Head of Diversity & Inclusion

As the world’s oldest, largest and best-known animal welfare charity, the RSPCA is as committed to alleviating suffering today as when we were founded in 1824. Approaching our bicentenary, the world in which we operate is more complex and challenging than ever. Our strategy, Together for Animal Welfare, sets out our priorities and areas of focus through to 2030. It’s deliberately ambitious, because we want to improve the lives of more animals in England, Wales and internationally than ever before.

Diversity and inclusion (D & I) really matters to us, because we need to serve every community across the UK. With 1,500 employees and apprentices, plus 6,000 volunteers, we want to ensure that the RSPCA remains an employer and cause of choice, in which staff and volunteers feel welcomed and proud to belong. This is an exceptional opportunity for a talented, experienced change professional to accelerate and extend our work on D & I across everything we do.

As a key member of the Employee Experience team you’ll be accountable for leading and delivering our EDI strategy and agenda, championing EDI across the society with internal and external stakeholders and developing capabilities of staff and leaders in embedding EDI in their daily roles. You’ll be working closely with senior leaders to develop a comprehensive understanding of the benefits of a diverse and inclusive culture, and securing their support to ensure our plans are rolled out and embedded successfully across the whole Society.

You’ll be a confident, credible and adaptable expert, with the ability to work at all levels to influence colleagues to integrate D&I principles into their own spheres of accountability. With a track record of developing inclusive cultures in previous roles, you’ll have a sophisticated understanding of how national organisations, with large volunteer cohorts, can achieve lasting change through internal advocacy. Resilience, optimism and a comprehensive repertoire of communication techniques are all essential, and strong candidates will additionally bring experience of programme management.

For an informal discussion about the role and/or to apply, please click Apply here on Changeboard.

Alternatively you can contact Aino Betts or Robert Muncaster at Cadence Partners on +44 020 7947 4960. If you would prefer to email, please contact us at rspca-hdi@cadencepartners.co.uk Alternative formats may be requested at your initial contact.

Closing date: 12 July 2022

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