A diversity manager is often part of a human resources department. The diversity manager makes sure that individual differences are respected in the workplace, whether these be race, gender, ability, or sexual orientation. The diversity manager will often be in charge of creating and carrying out a diversity talent acquisition strategy, whether it be for entry-level positions or upper management. This may include carrying out an affirmative action plan.
The diversity manager will work with various outside parties, in order to expand the connections that are needed. It is also important to identify what sort of barriers are present that are hindering the acquisition of a diverse workforce. It is important to make sure that the team is productive and meeting the deadlines and goals that have been established. The diversity manager may also handle complaints, if personnel throughout the company feel that they are being discriminated against. The diversity manager may also oversee a diversity team, and may be expected to have duties related to hiring, training, work delegation, and employee evaluation.
Strong communication skills, professionalism, and compassion are needed for this job. This job usually takes place in an office environment with normal daytime hours. However, some travel may be necessary, in order to meet with outside organizations and prospective employees. This may require flexibility in schedule. Usually this position requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in human resources, business management, or a related field. Some human resources and/or management experience may be necessary.
Diversity Manager Tasks
Educate employees about diversity issues and how to build an integrated workplace.
Establish programs and relationships which encourage greater diversity in hiring.
Evaluate the diversity of an organization and provide reports to management.
Develop, monitor, and enforce diversity policies of an organization.