Post Title: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
SBU/Department: Human Resources
FTE: 0.6FTE (working 22.2 hours per week)
Duration of Contract: Fixed-term
Salary: UH6 £31,396pa to £33,966pa with the potential to progress to £37,099pa by annual increments on achieving designated skills and experience
Annual Leave: 25 days pro rata plus standard public holidays and an additional 4 days including the closure of our office between Christmas and New Year
Location: Bishops Square, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Are you passionate about Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and want to make a difference?
We have an exciting opportunity for an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer to join a new team with an ambitious agenda that is central to the University's Strategic Plan.
Main duties and responsibilities
We are looking for someone to join our team who will provide specialist advice, guidance, support and training to staff, managers, students and other stakeholders across the University. You will manage various projects to advance the wider Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) agenda, including undertaking research to inform policy, developing guidance and training materials, updating and maintaining the team's communication and engagement platforms. The postholder will contribute to and support the development of a variety of different initiatives and team projects, which include the Dignity and Respect Advisors, Allies programme and Bullying and Harassment Investigators training, to further promote our commitment to advancing equality of opportunity, embracing, and celebrating the diversity of our community, and fostering a cohesive and inclusive culture.
You will develop and support our staff networks and strategic business unit based EDI teams. You will plan, co-ordinate and deliver a calendar of diversity events throughout the year engaging internal and external stakeholders and promote EDI through a variety of media. You will also be required to undertake a range of administrative duties to support the Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and the EDI Office.
The role requires a high degree of motivation, initiative and independent decision-making, including leading projects from conception through to final implementation in-line with the department's longer-term EDI strategies. Working as part of the EDI Office you will represent the team at internal and external meetings ensuring collegiately and professionalism at all times.
Skills and experience needed
It is essential that you have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to engage professionally with staff at all levels as well as students and other internal and external stakeholders and work collegiately with team members across Human Resources.
Ideally, you will have an interest in and previous experience of working in an EDI role, working knowledge of UK equality legislation and how it applies in practice. You will need to demonstrate good presentation, training and facilitation skills and possess a sound understanding of management information including statistics, data analysis and reporting. You will have excellent organisational skills with the ability to be flexible as well as also possess excellent IT and social media skills.
Degree or equivalent standard qualification, or equivalent experience
Please view the job description and person specification for a full list of the duties and essential criteria. Please attach a personal statement showing clearly how your skills and experience match the Person Specification.
We regret that we are unable to offer UKVI sponsorship for this post; applicants will either hold UK Right to Work, or demonstrate access to UK Right to Work, before an offer is made.
Contact Details/Informal Enquiries: Julia Ratcliffe, EDI Charters Manager [email protected]
Closing Date: 3 March 2024
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference Number: 057538
Date Advert Placed: 12 February 2024
Our vision is to transform lives and UH is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, and building a diverse community. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of their protected characteristics. We recognise there is currently an under-representation of male staff within the HR department, therefore we particularly encourage applications from male candidates. We offer a range of employee benefits including generous annual leave, flexible location opportunities within the UK, discounted Sports Village memberships, personal and professional development and family friendly policies. #GoHerts.
Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
University of Hertfordshire
February 13, 2024
March 03, 2024
Business and Economics,Education
About the employer
Formerly recognized as Hatfield Technical College, University of Hertfordshire is a public university which was established in the year 1952. This university primarily developed its roots in aeronautical engineering. In the year 1961, it was given the status of a regional college by the Ministry of Education. The British Government granted this college the university status in the year 1992. The university has multiple research centres in various fields including health and human sciences, arts and humanities and science and technology.
The University of Hertfordshire has two campuses, namely De Havilland and College Lane, which are spread across sprawling premises. The campuses offer on-campus accommodation to the students and are equipped with many first-class facilities such as a gym, central hub and social spaces. They also have sports facilities, including a pool and a climbing wall. De Haville Campus opened in the year 2005 and is provided with a computer centre, library and resource centre. Both the campuses are accessible by bus and trains. The university offers bus services to the students called Uno. Uno provides safe rides to the students and staff members at a discounted rate. The university has many educational spots, including a creative art gallery, biology lab, aerospace lab, simulation wards, observatory and a law building.
This university offers placement opportunities in many areas such as business, creative arts, physics, maths and law. According to the Complete University Guide 2015, it has the lowest rate of 'student relevant' crimes. The Trident Media Radio is the campus radio operated by the students. This university has a plethora of partners. Some of them are McGill University Canada, University of Okhalama and James Cook University. The university has developed many notable alumni that are doing successfully in their fields. Tony Banham is the Founder of Hong Kong War Diary Project. Helen Lederer is a famous actress and comedian. Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, Darell Leikin graduated from the University of Hertfordshire. Chris Gubbey is Auto Executive for General Motors. Upen Patel is an acclaimed film actor and a model. BBC presenter, Kate Bellingham is a renowned alumnus of this university. In addition, it has also produced many eminent sports personalities such as Ajaz Akhtar, who is a British cricketer and Noah Cato, who is a rugby union player.