Dublin, California

Welcome to Ross Stores, Inc., where our differences make us stronger… At Ross and dd’s, inclusion is a way of life. We care about our Associates and the communities we serve and we value their differences. We are committed to building diverse teams and an inclusive culture. We respect and celebrate the diversity of backgrounds, identities, and ideas of those who work and shop with us. Come join us as we continue our diversity, equality and inclusion journey!

Vice President, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I)

About Ross Stores, Inc.

Since 1982, our focus has been on bringing our customers a constant stream of high quality brands and trends at extraordinary savings, while providing a fun and exciting treasure hunt experience. We believe in keeping things simple: no expensive signage, displays or fancy fixtures - to us, it's far more meaningful to pass greater savings on to our customers with on trend apparel, accessories, footwear, and home furnishings. With more than 1,900 stores, including Ross Dress for Less and dd's DISCOUNTS, we are the nation's largest off-price retail chain, and we continue to grow at a rate far outpacing traditional retail.

With corporate headquarters located in Dublin, CA, we have three buying offices positioned in key markets in New York City, Los Angeles, and Boston, as well as seven state-of-the-art distribution centers across the country. With FY2021 revenues of $18.9 billion, we are a Fortune 500, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 Company, committed to offering an inclusive, safe and positive workplace. Come see what's in store.

As part of the Ross family you will experience:
  • A respectful culture embedded with collaborative partnerships and humility
  • Opportunities to give back to your community through national charities and local volunteer initiatives
  • A significant investment in your career through extensive onboarding programs, continuous learning opportunities, ongoing development and the opportunity to work with engaged and knowledgeable industry leaders

Additional information is available at: https://jobs.rossstores.com/creative/about

About this opportunity ....

The Vice President, Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DE&I) is responsible for managing DE&I within the Corporate, Stores, and Distribution Centers business units. The Vice President will lead the development of DE&I plans, processes and programs, ensuring DE&I needs are achieved within each business unit. This position will work in collaboration with senior leaders, Talent Management professionals, HR Business Partners, and other Associates to ensure the successful implementation and execution of Company-wide and business unit Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategies.

  • Provide a high level of DE&I and associate relations guidance and support to Business Unit senior leaders, Human Resources Business Partners, Recruiters, and Talent Management Professionals
  • Oversee and ensure the successful design, implementation, and management of business unit Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Strategies and Action Plans
  • Pro-actively identify potential DE&I challenges and partner with leaders as appropriate to design, execute and manage solutions
  • Partner with Human Resources professionals to design, develop and implement Business Unit specific, DE&I processes and initiatives including creation and execution of recruitment, retention and inclusion strategies, action plans, etc.
  • Serve as DE&I training subject matter expert and partner with Talent Management to design, implement and facilitate trainings and presentations on unconscious bias, inclusive leadership, and other DE&I topics
  • Provide DE&I support and guidance to DE&I Sponsors and DE&I Council members
  • Support and lead as necessary DE&I data reporting and analytics
  • Advise, lead and execute plans for celebrations and recognition
  • Identify and coordinate DE&I external partnerships
  • Partner with Corporate Social Responsibility to coordinate and manage DE&I related donations
  • Serve as a Corporate, Stores, and Distribution Centers DE&I Champion by modeling best practice behaviors
  • Provide effective support, guidance, and oversight to leaders of Corporate, Stores and Distribution Centers Employee Resource Groups (called Community Network Groups (CNG's) at Ross) ensuring alignment and integration of CNG action plans, budgets, and programming with business, DE&I vision, objectives, and action
  • Support CNG operation including CNG implementation, member on-boarding, training, events, and adherence to guidelines nd templates; oversee strategy and work to ensure consistent execution across business units
  • Monitor CNG performance metrics and leverage data analytics to identify opportunities and provide recommendations to drive DE&I and business outcomes
  • Provide project management leadership and use tools/processes for pro-actively defining project objectives, key stakeholders, timelines, and major milestones and tasks, as well as prioritization of project in relation to others
  • Lead DE&I research efforts to benchmark with external and internal stakeholders to understand inclusion, diversity, and organizational culture trends and best practices
  • Responsible for the creation and maintenance of process documentation
  • Proactively troubleshoot potential issues and recommend solutions
  • Serve as a representative and/or lead on assigned project teams
  • Consult with all levels of the organization to accurately gather and analyze data as it relates to DE&I and HR processes

Who you are ...
  • You have a Bachelor's Degree (required); certification or advanced degree in related field is a plus
  • You have an excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, and inclusion concepts and issues (e.g., recruitment and retention, access and equity, the educational impact of diversity, policy and legal dynamics of diversity, etc.)
  • You have a successful record of leadership and experience in advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within a complex organization
  • You are organized with strong project management experience
  • You have a proven track record in building collaborative and consultative partnerships within the business and HR. Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • You have effective communication, influencing, and negotiation skills
  • You possess organizational agility
  • You are able to analyze complex problems and drive results

This role requires regular in-office presence, including to engage in in-person team interaction, meetings and collaboration, client support, mentoring, coaching, and/or feedback. However, this role can perform duties effectively using a combination of in-office and remote work.

Perks and Benefits of joining our team....

Our Associates are at the heart of everything we do and we're proud to offer a range of benefits that reflect how much we value their contributions. Here's a peek into what you can expect as an eligible Ross Associate:
  • A broad range of affordable health insurance options*, 401(k) with employer match*, life insurance*
  • Ample PTO, paid holidays, and Summer Fridays, as well as the opportunity to purchase additional vacation*
  • Employee stock purchase plan*
  • Charitable donations matched by Ross Stores Foundation
  • Enhanced maternity and bonding leaves with 100% income replacement*
  • Parent support programs
  • And more....

*eligibility may vary based on level and tenure, subject to change


Dublin, California

At Ross Stores, we’ve found that transitioning service members, veterans and military spouses are a great fit for our culture and have the qualities we seek in our Associates. We offer many points of entry, across our entire organization, depending on your service, experience, and interests. We’ll give you a career, a challenge, and a place to call home.



Veterans are comfortable with a culture that focuses on leadership, execution and problem solving, as well as our commitment to providing actionable feedback.



We offer a similar experience to the structure of the military, with an emphasis on control, policy and protocol.



Like the military, we offer many training opportunities through our targeted learning programs and on-the-job training.



We offer the flexibility to control your career by relocating across our many locations for new opportunities.



Our organization is expanding rapidly, which creates many opportunities for individuals who have the desire to grow their career with us.



Whether in one of our Distribution Centers, Stores, Buying Offices or Corporate office, you will find yourself amongst peers that include other veterans and military spouses.

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