England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB)
London, England, United Kingdom (On-site)
Posted: 17 April 2023
Link to Apply: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/3569502301/
About the job
It is a time of great change across the world of sport, and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is at a critical juncture in its own development around equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI). We know that cricket plays a transformative role in society, positively impacting communities across the country in many ways. At its core, the game is one that people from diverse communities can watch, play, and enjoy, and we are taking proactive action around EDI to create a game that belongs to us all.
As the national governing body for all cricket in England and Wales, we are committed to making cricket a game for everyone, and to do so sustainably. We are, therefore, seeking a new Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Director to join us to shape and deliver a range of exciting and critical initiatives in this space. They will build on our achievements relating to EDI, and provide the leadership, strategic ownership, and expert insights to deliver significant impact across the breadth of the cricketing landscape.
This is an exciting opportunity for an EDI professional looking for new challenges on a national level. We have real ambition to evolve the sport, and we want someone who can match our aspirations. You will relish the opportunity to collaborate with a broad set of stakeholders, design new approaches, embed key processes and procedures, and deliver targeted strategies that will bring about systemic transformation in cricket. Comfortable operating at the highest levels and in an environment prone to media scrutiny, you will be confident in providing evidence, challenging the status quo, and recommending solutions and objectives that positively impact what we do internally, externally, and commercially.
This role offers a unique platform for the right person to expand the ECB’s ability to lead on all matters concerning EDI and set benchmarks and standards for others to measure their own progress in this area against. To facilitate this, the EDI Director will inspire and secure the confidence of a wide array of stakeholders, demonstrating the ECB’s professional expertise and encouraging positive change across the nation and more widely.
The ECB welcomes applications from all backgrounds to ensure we deliver our Inspiring Generations strategy and fulfil our purpose to connect communities and improve lives through cricket. You do not need to come from a sports background but will appreciate the platform this role affords for change.
To view the full candidate brochure for this position, including ECB Inspiring Generations strategy and EDI Action Plan, please refer to the following link:
- Stronger As One Team – We are stronger together. We allow for individual strengths and beliefs but head in the same direction. We respect, support and really listen to each other along the way.
- Push New Boundaries – We are bold, brave and curious. We challenge and don’t settle. We forge the future whilst remembering our roots.
- Be The Best In The Game – On & Off The Pitch – We train hard. We strive to be our best to help the team be the best. We celebrate our victories and learn from our let downs.
- Passion For Play – We are here to inspire & be inspired. We are serious about what we do, but don’t take ourselves seriously. We enjoy the journey and have fun.
YOU’LL LOVE THIS ROLE IF:
- You are an experienced EDI professional looking for an opportunity on a national level.
- You enjoy working with data, harnessing it to identify ways to create positive outcomes and make sustainable change.
- You want a strategic role where intellectual challenge and broad stakeholder engagement is paired with sustainability, change management, and innovation opportunities.
- You are open, pragmatic, detail-oriented and holistic in your approach, excited by an agenda where EDI actions are equally critical to internal, external, and commercial activity and are fully understood as integral to brand value.
- You know how to deliver impact at scale and at pace, and you create energy around your work to bring people with you on that journey.
YOU’LL BE DOING:
- Leading on core EDI initiatives for the ECB, acting as the trusted expert to the ECB Board, Executive Management Team, County Cricket, and external stakeholders.
- Developing and implementing the EDI strategy, ensuring an EDI lens is applied to everything the ECB does.
- Ensuring governance, measurement, reporting and definitions/standards setting related actions are effective, and supporting integration with key operational, policy and communications activity for aligned outcomes.
- Driving EDI-related elements of change programmes across the organisation and with our stakeholders.
- Managing relationships with the Counties and other key stakeholders through influence to embed a consistent approach to EDI.
- Collaborating across the cricket landscape, inputting into the design and delivery of core EDI learning from a thought leadership perspective to support continuous improvement in EDI.
- Engaging with EDI specialist organisations, diversity networks, and community groups to help inform and support implementation of our EDI agenda.
- Proven experience in designing and delivering internal, external, and commercial EDI strategies, with evidence of delivering relevant enterprise-wide change and impact in complex stakeholder environments.
- Expertise and connectivity to thought leadership across diversity strands as well as broader EDI best practices impacting different functional areas. Specific knowledge of the UK context and its political, regulatory and EDI landscape implications within a global context.
- Confidence with diversity data collection, data analytics and external reporting.
- Strong communication, negotiation, prioritisation, relationship management and risk management skills – comfortable to engage audiences, speak up about issues and opportunities, and drive best practices.
- Ability to manage and empower teams and specialists, both directly and through influence, as well as managing budget responsibilities.
- Able to work collaboratively in a matrix organisation.
- Capable of building relationships and working effectively with a broad range of stakeholders.
- Proactive, taking the initiative to stay well-informed and aware of related developments to your area of work.
- Comfortable and capable of working in an environment prone to media scrutiny.
- Aware of – and passionate about – the role sports can play in society as a force for good.
- Able to draw on a track record of driving change with fortitude and pragmatism.