UWBA is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. UWBA is committed to building and maintaining a diverse staff and an inclusive workplace that values equity. We welcome applications from immigrants, BIPOC, LGBTQ applicants, and people with lived experience in poverty.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consultant: Request for Proposals
I. Timeline & Application Submission
Please submit all required documents by November 20, 2020.
For questions, please contact Madison Priest at firstname.lastname@example.org (DO NOT FORWARD APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS).
RFP Released October 28, 2020
Final Date to submit proposal November 20, 2020
Application review, interviews, reference calls November -December 2020
Applicant notified of final selection December 2020
Start date for scope of work January 3,2021
United Way Bay Area's mission is to be the catalyst that enables people to strengthen their communities by investing in one another. Founded in 1922, UWBA has historically served as a funder of hundreds of nonprofits through its workplace campaigns. In the last decade, it has transformed into an incubator of innovative programs that improve financial stability and access to basic needs for low-income individuals and families. Our goal is to fight poverty in the Bay Area.
Racism and poverty are inextricably linked. Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) experience poverty at disproportionate rates not only because they face implicit racial bias every day, but because they have been explicitly and systemically barred from economic opportunity. Practices like mass incarceration, de facto school segregation, and redlining (along with its supposedly "race-neutral" descendants) have inhibited the ability of BIPOC to achieve financial stability and to build generational wealth. Our Black and Latinx neighbors also suffer disproportionately from state-sanctioned violence, not to mention the acute health and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Given this context, UWBA is working to take a more intentional, anti-racist approach to our work, beginning with assessing and improving our own internal practices and operations. UWBA seeks a consultant or firm with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to provide support in assessment, strategy, and training. Activities include assessing current hiring, promotion, and retention practices, providing anti-bias, anti-racist (ABAR) training to leadership and staff, and developing a recruitment plan for the board. Additional details may be found in the scope of work. The end goal is the development of a multi-year strategic plan with a proactive and intentional equity focus to combat structural racism and other forms of oppression within our organization and in our programmatic activities.
III. Project Overview
The initial project term is six months to one year. Consultant(s) will report to the Chair of UWBA’s DEI Council.
IV. SCOPE OF WORK
Assessment & Analysis:
- Assess UWBA’s DEI Council’s structure, goals, objectives, and activities and make recommendations for improvement
- Assess UWBA’s recruiting, hiring, and promotion practices and make recommendations for improvement
- Assess UWBA’s current policies
- Assess UWBA’s current programmatic work and make recommendations for improvement
- Conduct stakeholder interviews as necessary to gather additional information
Strategy & Planning:
- Advise on the development of the DEI component of UWBA’s strategic plan, including accountability mechanisms
- Support UWBA in moving forward with actions discovered in UWBA’s DEI and climate surveys
- Develop a board and an advisory board recruitment plan and establish an ad-hoc subcommittee of the advisory board to assist with recruitment and accountability
- Develop a job description for a future leadership-level position focused on DEI
- Create a training plan for UWBA Board, Advisory Board, leadership, and staff
- Conduct trainings for UWBA staff and Board on topics such as (but not limited to) unconscious biases in recruitment, promotions, discipline and hiring; DEI basics; how to be an inclusive leader; supervision; how to call people in/out; and navigating difficult conversations
V. Desired Qualifications
- Experience working with nonprofit or government agencies
- Demonstrated hands-on experience guiding non-profit and or government agencies through the planning, implementation and successful completion of organization-wide DEI learning and transformation
- Minimum of three (3) years of experience in developing and executing organization-wide DEI planning and implementation efforts
- Demonstrated experience in working with all levels of management, including Board of Directors
- Preference for individuals or firms based in the Bay Area
VI. Required Documents
- Proposed workplan of no more than 3 pages, including:
- Your/ your firm’s general approach to DEI work (feel free to include an example of past work with nonprofit or government agencies)
- A description of how you would adjust your approach to serve UWBA’s needs, and how you would adjust your approach to meet the needs of different audiences within the organization
- A rough timeline for DEI activities
- Proposed budget
- List of three client references