Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

| Chicago
Home Chef is building new ways to provide meal solutions that meet a wide variety of customer needs, and shipping locations both online and in store. Our team is a unique mix of creators, chefs, entrepreneurs, and trailblazers and we’re growing quickly. Our customer-first mentality, combined with a zest for supporting our peers, helped us bring home Built in Chicago’s Startup of the Year Moxie award in 2017. If you’re ready to be part of the action, we’re ready to connect with you. There are no limits to where we can go together.
As the COVID-19 situation continues to escalate in the US and around the world, we are committed to keeping our teams and their families as our greatest priority. To that end, we are making some adjustments to the way we will be doing business in the upcoming weeks.
We are taking all the necessary precautions to keep our employees and customers safe, and would love to have you on our team as we can continue to serve our communities.
At Home Chef, we believe it's our workforce that sets up apart. Across our Corporate location and 3 distribution facilities, it’s our employees who make it possible for us to succeed at our mission of delivering delicious home-cooked meals to our customers. As such, Home Chef is on a long-term journey to focus on the morale of our workforce, and a key element of that is ensuring that we have a diverse workforce - and more importantly, an environment that fosters equity and inclusion, where our employees feel safe coming to work and can be themselves. 
It’s a challenge to take on, but with a team of humble team players and pragmatic next-level thinkers, we know we are up for the challenge. And we’re looking for someone else to join the team and take on that challenge with us!
We’re looking for someone with a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion - someone with experience in the field as well as a strong ability to voice their opinions, problem solve, debate what’s right and wrong, and help Home Chef get to the right answer for us. Come join us on this exciting journey!
Summary of Responsibilities:
This individual will be responsible for managing and implementing DEI strategies and initiatives across the Home Chef organization, including our 3 production facilities. The Director of DEI will also support and guide other functions as we embed diversity, equity and inclusion in everything that we do at Home Chef. The Home Chef organization - from Marketing to communications, product, ops and more - will be looking to this individual for advice and guidance on DEI related topics and initiatives. This role will be highly visible in the organization, with direct interaction with the CEO and entire executive team. 
This position will require up to 10-20% travel, once travel restrictions are lifted. 

Support DEI leadership with development and implementation of DEI strategies aligned to Home Chef’s executive vision:

  • Work with executive leadership, DEI leadership and our external consultants to provide input and support as Home Chef sets its strategy and roadmap for DEI
  • Strategies can include DEI approaches and plans for recruitment, performance management, learning & development, employee engagement and retention, among others

Execute diversity programs in partnership with the DEI team and manage various DEI / HR stakeholders for support

  • Once strategies are set, work with DEI team and other HR stakeholders to execute initiatives that will support our DEI strategies and vision
  • Own relationship with and reliance on Home Chef’s DEI Council, including clarifying roles and responsibilities, driving structure in the team and facilitating sessions 
  • Assist L&D team in developing knowledge and capabilities to support a diverse community and culture, including providing guidance on training content as well as facilitation assistance at times

Serve as subject matter expert / liaison to HRBPs / partner to the business functions

  • Support various functions as they look to implement their own initiatives to improve DEI
  • Partner closely with internal communications to provide feedback on communication style, content and audience as it relates to DEI
  • Partner with Marketing to provide guidance on external communications and messaging
  • Support the recruiting team and provide expertise to build out a more inclusive and equity sourcing, selection and onboarding process
  • Work with each plant to ensure active work on DEI initiatives

Build and maintain metrics to track success of DEI program

  • Build a report that can be shared with executives and the organization that will help Home Chef monitor the success of its DEI program
  • Work with HR and other analytics teams to pull in the best data, putting together a plan to build / collect the data where needed
  • Regularly review qualitative data received (i.e., feedback forms, survey responses, etc.) to keep a pulse on the sentiment of the organization as it relates to DEI

Stay up-to-date on DEI trends

  • Research external best practices, attend professional webinars and conferences and build / maintain an external network to stay abreast of current trends and topics in DEI

Qualifications: The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability and/or other characteristics needed for this role. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities.

  • 5+ years experience in similar DEI-specific role
  • Proven, progressive experience and demonstrated effectiveness leading diversity and inclusion related initiatives and programs
  • Ability to build strong relationships and interface effectively with all levels of the organization
  • Project management skills with a demonstrated ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience in facilitation/presentation
  • Previous experience in an operations environment is a plus, including some exposure to DEI-related issues in an hourly / minimum wage workforce
  • Passion for DEI and talent related topics
  • Must have a sense of urgency and be capable of dealing with fast-changing priorities and ambiguity
  • Skilled at developing executive-level outputs in PowerPoint and communicating findings to leadership
  • Strong Excel/Google Sheets analytics capabilities
  • This position will require up to 10-20% travel, once travel restrictions are lifted. 

- Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance – benefits start the 1st day of the month following your start date 
- Company paid Life Insurance, Short Term Disability and Long Term Disability
- 401k Employer match - 50% on the $1, up to 6% of the employee's earnings 
- We offer flexible spending accounts (FSA) for qualified Medical, Dependent Care, Parking, or Transit expenses
- Flexible paid time off (PTO) policy, plus sick days 
- Generous Parental Leave 
- Great Work/Life Balance – We value and support each individual team member
- Quarterly company-wide “Town Hall” meetings 
- Ongoing professional development opportunities by level and function
- Your choice of Windows or Mac laptop, plus an extra screen 
- Onsite gym 
- Weekly Fooda credit
- Newly renovated office in the historic Old Main Post Office which is located close to multiple Metra and CTA options
- Employee discounts through Perkspot
- Discounts on Home Chef meal kits and at Kroger stores
- Casual dress in a fun, friendly and collaborative work environment
Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!
Home Chef is an equal opportunity employer.
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Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. The office is easy to get to by various train and bus stops being close by.

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Unconscious bias training
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Company Outings
Home Chef hosts company outings Semi-annually.
Free Daily Meals
Weekly Fooda credit which equals to one company paid lunch per week .
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Recreational Clubs
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Home Chef hosts lunch and learn meetings once per quarter.
Promote from within
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Direct access to senior management – our leadership team works alongside our team members every day. Flexible spending accounts for qualified medical, dependent care, parking, or transit expenses. On-site gym membership, and daily bike storage for Old Chicago Post Office building employees. Employee discounts for Home Chef meal kits. Candidates can experience Home Chef as a customer - enter promo code PEOPLE30 for $30 off your first order!

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