Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Engagement Officer

University of Leeds


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Grade 7 (£36,333 – £43,155 p.a. depending on experience)

Are you an experienced EDI practitioner with a particular ability to build strong relationships and influence engagement in EDI at all levels? Do you have a proven track record of supporting the communication of EDI strategies, initiatives and inclusion best practice?  Are you looking to develop your career in a collaborative University environment?

The University of Leeds is one of the top 135 universities in the world.  We have a truly global community, with more than 39,000 students from 170 different countries and over 9,000 staff of 100 different nationalities.  Established in 1904, we have a strong tradition of academic excellence, reflected in first-class student education, along with world-leading research that has a real impact around the globe.

We are looking for an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) professional with strong communication skills to lead on creating greater engagement in our EDI Strategy, plans and projects. Our vision is that our community of staff and students feels well-informed about EDI and understands how as individuals, teams and collaborative partners, they can help to progress positive change. This is a new role in the Equality and Inclusion Unit to focus specifically on communications and engagement.

You will have experience of working in an EDI role, with good knowledge of current EDI matters and awareness of best practice, appropriate language and political sensitivities. You will have evidence of your ability to plan, deliver and oversee innovative engagement activities that are responsive to the staff and student voices, particularly those from under-represented groups. You’ll need excellent planning, writing, editing and stakeholder liaison skills and an ability to assimilate and simplify complex information.

You must be able to work flexibly and independently, reprioritising as needed, while meeting deadlines. Experience of communication and engagement activity in a unionised employer environment would be beneficial.This role reports to the EDI Manager and will have a strong working relationship with the Communications and Engagement team, including a dotted reporting line into the Head of Internal Communications.

What we offer in return

    26 days holiday plus 16 Bank Holidays/days that the University is closed by custom (including Christmas) – that’s 42 days a year!

    Generous pension scheme – the University contributes 21.6% of salary

    Health and Wellbeing: Discounted staff membership options at The Edge, our state-of-the-art Campus gym, with a pool, sauna, climbing wall, cycle circuit, and sports halls.

    Personal Development: Access to courses run by our Organisational Development & Professional Learning team, and self-development courses including languages, Creative Writing, Wellbeing Therapies and much more.

    Access to on-site childcare, shopping discounts and travel schemes are also available.

And much more!  

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Claire Owen, Equality and Inclusion Manager

Email: [email protected]

Location:  Leeds – Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Professional Services
School/Institute:  Equality and Inclusion Unit
Category:  Professional & Managerial
Grade 7

£36,333 to £43,155
Working Time:  1.0 FTE
Post Type: 

Full Time
Contract Type:  Ongoing
Release Date:  Friday 19 May 2023
Closing Date:  Friday 02 June 2023
Interview Date: 
Thursday 22 June 2023
Reference:  CSEQU1022
Downloads:  Candidate Brief

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