Equity & Inclusion Lead

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Are you optimistic and pragmatic, with high levels of tact, sensitivity and diplomacy plus substantial experience of implementing Equity and Inclusion programmes of work, and/or a relevant qualification? Then join Shelter as an Equity & Inclusion Lead and you could soon be playing a vital role at the heart of our Equity, Inclusion and Culture Directorate.

About Shelter
A home is a fundamental human need, as essential as education or healthcare. Yet millions of people across Britain struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction. So, we are striving for change, with individuals, in communities, across society, and leading the way to a safe home. We need ambitious, best-in-class individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve.

At Shelter we are united by our purpose to defend the right to a safe home. Our enemy is the social injustice at the core of the escalating housing emergency. We believe that to win that fight, we must be representative of the people we are here to help and those who support our movement for change. In all our people decisions, we take pride in being inclusive, fair, equitable and transparent.

We have committed to combat racism both within and outside Shelter and welcome you on our journey to becoming a truly anti-racist organisation.

About the team
Our relatively new Equity, Inclusion and Culture (EI&C) Directorate was formed to help Shelter be an organisation that actively embraces diversity – in people, ideas and actions. Integral to our success, and with a wide mix of activities and teams dispersed across the UK, we lead internal communications for multiple locations in England and Scotland, including our chain of shops. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment where we’re safe to be ourselves and everyone can achieve their full potential, while at the heart of our strategic aims is embedding anti-racism and lived experience – and this is how our fight for homes lives and breathes.

About the role
Responsible for delivering an effective EI&C strategic plan, we’ll look to you to work with our Anti-Racism Programme Delivery Specialist in partnership with our Affinity groups (staff networks) to identify objectives, provide advice and support them as they develop and implement action plans. You’ll also need to liaise with Organisational Development and HR Business Partners who are busy developing E&I across various Directorates. Supporting the development of E&I best practice, facilitating workshops, engaging in strategic planning and mapping of E&I events and managing a budget to implement projects and related activities – these are just some aspects of this varied and vital role. Put simply, it’s a great opportunity to make a vital contribution to enabling Shelter to become an organisation where equity, inclusion, lived experience and anti-racism are at the core of everything we do.

We are happy to talk about flexible working, personal growth, and to promote a workplace where you can be yourself and achieve success based only on your merit.

About you
To succeed, you’ll need an impressive track record of delivering E&I initiatives and implementing equality, diversity, and inclusion strategies within a complex organisational structure. You’ll also need a nuanced understanding of the role of volunteers within Shelter, and their value, plus excellent organisational and project management skills. A commitment to involvement and lived experience that you’ve already applied in a range of contexts and approaches is important too, as is a firm and appreciative grasp of co-production and its power. Used to developing highly collaborative working relationships with stakeholders to support the development of measurable initiatives to drive and embed cultural change and inclusion within an organisation, you relish the chance to help ensure we’re in the best possible shape to achieve our ambitious goals.

We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.

Shelter helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We’re here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.

To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.

Safeguarding is everyone’s business. Shelter is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.

Shelter does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.

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