Title: Director, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Anti-Racism (IDEA)
The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts is seeking a dynamic leader to develop, oversee and implement a comprehensive Inclusion, Diversity, Equity & Anti-Racism (IDEA) plan that aligns with the organization’s strategic objectives and goals.
The Director will develop, implement, and monitor programs that promote IDEA within the company. Responsible for developing training and initiatives to create and foster an open and inclusive environment. Partner with Human Resources (HR) for employee relations and diversity-related issues.
KEY AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY
Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following representative duties, knowledge, and skills. The list is illustrative only and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed by incumbents of this class. Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:
Responsible for developing and executing Inclusion, diversity, equity, and antiracism strategies for the organization.
- Staff liaison for the IDEA Committee and its chair ensuring the committee has developed and executes on annual goals, strategies, and action plans. Develop succession planning for group leadership.
- Translate strategies into tactical plans with clear actions, accountability, and goals to promote best in class equitable IDEA practices.
- Collaborate with HR and leaders on sourcing, hiring, and retaining diverse candidates by connecting with professional organizations and leveraging social media and community connections. Develop programs to attract, retain, and promote a diverse workforce.
- Consults to improve our organization’s environment; ensuring we foster a culture that is inclusive, innovative, willing to take risks, that proactively leverages multiple dimensions of diversity.
- Develop training opportunities to educate employees and managers on how to recognize, accommodate and appreciate individual differences and how these can be bridged back to assist in meeting the business plan. Serve as a change agent to provide solutions, resources and training on IDEA related topics.
- 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 practices. Partner with senior leadership team to integrate IDEA into core decisions through the organization.
- Research and develop metrics for measuring the effectiveness of diversity initiatives implemented and prepare quarterly reports to senior management on the value of the initiatives. Develops, improves and oversees IDEA metrics and dashboards. Tracks & analyzes key metrics and partners with leaders to drive improvement.
- Keeps current on diversity programs and developments by maintaining contact with others in the field (e.g., professional association and educational groups and professional development efforts).
- Stays current on emerging issues and trends in IDEA work and makes recommendations as there are opportunities. Attend IDEA Meetings, be aware of projects, and develop plans into actions
o Expansion of internal work to external work (public forums, community events, town halls, etc.), research IDEA type of work
o Drive professional development of staff and board, utilizing community resources.
o Chair facilitates meetings, doodles, work with Outreach Coordinator and CAP Manager, and material work (outside of intellectual exercises) while being ethical.
o Culture-based analysis, focus on the needs of the current community.
o Oriented on action-based plans and has the institutional power to develop and enforce policies
- Oversee external partnerships, memberships, and networking relationships. Responsible for outreach relationships with diversity related organizations. Supports development team’s affinity groups by partnering with team members to develop strategies to support their work.
- Builds and grows relationships with national, local, and specialized IDEA organizations and professional development organizations, as is relevant to the fulfillment of the organization’s strategic action plan and goals.
- Bachelor’s degree in the social sciences, human resources, business or related disciplines, or equivalent experience required (Master’s preferred).
- Three to Five years professional work experience in workplace diversity, equity, inclusion & culture. Minimum of five years of experience with managing organizational diversity initiatives and ability to successfully engage in and manage community relationships required.
- Excellent written and verbal communications along with presentation skills, required.
- Excellent project management and organizational skills required.
- Must be self-initiating, exercise good judgment, and be able to work with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated effectiveness managing diverse stakeholders including but not limited to executives, employee groups, external vendors and consultants.
- Candidate must be collaborative and creative.
- Well-versed in EEOC, Affirmative Action and Compliance required.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to translate metrics, research and trends into strategy.
- Proven influencing and relationship building skills with internal and external partners and people from various backgrounds and cultures.
- Occasional local travel to events within the regional area.
This position is a full-time Salary, 40 hours a week position. The salary range (Director level) for the position is $61,000 – $79,00. Benefits include paid vacation time, sick/safe leave, paid holidays, free circus classes for staff, free and/or discounted circus classes for the direct family of staff, and free use of SANCA’s gym for training and fitness. At this time, SANCA does not provide health insurance but does provide a $400 healthy lifestyle stipend per month.
PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL WORKING CONDITIONS:
This position requires prolonged sitting, standing, walking, kneeling, and bending in the performance of daily activities. The position also requires grasping and repetitive hand movement using a computer keyboard. The position requires near and far vision in reading correspondence, using a computer, and in the safe supervision of staff and students. The ability to communicate is required when providing phone and personal service. The need to lift, drag and push equipment weighing up to 25 pounds is occasionally required.
Some of these requirements may be accommodated for otherwise qualified individuals requiring and requesting such accommodations.