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Director, Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Job Description

At Intercept, our mission is to build a healthier tomorrow for patients with progressive non-viral liver diseases. Intercept's lead product, obeticholic acid (OCA), is a first-in-class farnesoid X receptor (FXR) agonist marketed under the brand name \"Ocaliva ® \" in the U.S., EU and Canada for the treatment of patients with primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), a rare autoimmune liver disease. In 2016, Ocaliva ® was the first medication to be approved for PBC in over twenty years, and sales continue to grow.

Intercept has also established the leading clinical development program in advanced fibrosis due to nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), a disease that impacts the lives of millions of people in the U.S. alone and for which there are currently no available treatments.and the 18 month interim analysis of the REGENERATE study of OCA remains the only readout from a Phase 3 trial to have shown positive results in the disease. A second Phase 3 trial, REVERSE, is evaluating OCA in patients with compensated cirrhosis due to NASH. Full readouts of the results of both studies are expected in 2022.

People at Intercept are passionate about patients. You'll see their photos lining our walls and hear their stories in town halls. We're equally passionate about our team and ensuring each member reaches their potential. We brave new challenges together. That's how we find better ways to get things done and break down barriers. It's also how we make it fun to work here.

At Intercept, we foster an environment that celebrates creativity, collaboration, and mutual respect. We never hesitate to lean on our teammates and work together. Our relatively small size means you partner with accessible leaders who know you by name. This brings accountability and growth, which all add up to more opportunities to learn something new every day. A strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is engrained in both our culture and our business. For self-motivated leaders who are ready to make a di­fference in the lives of patients, Intercept is a great place to be.


The Director, DEI will be a results-oriented and resourceful leader who establishes themselves as a credible strategic partner and operates as a trusted advisor to business leaders. Embedded deeply in the business, the Director consults on the needs of the organization and designs relevant solutions.

We are seeking a collaborative and skilled DE&I leader with demonstrated ability to collaborate with senior executives, business leaders, and HR Business Partners ( including Talent Acquisition, Talent Development, Total Rewards, etc.) to provide thought leadership, manage the business relationship, and design as well as execute on initiatives to accelerate the organization toward progress on DEI initiatives and outcomes.

As the primary DEI liaison for the business, you will be responsible for providing strategic thought leadership, building organization and leadership capabilities; developing programs, strategies, and interventions to accelerate business goals; and providing DE&I governance to the business.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build effective relationships with senior business leaders to develop a deep understanding of the business; increase awareness and understanding of DE&I as a critical business imperative; and drive accountability for embedding DE&I into business practices and processes
  • Establishes and advises internal DE&I Council and ensures alignment of their work to deliver on the DE&I strategy.
  • Develop and deliver customized best in class DE&I strategic plans that align with the overall Business strategy and DE&I Strategy that positively and measurably affect the culture, team, and colleague experience in support of the strategic business goals and the enterprise commitments.
  • Serve as a DE&I subject matter expert by contributing perspective, insights, and knowledge, and taking a balanced consultative and systemic approach to enable the organization to leverage DE&I to drive innovation and growth
  • Translate strategy into specific DE&I action plans with clear accountability, make decisions based on best available information, and communicate priorities clearly and concisely to management
  • Engage in the identification of diversity best practices and benchmarks as input to designing and implementing initiatives
  • Regularly measure and analyze DE&I progress and provide consultative support to identify opportunities, interventions, and initiatives for advancement.
    • Consult to the business for all things DE&I and report back to the appropriate teams about potential trends, gaps, opportunities, wins and learnings from the business
    • Ability to leverage data to identify gaps and opportunities
  • Collaborate with leadership to identify and minimize the impact of any potential systematic barriers and enablers of the DE&I strategy
    • Experience preparing, drafting, and delivering executive summaries on DE&I progress and commitments
    • Ability to prioritize efforts and measure the impact of DE&I initiatives
  • Partner with HRBPs and Talent Acquisition in planning and coordinating inclusion workshops and conversations, and external speakers around DE&I topics. Help facilitate and design workshops.

Experience and Skills

Experiences & Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience
  • Master's degree in related field strongly preferred
  • 8-10 years of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experience
  • Ability to articulate a vision to teams across the organization and business, with excellent creative thinking skills
  • Experience effectively implementing strategic programs and driving key initiatives
  • Ability to successfully manage multiple, complex, time-sensitive priorities and competing demands with multiple stakeholders, strong time management and prioritization skills
  • Proven ability to build sustainable relationships with key stakeholders both externally and internally
  • Ability to provide cultural insights, emerging market demographic analysis, and socio-economic conditions and indicators as well as translate these into strategy and improvement opportunities
  • Dependable, great attitude, highly motivated and a team player
  • Outstanding communication (written and/or verbal), presentation, and facilitation skills; ability to confidently interact with all levels of an organization
  • Outstanding proficiency in mentoring and guiding others, as well as teambuilding
  • Sound judgment and decision-making as well as ability to handle confidential information appropriately
  • Experience leading collaborative efforts across a matrix organization
  • Excellent influencer, connector, and facilitator within a matrixed environment; demonstrated track record of influencing at senior executive levels
  • Ability to stand alone/challenge status quo, as well as engage in candid discussion/debate
  • Excellent EQ and inclusive communication skills that foster collaboration and connection
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop, and coach others, oversee, and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.
  • Build and foster sustainable company-wide diversity, equity & inclusion strategies
  • Adaptable and flexible to evolving priorities and changing situation. Can work high and low, fluidly transitioning from being a part of strategy one moment to diving deep in details and working tactically in the next
  • A self-starter as well as an effective communicator with the ability to collaborate and influence at all levels in the organization
  • An inclusive leader that contributes to creating a sense of belonging
  • Proven experience leading diversity & inclusion initiatives
  • Change Management Experience strongly preferred


  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Learning agility and 'scalability' to take on increasing responsibility as Intercept grows
  • Consistent demonstration and embodiment of company core values: Collaboration, Excellence, Innovation, Integrity, Passion, Patient/Stakeholder Centricity
  • Ability to have fun and thrive in a growing, diverse, and inclusive work environment
  • Must be willing to work at our Morristown, NJ HQ, in person, 2 days per week

Director, Diversity Equity & Inclusion

Morristown, NJ 07960
Full Time

Published on 07/26/2022

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