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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

County Durham Durham United Kingdom, DH1 1 Permanent

Posted: 3 hours ago


The Department and role purpose

Durham University recognises that providing equality of opportunity, valuing diversity and promoting a culture of inclusion are vital to our success. With EDI running throughout the University Strategy and our values, we help to create a working, learning and social environment in which individuals can utilise their skills and talents to the full.

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Unit works in partnership with academic and professional service colleagues across the University to provide specialist support and advice across the EDI portfolio of work at Durham. We are looking for a talented, self-motivated and innovative EDI professional to join our team in the role of EDI Lead. This is an exciting time to join our team, we have just appointed our first Pro-Vice Chancellor for EDI, 21 of our 24 Departments hold an Athena Swan award, with the rest working towards submitting and after signing up to the Race Equality Charter in 2019 we are about to submit our first application.

Our team works to deliver key events, activities and initiatives across the EDI calendar, and provides specialist support and guidance to academic, professional support and student facing areas. Working collaboratively, both within and outside the University you will develop and implement policies and initiatives to promote an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.

You will have excellent knowledge around EDI issues and legislation and have experience in leading EDI initiatives, ideally in a Higher Education setting. Excellent project management skills are vital, along with the ability to coordinate input from a wide range of stakeholders across the organisation, in the delivery of our Gender Equality and Race Equality Action plans.

Data analysis and presentation forms a significant part of what we do, so good technical and data presentation skills are a must, along with the ability to synthesize data from a range of sources, draw conclusions and provide a compelling narrative for a range of audiences.

You will be an excellent communicator, with well developed written, verbal and social media skills, and the ability to produce content for a range of channels and audiences. A flexible and proactive approach along with the ability to exercise tact and discretion to deal with issues sensitively is key, along with the ability to build excellent working relationships with colleagues.

Core responsibilities:
  • Recognised professional practitioner and service specialist.
  • Implement changes to the design and development of service processes, techniques and deliverables for one or more service strands or project streams.
  • Act as specialist point of contact, dealing with complex data and information sources, interpretation and analysis, including conducting surveys, collating, analysing and presenting relevant workforce and student profile data.
  • Collect and analyse stakeholder feedback to help define needs and requirements and the design and planning of services.
  • Contribute to the development of operational service activities to ensure excellence in the stakeholder experience.
  • Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the University's reputation.
  • Identify and design activities to meet learning objectives and outcomes in line with the University's strategic direction.
  • Deliver training, teaching and/or development delivery for stakeholders.
  • Maintain an awareness of current policy for University business goals such as widening participation and access, and provision of advice using specialist knowledge.
  • Contribute to and lead business meetings, working groups and sub-committees at departmental and operational service levels.
  • Responsible for managing small budgets for consumables and some capital items, keeping records and processing invoices.
Role responsibilities:
  • Maintain an awareness of current equality issues in the sector; gathering and analysing national data to provide benchmarking statistics in support of EDI initiatives.
  • Promote EDI related projects internally and externally (to include the use of multi-media platforms) including producing promotional material, organising best practice and discussion forums.
  • Provide management for stakeholder service areas and/or processes ensuring a high-quality and timely service to all stakeholders, including prospective, existing and past students and staff.
  • Contribute to operational leadership teams and decision making to shape the nature and level of support services.
  • Support ongoing work towards equality charter marks both at institutional and departmental level including associated action plans.
  • Analyse EDI service data and provide reports to Service Heads making recommendations for improvement as appropriate.
  • Provide proactive and comprehensive EDI input and support to Heads of Service, School and/or Department to achieve strategic and operational priorities.
  • Provide advice and assistance with equality impact analysis to stakeholders in relation to University, School and or Department policy, procedures and regulations.
  • Ensure the review and improvement of data and process systems and procedures in line with University, School, Department or unit frameworks.
  • Distribute service information and provide advice to stakeholders regarding compliance and regulations to help meet the requirements of the Equality Act.
  • Ensure regulations and procedures are updated to take account of internal and external changes.
  • Coordinate and provide business support to key University EDI committees and working groups.
  • Provide training and/or instruction to stakeholders on key EDI policies and projects.
  • Awareness of the external environment and maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of EDI developments within and beyond the HE sector including nationally published reports and disseminating best practice.
  • Organise events which support EDI priorities and expand the breadth of work across the University.
  • Any other reasonable duties
Working Arrangements

At Durham we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all. Hybrid working supports this ethos and provides many benefits to our colleagues, including empowering people, where their role allows, to work in a manner which is more suitable for them, whilst encouraging our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Depending on the needs of the business and the job role, Durham University is piloting hybrid working for all Professional Services colleagues in the academic year 2021/2022, which may include the opportunity to work both on and off campus and to flex working hours. If appointed to the post, your line-manager will discuss the specific arrangements with you. Any hybrid arrangements are non-contractual and may change within the pilot and when the pilot ends.

Reward and Benefits

To support the delivery of the University's People Strategy to attract, retain and reward the very best, we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits to our staff, including:
  • 30 days annual leave, plus 4 customary days and 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part time) and the option to purchase additional leave;
  • Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme;
  • Corporate and local discounts;
  • Wellbeing resources and discounted health benefits;
  • Health discounts on sports and activities at Maiden Castle Health and Activity Centre;
  • Reward and Recognition Schemes;
  • Personal and career development;
  • And SO much more, with further information available here
Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification. In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

Please note: Candidate's applying via Redeployment are only eligible to apply for a post at the same Grade or one Grade lower.

How to apply

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Information if you have a disability

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What you are required to submit

1. A CV;

2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential, with examples of how you meet requirements set out in the essential and desirable criteria;

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application cannot proceed to the next stage.
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Durham, County Durham, United Kingdom