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 production 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, we continue to invest in our workforce and ensure Home Chef is a diverse environment that fosters equity and inclusion, one where our employees feel safe being themselves at work. 
We’re looking for a Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to lead efforts across our HQ and plants and ensure this vision is a reality for employees everyday. The ideal candidate is someone with DEI and/or HR experience in the field who is comfortable voicing their opinions, problem solving and pushing teams to learn and grow. Come join us on this exciting journey! 
Summary of Responsibilities: 
The Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is responsible for managing and implementing DEI strategies and initiatives across the Home Chef organization, including at our 3 production facilities. The Director of DEI will also support and guide other functions, such as talent acquisition and community outreach, as we embed diversity, equity and inclusion throughout the organization. Home Chef will look to this individual for advice and guidance on DEI related topics and initiatives. This role is highly visible in the organization, working with employees at all levels and advising the executive team. 
This position requires up to 10-20% travel, once travel restrictions are lifted. 

In this role, you will:

  • Support DEI leadership with development and implementation of DEI strategies aligned to Home Chef’s executive vision
  • Execute diversity programs in partnership with our DEI council and various DEI / HR stakeholders
  • Serve as subject matter expert / liaison to HRBPs / partner to the business functions 
  • Build and maintain metrics to measure success of DEI programming 
  • Stay up-to-date on DEI trends

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.

  • 7+ years professional experience, with 2+ years DEI-specific responsibility 
  • Proven, progressive experience and demonstrated effectiveness leading diversity and inclusion related initiatives and programs 
  • Ability to build strong relationships and interact effectively with all levels of the organization 
  • Project/program 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 working with an hourly or production workforce is a plus
  • Sense of urgency and able to deal with ambiguity and often changing priorities
  • 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. 

Perks/Benefits:
- 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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Location

Located in the iconic Old Chicago Post Office. The office is easy to get to by various train and bus stops being close by. https://post433.com/

An Insider's view of Home Chef

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Home Chef is all about building relationships and getting to know team members on a personal level. Our new office was designed with the idea of being at “home” in mind. There are lounge chairs and collaborative spaces where we are constantly meeting with co workers from different teams to brainstorm and ideate!

Mel Rocha Cheng

Retail Brand Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Being on the New Product Development team, we are very fortunate in the fact we get to interact with almost every team at Home Chef! In my role specifically, I have the chance to utilize my interest and core skill set in consumer and data insights to help inform our cross-functional teams of different lanes of innovations we can take next!

Scott Milling

Senior Insights Analyst, New Product Development

What are some things you learned at the company?

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned here at Home Chef is what it means to have great leadership. 2020 has been one of the most chaotic years I’ve ever experienced in Operations but having a management team that cares about getting the job done AND ensuring the teams well-being has been such an amazing learning experience!

Jamie Marshall

Special Projects Manager, Operations

What unique initiatives do you have that encourage innovation?

We do a great job weaving innovative thinking into our day-to-day and make it a priority so much that we have “curiosity” as one of the core values for the company. The tech team holds regular brainstorming and competitor tear-down sessions and day-long “hackathons” where we’ll focus on solving a specific problem or building a certain product.

Katie Bevier

CTO

How does the company support your career growth?

Home Chef is constantly growing and moving forward so things never get boring or stagnant. There are plenty of opportunities to grow professionally and to move forward within the company because we are empowered to speak up and to contribute.

Nigel Palmer

Lead R&D Chef

What are Home Chef Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
We offer volunteer days at The Greater Chicago Food Depository. Our Employee Resource Groups are actively engaged in volunteer events throughout the year.
Partners with Nonprofits
Home Chef has partnerships with The Greater Chicago Food Depository and Feeding America.
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
HC Connect is our internal team who puts together social events and programs for our teams
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Pair programming
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Diversity Employee Resource Groups
CookOUT (LGBTQ+), Black ERG, Parents Group, Women's Group and Home Chef DEI Council
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)
401(K) Matching
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
You know your schedule best!
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 .
Game Room
Our game room includes ping pong, board games and video games
Stocked Kitchen
Some Meals Provided
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted at team's discretion.
Parking
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking.
Recreational Clubs
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
We are currently offering $50 per month to all remote employees to help pay for home office expenses
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

We are always looking at new perks and benefits to offer to our employees.

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