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Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement

Sotheby's New York ,NY
  • Posted: August 04, 2020
  • Full-Time

About Sotheby's

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Today, Sotheby’s remains synonymous with innovation, with a global network of over 1500 employees located in 80 offices in 40 countries around the globe. In addition to worldwide auctions, we offer Sotheby’s Financial Services, the only full-service art financing company. Sotheby’s also presents private sale opportunities in 70+ categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Global Fine Art Division, and three retail businesses: Sotheby’s Wine, Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Home. For advisory we offer services for private collectors, museums, corporations, artists, estates and foundations.

The Role

The Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement is a key member of the Sotheby’s leadership team, reporting to the Chief Talent Officer. The Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement will partner with staff and executive leadership across the Company to lead a holistic effort to cultivate a more diverse workforce and inclusive culture where employees of all backgrounds and identities feel valued, respected and recognized for their contributions to the business.

Among its many responsibilities, the Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement will lead the design and implementation of Sotheby’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan, which will articulate clear goals and initiatives to support our work to become a more diverse and inclusive workplace aligned with the company’s overall business objectives. Responsibilities will include: overseeing the global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee; developing the strategy for recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training and developing diverse talent; creating pipelines for entry into the art world; conducting unconscious bias and cultural competency trainings with the staff and executive management; providing learning opportunities and educational resources on diversity and inclusion for the global team; reviewing the Company’s employee and client policies, procedures and communications through a diversity lens; and helping to expand opportunities for increased upward mobility within the workplace.

The Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement will also lead the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility and charity auction programs, to ensure that our global philanthropic efforts support our values; uplift the communities in which we do business; identify strategic partnerships that further our diversity and inclusion objectives; and deepen a sense of internal community among our staff worldwide.

The full-time position is based in New York and will work closely with business leadership teams in the Americas, Europe and Asia, as well as centers of excellence (Total Rewards, Talent Acquisition, Learning & Development, Strategy, Marketing, Operations, Communications and external community partners). This is a greenfield role providing a huge opportunity to come in with fresh ideas and ways of working that will contribute to the broader business strategy.

As a company and an industry, we are going through immense change and have big ambitions to change perceptions of the auction and art world. Building a diverse and inclusive place to work is essential for driving innovation and ensuring the company evolves to meet the needs of the next generation.

  • Serve as a key member of the HR leadership team, providing guidance and advice to the CEO, the Chief Talent Officer, and other members of the Executive Leadership Team on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Act as a trusted advisor, coach, and consultant to senior leaders across the Company to help build empathy and cultural competency to improve their leadership and management of a diverse workforce.
  • Create and promote a systemic framework for enabling,supporting, assessing and strengthening the development of diverse teams and leveraging the contribution of individual differences.
  • Work in partnership with the CEO and other members of the Executive Leadership Team on cascading the Company’s values through an inclusive lens.
  • Lead through influence with business teams, client outreach and vendor supplier diversity to build greater financial and social inclusion into our products and services.
  • Lead the process to draft, adopt and implement a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategic plan, outlining goals, initiatives and clear metrics mapped against a timeline.
  • Oversee Employee Resource Groups, ensuring these groups have the appropriate resources and level of influence within the organization, with clear business objectives.
  • Prepare budget plans and maintain fiscal responsibility for the function.
  • Collect and analyze data to inform a cohesive strategy, internally and externally, applying macro-trends, research, analysis and benchmarks.
  • In partnership with the Chief Talent Officer, actively recruit employees from historically under-represented groups, and equip leaders with demographic data at all levels of their teams to support growth of such populations across the workforce.
  • Collaborate with Talent Acquisition to ensure a diverse talent attraction and recruitment strategy, leveraging partnerships with conferences, professional organizations, educational institutions, HBCUs, local community groups, and non-profit organizations.
  • Redesign and communicate employee policies, company procedures, office design, building access and work style norms through the lens of diversity and inclusion.
  • Design internal course offerings ranging from unconscious bias and cultural competency training to leadership development for under-represented groups, working in close partnership on succession opportunities for diverse employees.
  • Design and oversee Corporate Social Responsibility programs that align with diversity and inclusion objectives, including through strategic partnerships, philanthropy, and volunteer opportunities.
  • Set the strategy globally for charity auction programs and oversee charitable initiatives across the business.
  • Manage employee engagement initiatives, such as all-staff meetings and other opportunities for community-building, learning and gathering among staff worldwide.
  • Minimum of 10+ years of relevant experience, with 5+ years leading diversity and inclusion programs within a business context.
  • A proven track record of leading and influencing global transformation across multiple cultures.
  • Well networked and maintains strong relationships with diversity-related organisations worldwide.
  • Experience with and knowledge of employment law as it pertains to diversity and inclusion compliance requirements in a global context highly desirable
  • Excellent influencing skills at all levels of the organization with a consultative approach.
  • Experience counseling senior leadership on complex initiatives involving multiple considerations and stakeholders.
  • Confident leadership skills, and strong communicator -- both written and verbal.
  • Competence in making timely, effective, principles-based decisions within the framework of a complex business.
  • Success designing, leading and completing multiple complex enterprise initiatives, through cross-functional teams.
  • Quickly achieves credibility and respect in the institution, not only based upon knowledge and experience, but also based on values.
  • Proven change management capabilities with effective teamwork and relationship-building skills across an organization.
  • Familiarity with art and cultural institutions is not necessary, but preferred.
  • Prior experience in coaching and facilitating preferred.
  • Bachelor’s Degree required.

The Company is an equal opportunity employer. All employment decisions and personnel actions at the Company are administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, creed, national origin, age, disability, genetic predisposition, natural hair or hairstyle, reproductive health, partnership status, sexual orientation or alienage or citizenship status, transgender status, domestic violence victim status, military or veteran status, or status in any group protected by applicable federal, state or local law. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.



New York, NY

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