Professional Development Manager, Diversity & Inclusion
Promotional Products Association International
February 1, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
4 Year Degree
The Promotional Products Industry is faced with the continually changing demographics that impact business from their employee base to the end customer. The Professional Development Manager, Diversity & Inclusion’s primary goal is to create, advocate and facilitate diversity programming for the Association. Diversity is an inclusive concept that encompasses race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation and disability. D&I program manager provides a platform to welcome new professional from diverse backgrounds through education. The D&I manager will also serve as a conduit for volunteers of diverse interest groups to engage with the association. Programing may include, but not limited to; business needs by interest group, young professionals, recruiting and retention of diverse groups, multicultural advancement, the value of diversity & inclusion, diversity focus groups and/or workgroups, expanding a customer portfolio in a demographic.
Through diversity and inclusion programing, PPAI and its members can enhance their perspectives and experiences resulting in a stronger association.
Essential Functions and Primary Duties
Build relationships with, but not limited to, current member volunteers, PPEF, the regional association community and other diverse organizations to identify and engage with diverse and multicultural professionals in the industry in structured and unstructured interactions.
Develop and deliver diversity and inclusion education programs to be presented at professional development programs, webinars, articles, regional education and/or other opportunities as deemed appropriate.
Develop and maintain diversity metrics and scorecard to establish a benchmark and measure the success of D & I initiatives and programs. Including implementation of best practices to gather member demographic information across the association. Manage the process to collect, analyze and disseminate data related to develop goals and objectives for the diversity program effectiveness.
Collaborate with Marketing & Research to conduct surveys to identify needs and trends of industry diversity.
Work collaboratively with internal departments to expand the diversity of the member activity level by ensuring messaging and images on website or marketing materials reflect the diversity strategy.
Develop and maintain collegiate advocacy program to raise awareness of the career opportunities in the promotional products industry to undergraduate students in graphics, marketing and other relevant disciplines/pursuits.
Utilize diverse communications channels to maintain regular communications with target audiences. This should utilize appropriate formats, existing and/or new including Promo Connect, social media, blogs, written content, newsletters and/or video.
Work across PPAI departments to identify appropriate opportunities, content, events and achievements to be showcased to the industry.
Track programs and initiatives and provide metric driven results to senior management.
Work with SPARK workgroup as a method for ideation, vetting, endorsement and collaboration in the ongoing young professionals programming. Determine if other diversity workgroups are needed for similar support of diversity programs.
Maximize speaking opportunities to groups inside and outside the industry to raise awareness and develop new relationships that can provide additional information, champions, participants and channels of outreach.
Other duties as assigned by the Professional Development Director.
Association Wide Responsibilities & Values
Provide honest and ongoing communication as needed to support success throughout the organization
Meet established deadlines for all projects, reports and communications for all audiences both internally and externally.
Provide high-quality products, reports, communications and projects for all audiences internally and externally.
Be fair, consistent, responsive and supportive of leaders, staff, board members, members and vendors
Help PPAI to continually seek improvement. Be prepared to personally manage changes taking place within PPAI and the industry.
Be empowered, accountable and responsible for your career success, actions, influence and impact upon the organization as a whole.
Foster cultural values, mission and overall organizational guidelines of PPAI.
*Trade show floor or event venues
*Temperature controlled environment
*Travel: Must be able to travel away from home, estimated to be 30 to 50 %.
Degree from Accredited University
Sociology, Psychology, Journalism preferred
Type of Work
Years of experience
Depth of Experience
0 - 1
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Years of experience
Depth of KSA’s
2 – 5
Data Collection / Analysis
1 – 2
Knowledge and application
Strong interpersonal & organizational skills with demonstrated ability to establish strong working relationships with others.
Time Management Skills
Proficient in managing time and prioritizing multiple projects.
Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint
*Sitting: 8 hours/day in office / 0% at show
*Standing: min in office / 100% at show
*Lifting: up to 50#
*Pushing/Pulling: up to 150# with mechanical assistance: not frequently
*Bending/Stooping: not frequently
*Extended work hours, extended weeks (endurance requirement): yes
About Promotional Products Association International
PPAI is the trusted leader in the promotional products industry delivering essential knowledge, resources and community to ensure the success of its members, those who manufacture, import and resell promotional products, and the promotional products industry itself.