Chief Diversity Officer is the Hottest Toughest job in 2021, why?

What is a Chief Diversity Officer?
Chief Diversity Office Job Description
What does a chief diversity officer do? Why is Chief Diversity officer important? Do you need to hire a Diversity & Inclusion Leader?

What does a Chief Diversity Officer do?

A Chief Diversity Officer is an experienced diversity leader to lead and be accountable to an organization on everything equity, diversity, & inclusion. The Chief Diversity Officer is a strategic leader, thought partner and implementer who will connect the dots between diversity and inclusion efforts across the organization. Typically, early in their tenure, the Chief Diversity Officer will develop a comprehensive organization-wide strategic diversity and inclusion plan; develop training programs for faculty, staff and students; review and assess the impact and effectiveness of diversity and inclusion programs; and serve as a leader in the organization. An organization that hires a Chief Diversity Officer can be government, a university, for-profit corporation, charities, or any non-profit organization. The CDO will serve as a champion for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. The CDO will work with leadership, management, staff and senior leadership to further a more vibrant, inclusive, and supportive environment for underrepresented and all members of the organization.

A Chief Diversity Officer is a senior position and usually reports to the president, Chief Operation Officer, or Chief Human Resources Officer depends on the organization structure. In universities, the Chief Diversity Officer usually reports to the Principal of the University.

Why is Chief Diversity Officer will be the hottest job in HR right now?

According to HR thought leader Josh Bersin, the Chief Diversity Officer will be the strategic partner to the CEO, rather than just an HR program. However, it is also going to be the toughest job as well. There are at least there are 9 dimensions to diversity (age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, disability, and nationality). Each of the dimension will require special treatments and specialties.

Why is the Chief Diversity Officer job is a tough job?

As above, there are so many different types of diversity, and most senior leaders think they understand diversity, plus it is hard to measure diversity.

So basically it is a job that can get criticized a lot, but the scope is very board, and it is hard to measure, and also everyone thinks they know enough to be dangerous.

And until now, most of the diversity and inclusion functions in small and large corporations are underfunded.

Chief Diversity Officer Job Description and Responsibilities Samples


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:

  • The Chief Diversity Officer will lead the Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to plan and implement an organization’s diversity initiatives and activities that interact readily and effectively with student affinity groups; students, faculty and staff from underrepresented populations; and all members of the organization community.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will serve as a leading expert in providing DEI educational programs, to the employee population.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will have a strong commitment to the organization’s goals and objectives of providing quality programs, academic offerings, pedagogical support and direct service to customers.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will work with the organization Bias Incident Response Team to respond and investigate bias related incidents, and make strategic and proactive recommendations based on outcomes.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will facilitate opportunities for faculty and staff training, collaborate with human resources to enhance recruitment, hiring, promotion and retention of diverse faculty and staff, and provide support to employees with diverse experiences and backgrounds.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Maintain knowledge on current and emerging developments/trends for assigned area(s) of responsibility, assesses the impact, and collaborates with senior management to incorporate new trends and developments in current and future strategies.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will direct and enhance organizational initiatives by positively influencing and supporting change management and/or departmental/enterprise initiatives within assigned area(s) of responsibility.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer provides subject matter expertise to team members and applicable internal/external stakeholders on complex assignments/projects for his/her assigned area(s) of responsibility.
  • In collaboration with HR Centers of Excellence & Business Leaders, develop and implement specific enterprise diversity objectives, and business plans to align inclusion initiatives with business strategies & metrics focusing on the workplace, workforce, marketplace & community.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will ensure diversity outcome is reflected in the workforce/workplace & in business activities, including marketing materials, suppliers/vendors & community-facing efforts.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer builds relationships with leaders, stakeholders & HR colleagues to drive diversity-related messages throughout the organization.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will educate, partner, consult, and collaborate with business and HR areas to effectively build, incorporate, and manage business corporate inclusion initiatives.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Partner with Corporate functions and initiate the development of Supplier Diversity strategies to support diversity and inclusion needs & demands based on current & future business needs.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Collaborate with the corporate communications team to create communications to increase diversity and inclusion awareness.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will serve as a change agent, consultant, thought-leader, influencer & SME on diversity and inclusion related issues that impact the enterprise.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Identify, develop & foster relationships with relevant external organizations, thought leaders, partners & vendors.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Participate in and lead vendor selection, evaluation & education processes.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Manage, monitor and report supplier diversity program performance and trends. Develop & implement best practices for diversity and inclusion action planning. Ensure business accountability for follow up.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will develop tracking strategies to monitor and evaluate the impact and ROI of initiatives; develop reports on program effectiveness and make recommendations for program enhancement and improvement.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will design & implement metrics, monitoring & reporting systems to effectively benchmark organizational progress in Diversity & Inclusion.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Collaborate with HR Business Partners, HR Centers of Excellence and business leaders to measure and evaluate the effectiveness of Diversity & Inclusion programs.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Work with senior leadership in designing and implementing institution-wide changes to ensure diversity, equity and respect for all teammates and patients. Identifies areas of opportunity, develop recommended courses of action, secures senior leadership approval and drives implementation.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Lead strategic, innovative initiatives that institutionalize diversity, inclusion and equity throughout all aspects of organization operations.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will provide strategic oversight of the Language Access Department to assure the provision of quality, timely, and cost-effective interpretation and translation services through trained interpreters, translators, and the effective use of technology.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Provide executive oversight of organization’s supplier diversity strategy. Works across the enterprise and community to promote opportunities for spend with supplier diversity businesses and addresses barriers where they exist.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Advocate for and provides executive oversite of diverse spheres of influence such as diversity councils, system resource groups, and teammate networks and ensures their strategic impact on the system.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will Collaborate with other members of leadership to develop and maintain strategic partnerships with community organizations and other entities as appropriate. Represents the organization with external organizations regarding diversity issues that affect the health system and community and works to build the organization’s brand and reputation for diversity.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer will develop diversity and inclusion metrics and devises ongoing measures that support the evolution of diversity and inclusion as cultural anchors. Benchmarks and provides avenues for implementation of best-in-class strategies in organization strategies and programs.
  • The Chief Diversity Officer oversees System Affirmative Action Plans, educates business unit leaders and develops goals.

Chief Diversity Officer Job Competencies

Here are some examples of CDO leadership competencies.

  • Diversity & Inclusion: Expert in Diversity and Inclusion knowledge.
  • Talent Management: Selects, develops, optimizes, and retains diverse talent to achieve individual, team, and organizational objectives.
  • Teammate Engagement: Develops and implements actions to improve and sustain teammates’ commitment. Sustains engagement at the 75th percentile.
  • Continuous Improvement: Identifies and implements actions to improve existing processes, practices, behaviours and LEAN tools to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Financial Management: Develops and implements budget targets to achieve organizational objectives.
  • Supporting Standards: Sets the tone for the System’s culture by modelling and monitoring the adherence of the Code of Business Conduct.

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FAQ about the Chief Diversity Officer role

A Chief Diversity Officer is an experienced diversity leader to lead and be accountable to an organization on everything equity, diversity, & inclusion. The Chief Diversity Officer is a strategic leader, thought partner and implementer who will connect the dots between diversity and inclusion efforts across the organization.

An organization that hires a Chief Diversity Officer can be government, a university, for-profit corporation, charities, or any non-profit organization. The CDO will serve as a champion for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.

A Chief Diversity Officer is a senior position and usually reports to the president, Chief Operation Officer, or Chief Human Resources Officer depends on the organization structure. In universities, the Chief Diversity Officer usually reports to the Principal of the University.

A Chief Diversity Officer is an experienced diversity leader to lead and be accountable to an organization on everything equity, diversity, & inclusion. The Chief Diversity Officer is a strategic leader, thought partner and implementer who will connect the dots between diversity and inclusion efforts across the organization.

A Chief Diversity Officer is a c-suite level or usually someone who reports to a c-suite. The typical salary of a Chief Diversity Office ranges between USD $130,000 – $200,000.

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About the author

Brian Chan

Brian Chan is the Managing Diversity & Inclusion Director (Chief Diversity Officer) at Diversity.Social. Brian has years of experience working at Fortune 500 companies in diverse environments and building diverse teams in Asian, Europe, America, and Canada.

Brian believes that building diverse and inclusive working environments isn't a luxury for resourceful organizations only, it should be leveraged and start from grassroots.

Brian is a serial entrepreneur and has founded high technology ventures throughout his career.

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