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Inclusion & Belonging Manager

Date: Nov 18, 2021

Location: Irvine, California, US, 92606

Company: Kia America, Inc.

At Kia, we’re creating award-winning products and redefining what value means in the automotive industry. It takes a special group of individuals to do what we do, and we do it together. Our culture is fast-paced, collaborative, and innovative. Our people thrive on thinking differently and challenging the status quo. We are creating something special here, a culture of learning and opportunity, where you can help Kia achieve big things and most importantly, feel passionate and connected to your work every day.

Kia provides team members with competitive benefits including premium paid medical, dental and vision coverage for you and your dependents, 401(k) plan matching of 100% up to 6% of the salary deferral, and time off starting at 14 days per year. Kia also offers company lease and purchase programs, company-wide holiday shutdown, paid volunteer hours, and premium lifestyle amenities at our corporate campus in Irvine, California.




We are committed to building a better future for our team members, customers, and communities where we live and work. On our journey towards a people first company, we are working on embedding Inclusion & Belonging into every aspect of our business and culture. We invite you to join us on our journey!

This position will be responsible for creating and implementing Belonging initiatives enterprise-wide that support inclusion and diversity. This will include assessment of current state, recommendations for future programs and practices, and ensuring implementation as Kia continues to grow. In addition, this position will interface with external community stakeholders in Southern California as well as nationally. The ideal candidate will be comfortable building, moving quickly, and is passionate about serving and connecting with people and communities. 

Reporting to and working closely with the Inclusion & Diversity Senior Manager, this role will be responsible for developing and executing a cohesive approach to aligning and integrating a range of new and existing initiatives, programs, events and offerings that foster an inclusive climate where all can thrive. You will collaborate closely with various stakeholders and members of the HR, Culture & Learning and Talent teams, and other leaders to advance efforts in culture, belonging, and inclusion. You will be a strategic advisor, part of a team as a culture builder, and a great partner across the enterprise. Your mission will be to further develop and foster an inclusive culture where everyone can bring their best to work.  
The role requires a forward-thinking self-starter with a proven record for working independently on projects, from conception to completion, and managing a wide variety of activities under tight deadlines. You will successfully handle a high volume of work by balancing priorities and managing expectations. 

This position will be responsible for bringing proven experience to push our thinking, share fresh, innovative ideas and elevate the quality of initiatives we deliver for our team members, and amplify current Inclusion & Belonging and community efforts. 

Located in the Human Resources, General Affairs, and Inclusion & Diversity Department, this position will reside under Inclusion & Diversity (I&D). Enterprise-wide, I&D leads various initiatives and efforts in the areas of inclusion, diversity, employee engagement, employee volunteering, supplier diversity, dealer diversity, corporate giving diversity, community engagement, and youth development.

Major Responsibilities

Priority Major Responsibility %
1st Inclusion & Belonging – Responsible for enterprise-wide efforts and Inclusion & Belonging initiatives, with an emphasis on Belonging. Regularly assess effectiveness of programs and initiatives. Track outcomes, collect, analyze, and share data and key findings. Collaborate to establish inclusivity excellence throughout enterprise and across teams. Collaborate to integrate Inclusion & Belonging (I&B) into employment, workplace, culture, and programs. Responsible for efforts that drive faster adoption of change, and support enterprise-wide initiatives acting as a strategic thinker, leader, and practical advisor and problem-solver. Drive innovation and change to further enhance Kia’s culture where team members feel valued, respected, and a sense of belonging. Collaborate with other departments as needed to help achieve their I&B objectives. 35%
2nd Community Engagement – Build solid relationships with diverse community organizations that serve and advance diverse communities, diverse businesses, and under-represented populations in Southern California and nationally. Serve as a spokesperson for Kia on matters of Inclusion & Belonging, educating stakeholders within and outside of Kia regarding strategies and actions that advance a thriving workplace. Attend virtually and in-person signature events, conferences, forums, tradeshows, and other meetings that support I&B. Collaborate to develop effective external and internal communications. Develop and maintain community partnerships including acting as a community liaison and brand ambassador, overseeing company participation in community events, and managing budget. 20%
3rd Youth Engagement – Establish new partnerships with local schools to create meaningful experiences for students. Establish new partnerships with local youth development organizations and non-profits. Coordinate with team members for delivery of presentations and/or exercises. Collaborate to develop effective external and internal communications. Manage community partnerships including acting as community liaison and brand ambassador, overseeing company participation in community events, and managing budget 15%
4th Employee Volunteer Program – Manage Volunteer Program, including evaluation and selection of partner organizations, evaluation and selection of appropriate projects, project management, and serving as company representative with partner organizations and other community members.  Oversee all internal and external communications concerning the Program.    10%
5th Project Management & Administration – Develop Ad hoc reports, briefing materials, documents, and presentations for senior leadership and other stakeholders to advance Inclusion & Belonging initiatives. Gather and track annual I&B data sets for both internal and external reporting. Track and monitor outcomes of new and existing initiatives and make recommendations on an on-going basis.  20%



  • Bachelor’s degree with increasingly responsible work experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience in inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, employee engagement, employee experience, learning and development, organizational development, change management, outreach, community engagement, and community relations.
  • Relevant certifications and/or training preferred.

Overall Experience

  • 8-10 years of overall experience in Inclusion & Belonging and/or Community Engagement.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and leading strategic activities that advance belonging, inclusion, and diversity within a large organization.
  • Demonstrated ability to improve and enhance the overall employee experience, from initial career engagement, onboarding, training, and career advancement and employee retention.
  • Demonstrated ability to innovate to meet the needs of the organization; knows best practices and how to adapt them into company culture
  • Demonstrated ability to work strategically and collaboratively across all departments and functional areas while creating effective, adaptable, action-oriented strategies with strong attention to details. 
  • Demonstrated passion for people and growing organizational culture.

Directly Related Experience

  • Excellent understanding of Inclusion, belonging, and diversity and ability to navigate different points of view with diplomacy and tact. 
  • Proven experience creating space for safe and constructive dialogue where team members are inspired to share ideas, experiences, and bring new ideas/solutions forward.
  • Excellent ability to build relationships of trust with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong listening skills and seeks to understand others and informs the work through empathetic lenses.
  • Further build and support organizational culture that drives continuous improvement and development.
  • Comfortable developing and delivering presentations to large and small audiences. Ability to positively influence varied audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong networking skills and ability to develop deep relationships within diverse communities and community organizations.
  • Record of success in establishing high impact community efforts that align with organizational goals of Inclusion, Diversity, and Belonging.
  • Proven ability to work in a team context, set priorities, manage competing demands, and provide timely response to urgent issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to draft company-wide communications, presentations, and learning material. 
  • Demonstrated ability to develop organizational strategies and plans from discussions with team members and senior leadership to address business needs.
  • Ability to respond to inquiries or suggestions from team members, the leadership team, and outside stakeholders.
  • Tenaciously resilient and adaptable. Comfortable taking different paths when paths change and remaining optimistic on the journey. 
  • Reflective practitioner with a growth mindset and not afraid to innovate and learn from mistakes. 
  • Strong project management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent command of various software programs such as Microsoft Office programs and PowerPoint.
  • Facilitation skills preferred.


Excellent written and verbal communication skills, multi-level-interpersonal skills, and project management skills.


CHALLENGE - Solving Complex Problems
COLLABORATION - Building and Supporting Teams
CUSTOMER - Serving Customers
GLOBALITY - Showing Community and Social Responsibility
PEOPLE - Interacting with People at Different Levels


Equal Employment Opportunities

KUS provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, including pregnancy and childbirth and related medical conditions, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, legally protected physical disability or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation, family care or medical leave status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  KUS complies with applicable law governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which KUS has offices.  The KUS EEO policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, compensation, benefits, discipline, termination and all other privileges, terms and conditions of employment.


Disclaimer:  The above information on this job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification and for this position.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

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