Race Champion Job Description

About this toolkit

Use this Race Champion Job Description to enable the creation of an organisational framework to support a race diversity champion.

The ‘job description’ is a basic template to advise leaders on what actions to take when looking to create such a role. It is drawn from work carried out by Business in the Community’s (BITC’s) members working in this area.

The most effective leadership starts at the top

Strong leadership in this area is critical to the success of any diversity and inclusion programme. Commitment from an organisation’s senior leaders is essential at the outset of establishing a race champion role.

Key attributes of a race champion

Business in the Community (BITC) working with our Race Equality Leadership Team and UK business leaders has identified four key attributes for anyone who works on race inclusion as a diversity priority.

  1. Ability to listen.
  2. Willingness to admit what has worked and what has not.
  3. Prepared to allocate time and commitment to the race agenda.
  4. Brave and willing to take a stand on key change areas.
Race champion job description – stage 2

The race champion job description stage 2, also included in this toolkit, offers guidance on how to develop the role and responsibilities of a race champion. It provides information on how to promote and keep race issues on the organisation’s agenda and how to be prepared to challenge traditional values and assumptions.

BITC recommendation

BITC’s race campaign recommends that race champions have an advisory or working group, committee or network to support them and increase engagement throughout the organisation.

About Business in the Community’s work on Race

After 25 years of campaigning for race equality in the UK, BITC believes every employer must prioritise action on race.

Supporting employers to ensure that ethnic minority employees are represented at all levels. These aims and issue areas enable us to provide the most relevant and insightful support to members. They also inform our engagement with government, industry stakeholders and employers when campaigning for wider societal and organisational change.

Read more about BITC’s Race campaign.