Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion


The Director Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) works under the guidance of Diversity Equity and Inclusion leaders to support the advancement of the diversity strategy of Lifespan by creating and managing programs. 

The Director Diversity Equity and Inclusion works across the system to support the organizational DEI platform initiatives and tactics. The Director Diversity Equity and Inclusion drives actions ensuring alignment with corporate business goals the philosophy and objectives of the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and departmental processes systems and programs. The Director Diversity Equity and Inclusion supports Lifespan Patients Providers People and Purpose. 



Oversees the Diversity Programs in collaboration with Lifespan system DEI office

Co-leads the Lifespan DEI Council

Administers and oversees the delivery of career development programs

Partners with internal departments including but not limited to Human Resources to support leader development to incorporate DEI into departmental goals and to assist in the development of inclusive succession plans to support strategic business objectives.

Designs and develops best in class change management strategies to build a pipeline of diverse leaders across the organization.

Leads and facilitates the development and implementation of the organizational diversity equity and inclusion plan in support of strategic business objectives.

Partners with senior leadership to identify immediate and medium- to long-term successors and ensures that succession plans are in place. Develops competency gap analysis and assists with the creation and implementation of individual development plans for potential successors.

Manages the process to identify and retain �high potential� associates and establishes a fully integrated leadership talent pipeline. Guides and monitors the progress of high potentials and identifies quality developmental opportunities.

Champions leadership talent movement/rotations across business units creating a �mobile portfolio of talent� mindset.

Consults with cross-functional teams during the development and implementation of major initiatives to ensure equitable and inclusive practices are being considered.

Offers internal resource/consulting services in the identification development and/or introduction of high quality cost-effective leadership and diversity interventions to meet business needs.

Establishes and maintains effective relationships within Lifespan

Provides ongoing regular reports to affiliate and organizational Presidents the Lifespan Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer and the CEO Council.

Partners with the clinical teams to identify and determine ways to enhance the organization�s ability to attract retain and develop a diverse nursing and physician population.

Partners with Marketing Community Health and Equity and other departments to represent Lifespan at pertinent community events; city state and regional councils; boards; professional organizations; businesses and educational institutions.

Partners with associates leaders and departments on Lifespan initiatives related to cultural competency equity models and health care disparities.

Establishes ongoing relationships with organizations and associations (city state and regional) that support diversity equity and inclusion; including vendors suppliers advocacy groups and other community and civic organizations.

Ensures financial performance through the development and monitoring of the operating and staffing budgets.

Engages in professional growth opportunities to remain current on leadership talent management change management program development and DEI best practices

Promotes a culture of quality and safety by adherence to policy procedures and plans that are in place to prevent workplace injury violence or adverse outcomes to associates and patients.

Creates a caring and healing environment that keeps the patient and customer at the center of care throughout their experience at Lifespan following the principles of our interdisciplinary care delivery system.

Identifies barriers to DEI success and provides input into the development of strategies and initiatives to address these barriers.

Maintains systems to track measure and report on diversity initiatives and programs to ensure compliance and completion

Explores diversity issues by reviewing publications benchmarking state-of-the art thinking forming focus groups; conducting surveys requesting internal and external input from those in a position to contribute and measuring diversity tension

Responsible for developing sustained relationships with regional leaders teams and groups

Assists in providing recommendation on strategic diversity goals by gathering pertinent business financial and operations information; identifying and evaluating trends and options; choosing a course of action; defining objectives and evaluating outcomes

Responsible for compliance with organizational integrity through raising questions and promptly reporting actual or potential wrongdoing.

All other duties as assigned.


Other information:

Education: Bachelor�s Degree (Master�s Degree preferred) in Humanities Administration Organizational Management Business or related field

Licensure/Certification: None

Experience: Documented dedicated experience of four or more years working with issues of diversity equity and inclusion along with change management knowledge and skills. Documented experience of three or more years leading people or dedicated programs.

Languages: Ability to speak multiple languages desired

Works well with diverse groups of people at all levels of the organization and within the community

Demonstrates group facilitation skills

Demonstrates ability to train and educate others

Exhibits ability to develop education programs and presentations

Displays ability to research evaluate and analyze patient people and community data

Demonstrates ability and exhibits experience in utilizing and networking with internal departmental resources

Vision creativity and a passion for diversity work

Participative leadership style as well as the ability to collaborate well within teams and with individuals

Demonstrates strategic planning skills

Demonstrates ability to execute programs to completion with qualitative or quantitative outcomes

Demonstrates ability to build and sustain internal and external relationships

Holds self and others accountable to model excellence for all to see. For example demonstrates friendliness and courtesy effective communication that promotes belonging and authenticity delivered with first class service.


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