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Diversity Director at the American College of Surgeons

    January 19, 2021

    About the American College of Surgeons

    The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is a professional and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 to raise the standards of surgical practice and improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College is dedicated to the ethical and competent practice of surgery. Its achievements have significantly influenced the course of scientific surgery in America and have established it as an important advocate for all surgical patients.  The College has more than 80,000 members and is the largest organization of surgeons in the world. For more information, visit

    Summary:  Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Director, Diversity is a senior-level management position, leading the development and implementation of proactive anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADE&I) initiatives in support of the College’s strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed.  The Director, Diversity champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive College environment and leads the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for ADE&I and maintains compliance with applicable laws.  The Director, Diversity actively engages leadership, members, volunteers, and staff to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support ADE&I.  The Director, Diversity will collaborate with College stakeholders to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce and membership.  The Director, Diversity will also collaborate with College stakeholders to assess the need for, and recommend programs for collaboration and training initiatives on, anti-racism, cultural competency, gender differences, and other ADE&I topics.

    This exempt position will report to the Executive Director in the Division of Executive Services.

    Primary Responsibilities:

    • Oversee Regental and Staff Anti-racism Committees. Support ACS diversity and disparities in care committees.  Engage leaders, volunteers and staff, to build a welcoming and inclusive culture at ACS.
    • Plan, guide, and advise Executive Director and executive board members, volunteers and staff on ADE&I and affirmative action matters. Collaborate with College management to create, implement, and monitor programs designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of members and staff.
    • Lead the College in implementing strategic initiatives, including the creation of a culture that is deliberate in anti-racism policies and practices and as a result fosters a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. Partner with leaders, volunteers, staff, and internal and external constituencies to ensure programming supports the College’s values, ADE&I priorities and strategic goals. Lead the development of an Executive Leadership Anti-racism action plan that aligns with ACS’s strategic plan and tactics.  Develops a corresponding action plan with metrics, measures, and timeline.
    • Provide strategic direction for training initiatives on anti-racism, cultural competency, gender differences, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of anti-racism and inclusion value, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws in collaboration with College stakeholders.
    • Develop, implement, and maintain internal audit and reporting systems to track metrics related to the progress of ADE&I initiatives and report results on a regular basis to the board, executive leadership and staff. Work with ACS Board to embed ADE&I measures in our recruiting, support, education and training initiatives for membership.
    • Serve as an ADE&I subject matter expert for members and staff in answering questions, problem-solving, and providing general support as necessary. Develop toolkits, sample policy statements, and other resources that enable healthcare leaders to effectively lead ADE&I efforts inside their organizations and communities.
    • Develop ADE&I related philanthropic and organizational purpose initiatives that further the organization’s mission. Represent the College to external community, organizations, and agencies.  Collaborate with external and internal constituency groups, to promote and advance ADE&I within the surgical profession and medical community.  Serve as a liaison between the College and enforcement agencies.
    • Partner with HR to evaluate the College’s Workforce Analysis and compliance with Affirmative Action, including Affirmative Action for Protected Veterans, Equal Employment Opportunity, Title IX, and other applicable regulations. Serve as a resource for HR assisting leaders, staff, and the ACS community on issues related to protected class discrimination, harassment, and Title IX.  Provide analysis of legislation and regulations related to equity, affirmative action, and Title IX in partnership with HR and makes recommendations to leadership on College policy and practice.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Education and/or Experience:

    • Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university such as MBA, MPA, MHA, or other related degree required; MD or PhD with related experience encouraged to apply.
    • Minimum 5-10+ years ADE & I leadership experience at a senior level preferred, including change management, problem solving, and prioritizing the planning and execution of deliverables. Community or association health-related experience or healthcare-related industry experience strongly preferred.
    • Strategic vision and executive acumen required, as well organizational political saavy and expertise in cultural competence.
    • Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data with a focus on information conversion.
    • Excellent persuasive communication abilities; skilled in presentation, coaching, training, and facilitation.
    • Mature use of sound judgement and discretion; skilled in conflict management.
    • Effective at building relationships across a variety of organizational and diversity dimensions;
    • Comfortable with matrix reporting and broad-based accountability; ability to influence decision–making throughout the organization.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:  This position is required to make specific work assignments to others and to ensure their timely and accurate completion.

    Fiscal Management:  This position is required to develop and manage the department’s annual, program or project budget.

    Physical/Work Environment:  Fast paced with significant people interaction. No lifting over 20 pounds, minimal reaching bending and stooping. Performs work in a normal office environment with long hours in front of the computer.

    Other Necessary Requirements: Evening or weekend duties may be required.  Moderate travel for activities such as out of town meetings is required.

    The American College of Surgeons is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.  If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to or call (312) 202-5000 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.