Program Director of Equity/DEAI


About Chabot

Chabot Space & Science Center is a deeply loved and cherished community-based institution, located on a stunning campus nestled amongst the redwoods in the Oakland Hills.  For over I35 years, Chabot has inspired adults and kids of all ages through educational programs, interactive exhibits, artifacts and Planetarium shows that teach and inspire about the Universe and Planet Earth.  Now, Chabot Space & Science Center is experiencing an exciting time of growth and development as it embarks on a bold new vision to re-imagine the role of a science center.  We are launching innovative learning initiatives, connecting learning across a wide variety of environments and settings in ways that break conventional boundaries and exploring new ways of including more diverse audiences.



The Program Director for Diversity, Equity Access and Inclusion (DEAI) is an important leadership position at Chabot.  This position is responsible for creating and leading implementation of an actionable DEAI framework for Chabot going forward in order to address any socio-economic challenges and cultural racism barriers that perpetuate systemic racism and/or limit access to Chabot programs and services. The Program Director for DEAI is responsible for leading and facilitating change through programs, projects, and teams that will move the organization towards more equitable and anti-racist practices and policies. Additionally, the Director will identify external resources and/or collaborate with internal partners to develop and provide culturally competent professional development and training experiences for staff in the areas of anti-racism, anti-bias and cultural competency.

The ideal candidate has a passion for and deep understanding of DEAI, is attuned to the ways in which systemic racism manifests in our society, is a dynamic collaborator with strong strategic and interpersonal skills, and has relevant experience in DEAI implementation and change management.  The Program Director of DEAI must have a demonstrated ability to actively engage and bring together internal and external stakeholders to help guide Chabot towards becoming a truly anti-racist and equitable organization.  Director must have strong vision for integrating this work across the broad landscape of science education and workforce development

The work of DEAI at Chabot Space and Science Center is focused on four pillars, 1) Building and maintaining trust, 2) Ensuring equitable access, 3) Supporting people and building culture, 4) Program development and implementation.  The Director of Equity is member of the Education Department reports to the Director of Education.


Position Responsibilities

  • Develop annual goals for the DEAI program, identify metrics and measure impacts.
  • Lead the effort to ensure fulfillment of deliverables, documentation, evaluation, accountability, and reporting on DEAI activities.
  • Actively cultivate and engage staff, stakeholders, partnering organizations, board members, and volunteers in the development and implementation of DEAI learning and goals.
  • Develop processes, practices and policies that facilitate the implementation and embedding of diversity and equity principles in a holistic and sustainable manner across the organization.
  • Perform the full range of project management cycle including initiating, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling, and closing. Lead projects requiring functional integration.
  • Direct development of the DEAI Roadmap action plan, and estimate requirements for resources, including management and time required to complete projects.
  • Make the DEAI work visible to Leadership, Board, Staff, and Community. Celebrate the accomplishments as we move forward. Make visible the challenges we face, where we need to do more.
  • Function as project coordinator and member of Chabot’s DEAI Steering Committee, act as Liaison between DEAI Committee and Staff.
  • Participate as a member of the Senior Leadership Team to shape and advocate for DEAI priorities throughout the organization.
  • Meet at frequent intervals with Board representatives and CEO to ensure that the progression of the roadmap is moving forward and aligned with institutional strategies.
  • Work with the Chabot’s Institutional Advancement department to guide/facilitate DEAI proposal development for projects and programs.\
  • Assist with the development and oversight of the annual program budget.



  • BA in a related field and 5-7 years of leadership experience, or equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Knowledgeable about current DEAI trends, research, and landscape. Experience working with underserved communities.
  • Proven ability to initiate and manage cross-functional teams, projects, and team-developed products, including strategy development, project planning, scheduling, tracking, and budgeting.
  • A sincere and demonstrated commitment promoting diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging for all community members.
  • Ability to operate efficiently and effectively in highly nuanced and sometimes ambiguous situations.
  • Demonstrated effective emotional intelligence, keen grasp of interpersonal and impact awareness.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills and ability to influence and motivate constituencies, with or without authority, which could span multiple organizational boundaries.
  • Demonstrated excellent planning, organizational and analytical skills.
  • Highly effective written and oral communication skills to address a wide variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrated project management ability to employ integration, scope time management, cost, quality, human resources, communications, risk, and procurement components.
  • Depth of knowledge in technical discipline/domain needed to effectively deliver projects.



The salary range for this position is $70,000 – $85,000 / year.

Benefits include:

  • Medical, dental, vision, and life insurance
  • 403b retirement plan for employees
  • Free Chabot Space & Science Center membership
  • Reciprocal benefits for museum admission through the ASTC program
  • Discounts on Chabot’s café and museum gift shop

How to Apply

This is a regular, full time exempt management position.  To apply please send cover letter and resume to: jobs@chabotspace.org.

Chabot Space & Science Center strives to offer an accessible recruiting and hiring process for all. If you would benefit from reasonable accommodation at any stage in the process, please reach out to the hiring manager directly.


Chabot Space & Science Center is an equal opportunity employer. 

Chabot is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity, equity and inclusion.  Our employees are people with differing strengths, experiences and backgrounds who share a passion for bringing science to the full range of our community – sparking excitement about a universe of possibilities beyond our planet. Diversity not only includes race and gender identity, but also age, disability status, veteran status, sexual orientation, religion and many other parts of one’s identity.  All of our employee’s points of view are key to our success, and inclusion is everyone’s responsibility.