Director of Diversity and Inclusion – ROLE NOW CLOSED

The Trussell Trust

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  • Expected Salary:
    £62,000
  • Location:
    London, Salisbury or from home
  • Sector:
    Third Sector
  • Start Date:
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent

The Trussell Trust is an amazing place to work – but we wish it didn’t have to exist, because we don’t believe that a charity like ours should be needed at all.

Unfortunately, for now the need is undeniable. We support more than 1,200 food bank centres in the UK, many of which are based in and run by local churches. With around 28,000 volunteers across the country, our small central team serves the operational needs of this network. As you would expect, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on need. The number of food bank parcels provided to people in crisis increased by 89% in April 2020 compared to the same period last year, and the need for services specifically for children more than doubled. And we promise that we will be there as long as we can help. With a new strategy ready to launch, we’re investing in compelling advocacy, communications and engagement – and most of all, in the talented, passionate people – which will help end the need for food banks.

An authentic approach to Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is integral to our purpose, underlining our determination to challenge structural economic issues and alleviate cycles of inequality. Wherever staff, stakeholders, or food bank centres encounter us, we want it to be evident that we work through respect, fairness, equality and a commitment to challenge all forms of discrimination.

This new role is crucial in creating positive change across the Trust, shaping and driving our D&I agenda and working closely with colleagues, volunteers and Trustees. You’ll be accountable for implementing our D&I strategy, ensuring it exemplifies best practice and addresses both current and (as far as possible) future challenges. Establishing a shared frame of reference, shared language and effective governance structures around our strategic objectives, you’ll oversee its application through every area of our work and monitor its impact through appropriate Objectives and Key Results (OKR’s). As our in-house lead on issues associated with D&I, you’ll provide expert advice and guidance on areas such as policy development, recruitment, training, career development, and any other relevant people processes.

Candidates must bring solid, successful experience of D&I strategy development and leadership through change, as well as demonstrable evidence that you have embedded lasting cultural transformation. Highly expert in the discipline, and able to clearly articulate complex concepts such as power, privilege, bias and intersectional injustice, you will ensure that our organisational perspective on these issues reflects the most considered and comprehensive thinking. The ability to identify and realise shared ‘quick wins’ that capture and signpost our direction of travel will be a distinct advantage. Influential, a positive communicator and committed to working through relationships, you’ll be highly credible and approachable in every setting, and will be comfortable with presentation and external advocacy. You’ll exemplify the value of empathy, dignity and respect, and show how the elimination of bias and all types of discrimination enriches everyone’s professional and personal life.

Please visit our website via the button below to find out more. For a confidential, informal conversation, please contact Jean White at Cadence Partners on +44 20 7947 4960 or email trusselltrust-ddi@cadencepartners.co.uk

Closing date: 12 October 2020.