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Diversity and Inclusion Lead
Join a leading, high profile campaign to increase the participation, contribution and success of women in science, engineering, technology and mathematics (STEM) across the UK. WISE provides expert support to a growing membership of over 200 organisations. A staff team of 20 people are a mixture of home-based and working from an office in central Leeds. HRH The Princess Royal is patron of WISE. Find out more at
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Please send an up to date CV and supporting letter of no longer than 2 sides of A4 with examples demonstrating a successful track record of achievement in a similar role, outlining why you are interested in this role and contact details for two referees to
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Wednesday 17 February. Interviews will be held from w/c 1 March.
For an informal discussion about the role please contact the WISE head office on to arrange a time to speak to the Head of Products and Services.
Applicants who have been shortlisted will be notified by 25 February. Unfortunately, we will not be able to inform applicants if they have been unsuccessful. If you have not been contacted by this date please assume you have been unsuccessful.
Reports to: Head of Product and Services
WISE is a not for profit, community interest company whose purpose is gender balance across the UK STEM industry. WISE is a membership organisation which generates its own income through B2B products and services to an increasing number of members and commercial clients. The Diversity and Inclusion Lead is a fantastic opportunity to work in a high-profile national organisation where you can make a difference to society.
The Diversity and Inclusion Lead will be required to interface frequently with WISE members through a wide range of methods to give them advice on how to meet their most pressing diversity and inclusion challenges. The Diversity and Inclusion Lead will provide consultative advice services directly to our paying members and customers. This will include responding directly to member requests, preparing and delivering external training and workshops and leading external webinars.
The Diversity and Inclusion Lead will apply WISE resources and peer community recommendations to foster deep and trusted relationships, which will support members to make a real, sustainable improvement to gender balance in UK STEM roles.
As the Diversity and Inclusion Lead, you will work with members to understand the members' diversity and inclusion challenges and underlying business challenges. You will leverage your own deep knowledge of best practices to deliver valuable insights and provide advice to address the challenges. You will use the data and knowledge gained through the WISE Ten Steps Framework and other WISE resources to offer suggestions based on what you know has worked for others, and to support members to avoid repeating the mistakes of those who have previously tried and failed.
The role requires a high degree of competency in business acumen, data handling skills, knowledge of diversity and inclusion principles with specific focus on gender diversity, client management, and cross-functional collaboration. You will be comfortable delivering face to face and online to a wide range of clients, including very senior business leaders. In addition, you will use your knowledge to develop and provide content for WISE's flagship product, the Ten Steps and to ensure the advice and training given to members is at the forefront of successful diversity and inclusion practices.
5% pension contribution for eligible employees.
London weighting of ss2,500 where applicable.
Place of work will be home-based with flexibility to attend meetings and events off-site as required. Home-based workers need to ensure they have a safe and reasonable space, security and privacy in which to work, and an internet connection able to adequately support work systems.
The post is full-time at 37 hours per week. Part-time working of no less than 30 hours may be considered.
Hours of work will be Monday to Friday office hours.
25 days holiday per annum plus bank holidays
The role will be subject to a 6-month probationary period.
1. Understand WISE member organisations, their current diversity and inclusion challenges, and organisational priorities and present them with solutions based on best practices and initiatives that other WISE members have successfully put in place.
2. Use your knowledge of WISE's best practices and case studies to provide advice to members on how to take action to drive change using examples from across different industries that could work in their business.
3. Responsible for the delivery (face to face and online) of WISE training and workshops including our highly regarded Introduction to Diversity & Inclusion training and Ten Steps workshops.
4. Responsible for the content and delivery of approximately 4-5-member Knowledge Sharing Events per annum, delivered via webinar or in person.
5. Responsible for co-ordinating member workshops, data analysis of submitted diagnostics and the creation of all pre- and post-workshop and events reports.
6. Support the marketing team in creating promotional materials to support the Ten Steps framework.
7. Communicate member feedback, ideas for new best practices and research to the wider WISE team and translate feedback to develop innovative ideas for new Ten Steps related offerings and enable knowledge sharing among members.
8. Collaborate with the partnership team to ensure they are finding value in WISE services and brief them on areas that they might need to focus.
9. Offer advice on new products and services following member input.
10. Connect WISE insights and member's experience to help members to solve their most pressing business challenges.
11. Understand emerging members' needs and challenges to inform WISE's product development and contribute to the development of high-quality content.
12. Develop and deliver internal training and workshops to support the wider WISE team's knowledge of diversity and inclusion and ensure this is kept up to date.
13. To undertake any other duties as required.
Successful track record in:
• Significant experience in providing advice on addressing gender balance or improving diversity and inclusion, ideally from in an inhouse diversity and inclusion team or an organisation dealing with gender balance
• Demonstrable experience of understanding the challenges that senior executives and their teams face in accelerating cultural change within STEM organisations
• Building credibility with members and/or customers as a trusted partner
• Leading effective and valuable interactions on a 1:1 and group basis, including consultation, workshops and training, which address clear objectives, deliver meaningful insights and challenge thinking where appropriate
• Significant experience of working with, or in, B2B and/or STEM focused industries
• Proven experience of collaborative, partnership engagements
• High level of executive credibility and presence; with superior verbal, written, facilitation and formal presentation skills
• Advanced critical thinking and structured problem-solving skills
• Ability to manage ambiguous situations across diverse cultures
• Experience in data handling
• Client-focused and committed to delivering high quality in all aspects of the work
• Confidence in presenting ideas and solutions to senior management
• Good interpersonal and team-working skills
• Positive relationship building with clients, colleagues and external partners to leverage results
• Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
• Convincing advocate of gender equality in STEM
• Personal and professional integrity
• Energy-giving, motivational
• Collaborative stylex
• Enthusiasm for, and understanding of, the WISE cause
• Willingness to travel around the UK as required
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