Chief Diversity and People Officer
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.
Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.
The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.
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Chief Diversity and People Officer
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Job Description Summary
The Chief Diversity and People Officer (CDPO) leads the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA), and the development and implementation of proactive initiatives that will underpin every aspect of the Museum's new strategic plan.
The CDPO is a senior-level management position reporting directly to the Williams Director and serving as a member of the Museum's Executive Team. The CDPO champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive environment, working with the Penn Museum Diversity Committee, of which they will be the leading member, across institutional initiatives related to people and programs. The CDPO will collaborate with Museum stakeholders to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. The CDPO will also collaborate with Museum stakeholders to assess the need for, and recommend training initiatives on, cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, and maintaining compliance with University policy.
The CDPO will work closely with the Executive team, Penn's central HR team, and all department leaders in the Museum to integrate DEIA into all people activities and programs. The CDPO will consult on the design, implementation, and facilitation of DEI education and training programs, talent acquisition initiatives, and performance assessment efforts that support professional development opportunities and reduce bias. The person in this role will challenge existing and planned programs and exhibitions to ensure an inclusive, equitable, and fully accessible employee and visitor experience.
Working with Museum staff already engaged in community relations, the CDPO will recruit and lead the Penn Museum Community Advisory Board and coordinate Museum-wide efforts to ensure that gallery and programmatic offerings are created in community-centric partnership. The CDPO will promote the Museum's commitment to a climate of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility to the community, organizations, and agencies, and will collaborate with external and internal constituency groups including the Museum's Board of Advisors, the broader Penn community and the surrounding communities.
The person in this role will provide strategic and practical leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of a proactive and positive work culture. The CDPO will provide open, transparent communication and partnership across the Museum's departments and leadership teams to support a culture of accountability, service, inclusion, equity, and high performance. Working with Penn's central HR team, Penn's Office of Government and Community Affairs, Penn's Chief Diversity Officer, the Penn Museum Diversity Committee and hiring managers in the Museum, lead efforts to establish a pipeline of diverse talent through enhanced sourcing, onboarding, learning and development, succession, and retention programs. The CDPO will manage the development, sourcing, and execution of crucial professional development offerings for the Museum's staff to encourage professional growth, succession planning, engagement, and competitiveness in the market. This person will manage the revitalization of the Museum's active role in providing paid internships for high school and college students in the region, and will also work with those Museum staff who work with student groups to help to ensure that a culture for DEIA is advanced. The CDPO will provide support for the Museum's many talented and committed volunteers and look to build a larger, more diverse, and more resilient volunteer pool, collaborating with Museum staff who are already engaged in these efforts.
- Serve as a member of the Executive Team and partner with the Williams Director and the Executive Team to drive innovative strategies that will integrate DEIA initiatives into the business and culture of the Penn Museum. Actively oversee, support, and align business-driven DEIA programs and activities across the Museum. Champion continuous improvement and alignment with the Museum's mission and foster an environment of accountability through clear goal setting and results measurement.
- Identify learning needs and lead education efforts across the Museum related to bias awareness, anti-racism, cultural sensitivity, and inclusion, among other topics they identify. Provide leadership on the design and delivery of Museum-wide DEIA and cultural competency training programs. Prepare budget plans and maintain fiscal responsibility for the DEIA function. This may include assistance with grant proposals.
- Lead cultural change and promote the Museum's commitment to a culture of DEIA through interaction with employees at all levels of the organization. Use feedback to develop strategies for improvement and provide leadership to address challenges and remove obstacles.
- Use data and supporting analytic tools to define and prioritize the strategy, inform decisions, and measure results. Lead benchmarking analysis to make recommendations on trends in both the industry and the community. Ensure appropriate use of information both internally and externally; appropriately balance the need for transparency and privacy.
- Working with staff already engaged with building community relations, form and cultivate the Penn Museum Community Advisory Board, facilitate relationships with individuals and organizations outside of the Museum to help further the Museum's DEIA agenda. Work to ensure that the Museum is represented at community events and plan and host internal and public DEIA events.
- Consult with Marketing and Communications on ensuring DEIA approaches to marketing opportunities and developing regular and consistent internal communication strategies and content management on the websites and social media.
- Provide strategic and practical leadership in the planning, development, and implementation of a proactive and positive work culture. Provide open, transparent communication and partnership across the Museum's departments and leadership teams to support a culture of accountability, service, inclusion, equity, and high performance. Working with Penn's central HR team, the Penn Museum Diversity Committee and hiring managers, lead efforts to establish a pipeline of diverse talent through enhanced sourcing, onboarding, learning and development, succession, and retention programs.
- Manage the development, sourcing, and execution of crucial professional development offerings for the Museum's staff to encourage professional growth, succession planning, engagement, and competitiveness in the market. Coordinating with staff already engaged in this work, manage the revitalization of the Museum's active role in providing paid internships for high school and college students in the region.
- Provide support for the Museum's many talented and committed volunteers, reassess the volunteer program and look to build a larger, more diverse, and more resilient pool of engaged individuals, again coordinating with Museum staff already engaged in this work.
- Bachelor's Degree required, Masters degree preferred or equivalent; diversity-related training preferred
- Minimum 5-7 years of experience focused on diversity and inclusion and human resources management in a professional environment
- Museum or cultural/educational institution experience preferred
- Experience articulating the importance of equity, diversity, accessibility, and inclusion and understanding of best practices that affect organizational change required, as well as demonstrated success in advancing these efforts in an organization.
- Capacity to build trust and establish rapport as both a leader and colleague, and an ability to facilitate conversations and to provide and receive feedback
- Demonstrated effectiveness at listening and responding with empathy in a diverse environment, building consensus, and managing conflict
- Broad understanding of current issues facing museums and cultural institutions
- Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, with the ability to interact with a wide range of audiences on complex issues
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Knowledge of laws and regulations related to discrimination and equal opportunity
- Strong organizational and time management skills, with comfort working independently and collaboratively
- 3+ years of experience supervising and mentoring direct reports preferred
- Experience working with community advisors/stakeholders preferred
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Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
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- Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
- Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
- Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
- Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
- Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
- Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
- Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
- University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
- Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
- Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
- Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
- Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.
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