The job title
While there can be fundamental differences between these roles – and we are not suggesting that these titles be used interchangeably – you may find yourself doing similar work as an inclusivity manager, equal opportunities manager, HR manager or diversity or equalities strategy manager.
What you need to succeed
A CIPD-qualified graduate, you will have a minimum of five years’ specialist diversity experience (some employers will expect more). In particular, you will need an excellent understanding of employment law, specifically legislation that relates to diversity topics. Strategic vision and strong interpersonal skills are also vital to this role – you will have to communicate and influence at all levels, and be particularly aware of cultural and political sensitivities. Excellent written and verbal communication will be expected, demonstrating good attention to detail and accuracy.
You will possess good organisation skills and the ability to work under pressure, using your initiative.
What is involved
While individual roles will vary according to the nature of the employer, there will almost always be a strong strategic planning focus to this role. Roles will incorporate most of the following tasks:
Shape and drive forward the organisation’s diversity agenda and programme.
Be aware of all relevant changes in legislation, regulation and good practice on diversity issues.
Advise and assist the relevant boards and senior managers on the development of effective policies for the promotion of equality within the organisation and their subsequent implementation.
Ensure systems are in place to monitor the effectiveness of diversity policies and strategies.
Advise on recruitment and selection processes in line with the organisationÕs policies and practices.
Identify, co-ordinate and organise diversity training.
A highly specialist role, opportunities for those with a proven track record of success are excellent. Permanent positions are comparatively rare, but they do exist Ð the most common of these being contract and interim placements.