Vice President, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Job Details
Lantana Office - Santa Monica, CA
Full Time
4 Year Degree


Reporting to the Co-President of the Recording Academy, the Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will lead diversity, equity, and inclusion internally and externally for the Recording Academy and its affiliates. This individual will be responsible for enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion efforts and ensuring the Recording Academy’s core value of diversity, equity, and inclusion remains embedded throughout all aspects of the Academy, including but not limited to, internal staff culture, membership, awards, advocacy, and related programs. 

The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in DEI leadership and will be a subject-matter expert in DEI data capture, analysis, tracking and reporting, strategic planning, including key performance indicators aligned to business outcomes, established relationships with key current and future DEI partners, strategic partnerships, and budget management. The candidate will partner with key internal and external stakeholders, setting national and chapter goals to accelerate outcomes for underrepresented communities and creators.





  • Partners with departments across the company to foster a culture of respect for diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as advancement of company-wide DEI initiatives
  • Leads the strategic planning and evaluation of DEI performance, internally and externally to establish and set new industry DEI standards
  • Develops, manages, and tracks DEI standards, processes, and protocols to standardize DEI across the organization
  • Makes recommendations informed by data, best practices, and emerging knowledge related to inclusion in the workplace. 
  • Tracks OKRs and success metrics, reporting outcomes to key stakeholders, including the Recording Academy Board of Trustees
  • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with elected leaders, department leads, and staff
  • Establishes and strengthens working relationships and partnerships with music industry DEI and peer partners, including our work in Membership, Advocacy, Awards, and across every area of the organization 
  • Global, national, and chapter goal setting and tracking for diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Provides DEI in-house consulting to all verticals of the business
  • Leads and manages the DEI budget for the organization in partnership with senior leadership
  • Spearhead the development and launch of a public-facing Academy Annual Diversity report





  • Minimum of 10 years of experience working in diversity, equity inclusion, human resources, education, or a related field 
  • Team player with an ability to lead several projects in a complex, fast-paced, and evolving DEI landscape
  • Experience working with all levels of leadership and staff members within the organization, as well as working on cross-functional teams
  • Should be well-connected within the diversity and inclusion community and have an established network of outside organizations to exchange best practices, including experience working with colleges and/or universities. 
  • Ability to influence without authority, think proactively, and function independently to positively impact DEI outcomes.
  • Anticipatory, solution-oriented thinking around broad cultural and societal concerns.
  • Excellent leadership and mentorship skills to develop and grow strong internal talent.
  • Data proficiency and ability to handle confidential data and information
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong DEI technical proficiency 
  • People person with a strong passion for improving driving equitable outcomes for everyone
  • Ability to influence outcomes and accelerate goals across all organizational stakeholders
  • College degree in an area related to diversity, equity, inclusion, or leadership and organizational effectiveness. Diversity & Inclusion Certification from an accredited institution is a plus.
  • Understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and knowledge of applicable federal and California laws, policies, and procedures related to Title IV, Title IX, Americans with Disabilities, etc.




The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, and sit for long periods of time, and work at a computer for long periods of time.

The employee will be required to lift and/or move up to 60 pounds.






The Recording Academy represents the voices of performers, songwriters, producers, engineers, and all music professionals. Dedicated to ensuring the recording arts remain a thriving part of our shared cultural heritage, the Academy honors music's history while investing in its future through the GRAMMY Museum, advocates on behalf of music creators, supports music people in times of need through MusiCares, and celebrates artistic excellence through the GRAMMY Awards—music's only peer-recognized accolade and highest achievement. As the world's leading society of music professionals, we work year-round to foster a more inspiring world for creators.



Established in 2008 as a partnership between the Recording Academy and AEG, the GRAMMY Museum is a non-profit organization dedicated to cultivating a greater understanding of the history and significance of music. Paying tribute to our collective musical heritage, the Museum explores and celebrates all aspects of the art form—from the technology of the recording process to the legends who've made lasting marks on our cultural identity. In 2017, the Museum integrated with its sister organization, the GRAMMY Foundation, to broaden the reach of its music education and preservation initiatives. As a unified organization, today, the GRAMMY Museum fulfills its mission of making music a valued and indelible part of our society through exhibits, education, grants, and public programming.



A friend and ally of the music community, MusiCares was established by the Recording Academy to safeguard the health and well-being of all music people. A four-star charity and safety net in times of need, MusiCares offers confidential preventative, recovery, and emergency programs to address financial, medical, and personal health issues. Through the generosity of our donors and volunteer professionals, our dedicated team works across the country to ensure the music community has the resources and support it needs.



The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®.



The Recording Academy, its affiliates and the music industry have a strong culture of inclusion and respect for everyone. The Recording Academy makes intentional, courageous and principled decisions for stronger business outcomes and ensures that all creators and professionals live and work in a fair and safe environment.  It is the Recording Academy’s policy to provide equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees.  The Recording Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race (nor traits historically associated with race, including, but not limited to hair texture and protective hairstyles), color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care status, military or veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by law.  The Recording Academy will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship to the Recording Academy.  This policy governs all aspects of employment, including selection, job assignment, compensation, promotion, discipline, termination, access to benefits and training, recruitment, hiring, transfer, and social and recreational programs.