Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

England, United Kingdom

Full time

Nov 10

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Head of Diversity and Inclusion

Grade 8: £42,149 - £50,296 (with discretionary range to £54,943) per annum


Saïd Business School is recruiting for a Head of Diversity and Inclusion reporting to the Director of People and Organisational Development.

This is a key strategic role for the Business School and the primary responsibilities will be:

  • To create, develop and implement a five-year strategy for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion across the School and continually review its impact on the SBS community.
  • To collaborate, influence and drive the ED&I agenda across the School, working with both internal and external stakeholders to lead, demonstrate and embed best policy and practice. To work alongside the Dean and senior faculty and managers, supporting recruitment and development processes within the School.
  • To identify system solutions and create the appropriate processes to enable the School to gather and analyse a wide range of data, to inform decision-making, strategy and feed into external accreditation and quality standards including, Athena Swan, Stonewall and the Race Equality Charter. A large part of your role will involve networking with other ED&I leads within the wider institution and with external regulatory and advisory bodies to share and leverage best practice.

As the School also has a separate commercial entity, you will carry responsibility for providing guidance and expert insight for the Executive Education teams in their business development work. This will include gathering information and contributing to applications for commercial tenders and commissions.

You will need to have previous experience working on ED&I initiatives in complex organisations, as well as demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. This includes the ability to create and drive strategy and initiate policy and practice interventions that will have a meaningful impact on all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion issues, to interpret and analyse complex data and carry out quantitative and qualitative analysis to develop strategy is key.

To be effective in this role, you will need to build and maintain a wide network of stakeholders and demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to deliver concise and clear reports and presentations.

Prior knowledge and experience of working with academic departments is desirable. Knowledge of national quality standards is key, including Athena Swan and experience of working on ED&I issues in the Higher Education sector would be an advantage.

To be considered for this role you will need to have a Professional qualification or equivalent experience in ED&I field. You will need excellent communication skills, with the ability to negotiate, collaborate and influence stakeholders across the D&I landscape. You must demonstrate a thorough understanding of legislation, in particular the Equalities Act, Public Sector Equality Duty and other legislation and policies applicable to this field. You will need to have experience and the ability to strategically plan and manage resources to ensure the successful delivery of projects in line with recognised best practice and show strong skills and experience in addressing sensitive issues with tact, confidentiality and commitment.

Further information on this role and how to apply can be found in the job description.

All applications must include a CV and supporting statement.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 1 December at 12.00 noon.

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