• Full Time
  • UK

The University of Essex are looking for an experienced candidate to join their established team on a fixed term contract until December 2021. The successful candidate would need experience of embedding principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in practice with knowledge and involvement in how to implement sustainable change. This role is currently exclusively working from home, this may be reviewed during the contract, however it will then potentially be a hybrid of home and office working. The post will work closely with the Director of Inclusion and the main duties will include: Provide visible leadership for celebrating diversity, challenging inequality and building an inclusive and diverse environment for our communities. This will involve working closely with senior leadership teams, committees, and networks. Identify our future focus for EDI to support delivery of our University Strategy 2019-2025 and People Supporting Strategy 2019-2025. Lead an EDI team comprising two Inclusion Managers and work closely with an extended network of Inclusivity Leads based in departments. Use your EDI knowledge, expertise and experience to inspire and influence key decision makers (e.g. in Faculties, Departments and Sections), helping them to identify, adopt and strengthen inclusive practices and raise awareness of their impact on others. Work closely with our EDI staff and student networks to build confidence in our practices and systems, seek and respond to feedback, and co-design supporting activities. Lead initiatives and projects identified within our current and future equality action plans. Build confidence in the University Report and Support Service and contribute to the future design and development of the service. Lead institutional applications for equality, diversity and inclusion charter marks and memberships including Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter, Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, and University of Sanctuary. Provide expert advice and guidance to colleagues on ensuring compliance with equality legislation and policy. Lead and direct the content for training and development materials ensuring current issues and concerns are addressed appropriately Lead debate/discussions with staff and students ensuring subject matter is discussed appropriately and respectfully. Engage with research and scholarship in EDI to support an evidence-based approach to your practice. Develop measures that help us to understand the impact of our approach, track progress and inform future practices. Be a proactive member of our Section working closely with colleagues across different areas so that they can contribute their expertise and increase the impact of our approach. Author monitoring statements and identify impact and key achievements in-line with strategic documents and external requirements (University Strategy, Education Action Plan, Research Action Plan, People Supporting Strategy). Prepare papers, briefings, training materials and reports as required for relevant committees, working and project groups, and external monitoring groups. Continue commitment to your professional development through links with appropriate external networks, groups and/or organisations. Represent the University community at external events/conferences Any other duties as may be assigned from time to time by the Director of People & Culture or their nominee. Qualifications: Professional recognition or equivalent professional experience in in equality, diversity and inclusion Qualification or equivalent professional experience in leadership, managing change or organisational behaviour Experience/Knowledge: Experience of leading external recognition in equality, diversity and inclusion (e.g. Athena SWAN, Stonewall, Race Equality Charter) Experience of working within an educational content in an EDI capacity Excellent working knowledge of equality legislation and its application in an institutional environment. Knowledge of EDI trends within Higher Education and other sectors. Experience of people analytics with specific focus on EDI progress and reporting Experience of successfully managing other people and resources. Experience of managing EDI report and support services Experience in understanding the impact of behaviour and decision-making in a complex organisation Skills and Abilities: Excellent written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills with the ability to listen to, understand, and present different perspectives. Ability to engage in and manage respectful debate, balancing the needs of different audiences and proposing ways forward. Ability to interpret new and emerging EDI policy requirements and embed them in practices. Ability to inspire and influence others, building a strong culture of engagement and buy-in to changes to practice. Excellent organisational and planning skills with ability to manage multiple and competing priorities with accuracy. For more information, please submit your application/CV with contact details included.

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