The American Ornithological Society (AOS) seeks applications for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) consultant to serve the Society in developing strategies and actions that build DEI practices into all aspects of the Society’s programs, operations, and culture, and develop inclusive leaders in our discipline. Collaborating with leadership, the consultant will recommend a data-oriented approach to drive decisions and measure success of DEI efforts aligned with the Society’s long-range goals. 

Expected deliverables, working collaboratively with the AOS:

  1. DEI Society-wide assessment.
  2. DEI strategic plan; formulate strategy, develop priorities, establish metrics. 

Outcomes will include:

  1. Demographic analysis using historical and current data on membership and leadership within the AOS.
  2. Survey members to understand needs and solicit input on what they value and would see as beneficial.
  3. Assess impact of DEI efforts across Society, value proposition.
  4. Crystalize mission and vision of the DEI initiative.
  5. Prioritize training objectives (diversity and implicit bias, bystander, mentorship, etc.).
  6. Articulate DEI best practices for the AOS to adopt; recommend policies, processes, and practices to foster a climate of belonging and psychological safety.

Applicant preferably meets the following requirements:

  • Minimum: Bachelor’s degree and demonstrated relevant experience.
  • Preferred: Advanced degree and 5 to 10 years of relevant experience.
  • Goal-oriented individual with experience in (1) strategic planning to create sustainable change, and (2) outcome assessment of diversity, equity, and inclusivity initiatives and programs in nonprofit organizations. 


  • Deep personal commitment to the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence with an ability to communicate clearly and persuasively and inspire trust.
  • A collaborative style to work with leadership, membership, and staff openly and transparently to create an environment where diverse viewpoints are valued, and information is shared with others to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Outstanding planning and organization skills; prioritizes, meets deadlines.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, ability to handle difficult topics or conversations and present ideas sensitively and confidently.

The AOS is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in this engagement.

AOS will begin reviewing applications for interviews after 15 December 2020.

To be considered, send an application in one file that includes a current C.V./resume and cover letter detailing your qualifications and interest (no more than four pages combined) to Please direct any questions about the position to Melinda Pruett-Jones, Executive Director, at:   

About the American Ornithological Society
The American Ornithological Society (AOS) is a diverse, global network of empowered professionals, working together to advance the scientific study and conservation of birds. AOS is the largest international member-based society devoted to advancing the scientific understanding of birds and advancing the discipline of ornithology.  AOS publishes two international journals—Ornithology, and Ornithological Applications. The Society’s Checklists serve as the accepted authority for scientific nomenclature and English names of birds in North, Middle, and South America. The AOS is also a partner in the online publication of The Birds of the World with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. For more information, see