Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Closing date: 5 June 2022 | Salary: £39,700-£44,522 | Location: Flexible

Despite the current situation with regards COVID19 -  recruitment is still progressing and interviews will be undertaken by Microsoft Teams

Job Summary

Job Title

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist

Post Number



7, £39,700 rising to £44,522 over three years




Corporate Strategy and Development


People Management

Reports to

Head of People Management

Direct Reports


Welsh Language requirements

Essential Level 1, able to pronounce Welsh and use basic phrases with the expectation of learning Welsh to Level 3 (able to pronounce Welsh in some work situations) Full support and costs met by NRW          

Please note if you do not meet the Welsh language requirements Level 1 i.e. ability to understand basic phrases and ability to pronounce Welsh names correctly, then NRW offers a variety of learning options and staff support to help you meet these minimal requirements during the course of your employment with us.

Contract type

Permanent or Secondment 

Work pattern

37 hours but can be negotiated


Application information

Application closing date

5 June 2022

Interview to take place on and where

23 June 2022, either face to face or via Microsoft Teams

To apply send your completed application form to


If you have any queries, contact

Steve Burton


07917 592902

Job Context

This is an exciting new role created to deliver our recently agreed ‘All Together Diversity and Inclusion Strategy’

We are wanting to transform our Diversity and Inclusion culture in NRW – this effects the ways we treat each other within NRW as well as our external stakeholders and customers. We want to implement a variety of initiatives over the next 3 years that start to transform NRW so that we we embrace diversity.

Our Board have agreed our strategy and this role will now help bring this to life working with key stakeholders internally. We have developed a a high level action plan to support the strategy and this is fluid enough to allow any ideas the successful candidate to bring their ideas to support the delivery – especially in years 2 and 3

The successful candidate will have a breadth of experience in this area and be able to demonstrate using that experience to good effect.

They will have enthusiasm to see change, be able to work with leaders at al levels of the organisation. They will be able to provide EDI specialist advice for NRW and be a driver to embedding Diversity and Inclusion in NRW.

They work closely with People Management and Organisational Development team colleagues and have experience of drafting papers and presenting to senior managers.

Therefore the successful candidate will need to demonstrate good strategic thinking and have a proven track record of driving forward key initiatives within EDI function as well as across an organisation whilst at the same time able to deliver on a day to day basis.

The role holder will therefore need to demonstrate implementing EDI initiatives and the ability to work with a variety of stakeholders including Trade Unions.

Other information relevant to the job:

NRW offers a variety of working patterns and locations to work from. Applicants will be asked to provide what their working pattern and preferred location is. The role will, however be expected, on average, to work at a NRW location at least once a week (at their own cost) and travel to other central locations for meetings etc.

Applying for this post

The following competencies will be used to assess the quality of applications both at sift and interview. Please read the whole of the Role Description to ascertain at what level this information needs to be presented.

  • Essential Knowledge and Skills
  • Evaluation of Information
  • Decision Making Autonomy
  • Impact
  • Communications and Relationships with Others
  • Responsibility for Resources

Before applying for this role please read the candidate guidance


Essential Knowledge and Skills

  • Relevant substantial experience will have been gained from working in a number of different organisations or in different roles or functions within a single organisation.
  • Post holders are employed primarily for their advanced specialist/technical knowledge. The post holder will also need to be able to think strategically.
  • Post holder will demonstrate good mentoring skills.

Evaluation of Information

  • The post holder will analyse and interpret a wide range of complex information, extracting key points and communicating this to individuals at all levels, who may not fully understand the technical/ specialist nature of the information.

Decision Making and Autonomy Requirements

  • The post holder is responsible for making independent decisions based on input from line management and peers and an understanding of NRW policy considering the range of options available and their potential implications for the business. Post holders will be involved in the development of organisation policy and may contribute to the development of strategy.
  • The work may involve the management of large projects or smaller less complex programmes of work. Decisions may be made which lead to changes in established procedure/practice for dealing with issues within the post-holder’s area of work, and/or where the consequence of taking wrong decisions will have an adverse effect on the organisation in relation to its external stakeholders such as partner organisations, lenders, service users etc.
  • Decisions may concern a broad range of matters and the outcomes of some decisions will not always be immediately clear or apparent. Problems encountered may also relate to the work of other parts of the organisation and could be variable and diverse. The impact of decisions made by the post holder is likely to be wider than the immediate function or department and is likely to be medium term.


  • There is a reliance on the specialist/technical knowledge and contribution of the post holder and their decisions and actions will influence others. The post holder will typically work across the organisation designing and/or managing a number of services and/or providing in depth technical/specialist expertise.
  • The consequences of their decision making/ action will have a medium to long term impact internally or externally.
  • The post holder will be responsible for identifying and managing reputational risks.

Communication and Relationships with Others

  • The work will involve written and verbal communication and/or leading key projects, which will have a high degree of complexity requiring good communication and persuasive skills. This may also include facilitating and/or presenting at internal or external meetings, giving input and complex technical or specialist advice – including around legislative changes - and steering the direction of discussion or activities. There will be a requirement to foster and maintain good relationships and networks.
  • Post holders will produce moderately complex documents, reports, accounts, contracts etc. Content will contain advice, guidance or opinion which the recipient will act upon or use and which would have detrimental consequences if incorrect or poorly drafted.
  • Data and content may need to be sourced from multiple locations or sources, entailing external research and professional judgment in how such research should be interpreted. The impact of such documentation is likely to be generally longer term in nature.

Responsibility for Resources

  • Post holders will be responsible for the safe and legal use of equipment and data that they use to fulfil the requirements of their role.


Role Description

Job Purpose:

You will lead and support NRW in implementing our Diversity and Inclusion strategy and action plan.  The post holder will also work with Executive Directors, Leadership Team and Management Teams on a practical working relationship to continuously improve all People Management practices within the Diversity and Inclusion sphere. You will report to a Senior Manager within People Management who may or may not have the same specialism. You will work closely and collectively with colleagues within the Directorate ,with other professional specialists across NRW to ensure continuous improvement. You will also work with external organisations to drive through wider Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. The role will also have strong links with how we develop our Welsh Language capability and compliance.

Key Job Accountabilities:

The post holder will

  • Be the lead, expert Diversity and Inclusion specialist and ambassador NRW.
  • Be the ambassador and custodian for developing and delivering and maintaining a continuous professional standard of Diversity and Inclusion across NRW.
  • Actively contribute, promote and lead on Diversity and Inclusion including Welsh Language.
  • Proactively develop working relationships that build trust and empower managers to engage and adopt our Diversity and Inclusion agenda both internally as well as externally.
  • Identify and proactively deliver against relevant measurable Directorate and NRW KPI’s.
  • As a senior member of the People Management team, be proactive and use internal and external best practices and working relationships to good effect.
  • Understand the business needs and the people management issues and take steps to identify and implement initiatives.
  • Work with Directorate colleagues to provide technical Diversity and Inclusion advice.
  • Proactively identify trends and patterns and use initiative to improve all People Management practices.

Key Job Qualifications or Knowledge:

  1. CIPD qualified (Level 7: Advanced)/Chartered Member of the CIPD or equivalent level HR Qualification or equivalent experience.
  2. Extensive knowledge and experience of people management        legislation and best practice.

Natural Resources Wales embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunity. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition. We welcome and encourage applications from groups currently underrepresented including women, black and ethnic minority groups and people with a disability and we have a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

We are an employer of choice because we put the principles of human rights, equality, fairness, dignity and respect at the heart of our values.

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