Manager, DEI, People & Culture - Hybrid or Remote

Rockville , MD
Sep 02, 2022
Oct 06, 2022
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat has a new opening for a Manager, DEI, People & Culture.  We are seeking a manager that enjoys getting involved in processes, rolling up their sleeves, and doing the hard work while driving employee engagement and leading Westat's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy. Your demonstrated experience in employee relations and DEI will support you in partnering with leadership across lines of business, providing subject matter expertise on relevant inclusion practices and enhancing employee engagement through programs focused on career development, succession planning and mentorship.

This position may be based on-site in Rockville, Maryland and have a hybrid work arrangement or virtual (with some periodic travel). 


·    Provide subject matter expertise and DEI counsel to problem solve, design, and deliver strategic, solutions and partner with DEI leaders across enterprise-wide initiatives
·    Partner with key stakeholders on an integrated DEI strategy connected to all HR functions
·    Develop strategies to streamline and connect DEI and company priorities
·    Partner and collaborate with Business Leaders to assure that our strategy and engagement is meaningful and impactful across the company
·    Share best practices to support the development of an inclusive environment across the enterprise for leaders

Employee Engagement:
·    Provide insight, guidance, and feedback on retention strategies, reward & recognition programs, department/divisional reorganizations, and organizational design
·    Support people managers in identifying and developing their top talent, and also building out succession plans
·    Guide employees and managers through employee relations scenarios
·    Assist with implementation of transparent career frameworks and career plans 
·    Maintain a pulse on organizational health, escalating risks, challenges and trends to leadership where necessary
·    Analyze employment data and trends to design and execute strategies for Westat's workforce, focused on how we staff, onboard, develop, retain, and organize work employee development opportunities
·    Support the talent acquisition organization in managing top talent attraction and internal movement within the organization
·    Contribute to the development of best practices within Human Resources to ensure consistency and scalability
Basic Qualifications:
·    10+ years of experience in Human Resources with a demonstrated track record of driving transformational improvements at increasing levels of complexity 
·    5+ years of experience in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion strategy development & implementation
·    A Bachelor's degree, preferably with an emphasis in HR, Organizational Development, Industrial Psychology or Business.

Preferred Qualifications
·    Experience launching and managing talent programs from design to successful deployment in areas such as organization design, performance management, leadership development, employee relations, succession planning and talent development
·    Understanding of people analytics, compensation, total rewards and budgeting
·    Experience coaching, mentoring, or managing other members of a Human Resources Business Partner team

Minimum Qualifications:
·    A strategic thinker that can focus on tactical and operational issues in a fluid environment, leveraging data to drive decisions.
·    Comfort with ambiguity and ability to use sound judgement to drive complex issues to resolution
·    A strong service orientation, high level of enthusiasm and a desire to help others succeed and grow
·    Excellent organizational skills - can successfully manage multiple projects simultaneously, while maintaining attention to detail

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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