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Ford's Theatre—a premier arts and cultural institution in Washington, DC, and with a brand known across the United States and further afield—welcomes nominations and applications for the role of Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI).

Originally opened in 1863, Ford’s Theatre celebrates and explores the legacy of the 16th President of the United States, President Abraham Lincoln. With educational programming, museum exhibits, and theatrical productions, Ford’s Theatre has welcomed millions of site visitors, patrons, and learners since re-opening its doors in 1968. Shows at Ford's Theatre range from classic to contemporary works; its museum includes exhibits on Lincoln’s presidency; and, its Center for Education and Leadership offers outreach and educational programs, seminars, and workshops. Operating through a partnership between the National Park Service and Ford's Theatre Society, Ford’s Theatre is known for hosting the Lincoln Medal awards ceremony—a medal awarded to a person (or persons) who, through their body of work, accomplishments, or personal attributes, exemplifies the lasting legacy and mettle of character embodied by President Lincoln. Past recipients of the medal include The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton, Dr. Maya Angelou, General Colin Powell, Dr. Condoleezza Rice, Julie Andrews, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Aretha Franklin, and Sidney Poitier.

The Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion is a member of the senior management team and oversees the development and implementation of all EDI strategies across the organization. In collaboration with colleagues at Ford’s Theatre, among other responsibilities the Director of EDI will: execute on a vision and strategy intended to strengthen the organization’s EDI and culture-building efforts; establish EDI accountability measures and metrics; implement feedback mechanisms to track Ford’s progress in the area of EDI, which includes communicating and celebrating successes and identifying and addressing areas of concern; and, help to attract, develop, and retain a highly engaged and diverse workforce—all within a workplace that sees cultural safety, wellbeing, and thrivance as paramount.

Among the qualifications being sought in candidates, the incoming leader must have a deep and abiding commitment to advancing reconciliation, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all its forms and must believe, intrinsically, in the importance of leading with curiosity and welcoming ideas that can later be synthesized and turned into possibility. While all candidates are encouraged to apply and, in so doing, share how they see themselves adding value to the Ford’s Theatre environment, the following credentials and/or experiences are seen as possible markers of the candidates most likely to realize success in the role: A) a proven track-record of creating a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and accessible environment, either in their current and/or previous place of work, thereby bringing the experience required for further progressing culture at Ford’s for all artists, staff, students, educators, scholars, theatregoers, visitors, and volunteers; B) strong leadership experience ideally gained within a medium to large organization—either corporate or not-for-profit—all while having a strong appreciation for arts, culture, museums, and history; C) experience collecting and analyzing EDI data and subsequently composing and delivering reports to members of staff, Board members, external audiences, and so forth, and; D) a reputation for being results-oriented and having the ability to drive and manage change agendas. In addition to the aforementioned key areas, the incumbent will possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, a people-centric leadership style, and a post-secondary degree in a field related to the work undertaken in the portfolio and/or relevant work experience.

Ford’s Theatre Society is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization, one that values and is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workforce and working environment. From unconscious bias training for our company members, to the staff-led anti-racism committee, Ford’s is proud to be an equal opportunity employer where all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, family status, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Ford’s is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search to ensure and applicant list that is diverse and is as intersectional as possible. All interested applicants can send their resume to Jason Murray at or can apply through the BIPOC Executive Search mobile app.

We thank everyone for their expression of interest—and are truly appreciative of the time individuals put into applying—but with the limitations of time only those selected for an interview will be contacted.