on Temporary Shelter! COTS, a nonprofit recognized nationally as a model for innovative programs, provides emergency shelter, services, and housing for those who are without homes or who are at risk of homelessness. For almost 40 years we have been working in Chittenden County to creatively find solutions to end homelessness; we aren’t afraid to try new things. We are looking for team members with a passion for doing good and creative thinking to join us on our mission to end homelessness!

COTS is seeking a part-time Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist to lead and oversee the DEI programming and training for 50+ employees. This position will work closely with the leadership team as well as staff members to evaluate current needs within the organization and create a strategic plan for addressing those needs. As this is a newly created position, we are looking for a driven, creative thinker who can create programming from the ground up. Some responsibilities will include forming a DEI Committee consisting of employees from all levels within the organization; auditing our policies and procedures, collecting data regarding diversity and inclusion at COTS and creating an action plan for improvement; creating and facilitating regular, ongoing training focused on DEI for employees as well as our board of directors; and regular reporting on our DEI efforts and results to employees and leadership. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about DEI and looking for an opportunity to make a meaningful impact in an organization that is doing meaningful work in the community. By helping COTS to enhance our culture and bring DEI to the forefront of our practices and policies, you will be helping the organization thrive now and into the future, ensuring we are able to continue supporting those marginalized individuals in our community. 

We are seeking an individual with a minimum of three years of experience working in DEI programming, preferably with demonstrated ability to build a program from the ground up. A Bachelor’s degree is preferred but not required; work experience in lieu of a degree is accepted. Successful candidates will possess a positive track record of implementing strategic initiatives; strong analytical ability; ability to relate to people at all levels of an organization; excellent communication skills; knowledge of federal and state policies affecting diversity, equity and inclusion; ability to have difficult conversations; ability to maintain confidentiality; ability to work independently and as a positive member of a collaborative team; and a commitment to the COTS mission.

This is a 24 - 30 hour per week position. Part-time team members are eligible for limited benefits. Salary is dependent on experience, but the anticipated range is $23.00/hr - $29.00/hr. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to The cover letter should indicate why working in DEI is important to you, as well as your interest in working for COTS.

EOE: We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We embrace diversity, and encourage all to apply.

Apr 20, 2022
$23.00/hr - $29.00/hr
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to The cover letter should indicate why working in DEI is important to you, as well as your interest in working for COTS.