Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Lead – Hc-One – Darlington

Hc-One

About The Role As HC-One’s Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Lead you will help create, shape, and evolve our Colleague experience at HC-One, as well as influence our Resident experience, and partner across the organisation to set strategy and standards consistent with our vision, mission, and purpose. You will be the trusted advocate in amplifying our ED&I agenda, leading on creating the platform to ensure that ED&I is core to our cultural fabric and indelibly linked to our values of Kind Care. As a direct result of your work, colleagues will know, recognise, and experience the value and importance of listening, learning, improving and enabling each of us to bring our full selves to the workplace. Further, your influence with also have a bearing on further meeting the needs of our Residents. The role is standalone, reporting to the Head of HR, sitting within the broader People Team. Main Activities Lead the development of HC-One’s ED&I strategy and approach, which both sets the direction of travel for HC-One whilst encouraging, enabling, and sponsoring local activity to foster and thrive, and sets and provides guidance across our organisation in delivering ED&I goals Help grow, build, and sustain a diverse and inclusive culture that respects, leverages and promotes diversity and equality throughout HC-One, both internally and externally within the homes and communities we serve. Success here is that these actions are deeply woven into our Kindness model and an integral part of our business success Partner with leaders across HC-One to drive greater ED&I awareness, understanding and the courage to live these accountabilities through helping to embed good practice – mindsets, behaviours, pragmatic approaches, and toolkits – in all areas of our Colleague experience Own and develop the ED&I annual planning process i.e., strategy, objectives, outcomes, metrics – guiding and influencing the delivery of initiatives Lead HC-One’s gender pay gap reporting process and approach, and help build ethnicity pay gap reporting capabilities Contribute to HC-One’s ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) strategy with relevant and related ED&I indicators, reporting and performance Support with the evolution of employee network groups and forums to become a strategic driver and catalyst for wider organisational and cultural change Align, coach, and support stakeholders across the business, including Regional HRBPs, Heads of, Directors, Executive Team and operational teams, to translate company-wide agenda into local action and change Collaborate with a variety of stakeholders across the business to ensure applicable ED&I principles and strategy is incorporated into all programs and activities within the talent and employee lifecycle, as well as influencing practices directly impacting out Residents Support specific projects providing knowledge and expertise, ensuring that that ED&I is contextually considered and at forefront of projects, e.g., overseas recruitment, colleague journey, flexibility, etc. Closing Date: Friday 10th February 2023 About You A courageous pragmatist with leadership qualities, and unquestioned integrity. You have strong advocacy in ensuring the Colleague experience in respect of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion factors are captured, shared, heard, and acted upon, and have the ability to manage, lead and enable others to act cross-functionally and think more broadly. CIPD qualified to Level 5, or equivalent, with a desire for continual growth and learning. You have good experience of designing, developing and continuously improving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. You are confident in driving change, from planning to post implementation evaluation and have the ability to surface, mediate and manage different and conflicting points of view. You are an effective and personable communicator and influencer, experienced and confident in drawing practical insights from multiple data sets, and able to turn such insights into practical actions. You are commercially aware, able to powerfully connect the importance of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion to business performance. Operating as main decision maker in this space, you have a decisive, yet thoughtful, nature and the ability to act with tact and diplomacy alongside a powerful and unflinching ability to speak truth. You are innovative and enthusiastic with the ability to engage and influence with people across an entire organisation. Comfortable and capable of influencing others in the absence of any ‘direct authority’ with a highly collaborative style, thriving in team environments – ability to build effective relationships and collaborate with a range of individuals at all levels. The Few Extras An underlying appreciation and experience of general HR practice and experience would be highly desirable. Experience of working with unions, advantageous but not essential Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and therefore it is important that you are able to recognise the signs which may indicate possible abuse, harm or neglect in its different forms and know what to do if there are any concerns. All colleagues are required to attend safeguarding training appropriate to their role and to undertake additional training in associated areas. You also have the ability to seek appropriate advice and report concerns, including escalation if action is not taken. About The Company HC-One offers professional residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for older people. We aim to be the first-choice care home in each community for Residents and Colleagues; we will achieve this mission through providing the kindest possible care to Residents in over 300 care homes across the United Kingdom. We are very proud of our outstanding team at HC-One. They are caring, warm-hearted and professional people who have a clear understanding of our Residents individual needs, choices and wishes. We are passionate about ensuring that our current and future Colleagues can be their true selves, and that our workforce represents the communities we serve. We prioritise inclusive working practices and invite applicants from all backgrounds into our HC-One family. What HC-One offer Complimenting your salary, you will enjoy access to a huge variety of benefits and services to support your physical and psychological well-being and throughout your career we will invest in you and you will enjoy additional support and benefits including: Award-winning learning and development 25 days annual leave 5% Company Pension Scheme 5% Bonus Scheme (Discretionary) Single Private Medical Insurance 2 years Life Assurance An opportunity to learn from experienced colleagues as part of an outstanding and committed team. GP online – providing around the clock GP consultation via an interactive app – available to you and your children under 16 Colleague discounts – Access to over 1600 high street discounts including carefully selected discount partners Wellbeing – free of charge access to an independent and confidential Employee Assistance Programme. This gives Colleagues and their family access to 24/7 365 support for a whole range of issues including physical, mental, and financial issues We want you to have an amazing experience working at HC-One, starting with our commitment to providing the quickest possible turnaround from the point of making you a job offer to you starting with us on day one

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