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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager

Requisition ID:  973

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Posted Date:  13-Nov-2019

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £41,526.00 - £49,553.00 

Closing Date: 22 November 2019

The University has a values-led Vision and Strategy which sets out an ambitious and exciting journey, to be a people focused and world-leading University.  In order to achieve this vision, we recognise that our people, and our culture are critical to our success. 


The new EDI Manager role is about ensuring that we embed the University’s core value of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in everything we do.  Managing the delivery of the University’s EDI Strategy, you will lead on the implementation of EDI initiatives at a strategic and operational level.   You will engage and collaborate with a wide range of stakeholders to identify key areas of activity and build confidence and commitment for change.  Leading a small EDI team, you will ensure that the work of the team is focused and prioritised for maximum impact.


You will excel at turning strategy into action and have an ability to turn your EDI knowledge and experience into practical ideas and solutions.  You will be able to build great relationships and exert influence at all levels in order to take people with you.  An experienced people manager, you are passionate about utilising the skills and talents of the people in your team as well as in the wider organisation.   The role will report directly to Assistant Director of Organisational Development and will work very closely with the Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. For an informal discussion or further information please contact Lisette Nicholson, Assistant Director of People Services - Organisational Development at or on 0191 2082277.


Key Accountabilities


Operational Management


  • Lead, line manage and support members of the EDI team, creating the conditions for them to be the best that they can be and deliver against agreed goals, priorities and outcomes.
  • Articulate measures of success and hold yourself and the team accountable to the objectives and outcomes.
  • Partner with Leaders, Managers, Organisational Development Leads, People Service Business Partners and other senior stakeholders to scope, design deliver and evaluate EDI strategic and operational projects as identified within the EDI Strategy.
  • Work collaboratively and flexibly with colleagues across the University to deliver EDI interventions to support the full range of University strategic plans and enablers focused on both students and colleagues. 
  • Ensure the availability of support and advice for operational teams in handling more complex individual cases, providing guidance on key equality issues to ensure these are handled appropriately.
  • Co-ordinate high quality administrative support for all of the governance and decision making bodies and any agreed stakeholder groups related to EDI.
  • Build, maintain and oversee key strategic partnerships to enable the delivery of  objectives and outcomes.

Culture, Values and Engagement


  • Bring the EDI Strategy to life by developing, implementing and promoting innovative EDI initiatives that embed EDI in everyday University life for colleagues and students.
  • Challenge and support colleagues to apply the value of equality, diversity and inclusion to a wide range of operational policies and processes.
  • Cultivate a culture of belonging and inclusion, where colleagues are able to bring their whole selves to work, identifying and eliminating barriers.
  • Engage and support colleague and student stakeholder groups, to ensure their voice is heard in the full range of University services, policies and decisions.
  • Ensure that you are up to date with EDI legislation and good practice to advise and guide colleagues when changes or new thinking could impact on University practice.
  • Identify the key priorities and focus for EDI training at University level, working with colleagues in Organisational Development to determine the most appropriate delivery strategy.
  • Proactively seek to engage with other external organisations to continually improve and further develop the knowledge and expertise of the EDI team.
  • Support and co-ordinate the EDI team to deliver agreed training, awareness raising education and development across the University.


 Data, Analytics and Accreditations


  • Identify and understand the EDI data and information needs that exist across the University, ensuring that you keep up to date with this at all times both internally and externally.
  • Oversee the collection, collation and analysis of EDI data, and continue to identify ways that this can be improved.
  • Utilise the EDI data to inform and evolve the EDI strategy, identifying key areas of focus as they emerge.
  • Provide guidance and advice to Executive Board, People Matters Group, the Executive Director of People Services, the Dean of EDI and other stakeholder in relation to themes, trends and issues arising out of EDI data collection and analysis.
  • Have strategic oversight of all EDI accreditations and deploy the EDI team to ensure all agreed accreditations are resourced and supported.
  • Ensure all agreed data and analysis required for EDI Accreditations is provided on time and to the right quality.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience


  • Proven experience of leading on workplace Diversity and Inclusion under a transformational agenda. Previous experience of the HE sector desirable but not essential.
  • Experience in the design and implementation of a broad spectrum of EDI interventions at both a strategic and operational level.
  • Track record of leading and managing projects in a multi faceted, fast paced, complex organisation and delivering on cost, quality and time requirements.
  • Ability to advise, guide and challenge leaders and colleagues in ways that engender confidence and compliance.
  • Experience in influencing culture change and working on projects that have had a demonstrable impact on the culture and values of organisations.
  • Comprehensive knowledge and understanding of EDI legislation and good practice and ability to demonstrate how this has been applied in previous roles.
  • Experience of working with EDI accreditations such as Athena Swan, Race Equality Charter, Stonewall or any equivalent public sector equality framework.
  • Experience of managing teams, with an ability to bring out the best in people.
  • Experience of values based policy / process development, which demonstrates a preference for consultation and collaboration.
  • Experience of engaging, consulting and working with relevant stakeholders, demonstrated by evidence of influencing and changing organisational policies or approaches.
  • Track record of innovation; you keep up to date with emerging trends and good practice, demonstrated by a wide and current network.
  • Strong data collection and analysis skills, ability to use metrics and data to support critical thinking and improvement of the service.
  • Well developed skills in managing and manipulating data through applications such as Excel.

Attributes and Behaviours


  • Promotes and actively drives change within own area and across the organisation.
  • Excellent communicator, at all levels, in both verbal and written forms.
  • Inclusive, empathetic and collaborative, comfortable being both a team member and team leader and working with a wide range of people and groups.
  • Evidence of passion and commitment in engendering an inclusive working environment and bringing organisational strategies to life.
  • Encourages and supports a free flow of communication in the team and the wider University.
  • Ability to persuade, convince, influence and negotiate with others in order to achieve results and gain support.
  • Advocate for the inclusivity of diversity and equality in every aspect of the role, the wider University and the local community at large.
  • Proven ability in leading a diverse team to deliver collective results.
  • Intellectual curiosity to deliver innovation and thought leadership.
  • Displays enthusiasm, creativity, integrity and personal resilience.





  • Educated to degree level or has equivalent professional qualifications or experience.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

Requisition ID: 973