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Director of Diversity Equity & Inclusion

At the Monterey Bay Aquarium, we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that celebrates and values diversity. We firmly believe that having a team of diverse backgrounds and voices, working together, increases our capacity to serve our visitors and fulfill our mission.  We welcome people from all walks of life into our team and strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.

Job Summary:  

The Director of Diversity Equity, and Inclusion will refine, develop, and drive our organization-wide diversity and inclusion strategy, initiatives, programs, and partnerships. This position will serve as a thought leader, strategic partner, and sponsor for DEI by leveraging deep subject matter expertise and by keeping abreast of industry best practices, benchmarks, and emerging DEI approaches. This role will be directly responsible for further scaling our DEI practices at the Aquarium, based on changing organizational needs, including identifying, planning, developing, and implementing a variety of programs and projects.  Perform other duties as required.  This position reports to the Chief Human Resources Officer.

Core Activities:       

  • Create and communicate a clear DEI vision for the organization (both written and verbal) ensuring that DEI is part of the Aquarium culture and business operations.
  • Lead and provide strategic direction and tools for Aquarium’s DEI related programs and activities.
  • Implement proactive and integrative policies, strategies and practices that lead to a more inclusive work culture
  • Manage/provide guidance and collaborative support to DEI Program Manager to develop and operationalize DEI plans/activities.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to develop, monitor, and report on actionable and measurable DEI goals, strategies, and metrics.
  • Develop and implement tightly integrated diversity and inclusion best practice solutions that drive inclusive behaviors and business practices at all levels in support of our DEI goals.
  • Openly address issues of systemic racism, sexism, ableism and bias within the organization
  • Support staff affinity groups and serve as an institutional resource in areas of: cultural diversity, dismantling systemic racism, gender equality and justice, disability, accommodation, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression.
  • Create and deliver learning and capacity building opportunities, in collaboration with Learning and Engagement, for staff around DEI, especially focused on dismantling systemic racism.
  • Build pro-active relationships within the organization and within the community with cross-functional subject-matter experts to ensure alignment and focus on diversity and inclusion in all our practices.
  • Build and grow relationships with national, local, and specialized DEI organizations and professional development organizations, as is relevant to the fulfillment of the Aquarium’s DEI strategic plan and goals.
  • Research and develop metrics for measuring the effectiveness of DEI initiatives implemented.
  • Serve on and work with internal DEI committee to identify and implement organizational practices that support our DEI goals.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

  • Bachelor’s degree in HR/education/communications/or related area and 5+ years of related programmatic experience; or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
    10 years of practitioner experience in diversity, equity & inclusion and/or human resources roles, with a minimum of 5 years in a supervisory role required.
  • Proven experience in diversity and inclusion training, coaching and an understanding of institutional and structural racism/oppression.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with managing organizational diversity initiatives and ability to successfully engage in and manage internal relationships, required
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation skills
  • Strong organizational-development and change-management experience with the ability to lead, plan, manage, and implement change
  • Well-versed in EEO law and Compliance required
  • Excellent project management and organizational skills required
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people of diverse races, ethnicities, nationalities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expression, socio-economic backgrounds, religions, ages, English-speaking abilities, immigration status, and physical abilities in a multicultural environment
  • Excellent computer skills including knowledge of various HRIS, database operations, spreadsheets, and other software systems
  • Experience in problem solving with a balance of empathy and pragmatism
  • Understanding of and experience with developing, updating and analyzing Affirmative Action Plan, including statistical and demographic data.
  • Commitment to and passion for continuous learning and personal growth in DEI awareness
  • Ability to work within, and maintain Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Core Values

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