Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Lead

Jefferson Lab

Newport News, VA, USA

Full time

US$90-135k (annually)

Apr 8

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SALARY RANGE: $90,000 - $135,000 (SA III)

What Your Job Will Be Like

If your passion is diversity, and-shaping the equity and inclusion of an organizations culture, then we may have just the opportunity for you! Jefferson Lab is one of the Department of Energy’s strategic National Laboratories and a world-renowned research center for nuclear physics. We are looking for you to join our team as the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Lead to help advance our core mission, enabling the study of the subatomic world that makes up everything in our universe.

Reporting to the HR Director, you will responsible for driving diversity, inclusion, and related community efforts through a variety of organizational activities including support to JSA’s leadership team, Diversity & Inclusion Council, staff and user community at large. The DEI Program Lead will raise cultural awareness, steer change and position the Lab to adopt best practices. The Jefferson Lab organization consists of more than 750 staff and 1200+ scientific Users, comprising physicists, engineers, computer professionals, technicians and more from over 40+ countries.

Your role will be to lead in the areas of:

  • Implementing a comprehensive strategic road-map with the HR Director, D&I Co-Chairs and key -partners
  • Providing insight, resources, tools, solutions and actions that increase the organization’s focus on driving action in promoting DEI
  • Facilitating partnerships with the local community as well others in the DOE National Laboratory complex to advance knowledge in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

On any given day, your scope of responsibilities will include:

  • Collaboration with other Human Resources SME’s to provide direction and recommendations from a DEI perspective to ensure cohesive strategy and execution of goals such as recruitment, retention, outreach, AAP, and talent development
  • Management of the Exit Interview process, leveraging data and identifying trends to make recommendations that foster a more inclusive work environment
  • Providing counsel and research to HR Director and other senior management on the development/review of policies/practices to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion for employees, users, subcontractors, visitors and others on the Lab campus
  • Tactfully facilitate employee conversations around topics of diversity, equity and inclusion through a variety of mediums (e.g., employee forums, surveys, and internal company communications)
  • Project owner for the annual DEI Report; writing and coordinating comprehensive plan development with stakeholders, tracking activities and progress against prioritized actions
  • In partnership with the recruiting team, develop opportunities that expand our diversity, equity and inclusion brand, identify sourcing initiatives that build a proactive pipeline of high caliber, diverse, and well-qualified talent. Participate in external on-site outreach and career fair efforts as appropriate.
  • Apply experienced knowledge of EEO/AA laws and regulations to drive successful Affirmative Action Program with the EEO/AA Compliance Officer.
  • Partnership with HRIS to develop diversity, equity and inclusion analytics, including tracking metrics, generating diversity, equity and inclusion reporting to show trends, and communicate impact of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Manage and maintain the lab’s DEI website, enhancing content and partner with Communications to broaden the Lab’s social media presence and commitment to an inclusive workforce.
  • Position requires some travel, additional duties and responsibilities may be added as this new function evolves.

About Jefferson Lab/JSA

Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (TJNAF) is a world-leading nuclear physics research and development laboratory sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy with an annual operating budget in excess of $100M and 750 employees representing over 40 countries working on a modern research campus in Newport News, VA, which is part of the beautiful, coastal Hampton Roads region. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Great minds doing great things
  • New challenges every day
  • Continuous learning and growth
  • Have fun and give back! From T-shirt contests to the annual ‘Run Around’ or the United Way drive, there is always something    happening or a way to get involved.
  • Flexible schedules to support work/life balance, generous vacation and sick leave, strong medical and other benefits,competitive 401(k), and relocation assistance
  • Extraordinary people upholding Community Standards to foster an environment where everyone at the Lab feels safe, welcomed, and supported in advancing our mission.
  • Position may initially be remote, but will eventually require on site, local presence

Position Requirements

Qualifications We Require

  • Bachelor's degree in HR, Multicultural Studies, Psychology or Organizational Development or other related field plus 10 years experience or equivalent combination with significant demonstrated experience working specifically in Diversity & Inclusion.
  • Comfortable with analyzing data quantitatively and qualitatively to identify trends, strengths and areas of opportunity toward goal attainment.
  • Demonstrated experience as a hands-on doer who enjoys building and executing positive and impactful people programs.
  • Proven experience developing & delivering training and facilitating conversations or focus groups on DEI topics (implicit bias, harassment, inclusion, etc.)
  • Advanced knowledge of relevant EEO/AA federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Outstanding interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills, including the ability work effectively with individuals across various backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully both independently and collaboratively
  • Experience researching and interpreting diversity, equity and inclusion related current trends and legislative changes
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting and influencing varying levels of management and the workforce. 

Qualifications We Desire

  • SPHR or SHRM-SCP, PMP Certification and Certified Facilitator
  • Knowledge of an R&D technical organization
  • Experience developing or supporting Affirmative Action Programs with understanding of OFCCP 
  • Demonstrated experience partnering successfully with Talent Management teams to ensure the successful outreach and recruitment of a diverse candidate pools



Mental Requirements

• Ability to comprehend and follow instructions

• Ability to compose letters, outlines, memoranda, reports and other documents

• Ability to understand, remember, and communicate information and make decisions

• Ability to understand complex problems and to collaborate, explore and implement alternative solutions

• Ability to prioritize, organize and complete complex and varied tasks

• Ability to think analytically

Physical Requirements

• Ability to traverse across various locations on the laboratory site and access work areas

• Ability to work at a computer for extended periods

• Ability to lift up to 10 pounds frequently and 20 pounds occasionally

• Ability to open files and cabinet drawers, stoop and bend

• Visual capabilities sufficient to use computer workstations, read documents, and see safety alarms

• Auditory capabilities to hear safety alarms

Jefferson Science Associates, LLC (JSA) manages and operates the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). JSA is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or veteran status or on any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local law. As part of the JSA’s equal employment opportunity policy, we also take affirmative action as called for by applicable laws and Executive Orders to ensure that minority group individuals, females, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans, other protected veterans, Armed Forces, and qualified disabled persons are introduced into our workforce and considered for promotional opportunities.

JSA is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities (unless doing so will result in an undue hardship). If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to employment@jlab.org or call (757) 269-7598 to provide the nature of your request. Reasonable accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Employment with JSA is conditional upon DOE approval if at any time during your employment you are participating in a Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Program or Affiliated activity. Generally, such programs/activities include any foreign-state-sponsored attempt to acquire U.S.-funded scientific research through programs run or funded by the government that target scientists, engineers, students, academics, researchers, and entrepreneurs of all nationalities working or educated in the United States. This includes positions or appointments, both domestic and foreign, titled academic, professional, or institutional appointments whether or not remuneration is received and whether full-time, part-time or voluntary.

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