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The Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Opportunity
At this pivotal time in its history, our team at WBUR is seeking an exceptional Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DDEI) who will provide leadership as we build an environment of belonging, ownership, and inclusion. WBUR has embarked on a process of organizational change, working to ensure that our team, culture, and infrastructure advance and reflect our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in both internal contexts and in external-facing work. The incoming Director will play a key role in driving this change.
Reporting directly to WBUR’s CEO, the DDEI will partner with senior leadership, advising on opportunities and strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of our work with the concrete goal of diversifying leadership and staffing across the organization.
The successful DDEI will foster relationships with colleagues at all levels and in all functional areas, developing a deep understanding of the specific culture, dynamics, and needs of our team. Building from this understanding and foundational work that has been done by several internal groups and contributors, the DDEI will design and implement organization-wide DEI efforts. Through this work, the DDEI will focus on shaping a healthy and inclusive culture where team members can grow, thrive, and meaningfully engage with WBUR’s mission of effectively serving our ever-more-diverse public. The DDEI will be responsible for measuring and monitoring organizational diversity, including developing criteria for measuring the station’s progress, and advising on changes that will be necessary to achieve sustainable progress. The successful DDEI will bring a deep understanding of diversity challenges and solutions. The ideal DDEI will have an ability to lead systemic change, and they will have the opportunity to propel WBUR into an industry-leading position on inclusion efforts.
- Set a strategic direction for diversity, equity and inclusion that is aligned with WBUR’s vision and values, charting a course of action for driving sustainable change and progress.
- Create, implement, and assess programs that will further the hiring, retention, and development of diverse talent.
- Build relationships across WBUR that welcome and empower others to contribute to and champion organizational growth, development, and change related to DEI.
- Partner with the CEO and the Director of Talent & Culture to create accountability for DEI across the senior leadership team and to develop and track relevant metrics to measure WBUR’s progress on DEI.
- Work with the leadership team as a thought partner on the organization’s efforts to better serve the information and civic engagement needs of new and more diverse audiences.
- Create and deliver DEI-related training to staff across all departments and help with organization-wide programs that foster learning and accountability.
- Provide one-on-one coaching to senior leaders, managers, and staff to support their meaningful engagement with inclusion initiatives.
- As appropriate, attend relevant conferences and events as a representative of WBUR, advancing our efforts to continue to learn, grow, and contribute to dialogues related to inclusion efforts.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate many, though perhaps not all, of the following competencies, experiences, and characteristics:
Alignment with WBUR’s Mission
The successful DDEI will hold a deep belief in the value of journalism and its importance in our society, drawing energy and inspiration from the opportunity to support our team internally with efforts to better serve an increasingly diverse public. They will demonstrate an appreciation for the work of journalists and the demands of a fast-paced, dynamic editorial environment while understanding how their work will translate across all functional areas in and outside of the newsroom. While experience in journalism or in media environments would be a beneficial background for an incoming DDEI, it is not required.
Leadership and Expertise in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
With at least 5 years of relevant experience, the ideal DDEI will have a track record of leading or strongly supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion work within complex organizational contexts. They will demonstrate a commitment to ongoing learning which will include current and active involvement in the field of DEI as well as leveraging an understanding of how evolving practice and theory in this field can inform their work at WBUR. They will bring experience working collaboratively with broadly diverse teams, communities, and/or constituencies. The Director will demonstrate prior success in acting as an internal educator and coach and will have a background in creating and presenting curriculum for DEI training opportunities that engage and support a diverse team’s continued learning and growth. They will be able to act as an advisor and resource to staff and draw on a broad knowledge of regulatory and statutory compliance related to DEI.
Relationship Builder and Collaborator
The successful DDEI will demonstrate high levels of emotional intelligence, with the ability to listen deeply, understand the experience of others, and win trust and respect across a highly diverse team. They will be approachable as a trusted resource and coach who can support teams and staff in ongoing learning and development. Critically, they will balance this approachable and empathetic interpersonal style with integrity as a consistent champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion. In so doing, hold themselves and others accountable to organizational goals and values. The successful candidate will be able to foster strong relationships on an individual basis, positioning others to understand and fulfill their roles in advancing work related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. They will have a track record of successfully facilitating connections among and between staff, helping to bridge areas of difference and navigate conflict in a productive and healthy manner. They will demonstrate strong written and oral communications skills that speak to their ability to connect effectively with a wide range of different individuals and audiences.
Visionary Change Agent
With proven effectiveness in change management – both theory and practical application – related to organizational culture, the ideal DDEI will have prior experience facilitating shifts in both mindsets and structures in complex environments. They will be able to identify the necessary resources required to implement a sustainable and effective change management effort, and they will take a solutions-oriented approach to addressing challenges or barriers in implementation. They will maintain a clear and bold vision for the goals of an organization’s DEI work and be comfortable in guiding or facilitating broad and candid conversations about what is necessary to achieve those goals.
Results-Oriented Strategist and Implementer
The successful DDEI will demonstrate skill in assessing the needs and dynamics of an organization as it relates to DEI, and culture change, while using this information to design and manage an effective strategy. They will demonstrate the curiosity and creativity needed to build a strategy that is responsive to the unique or specific culture of WBUR. They will possess experience in managing up and across an organization to engage the necessary champions, supporters, resources, and buy-in for their work and to hold themselves and colleagues accountable for their contributions to successfully implementing a strategy. They will be able to navigate and, where needed, adapt their work in the context of a fast-paced organization while also holding a steady vision for the sustainable, long-term change.
Compensation & Benefits
WBUR, a department of Boston University and an NPR member station, offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience and generous university benefits, including tuition remission.
Maureen Alphonse-Charles and Kirstin Griffiths of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. To share nominations or referrals, please reach out to [email protected] and [email protected]. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.
WBUR is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer dedicated to broad outreach regarding job vacancies. WBUR and Boston University strongly encourage minority group members, veterans, disabled individuals, and women to apply for positions for which they are qualified, and which are of interest to them.
About Koya Partners
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