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Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.
Hilliard, OH 43026
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We are looking for a Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to join our team!


Headquartered in Hilliard Ohio, Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc (ADS) is a $1.7B manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing a comprehensive suite of water management products and drainage solutions. Our innovative products and superior drainage solutions are used across a broad range of end markets and applications, including residential, non-residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications. We have established a leading position in many of these end markets by leveraging our national sales and distribution platform, overall product breadth and scale, and our manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1966, we operate a global network of 5,000 employees, 55 manufacturing plants and over 30 distribution centers. In July 2014 we became a public company traded on the NYSE. To enable our continued growth, we are looking to expand our leadership team in Hilliard through the addition of a Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to our dynamic organization.

Reporting to the Chief Administrative Officer, the Director Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer is responsible for engaging with the Executive Leadership Team and leaders throughout the business to develop and implement diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, programs, policies, and metrics that successfully engage, develop, retain and attract a diverse workforce, fostering inclusion throughout our business. The Director will assess potential barriers, develop business integrated strategies and objectives, and facilitate accountable plans and action at all levels of our field and corporate offices.

Key Responsibilities

  • Partner with the CAO, CEO, Executive Leadership Team and Board of Directors to lead the strategy, design, and execution of ADS' DE&I strategy
  • Establish and implement DE&I goals and objectives that are aligned with our company, operational, and talent management strategies
  • Develop strong, collaborative, internal partnerships and open-lines of communication with cross-functional teams, to inform, engage and build momentum around ADS' commitment to a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social responsibility at all levels within the company
  • Develop, promote, and integrate DE&I throughout our organization and operations through listening, partnership, engagement, and leadership
  • Research related external developments, opportunities, and trends to integrate into our plans
  • Align and integrate our DE&I objectives with our Environmental, Social, and Governance strategies
  • Engage in community and philanthropy related activities, including an active role with The ADS Foundation, to being a strong partner in our community
  • Provide leadership to the current ADS Women's Network and Employee Engagement Teams as well as design and structure new employee resource groups in support of the established DE&I objectives
  • Partner with our Sales organization in the assessment and design of growth strategies through WBE, MBE, DBE customers
  • Partner with our Procurement organization in the assessment and design of growth strategies through diverse suppliers
  • Manage our Affirmative Action Programs and oversee compliance with Equal Employment Opportunity, the American with Disabilities Act, and other application requirements

The Qualifications

  • Seven to ten (7 10) years of progressively relevant experience including five (5) plus years of diversity, equity, inclusion experience at a site or enterprise level
  • Experience in the design, management, and administration of diversity, equity, inclusion programs resulting in a transformed business and culture
  • Tactical expertise and knowledge of diversity program systems, processes and tools, gained through a career of increasing responsibility in the field
  • Demonstrated ability to connect the DE&I strategies both internally and externally with the company's broader community engagement
  • History of building and articulating the business case for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, providing ROI measurement and tying outcomes to business results that have positively impacted large organizations
  • Advanced understanding of talent management practices including talent acquisition and diversity sourcing that have yielded positive results
  • Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills to identify, monitor, and respond to developing internal and external trends across a broad array of HR, talent management, and diversity programs
  • Comprehensive knowledge of Federal and State regulations impacting diversity programs
  • Related licenses, certifications, and/or memberships in professional associations preferred
  • Bachelor's degree in related field, or equivalent experience
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time

The Person (Highest Priority)
The successful candidate must bring high level of ethical, intellectual, professional, and personal values that complement the team

  • A collaborative and charismatic leader who is confident and assertive in style, but respectful of others. Team-oriented with the ability to build deep relationships and earn the respect of others
  • Demonstrated leadership presence and the ability to build strong relationships throughout the entire business is an absolute must.
  • Possesses relentless passion and tenacity on diversity and inclusion with the ability to constructively and accountably translate into impact, engagement, and results
  • A critical thinker with a continuous improvement approach to completing work
  • Possesses strong technical, project & time management, and analytical skills
  • Ability to foster strong team morale and brings fun to the workplace; shares wins and successes; fosters open dialogue
  • Models our ADS Leadership Attributes:

Sets our Agenda

  • Develops distinctive and vivid strategies and goals
  • Translates and communicates strategy into simple, actionable plans, priorities, and trade-offs
  • Anticipates and foresees obstacles and opportunities
  • Aligns the organization by establishing a compelling sense of purpose and mission
  • Conveys an unwavering firmness and consistency in actions
  • Maintains a long-term global view while managing day-to-day issues

Raises the Bar

  • Sets high expectations for the business, people, and self
  • Communicates expectations directly, openly, and timely
  • Drives accountability for continuous improvement
  • Measures and monitors progress and results
  • Quickly makes hard choices and difficult decisions
  • Develops teams of high caliber people with diverse capabilities
  • Coaches team and people how to stretch and excel

Inspires Others

  • Creates a confident, innovative, and winning atmosphere
  • Visible and out-front with leadership presence
  • Energizes and excites the team through listening and showing a genuine caring for the team and team members
  • Takes work seriously but not themselves knows how to have fun
  • Empowers people with the opportunity and latitude to grow, take risks, make mistakes, contribute and learn
  • Recognize and reward individuals along the way and celebrates milestones

Finds a Way

  • Relentless, resilient, and fierce in approach to winning
  • Breaks down barriers and removes bureaucracy
  • Focuses on solutions not problems
  • Makes immediate decisions when sufficient but not all information is available
  • Faces reality head-on and rapidly makes adjustments to deliver commitments
  • Operates with a boundary-less attitude
  • Integrates efforts across units and functions

Enable our ADS Core Values

  • Consistently models our expressed expectations and standards
  • Builds relevancy and impact of our core values in actions and activities
  • Engages and listens to the team to identify and remedy gaps
  • Earns the trust and respect of all ADS stakeholders

Delivers Results

  • Reliably meets or exceeds commitments
  • Is accountable for outcomes and doesn't rationalize shortfalls
  • Has explicit contingencies in place for underperformance
  • Maximizes the leverage from unanticipated opportunities
  • Delivers quality performance that appropriately balances short and long term stakeholder interests
  • Demonstrates strong operational and executional skills



Posted: 2020-07-23 Expires: 2020-08-23

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