• LOCATION: London, UK
  • BASIS: 1 Year Fixed Term Contract
  • SALARY: £55,000 - £60,000
  • CLOSING DATE: 6:00pm, 15th Nov 2021 GMT

Job description

As a business we have an ambitious agenda to tackle some of the most pressing ESG issues in the world today. As an employer, we have a commitment, vision, and ambition to do more to create an inclusive society and workplace as well. Having undergone significant growth in last 12 months we expect that this will continue to be the case and therefore the role of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion lead will play a key role in enabling us to achieve a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce by creating, and delivering on, a DEI strategy and action plan to ensure DEI is reflected in our values and embedded in our practice and our individual behaviours.

Together we will drive change within the PRI and beyond and your role will be at the heart of this.

Varied and exciting and at times incredibly challenging the work you will do will be incredibly worthwhile. At its heart it will strive for improvement and excellence. The opportunity to make a real difference within the organisation and to its employees. You will be working with managers at all levels to influence, inform and plan the EDI work across the entire organisation. We are looking for a self-starter who can draw learning from a range of sources and interpret data to propose meaningful initiatives and organisational changes We need someone with substantial experience of EDI work. You would need to be resilient and tenacious and bring an understanding of the challenges and develop organisational plans as a result.

You will need to be comfortable facilitating difficult conversations and speaking truth where it is needed. You must also be able to support colleagues at every level of the organisation on their journey towards feeling confident and competent to engage with DEI issues, creating a safe environment that facilitates learning and growth. Most of all, we want someone who reflects who we are as an organisation, forward looking, with a commitment to the people we work with and continuously improving our services. We are a people focused and can-do organisation that strives for excellence and operates with mutual respect. If you share these values and behaviours and have the necessary skills and experience, then this would be a super role for you.

Our values are – Responsibility, Cooperation, Openness, Empowerment, Principles Driven and Authenticity

Core Responsibilities:

  • Engage the Leadership Team and employees to create and communicate the PRI’s first DEI strategy including vision and principles
  • Create an action plan and accountabilities and identify measures of success, setting metrics to measure progress.
  • Project manage the delivery of this action plan and report back Chief Executive and Chief People Officer (or alternative group) 
  • Being the organisation’s expert on equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Establish working groups and key individuals to support the project including reviewing the role and relationship of the existing DEI Network and other related employee led groups
  • Significant and proven experience of cultivating and building open working relationships with colleague’s and key stakeholders to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Confidently use data around diversity and inclusion to identify trends, lead and implement change
  • Proven experience of researching, developing, and introducing monitoring policies
  • Partnering with recruitment partner to report on diversity initiatives, identifying areas to innovate processes
  • Networking with internal and external partners to expand diversity and inclusion practices
  • Working with all teams to upskill staff to ensure they are confident and competent to engage with DEI issues. Identify appropriate training providers for specific needs where identified.
  • Working with the Responsible Investment Content team, oversee the incorporation of relevant questions into the Reporting & Assessment framework.
  • Supporting the Chief People Officer who has overall responsibility for the people and culture of the organisation in delivering against the HR team’s business plan
  • Facilitating meetings, workshops, and coaching managers on EDI issues
  • Provide regular reporting Head of HR projects to the Chief People Officer as required

Core Competencies:

PRI expects roles at a ‘Senior Specialist level’ within the organisation to demonstrate skills across the following core competencies:

Analytical

  • Looks for opportunities to add value by sharing specialist knowledge and insights
  • Broadens the view to consider all possible options even if they initially seem unlikely solutions
  • Can effectively capture and structure ill-defined or vague problems and is comfortable handling uncertainty (in own work and that of team members)
  • Considers examples outside of the PRI in offering alternative solutions or guidance

Business Awareness

  • Demonstrates an understanding of the business, including its finances, mission and its culture
  • Identifies and utilises key relationships (both internal and external) for successful execution of project or piece of work
  • Knows when and how to challenge senior managers
  • Applies industry knowledge and understanding of external influences, coupled with an appreciation of PRI mission and strategy to inform decisions

Collaborative

  • Demonstrates ability to build good working relationships at all levels
  • Drives collaboration within projects or work programmes to deliver high quality outputs
  • Aligns expectations with senior managers to reach agreement
  • Promotes knowledge sharing across the organisation
  • Flexes style and approach based on colleagues’ level of understanding and preferences

Communicative

  • Independently delivers well-structured, logical outputs that deliver maximum impact with minimum editing
  • Presents advice or recommendations within the context of the recipient’s area of focus to gain buy-in
  • Improves the knowledge of senior managers by making complex specialist principles easy to understand
  • Appreciates the impact of their communication on others, modifying behaviour and communication style to work in different situations

Developmental

  • Shares specialist knowledge openly with others, creating opportunities for others to learn, grow and succeed
  • Builds an environment within the PRI which values forward thinking, creative solutions and innovation
  • Is active in specialist networks as a means of furthering own knowledge and applying at the PRI
  • Uses good questioning skills in a way that causes others to think about their approach

Structured

  • Prioritises where contributes own time based on the value it would deliver
  • Uses project management and oversight of individual work processes to improve organisational performance
  • Continuously monitors external developments to incorporate into own work activities
  • Translates project objectives into own work plans

Technical Competencies & Experience:

  • Demonstrable experience within EDI
  • Evidence of implementing an equality, diversity, and inclusion strategy/action plan
  • Evidence of translating strategy into practical operational delivery
  • Experience of successfully facilitating meetings and feeding forward to the organisation
  • Experiencing of building internal confidence and capability around EDI issues and of identifying suitable training providers where necessary 
  • Strong project management abilities in EDI
  • Experience of working within a NFP or membership organisation would be highly desirable but not essential
  • Excellent written communication and verbal presentation skills
  • A confident, and outcome focussed approach for the role is essential
  • A collaborative and consultative approach to working with others and committed to fostering an inclusive working environment
  • Excellent networking, relationship management experience required, the ability to build and form relationships, easily demonstrating strong interpersonal skills
  • IT/system skills – Word, Excel and PowerPoint to an intermediate level would also be advantageous
  • Language skills, other than English, are desirable but not essential

We particularly welcome candidates from currently under-represented groups, including black, Asian, and other ethnic minorities, those with a physical or mental disability, LGBTQ+ and those who are neurodivergent.

Please also note that interviews will be taking place week commencing 22nd November 2021.

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