Director of Equity and Inclusion

Director of Equity and Inclusion

Job Title:  Director of Equity and Inclusion
Department:  Equity, Culture, and Talent
Reports to: Vice President for Equity, Culture, and Talent
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Indianapolis, USA   Employees currently spend two working days in the office
Salary Range: $170,000 to $190,000 for employees based in Indianapolis.
Final pay is commensurate with experience.
Benefits:  Include, but are not limited to health insurance (medical, dental, and vision), 401(k), pension, vacation and sick time, paid leave, 100% employer-paid group life, and long-term disability


Reporting to the vice president for equity, culture, and talent, the director will partner closely with colleagues across the foundation, including Lumina’s Executive Team, Equity Culture Advisory Group, and members of the Equity, Culture, and Talent department, to integrate equity and inclusion in all aspects of the foundation. Serving as a thought leader and go-to resource, the director will focus on capacity building and drive the development of tools, knowledge, and protocols to help embed equity-focused strategies into programmatic work and operational practices; curate and steward equity-centered learning and impact opportunities to advance the foundation’s equity commitment; and spotlight lessons learned, best practices and proof points across Lumina and the foundation’s mission landscape. The director will bring expertise and fluency to strengthen strategies, practices, communications, and policies as part of building a culture focused on racial equity and inclusion. 

At Lumina, how we approach the work is as important as what we accomplish. Candor, collaboration, and connection are the organization’s core values, and everyone at Lumina strives to live these values through their words and actions.

The Role

The director will lead a dynamic portfolio of work to enable and strengthen the capacity of staff, grantees, and the field to advance equitable outcomes in post-high school education for all. Responsibilities include:

  • In collaboration with Lumina colleagues and partners, enhance the Foundation’s overarching strategy to show how equity commitments are infused in every aspect of work.
    • Implement strategies to build the capacity of staff, grantees, and the field to advance equitable outcomes in post-high school education, emphasizing marginalized, underserved, and communities of color.
    • Develop, share, and promote practical tools, frameworks, resources, and best practices to deepen equity work across the Foundation and Lumina’s mission landscape.
    • Assess the Foundation’s progress in operationalizing equity and inclusion using assessment tools, metrics, and dashboards.
    • Represent Lumina’s equity commitments in the field, serving as a thought leader, speaker, and influencer.
  • In partnership with the Equity Culture Advisory Group and VP for Equity, Culture, and Talent, shape and steward Lumina’s equity learning journey and organizational excellence agenda.
    • Build on and continue to provide for all-staff learning opportunities, team-level learning modules, self-guided resources, and embedded executive team and board-level learning opportunities.
    • Serve as a key resource for colleagues within the Equity, Culture, and Talent Department to operationalize and strengthen equity-centered organizational policies and people practices.
  • Manage relevant equity-centered grantmaking work, including:
    • Establishing budgets, monitoring, and executing a portfolio of relevant work.
    • Draft concept papers and develop requests for proposals and grant/contract guidelines to support new work.
    • Monitor grant and contract progress, and work with Lumina staff and grantees to identify and troubleshoot problems in funded programs.


  • Knowledge of best practices for and barriers to participation in post-high school education, particularly pertaining to adult learners and underserved Black, Latino, Hispanic, and Native American communities.
  • Knowledge and experience building and supporting equitable, just, and inclusive organizational practices and norms.
  • Experience with equity-centered grantmaking practices is highly preferred.
  • Demonstrated success in influencing, affecting, and implementing change, applying relevant skills and experiences.
  • Bachelor’s degree and/or five (5) years (or more) of experience, preferably in the higher education, nonprofit, public, and/or philanthropic sectors.

Skills, Competencies, and Characteristics

  • Openness to all perspectives and viewpoints, even those that differ from one’s own.
  • Ability to learn quickly and connect learning to the assigned body of work.
  • Ability to make decisions in concert with others without complete information and thrive in an outcomes-oriented, continuously evolving work environment where thinking beyond the curve is encouraged.
  • Project management skills with demonstrated ability to execute and follow through to achieve intended results, by following through on commitments, prioritizing work, and managing time and resources well.
  • Experience building and managing diverse networks that support efforts to produce systemic change.
  • Strong verbal communication skills, with the ability to communicate accurately, effectively, and in ways appropriate to different audiences.
  • Strong writer, with the ability to review, revise and synthesize a variety of information and help connect the Foundation’s work to broader discussions within the higher education landscape.
  • Ability to manage internal and external constituents, projects, and budgets.
  • Analytical, problem-solving, and research abilities and an ability to coordinate with researchers and program evaluators.
  • Capable of applying adaptive problem-solving skills in response to unforeseen challenges and new assignments.
  • Ability to prioritize a wide range of duties and responsibilities, organize tasks, and remain flexible to changing and multiple requests.
  • Ability to work collegially and diplomatically across the organization and audience groups, with an ability to resolve any conflicts.
  • Exercise sound judgment in handling sensitive or confidential information.
  • Ability to use technology effectively, including Microsoft Office 365 products such as Outlook, Word, Teams, and the Fluxx grants and contracts database.

Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • Work is performed in an office environment, mostly sedentary.
  • Extensive use of various forms of technology.
  • Travels 10-20%, including overnight stays.

This description only summarizes the typical job functions, not an exhaustive list of all possible responsibilities. It may be subject to change at any time due to reasonable accommodation or other reasons.

Application Instructions

Please submit your application to  with the subject Director for Equity and Inclusion. Applications should include a resume and cover letter communicating your interest and qualifications for the role. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.