IPG posted a job listing on Monster.com, seeking a Diversity Management Director. Or a pimp, as Sanford Moore would insist. Most ridiculous is the final prerequisite: Successful championship of diversity and inclusion issues in corporate, non-profit and/or volunteer contexts. Why, someone with such credentials would fit in perfectly on Madison Avenue.
Director, Diversity Management
About the Job
The Director, Diversity Management, will serve in a lead consulting role for multiple business units with a variety of cultures and approaches to diversity and inclusion. He or she will be responsible for the day-to-day management and evaluation of assigned services and programs developed in conjunction with advertising agencies within the Interpublic Group; will lead department branding strategy, managing all aspects of internal and external communications, including look and feel; maintain quality standards for events, publications, newsletters, websites; support continuity and turn-key communications for employee resource groups; and collaborate with corporate communications and guide development of communications of multiple Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
The Director will be an advocate for diversity and inclusion, and promote implementation of corporate programs/change initiatives. She or he must be able to relate with agency and corporate leadership and present compelling cases for program mandates. They must be comfortable with ambiguity, flexible, adaptable and able to change course quickly, capable of distilling information in “real time”, and possess deep creative, strategic and tactical presentation skills.
• Development, execution and management of multiple concurrent projects
•Management of programs across a wide geography, including proposals, planning, budgeting and tracking of results and outcomes
• Supervise program staff and provide leadership for agency management
• Develop branding strategy, manage all aspects of internal and external communications for events, publications, and websites; support continuity and turn-key communications for ERGs
• Prepare and deliver presentations; facilitate meetings and training
• Conceptualize, support and design strategies for building external reputation and leveraging the full range of programs to maximize results
• Consulting and guiding ERGs on programming and events
• Required to travel as needed, approximately 20% maximum
• Managing metrics-related reports and projects such as climate studies and quantitative analysis
• Vendor management
• Strong leadership, communication, operational and presentation skills
• Proven ability as a strategic and tactical leader
• A minimum of 10 years experience with strategic initiatives requiring advanced communications and complex project management skills
• Bachelor's Degree in a related area (graduate degree preferred)
• Experience implementing and analyzing quantitative measurement systems
• Adaptive learning skills, a natural curiosity and the ability to find solutions to new, unique problems
• Creative, effective story telling skills (distilling complicated information into simple concepts) for developing narratives for meetings, conferences, presentations, collateral materials, press releases, etc.
• Experience with branding and crafting of a range of polished materials and persuasive messages for a range of channels is essential
• Experience facilitating change
• Successful championship of diversity and inclusion issues in corporate, non-profit and/or volunteer contexts