Not sure what the Diversity Tree is about? Read this post. A sad diversity initiative that took two years to plant a diversity tree. And here’s more of the same! When will Sandia realize that their efforts are not working for diversity? They need to ENFORCE their policies at ALL levels of the company.

Below is a recent posting for a Diversity Workforce Specialist at Sandia Labs. It’s one of two. The class action lawsuit for gender discrimination may have had something to do with these two hirings. Nice try, Sandia. But a SWING and a MISS!

Read the text. There’s nothing in the job description that sounds like Sandia is actually committed to making a serious change. It’s just more of the same. Minorities, women and anyone over 40 had better continue to watch out!

Just a few highlights:

The Diversity Workforce Specialist (DWS) will gave more lame “awareness sessions”. We’ve had that, Sandia! It didn’t work. No one listens. I’ve sat through a diversity session where the guys insisted, they be allowed to call their female colleagues “girls”. Even the male managers referred to women as “girls”. None of the guys thought that was offensive. WHAT YOU’RE DOING ISN’T WORKING!

“Lead diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to accomplish objectives.” OK, let’s repeat what that is really saying: Lead initiatives designed to accomplish objectives. WHAT ARE YOUR OBJECTIVES????

“Experience in facilitating diversity and inclusion dialogues.” Note that it does not say experience in FAIRLY RESOLVING DIVERSITY ISSUES!!! No, we’re just going to continue to dialogue. Problem is, Sandia, those dialogues end up in your minorities, women, disabled, and older employees being forced out the door. NO MORE DIALOGUE! WE WANT ACTION!!!

And most telling, perhaps. The 5th, yes the 5th, criteria is an HR certification. There’s an HR certification you can get by just passing an exam. No experience needed.

Most importantly, showing the same old, tired and very ineffective approach to diversity is the statement that the diversity team works through “policy development, workforce analysis, outreach, retention, and education.” No one yet at Sandia Labs has decided to actually ENFORCE POLICY!!! You let your managers get away with forcing good minorities, women, disabled and older employees out the door. YOU MUST ENFORCE, SANDIA!!!! NO AMOUNT OF POLICY AND DIALOG WILL CHANGE THE PROBLEM YOU HAVE NOW!!!!! FIRE THE MANAGERS WHO FIRE YOUR “DIVERSITY EMPLOYEES”!!!!!

This posting does not call for a dynamic new approach to diversity, it doesn’t call for someone with a proven track-record of improving, with more than 5 years of MAKING A DIFFERENCE in a large workplace. It just calls for more dialogue, initiatives and numbers. It never states that Sandia is committed to a diverse and equitable workforce. Why? BECAUSE SANDIA LABS DOESN’T CARE ABOUT DIVERSITY. It only cares about making the problem go away!!!!! Whoever complains is very likely to go away.

OK enough futile ranting in the slim hopes Sandia Labs will change. Here’s the posting copied from a job board:

 

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a self-motivated , customer oriented Diversity Workforce Specialist who enjoys working with a variety of new challenges and personnel, and who can effectively prioritize multiple deadlines with short delivery timelines.

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a self-motivated , customer oriented Diversity Workforce Specialist who enjoys working with a variety of new challenges and personnel, and who can effectively prioritize multiple deadlines with short delivery timelines.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Develop and deploy learning and awareness sessions on a variety of diversity and inclusion topics, including, but not limited to, inclusion programs and cross-cultural workshops.
  • Support the development and implementation of diversity and inclusion strategic plans.
  • Lead diversity and inclusion initiatives designed to accomplish objectives.
  • Collaborate with Employee Resource Groups to achieve their goals in alignment with Sandia’s Diversity & Inclusion strategy.
  • Research data from a variety of sources in the areas of diversity, inclusion. harassment, and human resources, applying and promoting inclusion initiatives and sharing best practices.

Qualifications We Require

Bachelor’s degree in relevant discipline plus five or more years of relevant experience; or master’s degree in relevant discipline plus two or more years’ relevant experience; or doctorate in relevant discipline; or equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

Qualifications We Desire

  • Demonstrated ability to identify and resolve issues.
  • Demonstrated outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in developing and delivering effective presentations.
  • Experience in facilitating diversity and inclusion dialogues.
  • Professional certification in human resources.
  • Demonstrated ability in leading teams to organize, prioritize, and follow through to completion on multiple tasks, under strict deadlines and constantly changing priorities.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a variety of people at all levels.
  • Knowledge of employment law (Affirmative Action, ADA, ADEA, Title VII of Civil Rights Act, USERRA, etc.).
  • Strong MS Office skills.

About Our Team

The Diversity and Inclusion Organization is responsible for fostering a diverse workforce and an inclusive work environment that ensures equal opportunity through policy development, workforce analysis, outreach, retention, and education.

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