Subject to ongoing Government guidance, this role will work in a hybrid way, with an expectation that there will be a mix of days in the office and working from home/alternative locations. We’re open to a chat about flexible ways of working, both informal and formal. No promises, but we will carefully consider what arrangements would work for you . The Opportunity Creating the right conditions for our employees to come to work and have the best possible experience so they can give their best is a key strategic aim of our Workforce Strategy. Our current approach to equality and inclusion needs to be reviewed to ensure that these are embedded within all of our people practices and approaches across the organisation. This role will work closely with the Head of Profession, Equalities and Partnerships to ensure that the organisation’s aims for its residents are reflected in our workforce plans. You will also be a member of the Business Partnering & Employment Practice leadership team, shaping the work of this part of the service. Leading the development and deployment of the diversity and inclusion strategy at Essex County Council (ECC), working with internal and external stakeholders, the Diversity and Inclusion Lead will be a key role both across People and Transformation and ECC, making a real difference to how we approach D&I, making us a role model for the public sector. In line with ECC’s workforce strategy, the role will deliver a forward thinking programme of diversity and inclusion work, with a focus on impactful, integrated and embedded practice, based on data, evidence and insight Accountability will include: Delivering the diversity and inclusion strategy, working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders across functional and organisational boundaries, ensuring effective implementation and communication Responsible for identifying opportunities and delivering creative solutions to promote and improve diversity and inclusion within ECC’s workforce Responsible for developing and maintaining internal and external networks to enable insight, best practice and thought leadership to be brought into ECC Responsible for providing expertise and appropriate professional advice to resolve diversity and inclusion issues, working collaboratively across the ODP function and wider management population, inside and outside of ECC. Responsible for developing and deploying initiatives and projects to complement and improve current diversity and inclusion work across ECC Drive and develop a partnership with relevant staff representative bodies, creating an appropriate framework of effective engagement that focus on more open, transparent and constructive dialogue with the workforce, in consideration of both strategic and local issues The Experience you will bring; Experience of evidence of continuing professional development and expert knowledge in diversity and inclusion. Working knowledge of the critical factors in planning change, the stages and phases of project and programme management and is able to identify risks and create mitigation plans. Up to date understanding of external workplace wellbeing practice and strategy and professional networks in the industry. Have the ability to utilise an evidence base to develop and deploy successful creative wellbeing strategies in a complex organisation working with challenging stakeholders. Educated to RQF level 6 (Bachelor’s degree) or equivalent by experience. Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found on our Working for Essex website. If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website. Essex County Council is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults, and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment.
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