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  • JOB DESCRIPTION Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

    Vacancy Ref: A2171

    Job Title: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager Present Grade: 8P

    Department/College: Human Resources

    Directly responsible to: Associate Director of HR (Organisational Development) Supervisory responsibility for: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Advisor, Other contacts Internal: Athena Swan Lead; Director of HR and OD; Pro Vice Chancellor (Education); Members of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Self-Assessment Teams; HR Partners and HR Advisors; Organisational Developers and Educational Developers; Resourcing and Reward Teams; International HR; Health and Safety; Student Based Services and Disability Service; University Faculties and Departments; Students Union. External: Athena Swan, Stonewall, Equality Challenge Unit, Disability Confident, local community groups and related networks across Higher Education and other sectors. Role Purpose: To act as the custodian of the Universitys Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Strategic Vision. To provide and implement solutions to complex equality, diversity and inclusion challenges within the framework of relevant legislation and to ensure the provision of a high standard of advice, support and delivery across the University on EDI matters. The role-holder is expected to deliver expert advice and guidance, develop and implement strategic policies, practices and action plans. The postholder also plays a role in delivering training and organising conferences and other events to promote equality, diversity and inclusion to staff, students and others as relevant. This is the key role within the University to ensure that we not only meet our EDI duties, aims and objectives, but also that equality, diversity and inclusion supports and enables the pursuit of excellence in all that we do. This covers all the statutorily recognized protected characteristics and other differences. The EDI Manager is required to be proactive and keep abreast with developments in equality, diversity and inclusion across the Higher Education sector and beyond and any changes in relevant legislation, keeping up-to-date with local and national initiatives. The role-holder will also play a key role in delivering internal CPD to the HR Division to ensure all HR and OD colleagues are up to date on the latest legislation, thinking and practice in EDI matters. Main Duties:

    1. Provide and implement equality, diversity & inclusion advice and guidance, covering staff, students and visitors needs (in conjunction with Student Based Services) with reference to relevant legislation and working collaboratively with all key stakeholders.

    2. Responsibility for the Universitys engagement with the equality charters and kite marks (currently Athena SWAN, Race Equality Charter, Disability Confident and Stonewall), providing expert advice to the Universitys EDI and Athena Swan Committees as well as Departments, Professional Service Divisions and the Universitys senior management.

    3. Play a lead role in the commissioning and implementation of the Universitys biennial staff survey and also in the leading of relevant thematic working groups to consider and respond to staff feedback obtained via the survey and other means.

    4. Researching, developing and delivering strategic EDI action plans, taking responsibility for key end results and ensuring that the plans support the Universitys overall strategy.

    5. Devise, plan and implement seminars, conferences and other events to communicate equality, diversity and inclusion principles to staff, students and members of the community as appropriate. This may include close working with others, including the Students Union.

  • 6. Make a constructive and proactive contribution to the implementation and formulation of University policy to take into account relevant EDI issues.

    7. As part of the Universitys overall approach to internationalisation work with the PVCs, various internal groups and international partners/campuses to ensure the delivery of relevant and contextualized EDI aims and objectives across all areas of Lancaster Universitys footprint (including Ghana, China and Malaysia).

    8. Produce reports providing advice/ creative solutions for consideration at senior university level and/or by committees to meet university accountability/obligations/ best practice and then, whenever appropriate, facilitating their implementation.

    9. Evaluate existing service provision, keeping abreast of feedback and broader external developments to ensure that innovative solutions are proposed to senior management.

    10. Manage the provision of online mandatory EDI staff training. 11. Attend national training and personal development events to keep abreast with EDI issues 12. Attend, lead and/or develop local and regional meetings relating to the EDI agenda, networking

    appropriately 13. Manage a budget to implement projects and related activities such as seminars, workshops and conferences

    etc. 14. Provide training, guidance and support for staff on equality, diversity and inclusion issues, across the

    University but also internally within HR. 15. Regularly attend and update the Human Resources Leadership Team on delivering of the EDI Strategic Vision

    and relevant elements of the People Strategy. You will from time to time be required to undertake other duties of a similar nature as reasonably required by your line manager.


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