Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer


Lifespan seeks a dynamic forward-thinking leader as its inaugural Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO). The CDEIO will set and execute a vision and plan for diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) for an integrated academic health care delivery system serving achieving & upholding our institution�s C.A.R.E. values (Compassion Accountability Respect Excellence). The position will report to the Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Community Affairs.



Summary Description: 

The CDEIO has the overall responsibility for the following:

Develops and leads the organization�s implementation of strategic DEI initiatives including the fostering of a culture of equity diversity and inclusivity. Partners with internal stakeholders (leaders staff contract employees etc.) and external stakeholders (patients community groups vendors etc.) to further health equity for patients & the communities we serve and equitable treatment of all staff

Play a lead role in ensuring that our workplace at all levels is representative of the communities we serve and fostering a culture that guarantees every employee has an equal opportunity to succeed in their professional carrier at Lifespan regardless of their background and promote a culture of belonging that enables employees to confidently bring their authentic selves to work each day

Ensures Lifespan�s business systems processes and external relationships (community groups vendors suppliers etc.) reflect Lifespan�s commitment to DEI

Enables staff to pursue a shared vision for DEI by providing guidance education and resources to departments and individuals

Priorities for this role are strategy and engagement; coordination and alignment; communications and issues management; and development of success metrics. 

Strategic Responsibilities: 

Lead the development and implementation of an organization-wide DEI strategy. In support of this strategy lead execution of various DEI initiatives policies processes and practices

Define and deliver a comprehensive plan for key priorities and interventions including increasing diversity representation within the talent pipeline especially at the leadership level and delivering world class inclusion campaigns that deliver measurable progress

Implement and monitor strategies policies processes and practices to advance organizational change fostering and ensuring that DEI considerations are incorporated into decision-making processes across the organization with the goal of guaranteeing fair and equitable treatment of all stakeholders

Partner with executive leaders HR leadership talent acquisition talent management and others on identifying and reducing bias and any potential systematic barriers and enablers of diversity

Work with human resources staff and management to increase focus on ownership and accountability for action plans related to DEI across the organization

Policy and Education Responsibilities: 

Provide expertise on the development and alignment of plans polices and guidelines that advance diversity equity and inclusion and safe work environments and maintaining compliance with applicable laws in collaboration with Lifespan stakeholders

Develop and deliver behavior-changing learning experiences trainings coursework and tools to support DEI acumen throughout Lifespan with an eye for cultural sensitivity in the delivery of services to our members

Provide strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural competency gender differences disability sexual harassment building a climate of equity and inclusion and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values and maintaining compliance with applicable laws in collaboration with Lifespan stakeholders

Operational Responsibilities: 

Create and maintain a data dashboard to measure track and analyze the effectiveness of short medium and longer-term DEI goals to establish quantitative and qualitative benchmarks report on progress and identify gaps and opportunities for future areas of focus; leverage data to provide insights to stakeholders to drive decision-making and behavior change

Establish and maintain an internal audit and reporting system to allow for effective measurement of Lifespan DEI programs. Assesses and monitors program effectiveness and keeps management informed of equal opportunity progress and issues through periodic reports

Work in tandem with existing DEI focused workgroups (councils committees caucuses etc.) to build a welcoming and inclusive culture at Lifespan. Create and/or enhance such groups as needed to ensure all stakeholders have a voice.

Serve as a regular and active listener for all stakeholders (patients employees communities etc.) to both gain insight into current concerns and assess effectiveness of Lifespan�s work/approaches in DEI

Drive the execution of the �DEI Lifespan 2025� council�s work to ensure organizational alignment of goals measures of success and positive outcomes

Work closely with staff across the organization to promote awareness ownership and accountability/sustainability of DEI initiatives

Lead ongoing employee satisfaction and employee engagement work in partnership with Human Resources; conduct regular staff surveys and lead the discussion with leadership on action planning and mitigation of gaps in learning access and inclusivity.

Collaborate with talent acquisition and workforce development teams to help drive a diverse talent pipeline and assist with integrating DEI strategy into workforce initiatives. 

Program plan and promote a variety of collaborative events and resources necessary to achieve the sustainability and ongoing delivery of Lifespan�s DEI agenda

Community Relations Responsibilities: 

Work with existing community partners and cultivate new and strategic relationships to ensure that Lifespan serves as an agent for transformative and equitable change in the community


Other information:

Qualifications and Experience: 

 Bachelor�s Degree required Master's degree strongly preferred in a related field including public health psychology organizational development humanities and a minimum of five years leading diversity change efforts in a complex organization. Supervisory and management experience required

Proven track record of engaging with a diverse set of stakeholders and be committed to working collaboratively to craft a common vision and direction. Must be able to coach mentor and inspire 

Demonstrated success communicating sensitive topics to a broad group of constituents

Demonstrated knowledge skills awareness of and commitment to contemporary issues of anti-racism inclusion social justice diversity access and equity including the current research and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues 

Technical mastery of diversity issues in a complex organizational setting (e.g. education healthcare public sector or corporate) including experience with senior level recruitment and retention identity development access and equity training assessing workplace climate issues policy and legal dynamics of affirmative action and HR/ employment strategies designed to foster workplace and workforce diversity

Demonstrated ability to collect and perform strategic data analysis


Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Location: Corporate Headquarters USA:RI:Providence


Work Type: Full Time


Shift: Shift 1


Union: Non-Union