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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager

Comic Relief
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
21 Sep 2021
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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager


Our office is based in London but we have remote working options

The EDI Manager will guide and drive forward our vision to build a more diverse, accessible, safe and inclusive environment at Comic Relief. The EDI Manager will be a key influencer in the organisation, working with leadership and stakeholders across the organisation to advise on, implement and support a range of initiatives and activities to increase and embed inclusive practice at Comic Relief.

Key responsibilities

Strategic implementation

  • Oversight and project management of delivery of the diversity and inclusion strategy.
  • Ongoing management and evolution of our EDI strategy and roadmap, working towards clear and measurable goals
  • With the Head of People and Culture, provide regular reporting, identify risks and opportunities for continuous improvement to the Executive and Trustees.
  • Track and produce internal feedback, metrics, targets and analytics to understand and track performance in the organisation, including legislative requirements.
  • Provide analysis and expert advice on how diverse and inclusive Comic Relief’s people practices are, and conduct diversity assessments of wider organisational practices and processes.
  • With communications and assurance functions, establish simple and effective communications plans to report our progress to stakeholders and the public.
  • Diverse workforce and inclusive culture
  • Provide expert guidance to the EDI Steering Group, who will coordinate across and drive initiatives in line with the strategy.
  • Working with external providers, develop and deliver in-house training and development to upskill and equip staff and managers to embed and deliver on embracing diversity and inclusive practice.
  • Work closely with the People Team to design and implement inclusive recruitment practices and inclusive leadership development.
  • Review internal policies and processes to ensure compliance with the Equalities Act, and EDI strategy, improving standards of policy, practice, and reporting where necessary.
  • Support diversity networks to ensure all groups have a voice in the organisation, and creating positive action interventions to support under‐represented groups.
  • Support creative, commercial and communications functions to further EDI goals and ensure inclusive practices internally and externally.

Person specification

Essential criteria

  • EDI 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 EDI best practices and UK legislation.
  • Strong project management, analysis and reporting skills, able to demonstrate delivery of data informed approaches to EDI
  • Experience of developing and implementing EDI initiatives in practical  ways.
  • A high level of self-awareness, empathy, diplomacy, and confidentiality.
  • Excellent communication skills, factoring in the expertise, tact, tone and clarity needed for EDI topics.

Desirable criteria

  • Ability to act as a coach, trainer and mentor, building skills, knowledge, and capacity within the organisation.
  • Well-connected externally into EDI networks and communities.

Perks and benefits

  • Flexible working hours
  • Work from home option
  • Wellness programs
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • Paid emergency leave
  • Sabbatical Opportunities
  • Professional development
  • Mentoring/coaching
  • Paid volunteer days
  • Payroll giving
  • Team social events
  • Extracurricular clubs
  • Cycle to work scheme

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

Closing: 12:00pm, 21st Sep 2021 BST

Inclusivity at Comic Relief

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.

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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