VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
- New York, NY
At Hachette Book Group (HBG), our mission is to publish great books well. Our 1300 engaged employees in seven US locations and Toronto work collaboratively to publish 1800 new books a year in all genres for a broad range of readers.
The VP, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will help us meet our mission, assisting in the creation of an inclusive culture that drives business results by designing an overarching D&I strategy and aligning D&I initiatives in business units. In addition, this professional will guide HBG’s positioning across all externally-facing business functions, create partnerships, and serve as a thought leader and internal consultant on diversity and inclusion topics. The VP will serve on the Executive Management Board (EMB) and report to the SVP, Human Resources with secondary reporting to the CEO.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Create an overarching diversity and inclusion strategy.
- Partner with the Executive Management Board and the Senior Management group to create strategic D&I goals and project plans around core business processes, such as book acquisitions, marketing and social media engagement, with key accountability measures.
- Make recommendations to ensure business practices offer equitable opportunities for diverse stakeholders including suppliers, authors, job candidates, etc.
- Facilitate open and practical dialogue throughout the company, resulting in a greater understanding of D&I and integration of D&I into HBG culture, and throughout business departments.
- Partner with recruitment team to further build talent strategy through promotion of HBG to candidates; assist with building pipeline of candidates with a range of experiences and backgrounds; recommend partnerships to generate candidate leads; advise on creation of onboarding programs that position new hires for success.
- Partner with HR to create training and development programs and initiatives that nurture and retain talent across the company.
- Advise and lead diversity teams to help HBG achieve its goals of mirroring the US population in its workforce and meeting its acquisition and publishing goals.
- Measure, track and analyze the effectiveness of HBG D&I initiatives; report progress; identify opportunities for new areas of focus.
- Benchmark and measure HBG’s efforts and progress in D&I with best-in-class organizations; liaise with D&I teams at other Lagardere and Hachette Livre companies.
- Identify and develop partnerships with external speakers, experts, educators, etc.
- Advise communications team on internal and external communications with an eye toward D&I including social media and employee climate/experience surveys
- Create presentations for EMB, SMG, HR, etc. to benchmark initiatives and share data on trend
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES REQUIRED:
- Strategically minded with demonstrated ability to design and implement high impact initiatives and plans based on analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to drive the business around diversity internally and externally; motivated to make an impact and create results
- Demonstrated interest and experience in D&I and ability to take initiative as a collaborative change agent, working in tandem with stakeholders throughout the business
- Demonstrated awareness of all facets of diversity, including cultural, ethnic, racial, religious, gender, educational, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, ability, etc. Problem solving skills and intellectual curiosity
- Positive customer service approach to internal clients; ability to build and maintain productive working relationships
- Ability to design and deliver presentations and workshops to multiple stakeholder groups
- Organized and detailed project manager with an ability to multi-task
- Ability to communicate in clear and inspiring ways, adapting appropriately to the environment and audience; ability to champion new and bold ideas, practices, and offerings
- Consultative mindset; approaches problems or roadblocks as opportunities for learning and creative thinking
- Bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred
As a leading book publisher, we believe that including and representing diverse voices in all aspects of our business is fundamental to what we do. Hachette Book Group provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
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