AnitaB.org is a novel social enterprise recognized as a key national and global leader in advancing equity for women in the technology field. Our mission envisions a future where technology reflects the communities it serves. Our primary service has been our renowned Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC), the world’s largest gathering of technical women, attracting at least 20,000 participants each year. Additionally, through its Bangalore-based affiliate, the organization presents GHC India, Asia’s largest convening of women in technology. Building on Anita Borg’s bold, founding vision of 50/50 by 2020 and extending the success of GHC, AnitaB.org has embarked on a six-year “50/50 by 2025 Women’s Tech Equity Strategy” to provide high quality year-round services that produce measurable advances in hiring, pay, retention, and venture funding parity for technical women with their male counterparts worldwide.
The Senior Director of Global Affairs is responsible for supporting the COO’s oversight of the organization’s growing network of established and potential overseas affiliates as well as local communities. This includes developing operational policies, procedures, and protocols; assuring cross-cultural competence; fidelity to the mission and strategy; quality programming; and high performance to achieve the organization’s mission and 50/50 Movement across its international footprint. With a specific focus on the Asia-Pacific — especially India, Europe/Middle East/Africa (EMEA), and South America regions — the person hired for this position will have strong experience and success with expertise, preferably in India. This is a new position created initially as a temporary, 18-month assignment, which may be renewable on a temporary or permanent basis at the discretion of management in consultation with the candidate hired for this position.
As requested and directed by its manager, this position will be expected to:
- Develop culturally sensitive and regionally appropriate operational policies, procedures, and protocols for the organization’s growing network of overseas communities, India, and potential affiliates appropriate to the legal and regulatory contexts of diverse countries.
- Develop and conduct a global quality audit and improvement program to assure that our expanding global communities and potential affiliates are executing our mission; advancing our strategies; and meeting other quality standards.
- Create a framework for intercultural learning and exchange across our various regions to advance the development of a grassroots, globally connected and identified Women’s Tech Equity Movement.
- Act as an internal advisor and trainer on issues of cross-cultural intelligence (CI) in the development of communities, programs, services, overseas operations, and management.
- As necessary and required, provides hands-on, local management or program support to overseas affiliates to sustain operations.
- Demonstrated proficiency in key AnitaB.org program areas, including women’s and corporate DEI services, operations, evaluation, research, sales/fundraising, policy advocacy, innovation, and technology to support cross-cultural translation of our emerging 50/50 by 2025 platform across the world and build the capacity of a truly global Women’s Technology Movement.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
We expect professionalism in team and external stakeholder interactions and communications, including honesty, integrity, respect, and non-discrimination in keeping with an organization with a mission to promote women’s diversity, equity, and inclusion in society and the workplace.
- Demonstrated commitment and success promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, including leading and collaborating with diverse teams.
- Outstanding cross-cultural communications and public relations skills, including proficiency in at least one language other than English, especially those used in the Asia-Pacific and EMEA regions, especially India, which are the current areas outside of North America that have the highest demand for AnitaB.org communities, affiliations, and services.
- Deep knowledge of international women’s, geopolitical, multilateral, organizational issues, and capacity to advance global social change goals in complex country and institutional environments, with direct experience in India preferred.
- Capacity to work effectively across cultures with sensitivity, respect, and diplomacy across the socio-economic spectrum of diverse country environments, including under-represented women (URWs) and other under-represented groups (URGs).
- Excellent operational, organizational assessment, programming, and management skills as well as basic proficiency in all core AnitaB.org functions to translate our services cross-culturally.
- An enthusiastic and demonstrated commitment to the organizations’ women’s empowerment and DEI mission and values.
Minimum Qualifications, Education, and Experience
The qualifications below are the knowledge, skills, experience, and abilities required to perform this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Master’s degree in a business, technology, social science, anthropology, women’s or ethnic studies, community, international development or related field.
- 10-years of direct hands-on experience, successfully managing international programs or organizations at an executive level, preferably with a focus on DEI and/or women’s development.
- Experience living and working in developing economies with demonstrated ability to rapidly and correctly assess new cultural environments and provide value-added community and organizational development support.
- Expertise providing cultural competence training for professionals from various disciplinary, national, and ethnic backgrounds.
Interested applicants should email their resume and cover letter to JoannGa@AnitaB.org and indicate “Senior Director Global Affairs” in the subject line.
AnitaB.org envisions a future where the people who imagine and build technology mirror the people and societies that use it. To achieve that vision, we connect, inspire, and guide women in computing and organizations that view technology innovation as a strategic imperative. As a mission-driven nonprofit, we seek to expand communications about the underrepresentation of women in technical roles, the importance of increasing diversity in tech, and promoting solutions to these issues.
AnitaB.org is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender (including a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment.