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    The Smithsonian’s Head Diversity Officer is a newly created role that will lead and manage the Institution’s commitment to fostering a Diverse, Equitable, Accessible, and Inclusive (DEAI) organization. 

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    The Head Diversity Officer (HDO), is part of a leadership team committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, accessible, and inclusive organization in which everyone—regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, gender, sexuality, ability, religion, and other identities—has an opportunity to thrive. As a leadership team dedicated to our mission, we believe that by harnessing the power of a diverse workforce in which people feel included, we can better serve the public, both here in our nation, and around the globe.

    Consistent with our role as a national leader for learning and the diffusion of knowledge, we are committed to facilitating dialogues within communities and around our country on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion (DEAI) topics. In order to better position our organization, as well as our 6,000+ staff, to deliver on this goal, we also need to ensure the organization is leading, developing, bolstering and addressing diversity efforts, needs and gaps. With the creation of a HDO, who will serve as the Smithsonian’s central leader on DEAI issues, we strive to build a world-class capability in support of our role to serve the public.

    The HDO, who will report to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, will be expected to conceptualize and execute an institutional DEAI strategy. This strategy will consist of a set of specific goals, initiatives, and metrics to measure success, and will unify, coordinate, or integrate existing programs across our 60+ organizational units. In developing and implementing the strategy, the DL will work collaboratively with senior leaders from across the Institution, as well as key partners, such as the Office of Equal Employment and Supplier Diversity, Human Resources, and other important partners.


    - Collaboratively develop and drive a Smithsonian-wide DEAI strategy.

    - Be a thought leader and industry expert on how DEAI can improve mission performance and employee engagement.

    - Act as a trusted advisor to the senior leadership team, enabling them to identify and implement opportunities for meaningful change and outcomes.

    - In collaboration with senior leaders, develop a robust set of training and other experiential activities to develop a common set of skills among staff at all levels.

    - Collaborate with unit directors from across the Institution to ensure all leaders understand and avoid bias, promote equal representation, and invest in content with clear DEAI objectives and outcomes.

    - Serve as a spokesperson on DEAI topics, and actively and frequently communicate and interact with staff.

    - Collaborate with HR leadership and other stakeholders to examine current policies and processes—such as those that guide hiring, performance management, and professional development—to remove unintentional barriers to equity.

    - Identify strategies and lead efforts to improve representation across the Institution at all level, including senior levels.

    - Actively collaborate with others to pursue funding for DEAI initiatives, both through federal sources and philanthropy.

    - Externally represent the Institution on DEAI topics through written publications and/or speaking opportunities.

    - Cultivate external relationships and collaborations with diverse communities and organizations.

    - Engage with, and be responsive to, the Board of Regents on DEAI issues.

    - Develop metrics for assessing goals; analyze and present data trends that inform strategies or changes for improvements.


    - Deep expertise in DEAI topics; a recognized expert in the field.

    - Highly collaborative, skilled at working effectively across organizational lines and at all levels.

    - An ability to excel in a decentralized and geographically dispersed environment.

    - Deep expertise in facilitating organizational engagement on DEAI topics.

    - Excellent written and oral communication skills.

    - Mission-driven, with an appreciation for the Smithsonian’s public service orientation.

    - An ability to develop, drive, and support change initiatives.

    - A curious and continuous learner who can adapt quickly and influence direction in a complex environment. 

    - Extensive experience presenting to stakeholders such as donors, boards, external partners and internal audiences.

    - An experienced leader with the ability to set clear priorities, lead change, achieve outcomes, and develop people.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/611636700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.