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Director, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI) (Hybrid/Onsite) 


Love animals? Want to make a positive impact on the planet? Come join Woodland Park Zoo as Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI) Director. We have one, full time, benefitted position open.  


We are recruiting for a Director of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion (DEAI) to support Woodland Park Zoo’s mission and strategic plan. This position reports to the Chief People Officer and serves as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, partners with executives, and supports the Board of Directors to advance the organization’s efforts to integrate DEAI into all areas of Zoo administration, programming, and organizational culture. This position will promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace by further developing and implementing the Zoo’s DEAI action plan and regularly reporting on performance measures to the Executive Leadership Team, the Board of Director and Zoo staff.


  • Assist in the development and delivery of all Zoo DEAI programs and initiatives.
  • Serve as an expert resource to achieve the Zoo’s strategic vision of DEAI.
  • Lead on-going development and implementation of the Zoo’s DEAI Action Plan.
  • Deliver training, coaching, and workshops to enhance leader and employee knowledge, skill and understanding of DEAI. 
  • Evaluate existing organizational policies and practices to identify and remove barriers to equity.
  • Collect and analyze organizational data to demonstrate progress toward a diverse, inclusive, and equitable work environment.
  • Develop and present regular updates on the DEAI action plan implementation to leadership and the Zoo at large.
  • Provide collaborative support to DEAI-centered committees such as the Diversity and Inclusion Council, emerging Employee Resource Groups, and help support the Board of Directors’ DEAI Committee.
  • Assist managers across the Zoo to integrate DEAI into Zoo programs, communications, and outreach strategies.
  • Develop relationships with internal and external professional interest groups including: the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the American Alliance of Museums, cultural organization networks in the Pacific NW, community leaders, and the Zoo’s external partners to develop and maintain meaningful relationships to support DEAI efforts.  


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred, or equivalent in human resources, organizational psychology, education, public administration, social work, business administration, or another related field.
  • Deep knowledge of DEAI best practices, research, and knowledge of emerging trends in the field and understanding of Equal Employment Opportunity laws.
  • 6 + years of experience in leading and managing organizational change initiatives, particularly around issues of diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion, and/or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 5 + years of experience advancing DEAI at a complex organization with multiple levels and types of stakeholders.
  • 3 + years of project management experience and demonstrated ability to provide high quality, measurable deliverables.
  • Experience and a proven track record developing budgets, strategies, timelines, and measurable goals for funding requests. Experience obtaining/managing grants and providing on-time project deliverables with grant funding.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and exercise discretion and sound judgment while providing quality customer service; ability to work with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Excellent presentation, facilitation, oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to energize people and support all stakeholders on the DEAI learning journey with a style that builds relationships, trust, accountability, and inclusivity.
  • Demonstrated skill coaching individuals and teams; ability to mediate and resolve conflicts.
  • Ability to build and maintain strong internal and external relationships with a variety of volunteers, public leadership, partner organizations, and other stakeholders. 
  • Proven ability to seek out and develop working relationships with diverse groups from various backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Strong critical thinking skills, ability to evaluate information, implement timely decisions, and make recommendations that anticipate the challenges, benefits, risks, and organizational impact on advancing DEAI goals for the Woodland Park Zoo.


This is a hybrid but not a fully remote position and the incumbent must reside in Washington state.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to a typical office environment and/or outdoor weather conditions.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Reasonable accommodation may be made to perform essential functions.

Pay: $115,000.00 - $140,000.00 annually, plus benefits

Employment Requirements: 

Applicants must be at least 18 years old. A criminal background check will be required of the selected applicant. . This role is not remote. Successful applicants must live and work in Washington State to perform this role.  

Application Directions: Applications are accepted online through our Jobs Page at; no other forms of application will be accepted. A resume and cover letter are required. 

Woodland Park Zoo is pleased to offer a comprehensive program of group benefits to help maintain you and your family’s health and wellbeing. These include: 

  • Medical  
  • Dental 
  • Vision 
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan 
  • 11 paid holidays, 2 personal holidays 
  • Vacation and sick accrual  
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) 
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) 
  • Tuition reimbursement 
  • Free zoo membership that includes zoo admission and discounts 
  • 4 complimentary tickets per year plus other discounts and perks  
  • Free staff parking 
  • Working for an organization that cares about wildlife conservation! 

Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status. 

Woodland Park Zoo is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in all of its services. If you need accommodation in the application or interview process, please contact our recruiting team at



Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Req Number PEO-23-00002  
EOE Statement Woodland Park Zoo is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in application and employment for any reason, including race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, disability or medical status including genetic information, and/or veteran’s status.

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