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Senior Manager - Diversity and Inclusion

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
£70,000 pro rata to 3 days per week
Closing date
21 Sep 2020
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Senior Manager - Diversity and Inclusion

1 year Fixed Term Contract

Part time: 3 days per week

£70,000 pro rata to 3 days per week

London and currently remote

We are looking for a Senior Manager - Diversity and Inclusion to join our team for the next 12 months, and help us make Comic Relief an even more inclusive place to work, where everyone can be themselves and do their best work towards our mission of a Just World Free From Poverty.

You will have expertise in diversity, equality, inclusion and representation, with experience of working in organisations that work with creative, commercial and non-profit sectors.

The successful candidate will bring exceptional skills in implementing strategy, driving positive culture and communication, share skills to build in-house capacity for the future, and act as a champion externally.                                                

Key responsibilities:

  • Oversight and project management of delivery of the diversity and inclusion strategy
  • Work with creative, commercial, and communications functions to identify effective strategies for D&I and representation
  • Provide in-house training and coaching to staff to upskill and embed good practice
  • Review internal policies and processes to ensure compliance with the Equalities Act, and D&I strategy, improving standards of policy, practice, and reporting where necessary
  • With the Head of People and Culture, provide regular reporting, identify risks and opportunities for continuous improvement to the Executive and Trustees
  • Act as a chair and coach to the internal working group and champions, building their confidence and capacity to drive positive initiatives in line with the strategy
  • With communications and assurance functions, establish simple and effective communications plans to report our progress to stakeholders and the public
  • Keep abreast of relevant legislation and best practice to ensure compliance and innovation.

Essential Skills and Competencies:

  • D&I practitioner with extensive experience in setting and implementing strategy demonstrating results from previous roles, preferably with teams working in a creative or commercial setting
  • Extensive knowledge of D&I best practices, UK legislation
  • Strong project management, analysis and reporting skills, able to demonstrate delivery of data informed approaches to D&I
  • Ability to act as a coach, trainer and mentor, building skills, knowledge, and capacity within the organisation
  • Experience of developing and implementing D&I initiatives in practical and innovative ways, drawing on technology to improve
  • A high level of self-awareness, empathy, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  • Well-connected externally into D&I networks and communities.

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

Role closes - 12:00pm, 21st Sep 2020 BST (Europe/London)

Inclusivity Statement:

We recognise diversity and inclusion are a source of strength in achieving our mission. We therefore welcome everyone, trusting what makes us different brings creativity, styles and experiences to help us collectively do our best work. That’s regardless of your gender, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and cultural identity. We especially welcome those from under-represented groups in modern grant-making and fundraising. We are on a journey, but if you join our team you will be part of a community that is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment where we want you to:

  • Be valued for being yourself
  • Do your best work, and be supported to break down barriers so you can succeed
  • Be heard, respected, and treated as an equal, whatever your level, experience or background
  • Be part of a team that is committed to making this happen – with our colleagues, partners, and contributors.

For full time roles, if you'd prefer to work part-time or as a job-share for a good work/life balance or to help you meet other commitments, as long as we can make it work with our business needs, we'll make this happen. If you need adjustments to your schedule or our office environment, to allow you to perform to your best – please let us know.

Comic Relief is committed to preventing and protecting all people from harm in their interactions with us. We expect all those that act in our name to uphold our approach to doing no harm.


Our mission, thanks to our comedy heritage and the fantastic relationship we enjoy with the BBC, is 'positive change through the power of entertainment'.

And our biggest tool, in trying to achieve these two goals, is the ability to inspire people across the whole country especially those who don’t normally do charity - to do charity.

As the world has changed and become more complex over the last two decades, so Comic Relief has had to adapt and change too but the fundamentals remain the same - a just world free from poverty. In trying to achieve that vision we make this promise to the people who make those efforts possible - our supporters:

"In order to run itself in a professional and effective way Comic Relief incurs necessary costs. Raising funds, making grants and organisational overheads cost real money.

Despite these costs, Comic Relief is still able to promise that for every pound the charity gets directly from the public, a pound goes to help transform the lives of people living with poverty and social injustice. If Sport Relief raises £20 million, Comic Relief will spend at least £20 million doing just that.

It can make this promise because its operating budget is covered in cash or in kind from all types of supporters like corporate sponsors and donors, suppliers, generous individuals and government (including Gift Aid) as well as from investment income and interest"


Comic Relief is obviously a charity - but it's also a business too.

The money we raise is allocated to a wide range of grants and social investments aimed at delivering real and long-lasting change to the poorest, most vulnerable people at home and across the world; as well as informing the public and young people in particular about global citizenship and the underlying causes of extreme poverty.

That money comes in from a number of different sources. Traditional charitable fundraising obviously plays a vital role. The public contribute to Comic Relief's annual campaigns by raising money through sponsorship and by making donations online, by post, by telephone and through major banks and building societies. This support, from almost the very day Comic Relief was formed, has been both humbling and inspirational.

On the business side of things, Comic Relief works with key corporate partners to produce products and promotions that are profitable. The clearest example of this is the Red Nose that is the emblem of Red Nose Day.

Where possible these products tie-in with the charity's commitment to delivering benefits to poor farmers and producers. The Red Nose Day 2007 T-shirt for instance was made with fair trade cotton from Mali, Cameroon and Senegal and there will be a fair trade Maraba Bourbon coffee grown in Rwanda, a country to which Comic Relief has had a clear commitment since the appalling genocide of 1994.

Another way Comic Relief raises funds is via the creativity made available to the charity. Comedians from time to time offer access to key brands like Little Britain for commercial exploitation. The charity also develops and owns key sub-brands like Robbie the Reindeer and Monkey, both of which deliver a revenue too.

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