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Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Atlanta, GA at Cox Media Group

Date Posted: 12/29/2021

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Job Summary

POSITION PROFILE

Reporting to the VP, Corporate Communications, Public Affairs, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, the Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (“DE&I”) serves as a strategic thinker, change agent and trusted advisor to Cox Media Group’s (“CMG”) business leaders, helping to effectively drive the companywide DE&I strategy and create action plans that deliver meaningful and measurable results. This position requires a high degree of influence and collaboration with all departments. The successful candidate must have a proven track record of successfully leading and championing large scale diversity and change management initiatives. This working leader collaborates with business leaders and function heads to identify “quick wins,” while also developing and executing long-term diversity initiatives in three key areas of opportunity:

  • Talent and Culture: partner with the Talent and Communications teams to create an inclusive, welcoming, and exciting environment that attracts and retains top diverse talent.
  • Engagement and Education: innovate and strengthen diversity learning programs to develop talent, expand perspectives and thoughtfully involve employees in CMG’s DE&I journey.
  • Community and Partnerships: proactively cultivate, develop, and support strategic partner relationships nationally and locally to create a robust and effective CMG brand presence in diverse communities.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

STRATEGY

  • Serves as the senior DE&I subject matter expert and change agent for CMG leading the strategic implementation of a business-driven companywide DE&I strategy that includes short- and long-term goals, KPI’s, action plans and metrics. Establishes clear targets and measures to track meaningful progress over time.
  • Develops a data-driven DE&I vision that is grounded in CMG’s objectives and conveys an inspiring and relevant DE&I future state. Collaborates effectively with others to translate this vision into action.
  • Provides coaching to business/people leaders to develop individual DE&I objectives and performance metrics that support the company’s overall strategy.
  • Conducts on-going research on best practices, and after analyzing data, recommend strategies to drive buy-in from employees and achieve sustained change.
  • Leads the CMG DE&I Executive Council and leverages members to provide guidance and recommendations that advance the DE&I strategy companywide.
  • Actively participates on the CMG Gets Real content and culture team to influence action items and ensure accurate representation of CMG’s DE&I objectives and progress. Collects and promotes award-winning Gets Real content across CMG markets.
  • Executes a sustainable plan for DE&I Business Resource Groups to engage and motivate employees.
  • Leads the design and execution of DE&I data packages for CMG’s Executive Team and Board of Directors.

 TALENT

  • Partners with the Talent team on DE&I survey questions and post-survey data analysis to ensure business leaders understand the insights and can create meaningful action plans for change.
  • Works with the Talent team to strategize, develop and implement effective DE&I recruitment action plans to improve CMG’s diverse talent pipeline and increase diverse hires.
  • Develops an overarching engagement plan and works with platform and market leaders to strengthen relationships with targeted university, college, and industry organizations to attract and retain diverse, multi-generational talent (i.e., HBCUs, TCUs, NABJ).
  • Ensures sound DE&I practices are embedded into all Talent-led programs, e.g., leverage the Talent Planning Process to maximize opportunities with high potential diverse talent and provide recommendations to business leaders for development, promotions, and succession.
  • Partners with the Talent and Communications teams on new-hire on-boarding practices, along with learning and development, to create an equitable and diverse environment that fosters belonging for all employees.

COMMUNICATIONS and CULTURE

  • Counsels CMG leaders on the the strategies, messaging and tactics that positively position CMG executive leaders as true DE&I advocates.
  • Collaborates with the Communications team to create cohesive communications campaigns that engage our workforce and effectively convey our DE&I strategy both internally and externally.
  • Sources DE&I educational content and speakers/panelists for the CMG Conversation Series.
  • Promotes education and cultural awareness during commemorative months, including African American/Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Asian Pacific American Heritage, Pride Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, National Disability Employment Awareness Month, National American Indian Heritage Month, etc.

 COMMUNITY

  • Proactively identifies, leads, and manages relationships with national diversity organizations and partners in the management of local partnerships that align with CMG’s DE&I strategy.
  • Represents CMG at virtual/external forums and serve as a subject matter expert at diversity conferences, professional associations, and meetings.
  • Develops CMG's corporate social responsibility strategy, including charitable giving/volunteerism in underserved communities, environmental perspective, and employee relief support.

 

 

What we look for

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE/QUALIFICATIONS/skills

  • BA/BS degree required; advanced degree preferred.
  • Minimum of 10 years in the HR/DE&I field with increasing scope and responsibilities for developing and leading large scale diversity strategies. Corporate Communications experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience in partnering with senior level leadership.
  • Strong written and verbal communication and presentation skills with extensive experience in communicating at the executive level.
  • Proven track record of leading in a matrixed environment, comfortable with ambiguity, able to quickly adapt and/or pivot in a fast-paced environment.
  • Understanding of multicultural diversity, cultural competencies, and laws and regulations pertaining to equal employment opportunity.
  • Excellent project management/organizational skills with ability to prioritize and execute in a fast-paced environment.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, SharePoint, PowerPoint, Visio).
  • Established relationships with local and national diversity organizations and partners.

Additional Qualifications

  • A strategic and action-oriented leader who anticipates trends, creates competitive strategies, and implements plans for change.
  • Resourceful working leader who rolls up his/her sleeves to effectively collaborate and do the work.
  • Builds support, removes organizational barriers, and finds creative solutions to affect DE&I change.
  • Reframes or restructures problems in a different way, when necessary, to solve them.

We promote the safety and well-being of our employees by requiring that all newly hired CMG employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to their start date. CMG will provide reasonable accommodations as required by law for individuals unable to be vaccinated due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. 

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