A unique opportunity to make a national impact with the leading affordable housing nonprofit organization in the country - Mercy Housing, Inc. (MHI). MHI headquartered in Denver, CO with regional offices in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle and San Francisco is seeking an experienced leader to improve racial equity, diversity and inclusion within the organization and externally. The new SVP, Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) will report to the CEO, Mercy Housing and serve as a member of the senior leadership team and partner with staff at all levels of the organization.
Established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1981, MHI has nearly 40 years’ experience developing, preserving, managing, and financing affordable housing. MHI serves tens of thousands of people with low incomes, including families, seniors, veterans, people who have experienced homelessness, and people with disabilities. While Mercy Housing has played a role in creating more than 58,000 homes, the need for affordable housing continues to grow. Mercy Housing’s extensive history uniquely positions it to address today’s affordable housing problems. Its goals are ambitious: 9,000 new housing units in the next five years and a commitment to a more resident-focused approach to poverty alleviation
Mercy Housing is committed to infusing the values of racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI) into the entire organization, policies and practices and with external partners to support the well-being and upward mobility of its residents. The SVP of REDI, a newly created role, will provide vision, leadership, and coordination for the organization’s efforts to ensure that racial equity, diversity, and inclusion are achieved across all aspects of Mercy Housing.
She/he must be a change agent, an exceptional strategist, communicator and facilitator who will be at the forefront to design, execute, and lead national REDI strategies and initiatives and facilitate, support, and align regional initiatives. The SVP of REDI will also be a culture builder, thought leader and a developer of partnerships who will create and articulate an inspiring vision across the organization centering on the intersectionality of housing justice and racial and social justice.
Preferred Qualifications and Experience Include:
Deep and sustained experience with proven success in creating, planning, leading and implementing racial equity, diversity and inclusion vision, strategies and programs.
Track record of successfully leading integration of racial equity, diversity and inclusion throughout organizational polices, practices and management and culture.
Demonstrated experience as a collaborative leader with the ability to drive simultaneous, complex projects to measurable success.
Background in leading and representing change process that meaningfully and successfully moved an organization into a more equitable environment combined with demonstrated experience establishing key performance indicators utilizing data to drive organizational change and accountability.
Superb interpersonal and communication skills along with proven experience as a communicator comfortable in dialogue with a broad range of individuals at all levels of understanding and comfort levels with social justice, racial equity, diversity and inclusion.
In all the above, an ability and willingness to embrace Mercy Housing’s culture and core values and be fully supportive of mission.
Bachelor’s degree is required.
Of note is that there is some flexibility around relocation. Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to: MercyHousingSVP@divsearch.com. All expressions of interest are confidential.