Director, Diversity & Inclusion Culture and Retention

BAE Systems - Arlington, VA

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Job Description

The Director, Diversity & Inclusion Culture and Retention designs, implements and monitors programs to develop, retain and engage a diverse workforce under a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy.

Reporting to the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, this person will bring deep insights and thought leadership to the role while being a highly strategic operator, an excellent people manager, and have a successful and progressively responsible leadership track record in large organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities

Lead the execution of Inc. D&I strategic objectives and actions, including but not limited to the following:

  • Provide thought leadership and best practice methodologies in career and leadership development programs that intentionally advance a diverse workforce
  • Develop and manage framework for targeted development, career coaching, and mentoring program for women and people of color including cross-cultural/reciprocal mentoring and consultation on sponsorship, exposure and succession planning.
  • Lead strategy to embed inclusive behaviors in talent processes including performance management, employee development, leadership assessment and selection.
  • Partner with talent management leads to integrate diversity and inclusion into core high-potential development programs, talent reviews and assessment centers.
  • Coach key senior leaders to provide ongoing development, facilitate networking and build support and advocacy for diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Lead D&I education strategy and coach and develop D&I team member to design and deliver training related to workplace inclusion, unconscious bias and cultural competence.
  • Serve as Headquarters Diversity & Inclusion lead working closely with senior executives, HR business partners, and other key collaborators to provide D&I resources and tools in support of action plans, key initiatives, goals, and objectives.
  • Act as deputy to Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer to provide subject matter expertise, consulting and coaching to c-suite to problem solve, design and deliver enterprise-wide solutions related to diversity and inclusion that is integrated with business needs and other strategic HR initiatives.


  • Typically a Bachelor’s Degree and 12 years work experience or equivalent experience

Required Skills and Education 

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resource management, business administration or closely related field; ten years of related human resource experience, including creation and implementation of diversity program initiatives; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • 10+ years’ experience leading Diversity & Inclusion programs or working on Diversity projects
  • Experience managing people and project teams within cross-functional or large organizations.
  • Experience designing mentoring programs and development programs for leaders, high potentials and individual contributors.
  • Experience implementing and supporting enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion strategy along with strong business acumen to achieve enterprise objectives.
  • Experience engaging c-suite executives on diversity and inclusion imperatives, executive coaching and the ability to influence in a challenging business environment.
  • Preferred Skills and Education
  • Keeps current on diversity programs and developments by maintaining contact with others in the field (e.g., professional association and educational groups, and professional development efforts).
  • Ability to demonstrate awareness and understanding of multiple dimensions of diversity: race, ethnicity, gender, generation, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic, professional, and other differences that make us unique.
  • Experience administering feedback on assessments (e.g. StrengthsFinder, Intercultural Development Inventory, 360, or others) and coaching employees on results.
  • Leadership Coaching or Career Coaching certification.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, positive personal and professional vision, high standards of professional behavior and ethics.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills with solid attention to detail; accurate and thorough; comfortable with numbers.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; able to effectively persuade, influence, and negotiate, as appropriate; clarity, tact, professionalism and consensus building skills – in writing, speaking and presenting information.
  • Ability to work independently, set priorities, plan workflow and take initiative.
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of the organization and work well under pressure
  • Experience working successfully within a complex matrix structured organization.
  • Strong PowerPoint and Excel skills; general computer literacy.
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