Director, Inclusion Diversity & Equity Workplace Programs

Job Details

Job ID:

450 Brookline Ave, Boston, MA 02215


Employment Type:
Full time

Work Location:
Hybrid: 2-3 days onsite/week


This is an exciting time to join our Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Leadership Team, as we work to implement ID&E strategies and take actions that advance Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s (Dana-Farber) strategic ID&E goals to lead in the field of discovery and innovation, provide better care to more people, invest in talent and resources, and partner with the community.

The Director of Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity (ID&E) Workplace Programs partners on ID&E strategic initiatives with leaders across the institute. In this critical role, you will develop and implement workplace initiatives, processes, and practices that are grounded in the principles of ID&E and effectively integrated into the culture and daily Institute operations to foster inclusive environments where every workforce member can thrive. You will partner with leaders across the institute to assess their needs and guide them as they establish solutions.  As a result, you will create a more inclusive and diverse scientific and medical community representative of the communities we serve. Additionally, as a Director in Human Resources (HR), you will partner across the HR function in support of the HR strategic vision and priorities to create the next generation of an inclusive HR organization to serve Dana-Farber in the coming years.

This role reports up to and collaborates with the Chief ID&E Officer.

At Dana-Farber, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and workforce member feels they belong. If working in this organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

This position is a Hybrid role, located in Boston, MA, and the selected candidate must be available to work partially onsite every week. 



Implement ID&E Strategy:

  • Drive the successful implementation of Dana Farber’s ID&E strategy by conveying the overarching vision, securing resources, ensuring engagement, and serving as project planning and implementation support.
  • Consult with department and teams to integrate ID&E best practices into their operations. Support department and teams action planning efforts including goal development, define measures of success, and ensure long-term adoption and sustainability of the work.
  • Consult and partner with subject matter experts in health equity, patient health and safety, nursing and patient care services, community health, and other research, clinical and administrative leaders, faculty, staff, and employees across Dana-Farber to advance the institute ID&E goals and objectives.
  • Partner with Human Resources Information Systems (HRIS) and other key stakeholders to collect, analyze, measure, and report on ID&E metrics and KPIs to determine effectiveness of programs and initiatives. Identify lessons learned and improvement plans, as necessary.


Build Workforce ID&E Knowledge and Application:

  • Manage institute-wide ID&E education curriculum. In partnership and consultation with Learning and Talent Management and other key stakeholders, develop learning experiences in clinical and non-clinical settings focused on topics such as allyship, cultural humility & competence, unconscious bias, anti-racism, health equity, and disability awareness and accessibility. Support the integration of ID&E concepts and practices in all professional development programs.
  • Manage the Program Manager responsible for the oversight of Employee Resource Groups (ERG), Department ID&E Councils, Faculty Inclusion Committee (FIC) and other institute groups and committees that focus on advancing ID&E. Help all groups and committees and other ID&E champions align their efforts to ID&E institute strategic priorities and leveraged to enhance our patient and workforce experiences. Engage and motivate leadership of these groups while providing guidance, and direction. Help groups with resourcing and level of influence in the organization.
  • Lead the strategic integration of ID&E principles into daily practices of workforce members throughout Dana-Farber in support of the mission to creating a more inclusive and diverse scientific and medical community that is representative of the communities we serve.
  • Provide consultation and thought partnership with leaders across the institute and advise them on change management strategies to foster inclusive environments in their clinical and non-clinical departments.
  • Serve as a strategic advocate for all constituents, leading with compassion, transparency, and humility.
  • Develop programming and communications to engage staff from diverse backgrounds, celebrate diversity, and encourage dialogue and understanding to build and nurture inclusive work environments throughout the institute.

Support Initiatives to Increase and Retain a Diverse Workforce:

  • Partner with Talent Acquisition, Workforce Development, department leaders, and other key stakeholders to support talent pipeline efforts aimed at increasing the diversity of the workforce.
  • Partner with Learning and Talent Management, Workforce Development, department leaders, and other key constituents to identify external professional development and sponsorship programs that complement internal Dana-Farber programs with the goal of increasing morale and retention of all staff, building better diverse teams, and training a diverse group of future Dana-Farber leaders.
  • Partner with key stakeholders across the organization on employee engagement strategy to help nurture inclusive communities at Dana-Farber.

Lead ID&E Team and Stay Current on ID&E Trends and Best Practices:

  • Direct, manage, develop, and inspire a diverse team. Motivate and enable the team to meet goals, adopt innovative approaches and technology, and provide excellent service at scale. Create and sustain a psychologically safe team environment where all can thrive. Display good judgment for risk-taking and act decisively to create positive impact and best outcomes. Demonstrate and nurture solution- and team-orientation.
  • Research and identify inclusion, diversity, and equity emerging trends and best practices, with a keen focus on the unique needs of the healthcare industry. Consult with appropriate Dana-Farber leaders to identify opportunities to integrate, as appropriate, emerging trends and best practices into practices, processes, and policies.
  • Manage budget and work with maximum efficiency with existing resources.


Drive ID&E Communications:

  • Partner with HR Strategic Initiatives team Workforce and Patient/Family Communications team, and other key constituents to develop and implement an overarching strategy that increases transparency and communicates ID&E vision & progress, drives workforce ownership of advancing ID&E, and creates a call to action in an authentic way.
  • Manage ID&E workforce Intranet content and consults and partners with Marketing team on the DFCI website.
  • Provide input and review on critical internal and external messaging. Ensure ID&E is considered and integrated into all aspects of Dana-Farber’s internal and external communications.
  • Represent ID&E strategy and goals with internal and external stakeholders.


Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, or related field of study. Direct progressive experience in leading ID&E project implementation may substitute for degree. Additional ID&E or like certifications or advanced training a plus. 

Minimum Experience:

  • 10 years progressive experience in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity role/s with increased years’ experience directing, planning, and executing complex institutional inclusion, diversity, and equity projects. Team leadership, mentorship, coaching, and management experience required.
  • Experience working in healthcare, academic, and/or complex matrixed environment strongly preferred.
  • Ability to supervise and develop effective and impactful staff.


  • Thorough understanding of DEI frameworks to bring best practice solutions to drive the ID&E institute strategy.
  • Exceptional human leadership capability – listening, being curious, and willing to learn from others.
  • Effective change management skills to implement workplace programs that are grounded in the principles of ID&E and embedded in the culture and daily Institute operations to foster inclusive environments.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills to clearly articulate ideas and thinking behind decisions to stakeholders and clearly illustrate in verbal, written or visual formats, the ID&E vision, goals, & progress to the Dana-Farber community.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative, interdependent manner with a wide array of colleagues and clients to help workforce members and teams develop and integrate ID&E best practices into their daily experiences and operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage conflict and advance relationships and conversations.
  • Effective project management, program administration, and organizational skills.
  • Strong analytical skills to gather, interpret, deliver information, and make decisions from data.
  • Ability to multi-task, manage multiple constituents and multiple deadlines.
  • Passion for learning and a mindset of continuous improvement.

Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS, and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.

At Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, we work every day to create an innovative, caring, and inclusive environment where every patient, family, and staff member feels they belong. As relentless as we are in our mission to reduce the burden of cancer for all, we are equally committed to diversifying our faculty and staff. Cancer knows no boundaries and when it comes to hiring the most dedicated and diverse professionals, neither do we. If working in this kind of organization inspires you, we encourage you to apply.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.

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