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South Jersey Industries Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist in Folsom, New Jersey

Position Summary

At SJI, we’re committed to creating a culture of inclusion for all – one where employees choose to bring their whole selves to work each day. In this newly created role, the Senior Diversity and Inclusion Specialist will play a critical role in advancing the organization’s diversity and inclusion mission and fostering a culture of inclusion. This individual will partner with key stakeholders across the business to drive execution of Diversity and Inclusion strategic plans focused on developing leaders’ and employees’ skills in creating an inclusive and equitable environment. Additionally, this individual will develop and implement robust programs and training offerings, support the creation of short and long-term D&I goals, track metrics, and develop reports that measure results and inform decision making. You will advocate and foster a culture of inclusion through your commitment and dedication to diversity, equity and inclusion. You will partner closely with HR leaders, Communications and the business to build employee belonging, strengthen corporate brand reputation through internal and external promotion of diversity and culture initiatives that support our mission. In this role, you will report to the Director of Talent Management and serve as a vital member of SJI’s HR team.

Responsibilities:

  • Act as a Diversity Champion and expert providing insight into D&I best practices

  • Develop, manage and support D&I programs and initiatives that support the D&I strategy including but not limited to: training, seminars, onboarding, and employee engagement.

  • Build strong partnerships and provide oversight for Employee Resource Groups by providing guidance and ensuring activities are aligned with the company’s mission and values.

  • Create and implement D&I communications, campaigns, and events including heritage and cultural education and celebrations throughout the year.

  • Partner with Talent Management team to develop, implement, and facilitate online and instructor-led D&I learning and activities for leaders and employees on issues ranging from but not limited to, inclusive and collaborative leadership, unconscious bias, systemic racism, allyship, anti-harassment.

  • Represent the company at external Diversity events to promote our commitment to diversity, equity and community partnerships.

  • Support metrics and diversity related information for annual ESG report, related surveys, and other external requests.

  • Support the creation of short-term and long-term D&I goals, KPI’s, and action plans

  • Create and manage D&I metrics that measure progress and effectiveness of the D&I strategy

  • Work collaboratively with other HR functions to overlay the diversity and inclusion lens on policy, procedure, practice, strategy and goals to further strengthen a diverse and inclusive culture.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, or related field required; Diversity Certification preferred

  • Five or more years of progressive, relevant experience. Minimum of three years implementing diversity and inclusion programs within an organization.

  • Experience building programs that drive engagement, strengthen skills, and build reputation

  • Proven ability to use data and metrics to measure progress, inform, influence and communicate a story

  • Proven leader in diversity and inclusion with measurable results

  • Proven track record of execution through program management.

  • Solid understanding of human resources policy and law particularly around diversity and interviewing;

  • Technologically strong. Advanced computer skills including Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion best practices

  • Ability to develop trust and gain buy in to achieve results.

  • Strong communication skills: Possesses good written, verbal, listening, presentation, and facilitation skills.

  • Effective facilitator with ability to lead and navigate difficult conversations at all levels of the organization.

  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

  • Values differences. Seeks to understand different perspectives and cultures. Contributes to a work climate that values and supports diversity and inclusion. Ensures that different experiences, styles, backgrounds, and perspectives are leveraged in all diversity efforts.

  • Strong customer service orientation. Acts with genuine care and responsive to customers’ needs.

  • Excellent organizational and project management skills. Able to work on multiple priorities, while consistently delivering quality outcomes in a timely manner.

  • Strong ethics and values with a high level of integrity and confidentiality. Ability to deal with difficult situations involving, sensitive and confidential employee matters.

  • Self-starter and results oriented. Identifies, creates and executes new and better ways for the organization to be successful. Able to work autonomously and self-direct daily work activities.

  • Able to travel approximately 10% domestically on an annual basis.

Explore the Possibilities

If you're looking to make an impact, South Jersey Industries is the perfect place. For interns, college graduates, or experienced professionals, at South Jersey Industries we look for enthusiastic, talented professionals at every level of our enterprise. From call center representatives with excellent people skills to engineers with the vision and expertise to design tomorrow’s energy infrastructure, we know that our people fuel our success. We take pride in recruiting the best talent available for every facet of our business. Explore the possibilities. You'll be sure to find an opportunity that piques your interest.

  • We are committed to developing and implementing innovative projects that increase energy efficiency and save clients money

  • We provide an opportunity to build a successful and rewarding career in a variety of functional business areas

  • We foster individual talents and abilities while promoting the value of teamwork

  • Our culture prepares you for a lifetime of learning and professional development

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to its customers through three primary subsidiaries. SJI Utilities, SJI's regulated natural gas utility business, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas to approximately 690,000 South Jersey Gas, Elizabethtown Gas and Elkton Gas customers in New Jersey and Maryland. SJI's non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company's interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. For more information about SJI and its subsidiaries, click here.

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