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Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Date: Jun 2, 2021

Location: New York, NY, US, 10281

Company: Associated Press

The Associated Press is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news from every corner of the world to all media platforms and formats. Founded in 1846, AP today is the largest and most trusted source of independent news and information. On any given day more than half the world's population sees news from AP.


The Associated Press seeks a highly motivated Global Director of Diversity and Inclusion.  In this role, you will work closely with the leadership team to design D&I strategies with the goal of fostering a diverse and welcoming culture in AP’s more than 200 locations worldwide.  This position reports to the SVP, Human Resources and will be based at AP headquarters in New York, NY.


The Director will partner with leadership across lines of business and global markets to understand the facets of diversity in that particular business line and in those specific geographic locations.   The Director will lead the development of a D&I business strategy for AP overall and for each AP division, and will provide subject matter expertise on relevant inclusion practices.


The ideal candidate has significant prior training and/or related human resource experience, particularly in support of diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. They will have a proven track record of project management and ability to drive programs that support the organization's workforce diversity, inclusiveness, and retention opportunities. The candidate should possess strong analytical skills and ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy. They also have proven ability to build and maintain positive relationships internally and externally.  They must be a team player with excellent written and verbal communications skills.


Training and education are a significant part of this role.  The director will develop, implement and deliver training programs in multiple formats across the organization.   


The director will be a resource for all approved Employee Resources Groups in support of their goals and objectives.


Key responsibilities:

Design, develop and implement innovative D&I strategies, programs and initiatives across AP:

  • Advise on the development and implementation of diversity recruitment, retention and promotion practices including the expansion of existing initiatives
  • Develop and implement corporate diversity and inclusion strategies, including recruitment, performance management, leadership development, employee engagement and retention
  • Integrate D&I into the business strategy; partner with business leaders to provide strategic advice and ensure accountability
  • Leverage data and metrics to measure progress and impact, inform our approach and communicate priorities
  • Working with Corporate Communications, develop D&I communications strategy; partner with Corporate Communications team to implement
  • Manage the D&I budget
  • Partner with HR generalists and to share and implement best practices in their client groups
  • Develop and manage partnerships with external organizations for recruiting, research, insights, best practices and benchmarking
  • Respond to government inquiries/audits related to diversity of AP staff worldwide
  • Develop standards for D&I in vendor selection processes, globally
  • Develop and implement standards for D&I in freelancer management process globally



  • Proven track record of working with senior stakeholders to deliver D&I outcomes
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required; Master’s degree preferred or 8-10+ years of equivalent experience
  • Experience working in a global environment operating across multiple geographies, cultures
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Requires a high level of discretion and the ability to manage confidential information, exercise sound judgment and manage risk
  • Effective relationship builder from the highest, executive levels to entry-level; able to influence important decisions
  • Experience leading events and training programs, from development to delivery, in collaboration with key partners
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience in facilitation/ presentation
  • Excellent project management skills


This position will be managed from AP’s New York City headquarters.  Due to Covid restrictions, we are currently working on a remote basis.  When the restrictions are lifted, the successful applicant will work from AP’s New York office.


Application Deadline:  June 25, 2021 @ 11:59 PM EST


AP seeks to build an inclusive organization grounded in respect for differences. We support all aspects of diversity and provide equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or status as a veteran in accordance with applicable nondiscrimination laws.


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