We’re Hiring: Director | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Program Design


Posted 05/3/21


Director | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice Program Design

UpStart partners with the Jewish community’s boldest leaders to expand the picture of how Jews find meaning and how we come together. Whether someone is starting a new venture, or reimagining what an existing one has to offer, UpStart gives them the entrepreneurial tools and network they need to build the Jewish community of the future.

The goal of UpStart’s programming is to empower bold leaders to leverage an entrepreneurial mindset in order to create positive change in the Jewish communal ecosystem. As a part of UpStart’s continuing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), it is critical to ensure that our programs are informed by these values, that there is a robust pipeline of diverse, entrepreneurial leaders, and that we support our network in adopting and advancing DEIJ through their work.

The Director, DEIJ Program Design is a full-time exempt position that will support our national programming strategy while driving local impact. We are open to applicants from all locations throughout the US and currently have hubs in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, Denver, Chicago, and New York City. Due to COVID-19, all UpStart staff are currently working remotely until at least June 2021. 


The role of the Director, DEIJ Program Design will be an integral part of UpStart’s Program Team and Learning and Design Team, working across the departments to both support the refinement of our current programming to align with DEIJ best practices, while also creating and facilitating new programming and equity-informed entrepreneurship opportunities. 

The JOCI Fellowship and Incubator

  • Oversee the program design and delivery of both a leadership development program (Fellowship) and an entrepreneurship program (Incubator) for participants who identify as Jews of Color, in partnership with the Jews of Color Initiative (JOCI).
  • Design and facilitate core curriculum pieces that support leadership and identity development, professional development, and nonprofit management. 
  • Recruit and engage mentors, advisors, and expert guests who can positively contribute to the learning of these two cohorts. 
  • Coach entrepreneurial leaders in nonprofit management, supporting the further development and success of their ventures. 
  • Oversee the budget and internal evaluation processes. 

Curriculum Design, Management, and Facilitation

  • Work across the program team to design and implement new and existing program opportunities that leverage Equity-Informed Entrepreneurial Leadership at their core. 
  • Audit the materials, content and curriculum for all UpStart programming (for Entrepreneurs & Ventures; Intrapreneurs & Institutions; and Network) to identify and recommend opportunities for refinement, in alignment with DEIJ best practices.
  • Conduct research and recommend changes that assure that all programming is aligned with evidence-based practices for inclusion and equity, to diversify our pipeline, and to advance DEIJ in our network. 
  • Support team learning initiatives focused on integrating DEIJ into our work.


We are seeking a talented program manager, researcher, designer, and teacher—passionate and knowledgeable about programming that lifts up diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice as core values. We are looking for someone who is a co-creator, self-starter, and willing to adapt and change as we go. We would also be thrilled to find someone with the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Experience working with communities of color and/or racially diverse audiences.
  • Experience in project management; with proven track record of skillfully managing multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • A strong program and curriculum designer with the ability to translate an idea into a program and lead a cross-departmental team through implementation.
  • Experience teaching complex ideas and facilitating dynamic conversations.
  • Experience in designing programs with a DEIJ lens and focus, leveraging best practices from the field; have formal or informal training in DEIJ.
  • Experience in nonprofit management, able to provide coaching on one or more of the following topics: product-market fit, team and talent, financial models, board governance, brand strategy. 
  • Has working knowledge of one or more of the following frameworks: adaptive leadership, change management, design thinking. 
  • Someone with an entrepreneurial spirit who loves solving problems and navigating obstacles. 
  • A multi-tasker who gets excited about managing multiple projects simultaneously and is ready and willing to align disparate programming
  • The ability to generate enthusiasm for new ideas and opportunities without having to know all the answers (but are invited and encouraged to ask all the questions). 
  • Experience with (or can quickly learn) tech social media platforms like Slack and Facebook Groups, Zoom, MailChimp, Google Drive, and CRM systems such as Salesforce. 


The salary range for this position is from $75,000-$90,000, depending on experience. In addition to salary, UpStart offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, matching 401K, FSA, and an annual professional development stipend. We value the time you spend outside the office as much as we value the time you spend with us, and so, our flexible scheduling and vacation policies enable you to hold both.

UpStart strives to model our vision of a just, vibrant, and inclusive future. UpStart strongly encourages applications from individuals with varied identities and backgrounds, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, immigrants, LGBTQIA people, and people who come from low income or working class backgrounds. As an equal opportunity employer, all individuals are encouraged to apply without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.


Please submit your resume, along with a thoughtful cover letter (limited to one page), to our hiring team at careers@upstartlab.org.


At UpStart, our Team Philosophy is to Dream with Purpose, Build the ‘What Might Be’, and Grow the Good. This philosophy underpins how we work – and how we work together. For more about UpStart’s organizational culture, check out our culture deck.

We will be openly recruiting for this position until it is filled. We will directly follow up with candidates who have advanced to our first interview round. Candidates who have been selected to advance to an initial call will be contacted directly. Due to the volume of applicants, we are unable to contact each applicant, but we still recognize and value the time and effort you’ve taken to submit your application.

Our internal process from submission to offer will look as follows:

  1. A preliminary call will be scheduled with our internal recruiter.
  2. Candidates who advance to the first interview will meet with the Hiring Manager.
  3. Candidates who advance to a second round will complete an experiential assignment in advance of interviewing with the Program team (which is the third round).
  4. Finalists will participate in a third-round interview with the Hiring Manager. References will be requested of all finalists in advance of this final meeting.