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Chief Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Officer

Company: Recording Academy
Location: Santa Monica
Posted on: September 19, 2022

Job Description:

Job Details


Job Location
Lantana Office - Santa Monica, CA

Position Type
Full Time


Do you want to play an instrumental role in transforming the future of the Recording Academy and the broader music community? We are looking for a Global Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) to join the Recording Academy. Our diverse perspectives come from many sources including gender, race, age, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, culture, education, as well as professional and life experience. We are working to develop leaders and future talent pools to help us meet the ever-evolving needs of our organization.

This key role will report to the CEO and will be committed to fostering a safe, diverse, and inclusive workplace while advancing the diversity work of the Recording Academy. This individual will be responsible for enterprise-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and ensuring the Recording Academys core value of diversity, equity, and inclusion is embedded throughout all aspects of the Academy, including internal staff culture, membership, awards, and related programs. This role will be both internally and externally facing.

Partnering with a team of passionate individuals, this role will influence and support leadership, managers, and employees alike to increase and reflect diversity, equity, and inclusion at the Recording Academy.


  • Accelerate company-wide Objectives and Key Results (OKRs).
  • Advance and expand the Academys diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy with a commitment to ensure equitable outcomes for underrepresented communities in music.
  • Partner cross-functionally and interdepartmentally to foster a climate of respect and advance company-wide diversity initiatives, from board to staff level.
  • Capture, analyze and leverage data to set priorities, educate internal stakeholders and inform the company-wide DEI strategy.
  • Position the Academy as a thought leader and operate as a convener internally and externally with key stakeholders, artists, the music industry and peers.
  • Make recommendations informed by data, best practices, and emerging knowledge related to inclusion in the workplace.
  • Track OKRs, success metrics and lead reporting to key partners, including the Recording Academy Board of Trustees.
  • Working in close partnership with the Academys 12-chapters, Elected Leaders nationally and locally and creating a plan to expand our global footprint.
  • Collaborate with People & Culture on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the organization, including our hiring practices, performance review process, promotion, and retention practices.
  • Create partnerships with external organizations such as: Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to source candidates and develop a diverse candidate pipeline.
  • In partnership with People & Culture, conduct regular reviews of policies related to workplace harassment prevention, workplace culture, and equitable benefits.
  • Create and publish an annual diversity report.
  • In partnership with both the Membership & Industry Relations and Awards departments, work to ensure that all committees are balanced from a DEI perspective both in governance and the awards process.
  • Consult with external industry sources, in order to identify qualified, diverse candidates for these committees.
  • Work with Membership & Industry Relations to reach out to grassroots organizations and potential industry partners.


    • Minimum of 10 years prior experience in similar roles with a track record of increased responsibilities, with at least five years of professional experience in diversity, equity and inclusion.
    • Demonstrated understanding of and effectiveness in working on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues within a complex organization.
    • Must have a hands-on leadership style with a proven track record of establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices, consensus-building and trust.
    • Experience working with all levels of leadership and staff members within the organization, as well as working on cross-functional teams.
    • Superior analytical skills with strong business and financial acumen.
    • Experience leading or working on a global team with a proven track record of DEI work across multiple regions and territories
    • Ability to develop quick turn-around, practical recommendations based on data and research in order to inform strategic decisions.
    • Should be well-connected within the diversity, equity, and inclusion community and have an established network of outside organizations to exchange best practices, including experience working with colleges and/or universities.
    • Ability to influence without authority, think proactively, and function independently.
    • Anticipatory, solution-oriented thinking around broad cultural and societal concerns.
    • Ability to work collaboratively with senior leaders to build individual capacity and commitment towards organizational change.
    • Excellent leadership and mentorship skills to develop and grow strong internal talent.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially focused on conveying complex information in an approachable manner.
    • Superior organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks.
    • Ability to travel 25% of the time and availability for evening and weekend events.
    • College degree in an area related to diversity, equity, inclusion, or leadership and organizational effectiveness. Diversity & Inclusion Certification from an accredited institution is a plus.
    • Understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and knowledge of applicable federal and California laws, policies, and procedures related to Title IV, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities, etc.


      The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

      While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit for long periods of time, and work at a computer for long periods of time.

      The employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.



      The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awardsmusic's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.


      Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.


      A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.


      The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers, and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation -.


      The Recording Academy, its affiliates, and the music industry have a strong culture of inclusion and respect for everyone. The Recording Academy makes intentional, courageous, and principled decisions for stronger business outcomes and ensures that all creators and professionals live and work in a fair and safe environment. It is the Recording Academy's policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. The Recording Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race (nor traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, military or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law. The Recording Academy will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the Recording Academy. This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, promotion, discipline, termination, access to benefits and training, recruitment, hiring, transfer, and social and recreational programs.

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