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While the concept was initially coined as early as the 1980s, we have seen a surge in the growth of Diversity & Inclusion (also known as D&I — and now with new variations on the name including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging) in the last decade. Thanks to a combination of the glaring D&I statistics made available to the public by corporations and developments in politics that continue to undermine underrepresented communities, people became more aware of inequalities in our society and began to contribute more to the needed work for D&I.

As we start a new decade, there is no telling what new opportunities may emerge in D&I. As the field continues to grow, we wanted to take a look at the different opportunities that are currently available in the unique and evolving industry.

Keep in mind that D&I looks different with each company. Some companies host D&I within a Program or Committee, while others have designated D&I roles. Other companies house D&I under Human Resources/People Operations. While many companies only have senior level staff with official D&I titles, other employees may be involved in D&I through volunteering (i.e. committees) or were lucky enough to secure one of the few entry to mid-level D&I positions.

If you or someone you know is interested in a career in D&I and want to learn what roles exist (as of December 2019), here is a comprehensive guide to the different roles available in D&I, as listed in Job Descriptions on job boards such as LinkedIn and Indeed.

Entry level

While openings for entry level roles in D&I are few in comparison to mid-level and senior-level roles, from time to time the opportunities do show up on company websites, especially companies that have more developed D&I initiatives.

Some common entry level D&I jobs include the following:

Intern, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

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Program Associate — Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

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Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

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Diversity & Inclusion Recruiter

-Qualifications & Key Skills Needed:

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Mid Level

Whether you have a few years of work experience now, or are curious to know your options for when you get there, below are some mid-level positions to consider:

Program Manager, Diversity & Inclusion

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Diversity & Inclusion Lead

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Diversity & Inclusion Business Partner

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (D&I) Consultant

-Qualifications & Key Skills Needed:

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Senior Level

Further into your career, experience in one of the previous jobs (or a similar equivalent) can help lead you to a more senior level role at the corporation or organization of interest. The most common senior-level positions in D&I are:

Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

-Qualifications & Key Skills Needed:

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Director of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

-Qualifications & Key Skills Needed:

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

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VP of Diversity & Inclusion

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Head of Diversity & Inclusion

-Qualifications & Key Skills Needed:

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Chief of Staff, Diversity and Strategic Innovation

-Qualifications & Key Skills Needed:

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Didn’t find a role listed here that captured your interest? There are alternative ways to get involved in D&I. Some popular options are:

As we start 2020, there is no telling what new opportunities may emerge in D&I. We look forward to this new year and decade, and the new innovations in D&I that are to come!

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