DE&I Strategic Programs Lead

Blizzard Entertainment
Santa Monica California 90405 United States of America
8 days ago

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DE&I Strategic Programs Lead

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Job Title: Activision Blizzard, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Programs Lead

Reports To: Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

Location: Remote

Your Platform

Activision Blizzard plays a centralized role in the creation of epic entertainment by supporting our interactive gaming brands and studios with a diverse range of career opportunities across corporate functions such as Marketing, Communications, Legal, Human Resources, Finance and Supply Chain. Located in our global headquarters in Santa Monica, we encompass equal parts agility, creativity and rigor to enhance the employee and player experience. To learn more, check us out at or on Twitter at @ATVI_AB.

Company Background

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ: ATVI) is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies; it sits at the intersection of media, technology, and entertainment. A member of the Fortune 500 and S&P 500, Activision Blizzard delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users, in more than 190 countries around the world, through franchises including Activision’s Call of Duty® and Crash Bandicoot™, Blizzard Entertainment's World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, and StarCraft®, and King's Candy Crush™, Bubble Witch™, and Farm Heroes™. What distinguishes Activision Blizzard is our highly focused approach and concentration on opportunities to create breakthrough entertainment experiences. Our business units, Activision Publishing, Blizzard Entertainment and King, bring together the most creative gaming minds and development studios on the planet, including Treyarch, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer Games, and Toys for Bob. Together, we are a leading global developer and publisher of video games, delivered through consoles, PCs, and mobile devices. We are a purpose-driven company committed to fostering connections among players and in the communities where we live and work. We are supporting veterans through our Call of Duty Endowment and nurturing young minds through STEAM education programs. But above all, we are the best and brightest innovators in the world of tech, media, and entertainment. Learn more information about Activision Blizzard and its world of epic entertainment on the company's website,

Your Mission

The Strategic Programs Lead is responsible for the development, implementation, and assessment of programs that support strategic diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives across Activision Blizzard. Collaborates with the Activision Blizzard King (ABK) DE&I and Human Resources Leadership Teams, to influence policies and identify resources needed to create an inclusive environment for the ABK population. The Strategic Programs Lead will use evidence-based strategies to assist ABK in developing efforts to create and sustain a culture that embraces and promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion in their broadest meanings. Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:

Essential Functions:

Develop the DE&I strategic programs prioritization framework: define the process, templates and evaluation criteria to determine the prioritization of the DE&I strategic programs that will be initiated or supported. Develop the ‘off-ramp’ process for those efforts that cannot be supported in a rolling 12-months and how we will partner with the business to gain access to those resources to drive efforts forward and what reporting cadence is required to maintain insight and awareness. Gather feedback from various partners (i.e. other CoEs, Business Units, Communities of Practice, etc.) to refresh and refine the process as needed

Establish the proactive, reactive and sustaining process for DE&I strategic programs:

Proactive: partner with the Business Unit DE&I Officers and the CDEIO to shape the prioritized programs needed to deliver on the fiscal year objectives and key results (OKRs) and key performance indicators (KPIs). Manager the OKR and KPI dashboard and provide monthly status reports to the CDEIO that will be used in other executive reporting.

Reactive: using the DE&I strategic programs prioritization framework, evaluate programs or requests that are brought to the DE&I team to determine prioritization. Develop a stage-gating process, including a strategic business and/or value case template to develop in partnership with the initiative originator, to determine a “go/no-go decision”. For those prioritized efforts, identify the initiative owner, develop the RACI matrix and transition to the owner for ongoing project management, inclusive of updates to the DE&I Strategic Programs Lead.

Sustaining: provide ongoing program management for the initiatives that are being owned and led by the Strategic Programs team. Drive continuous improvement against long-term DE&I outcomes through collaboration with leaders across ABK to embed DE&I into business strategy and assure continuity across BU’s and workgroups

Manage the DE&I Strategic Programs team: build a cohesive team that integrates data and analysis, market insights and business priorities into delivering on our strategic programs. Develop team capabilities to operate seamlessly within the team, across the broader DE&I team and across ABK. Provide coaching and feedback to develop the team; receive upward feedback from the team; and develop succession plan for every role on the team.

Player Profile

The successful candidate must possess unquestionable character and absolute integrity. They will be a proven leader with a blend of superior strategic, operational and leadership skills continuously applied to improve the business and operations of the company. Additionally, they should possess exceptional attention to detail, strong initiative and critical thinking skills while serving as a hands-on leader and collaborator. The successful candidate will be an innovative, creative, strategic, and results-oriented leader with a broad vision for the role of diversity in achieving institutional excellence. They must be adept at facilitating difficult discussions, shepherding change, creating and strengthening partnerships, and aligning an array of efforts across the.

Essential criteria

• 7+ years of experience successfully developing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and initiatives in a large organization, designed to improve business performance, foster talent recruitment and retention, and improve organizational culture.

• Track record of working in sophisticated/matrixed organizations and engaging broad set of stakeholders

• Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results.

• Strong track record in managing change with an understanding of the contexts, cultures and politics within institutions that impact the implementation of effective diversity change efforts.

• Demonstrated success in identifying and implementing standard processes of diversity and inclusion and an excellent command of modern diversity and inclusion concepts and issues within the industry.

• Exceptional oral and written communication skills with experience in multiple communication modes, including social media, with the ability to articulate the importance of inclusion and diversity to the broader educational mission of higher education institutions.

• Proven analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for assessments related to campus climate, diversity, and inclusion.

• History of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance


Undergraduate degree required. Extra points for an MBA.

Our World

Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI), is one of the world's largest and most successful interactive entertainment companies and is at the intersection of media, technology and entertainment. We are home to some of the most beloved entertainment franchises including Call of Duty ®, World of Warcraft® , Overwatch ®, Diablo ®, Candy Crush ™ and Bubble Witch ™. Our combined entertainment network delights hundreds of millions of monthly active users in 196 countries, making us the largest gaming network on the planet!

Our ability to build immersive and innovate worlds is only enhanced by diverse teams working in an inclusive environment. We aspire to have a culture where everyone can thrive in order to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment. We provide a suite of benefits that promote physical, emotional and financial well-being for ‘Every World’ - we’ve got our employees covered!

The videogame industry and therefore our business is fast-paced and will continue to evolve. As such, the duties and responsibilities of this role may be changed as directed by the Company at any time to promote and support our business and relationships with industry partners.

Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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