• VP & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

    Job Locations US-IL-Chicago
    Posted Date 1 week ago(10/10/2018 11:27 AM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Vice President & Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer will be responsible for providing vision and leadership to the diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts across Ann & Robert H. Lurie Childrens Hospital of Chicago. Reporting to the President & CEO, this individual will champion initiatives lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives which will support the medical centers D & I strategic plan, The Chief Diversity Officer will also engage staff, physicians, faculty, leadership and community partners to build a welcoming and inclusive culture. This role will assess potential barriers and develop strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.


    1. Provide vision, intellectual leadership, coordination, and strategic planning for the design and implementation of an institution-wide framework and efforts to ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect for all staff, leadership, physicians and faculty.

    2. Develop and implement a Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan for the medical center that aligns diversity and inclusion objectives with the mission and organizational goals of the medical center; this newly developed plan will inform the creation of policies and procedures that promote equity and inclusion to include: a. Collaboration with Human Resources to attract and retain a workforce of diverse backgrounds. b. Collaboration with leadership to ensure diversity, inclusion, and equity are addressed at hiring, performance review, promotion, and retention. c. Collaboration with staff, leadership, physicians and faculty to ensure diversity and inclusion are reflected in all aspects of clinical, educational, and research activities d. Collaboration with all departments to identify strategies to address institutional opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including areas of best practice for ensuring a diverse workforce, employee promotion opportunities, training, compensation equity, staff retention, employee engagement, work environment.

    3. Lead the Diversity & Inclusion committee to promote transformation and excellence across the institution; ensure the goals of the Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan are prioritized, operationalized, and successfully implemented.

    4. Maintain and promote best practices, benchmarking, and current trends in diversity and inclusion.

    5. Develop metrics to inform strategic planning/decision-making and to ensure accountability in tracking and monitoring diversity and inclusion initiatives; develop and analyze actionable metrics that support monitoring, needs analysis, and strategic insights regarding diversity and inclusion initiatives/trends.

    6. Recommend goals from the Diversity and Inclusion strategic plan for the medical center; develop measures to document success; annually assess both qualitatively and quantitatively the success of programs, policies, and services.

    7. Develop diversity and inclusion programming. a. Facilitate dialogue about diversity, inclusion, and equity by ensuring formal and informal open lines of communication within medical center. b. Promote cultural competency and a climate of equity and inclusion. Training initiatives will include programming on all manner of human different and diversity, as well as other topics to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion.

    8. Serve as the medical center champion and advocate for diversity and inclusion initiatives.

    a. Embrace diversity and inclusion as a hospital opportunity/strength and make recommendations on how to maximize this institutional strength; respond to identified needs to maintain an intentional and sustained focus on achieving inclusion.

    b. Serve as an articulate and results-oriented catalyst for change throughout the hospital by regularly collaborating with all.

    c. Inspire the medical center community to achieve new levels of expertise and confidence through the usage of diversity and inclusion best practices.

    d. Promote appreciation across the hospital for the different diversity and inclusion needs of constituents across the medical center.

    e. Develop relationships with local and national community leaders by representing the medical center at civic, professional meetings, and conferences as well as facilitating connections for the President & CEO and other hospital leaders.

    f. Promote a positive image and ensure positive external relations by developing partnerships within our civic communities that advance diversity and inclusion efforts that further enhance the mission of the medical center.

    9. The authority to hire, separate, promote, demote, write and administer performance evaluations.

    10. Other job functions as assigned.


    1. Masters degree required in Human Resources, Business, Behavioral Sciences or a related field.

    2. Eight (8) years of experience in the field.

    3. Experience in directly managing and influencing teams of people required.

    4. In-depth understanding of operating within a large, complex, globally-matrixed organization with the ability to translate global needs to local implementation.

    5. Record of accomplishment of fostering, driving and implementing innovative ideas with broad impact.

    6. Strong writing and presentation skills, combined with executive presence required.

    7. Able to work with leaders at all levels to construct effective narratives for adoption of change initiatives.

    8. Strong influencing & negotiation skills with an ability to drive alignment across executives and peers at all levels in an organization.

    9. Strong critical-thinking and analytical skills combined with a propensity toward creativity and risk taking.

    10. Excellent partnering skills: works collaboratively, effectively and efficiently with internal and external customers, partners and other stakeholders.

    11. Deep and broad business acumen with the ability to lead change is required.


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