Chief Diversity Officer
Employment Type: Full-Time
Job Description Summary:
At the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM), embracing diversity and a culture of inclusion in our workplace is a core value. Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is not only in our words but in our commitment to action. The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) will report directly to the highest level of the Academies' leadership, and will be responsible for the National Academies' inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) function.
In this role, the CDO will be responsible for the development and implementation of the overall DEI strategy and initiatives across the organization. The CDO works closely with the Presidents and Executive Officers of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and National Academy of Medicine (NAM), and Governing Board of the National Research Council (NRC), senior executives, and employee groups to facilitate and prioritize DEI efforts in how the National Academies culture is experienced. In addition, the CDO may be called upon to serve as a representative of the National Academies on matters related to DEI with government agencies, scientific and professional community and organizations, private foundations, and the public,.
The CDO will partner with executive leadership and senior management to develop and implement diversity and inclusion strategies, programs and policies that successfully:
* Attract, retain, and develop a diverse workforce.
* Increase the representation of experts on NASEM's committees and boards from underrepresented groups.
* Provide advice to the Academies on promising strategies for diversifying their membership.
* Ensure that the organization's reports and other products take into appropriate account the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion to help the National Academies better achieve its mission.
* Cultivate external relationships and collaborations with diverse communities and organizations, and assist in developing meaningful diverse relationships on Capitol Hill.
* Monitor external vendors and contracts for opportunities to advance diversity and equity objectives.
* Collaboratively develop and drive a National Academies-wide DEI strategy and implement measures to ensure timely execution, ongoing monitoring, and calibration where required.
* Act as a trusted advisor to the Academies Presidents, senior executives and leadership teams, enabling them to identify and implement opportunities for meaningful DEI change and outcomes.
* Engage with, and be responsive to, Academy Councils and the NRC Governing Board on DEI issues.
* Serve as lead advisor for the Academies, to ensure all leaders understand and avoid bias, promote equitable practices, and invest in upholding the organization's mission with clear DEI objectives and outcomes.
* In collaboration with the Office of Human Resources (OHR), develop a robust set of training and other experiential activities to develop a common understanding off DEI concepts, and set of skills among volunteers and staff at all levels.
* Collaborate with OHR leadership, to examine and remove unintentional barriers to equity with policies and processes that guide hiring, performance management, and professional development.
* Promote organization-wide DEI awareness from all facets. Be a thought leader and internal expert on how DEI can improve mission performance and employee engagement.
* Identify strategies and lead efforts to improve representation from underrepresented communities across the Academies at all levels, including senior levels.
* Ensure alignment of resources across the organization to support DEI efforts.
* Serve as a spokesperson on DEI topics, and actively communicate and interact with staff.
* Externally represent the Institution on DEI topics through written publications and/or speaking engagements.
* Partner with the Communications team on effective internal and external communication, reporting and branding around NASEM's diversity strategy and commitment.
* Create opportunities to build external alliances that result in strengthening the brand of the Academies - to include events, seminars, conferences, executive or stakeholder engagements, Diversity information exchange forums etc.
* Actively collaborate with others to pursue funding for DEI initiatives.
* Cultivate external relationships and collaborations with diverse communities and organizations, and Office Congressional and Government Affairs (OCGA) develop meaningful diverse relationships on Capitol Hill.
* Develop metrics for assessing DEI goals; analyze and present data trends that inform strategies or changes for improvements.
Qualifications and Competencies:
* BS/BA (Masters preferred) in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, HR, Business, I/O Psychology, or another related field.
* Candidates with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Change Management, or Project Management Certifications are preferred and will be viewed favorably.
* At least 15 years' experience in the practice of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work with at least 10 years in executive and management level roles.
* Seasoned experience designing, implementing, and evaluating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs.
* Experience working in a fast-paced, highly collaborative environment with the ability to comprehend varying viewpoints, and synthesize into the organization's priorities to be meaningful for employees and support National Academies' objectives.
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Working knowledge of principles involved in cultural relativism, cross-cultural communication and strong conflict resolution skills.
* Demonstrable competency as a horizon scanner, strategic planner and change agent. Ability to undertake tasks broad in nature, requiring ingenuity, analysis, and originality.
* Possesses a thorough understanding of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, leadership technique, productivity methods, human behavior and performance, and coordination/collaboration of people and resources.
* Proven business acumen, a results-oriented approach and track record of delivering results. Demonstrated ability to lead complex organizational environments with a high degree of organizational effectiveness Strong ability to adapt to changing operational activities and departmental initiatives.
* Ability to quickly understand the National Academies' mission, culture, operating norms and governance structure.
* Demonstrated history of discerning judgment, integrity and confidentiality. Ability to operate independently, and exercise significant latitude for independent judgment, discretion, and action.
* Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and ensure collaboration across the organization and with constituents outside of the organization. Ability to work successfully in a team environment and to form and maintain effective teams.
* Demonstrated ability to maintain credibility and positive relationships with various constituencies, including NAS, NAE, NAM councils and NRC Governing Board members, volunteers, sponsors, National Academies' staff and government officials.
* Executive presence and ease when engaging and presenting to audiences as varied as the NASEM Board and external constituents; excellent public speaking and interpersonal skills. Ability to develop relationships with co-workers and employees across the National Academies.
* Must have working knowledge of employment laws including: the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.
* Entrepreneurial and thoughtful leadership to recognize future trends and new opportunities. Ability to maintain a nimble organization that can sustain changing external forces.
* Adept at solving even the toughest and most complex of problems; great at gleaning meaning from whatever data is available; a quick study of the new and different; possessing personal wisdom and experience to determine to the best conclusion or solution and use multiple problem-solving tools and techniques.
* Transparent and political savvy to build and sustain diverse relationships with many constituencies, both internal and external, including a diverse workforce, government agencies, foundations and industry.
* Open, inclusive, and team-oriented while collaborating with employees and volunteers with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
* Proven ability to lead and accomplish goals through influence in a consensus-driven organization.
* Communicates a compelling vision, and is committed to what needs to be done; inspires others; builds motivated, high-performing teams; understands what motivates different people; negotiates to achieve a fair outcome.
* Effectively attracts and develops talented staff; obtains maximum results from individuals and team; sets and communicates clear goals; effectively delegates and promotes accountability; measures results, provides constructive and useful feedback and provides coaching for today and for the future.
* Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact credibly and diplomatically, within all levels of the organization and outside community. Tailor communications effectively for different groups and stakeholders to strengthen cross functional alignment and organizational impact. A commanding and credible public presence coupled with an unflappable demeanor under pressure.
Equal Opportunity Employer:
It is the policy of the National Academies to recruit, hire, transfer, compensate, and promote people in all job categories and to administer all other personnel actions, terms and conditions of employment in a manner that is consistent with equal employment, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, religion, disability, medical condition for which a person has been rehabilitated or cured, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, political affiliation, personal appearance, matriculation, unemployment status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws. It is also the institution's policy to recruit, hire, promote, and provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities and covered veterans who are otherwise qualified.
Scheduled Weekly Hours:
Washington, District of Columbia