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Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Job ID 2679 Date posted 07/12/2021

Brookhaven National Laboratory (www.bnl.gov) delivers discovery science and transformative technology to power and secure the nation’s future. Brookhaven Lab is a multidisciplinary laboratory with seven Nobel Prize-winning discoveries, 37 R&D 100 Awards, and more than 70 years of pioneering research. The Lab is primarily supported by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science. Brookhaven Science Associates (BSA) operates and manages the Laboratory for DOE. BSA is a partnership between Battelle and The Research Foundation for the State University of New York on behalf of Stony Brook University.

Position Description

Brookhaven National Laboratory (Lab) seeks to hire a Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDO) to develop and implement strategies to increase engagement, opportunity and advancement for underrepresented groups at the Lab. Reporting to the Lab Director, the CDO will play a critical leadership role in advancing the Lab’s vision of an inclusive workplace that not only values and is responsive to the diversity of staff and the Department of Energy, sponsors and users it serves, but elevates all voices and identities, both in scientific and support roles, for the advancement of science and the Lab.

The CDO will work to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are embedded as central tenets of the Lab’s culture and business operations.

The CDO will be responsible for setting and executing short and long-term strategies that ensure employees have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge around mission-critical elements of DEI and that all identities, employees, guests, and users, feel a sense of equity and belonging at the Lab.

Organizational Leadership:

  • In partnership with the Manager of Talent Management, develop strategic recruitment initiatives to attract and retain diverse employees, post-doctoral students, and support staff.
  • Foster a respectful workplace by promoting inclusion among the Lab leaders at all levels, including the Board of Directors, through engagement and training.
  • Attend Directorate and Department All Hands Meetings and make presentations on diversity in conjunction with the Associate Lab Director, Chair, or autonomously
  • Assist Human Resources’ training professionals in:
    • designing and implementing professional development opportunities for all employees; and
    • designing and implementing training programs at all levels of the organization to advance DEI.
  • Assist the Chief Human Resources Officer and the General Counsel in examining the Lab’s procedures and policies to eliminate bias and promote the Lab’s commitment to DEI.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with Human Resources Managers to provide support and guidance as needed.
  • Partner with employee affinity groups to support under-represented groups and further the Lab’s DEI strategy.
  • Develop and communicate key metrics and benchmarks to drive transparency and accountability and to measure progress on initiatives.
  • Craft internal and external communications on the Lab’s DEI strategy.

Scientific Leadership:

  • Address barriers to diversity in science by enhancing opportunities for under-represented groups, including women and people of color, at the Lab and in the broader scientific community.
  • Advise on equitable and innovative hiring and recruitment practices for scientists and engineers at all levels.

External Leadership:

  • Assist the Chief Human Resources Officer and the Director, Stakeholder Relations in efforts to engage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for employment positions, undertake scientific research as guests and users and participate in educational programs and the Lab's social media presence.
  • Support and/or contribute to proposals and grants in diversifying staffing (e.g., NSF, workforce development programs for technicians).
  • Support Stakeholder Relations staff by developing relevant approaches to community engagements which increase Lab visibility among diverse audiences.
  • Develop strategic programming (live and digital forums) to enhance dialogue and engage with diverse communities.
  • Support the Office of Education’s Manager of University Relations and DOE Internship Programs to develop programs for students of color, LGBTQ students, and students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Partner with the Lab Director in meeting DOE-wide DEI goals and attending NLDC meetings as required /requested.

Position Requirements

Qualifications & Skill Requirements: Candidates are expected to possess the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of fifteen years of progressive leadership experience which includes at least 5 years advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in either a DEI or Human Resources management role, including, but not limited to recruiting of employees with or from diverse backgrounds, preferably in a scientific research or development organization or university.
  • Degree in law, social justice, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, human resources management or other related field.
  • Understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, cultural and personal backgrounds of employees and candidates.
  • Demonstrated experience in fostering collaboration and consensus building, including developing productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders to enhance person and organizational effectiveness.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership and develop policies and procedures related to program initiatives.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills; excellence at public speaking.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and judgement including the ability to engage, coach, advise and build trust and credibility.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain a professional demeanor during emotionally charged, difficult, or high-pressure situations.
  • Experience with managing all aspects in supporting the advancement and administration Lab-wide DEI programs, including, but not limited to: budget management, staff management and development, and compliance requirements and reporting.
Other Information:
  • Search committee consideration of qualified applications will begin August 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. 

At Brookhaven National Laboratory, we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive.  Our benefits program includes, but is not limited to:
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Care Plans;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts;
  • Paid Time-off and Leave Programs (vacation, holidays, sick leave, paid parental leave);
  • Lab-funded Retirement Plan;
  • 401(k) Plan;
  • Flexible Work Arrangements;
  • Tuition Assistance, Training and Professional Development Programs
  • Employee Fitness/Wellness & Recreation:  Gym/Basketball Courts, Weight Room, Fitness Classes, Indoor Pool, Tennis Courts, Sports Clubs/Activities (Basketball, Table Tennis, Softball, Tennis)

Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) is an equal opportunity employer that values inclusion and diversity at our Lab.We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, status as a veteran, disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

BNL takes affirmative action in support of its policy and to advance in employment individuals who are minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.We ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.Please contact us to request accommodation.

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Brookhaven employees are subject to restrictions related to participation in Foreign Government Talent Recruitment Programs, as defined and detailed in United States Department of Energy Order 486.1A. You will be asked to disclose any such participation at the time of hire for review by Brookhaven. The full text of the Order may be found at: https://www.directives.doe.gov/directives-documents/400-series/0486.1-BOrder-a/@@images/file

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