YWCA San Antonio Director of Equity


YWCA San Antonio

Director of Equity


About YWCA San Antonio


YWCA exists to eliminate racism and empower women. Since 1850, YWCA associations around the country have empowered women to lead their communities in social change.  The San Antonio chapter, established in 1910, has provided support for women and girls to become economically self-sufficient while working on the front lines to promote racial justice.  The core programing of the YWCA San Antonio has evolved over its 100+ year history, and today the organization serves nearly 20,000 clients through programs focused on women’s economic empowerment, health and wellness, youth and teens, and racial justice.


About the Position


Launched by start-up grant funding, YWCA San Antonio’s new equity program will work to create awareness about wage inequality and create behavior change by employers, policy makers, and the community. Toward this end, YWCA seeks a Director of Equity to build a new program to ensure that all YWCA programs serve the community, while remaining focused on its intersectional mission of race and gender equity.


The Director of Equity will oversee an Equity Program team to achieve the following goals: 1) work with partners in the community to create a public awareness campaign around the wage equity gap between white men and women of color; 2) build a cohort of corporate partners committed to changing business practices to create a culture of wage equity; and 3) create a framework for a consulting/training practice within the YWCA to build capacity for equitable practices within the community.


An ideal candidate will possess an entrepreneurial spirit, experience with data collection, analysis, and reporting, and experience with public awareness campaigns.


Responsibilities will include:


  • Launch a public awareness campaign to create awareness in the community about wage inequity between white men and women of color
    • Identify and retain public relations/advertising/media firms to work in partnership with YWCA
    • Build an advisory council to work with public relations and media firms to a) identify public awareness strategies to employ; b) test those strategies; c) utilize those strategies in a mass public awareness campaign
    • Oversee the launch and ongoing execution of the campaign
    • Work in partnership with the public relations/media firms to monitor response and behavior change as a result of the campaign
  • Building partnerships and collaborations
    • Develop a cohort of businesses who will commit to working with YWCA on the issue of wage equity;
    • Work in partnership with the advisory council and cohort to develop the set of operating practices and garner commitment to adopting the practices and encouraging other companies to commit to adopting the practices.
  • Build capacity of the program to serve as an income-generating practice of the YWCA within 3-5 years
    • Create a training or consulting practice that works with employers to create a culture of equity within their businesses or organizations
    • Build YWCA’s organizational and staff expertise to successfully provide training and consulting
    • Develop a business model to help YWCA generate a fee-for-service training and consulting practice


Ideal Experience/Expertise


  • Program development
  • Collaboration and partnership development with a variety of corporate, nonprofit and public entities
  • Convening
  • Journalism, public relations and advertising experience
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Training/instructing experience
  • Marketing/communications
  • Facilitating
  • Knowledge of racial/gender equity programs
  • Facilitate teams, coordinate agendas with facilitators, and support facilitators




  • Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, human services, social work, social justice, or related field, or commensurate experience
  • 3+ years of program development and implementation experience, along with data collection, analysis, and performance evaluation experience
  • Experience in the field of racial justice/equity in addition to required experience


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities


  • Must support the YWCA mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with group facilitation process
  • Experience with training and/or education
  • Experience with curriculum development
  • Experience with developing and/or managing programs
  • Familiarity with the issues of racism, white supremacy, and patriarchy and their impacts on both systems and individuals
  • Flexibility
  • Demonstrated commitment to end racism and gender‐based oppression
  • Demonstrated respect and sensitivity for cultural differences
  • Ability to work with diverse populations including, but not limited to: racial/ethnic backgrounds, different abilities, ages etc…
  • Ability to resolve conflicts in group situations
  • Knowledge of EEO policy
  • Promote a harassment‐free environment
  • Detail oriented and highly organized
  • Proficient in the Microsoft Office Suite, especially utilizing PowerPoint



To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Melissa Lazaro, Manager of Operations and Human Resources, mlazaro@ywcasa.org  by July 15.


YWCA San Antonio provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.