Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Los Angeles DodgersLos Angeles, CA
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ABOUT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The Los Angeles Dodgers are one of Major League Baseball's most successful franchises and one of the best-known baseball brands worldwide. Established in 1883 in Brooklyn, the Dodgers have won six World Series championships and 23 National League titles, produced 12 Cy Young Award winners, 14 National League MVPs and 18 National League Rookies of the Year, more than twice as many as the next closest team. Their legacy includes being the first Major League team to break the color barrier with the signing of Jackie Robinson.
Dodger Stadium is the third oldest continually used baseball park in Major League Baseball and stands as one of the most unique and picturesque settings in sports, overlooking downtown LA to the south and the San Gabriel Mountains to the north.
The Dodgers have a loyal fanbase, evidenced by the fact that the Dodgers were the first MLB team to attract more than 3 million fans in a season (in 1978), and accomplished that feat six more times before any other franchise did it once. The Dodgers have led the major leagues in attendance every season since 2013. In 2019, the team drew 3,857,500 fans during the regular season.
In addition to being a successful MLB franchise, the Dodgers are partners in their award-winning official charity, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation (LADF). LADF is ''Bigger than Baseball'' with ambitions to be the city's premier charity, envisioning a city where everyone regardless of zip code has the opportunity to thrive. LADF is tackling the most pressing problems facing Los Angeles with a mission to improve education, health care, homelessness and social justice for all Angelenos. Since 1995, $33 million has been invested in proven programs that LADF both runs and funds.
Since the current Dodgers ownership's acquisition of the club in 2012, the team has won an NL West record seven consecutive division titles, and back-to-back National League Championships in 2017 and 2018. The Dodgers front office comprises approximately 300 full-time employees, most of whom work in Los Angeles, and others who work throughout the country and in many parts of the world. The company also employs approximately 200 major and minor league players, and 1,400 seasonal and part-time employees.
In addition to the historic signing of Jackie Robinson in 1947, the Dodgers have a long history of signing players from diverse backgrounds and cultures, including players from South Korea, Japan, and Mexico and other Latin-American countries. The Dodgers became the first Major League team with a training academy in the Dominican Republic when Campos Las Palmas opened in 1987. The Dodgers have broadcasted games in Spanish since moving to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958, and a significant portion of the fanbase is Latinx.
ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The Los Angeles Dodgers are committed to fostering a welcoming work environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The Vice President, DEI, will be primarily responsible for ensuring that the Organization's objective of creating and executing a DEI strategy is achieved. The Vice President, DEI, will be energetic, proactive, strategic, and a self-starter and hands-on team player who will add value as a member of the Organization's leadership team. By developing policies and programs to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion for the Organization's full-time, part-time, and seasonal staff across all venues and locations, the Vice President, DEI, will ensure that the Organization's actions are reflective of the highest standards of diversity, equity, and inclusivity. This position will advise on areas of improvement regarding representation of diverse backgrounds and awareness within all aspects of the Organization from an employee-employer and legal perspective. The Vice President, DEI, will also assess the cultural and social climate of the Dodgers and provide ongoing solutions that promote DEI awareness, create a culture of belonging, drive business success, and make the Organization a continuous reflection of the Los Angeles community. In addition, the Vice President, DEI, will:
• Work closely with all levels of management and staff to formulate, recommend, and implement management-approved DEI Strategic Plan, to include objectives, policies, and expected practices.
• Proactively assess manager actions as such relate to implicit bias, employee recognition, and other DEI objectives.
• Determine and recommend specific practices necessary to establish and maintain a positive and inclusive environment and promote a high level of employee trust and confidentiality
• Lead the Dodgers' DEI Council's strategies, programs, and initiatives.
• Articulate the DEI objectives of the Organization in accordance with its Mission Statement and establish appropriate benchmarks for programs within the DEI Council.
• Communicate and facilitate the understanding of social justice and social equity and how they relate to the culture of professional baseball and the Los Angeles Dodgers to build market-specific initiatives.
• Conduct ongoing cultural climate surveys to assess the needs of the Organization and identify areas of improvement.
• Provide coaching, direction, and leadership support to the Business Resource Group sponsors and members, ensuring group initiatives align with their Mission Statements.
• Consistently analyze department processes and practices to ensure that programs are aligned with objectives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Maintain a network of key influencers and advocacy leaders to drive education platforms for Los Angeles Dodgers employees.
• Collaborate with the Human Resources Department to identify policies and processes of recruitment with the goal of attracting diverse talent.
• Work in tandem with the Human Resources Department and hiring managers of each department to meet the standards of diversity in professional development, retention, and promotion efforts.
• Implement training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, and disabilities-including, but not limited to, implicit bias training.
• Collaborate on an ongoing basis with DEI Officers from members of The Alliance – Los Angeles and other DEI initiatives in the sports and entertainment industry.
• Collaborate with the CEO, Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation and Vice President, Community and External Affairs, to strategize initiatives that gauge support from local community and government officials.
• Collaborate with those familiar with the DEI efforts of other companies and industries, including those within sports and entertainment.
• Monitor the DEI practices of third-party influences, including, but not limited to, Dodgers corporate partners, suppliers, and vendors.
• Perform other related duties as assigned.
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS
Candidates for the Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion role must possess a minimum of 10 years relevant experience and practice in a leadership role with emphasis on DEI strategies. Additional qualifications include the following:
• Understanding of cross-cultural values and experiences required.
• Possess a professional portfolio that demonstrates the ability to establish partnerships with influential social justice leaders and social advocates.
• General working knowledge of applicable employment laws.
• Exceptional interpersonal skills, wit
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