Director of Engagement & Inclusion (HYBRID)

Job Locations
US-NY-New York
Human Resources


At First Republic, we care about our people. Founded in 1985, we offer extraordinary client service in private banking, private business banking and private wealth management. We believe that personal connections are everything and our success is driven by the relationships we form with our colleagues and clients. You’ll always feel empowered and valued here. 


Incredible teams doing exceptional work, every day.

In Human Resources, we are committed to growing and protecting First Republic and its culture by attracting, retaining and supporting our most valuable resource: people. Providing our colleagues with extraordinary service is our commitment; their success is our reward.


The Director of Engagement and Inclusion will have an immediate impact at First Republic by streamlining strategic initiatives, overseeing key programs, and leading cross functional efforts to realize our vision for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Reporting to the Deputy Chief People Officer, this role will serve as a subject matter expert and partner with senior leadership as we further infuse DEI into our business, people strategies, and organizational culture. This role will partner closely with business and HR leaders expansive of People Analytics, Learning & Development, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, HR Business Partners, and other key collaborators. The role will serve as a key diversity partner to ensure that DEI remains actively prioritized and is effectively integrated into and enables First Republic’s overall business strategy.


This person will serve as a resource to First Republic’s growing number of Colleague Communities (Employee Resource Groups) concerning matters of inclusion and diversity, and as a partner to HR colleagues and other cross functional team members. This person will be responsible for driving impact in the DEI arena - working to ensure the Colleague Communities are engaged, supported and are heard. This role requires someone who can help embed principles of inclusion, diversity, and equity into general decision making and influence, people management practices, and everyday thinking and interactions.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Oversee strategic business initiatives from development through successful execution under the guidance of the Deputy Chief People Officer and senior leaders.
  • Collaborate cross functionally with business leaders to ideate, incubate, develop, and implement new DEI strategic priorities and improve upon existing strategic initiatives.
  • Assess opportunities, create DEI strategies and plans, and support execution through coaching, advising, thought leadership and expert collaboration.
  • Review, design, and execute on improvements to current processes, organizational structure, routines and coordinate organizational procedures for optimized efficiency and productivity.
  • Project manage a broad spectrum of activities ranging from highly strategic to tactical and play a key role in helping the organization focus on achieving DEI goals.
  • Partner with key stakeholders to research, analyze, and benchmark to support DEI priorities and recommendations.
  • Support the Deputy Chief People Officer, in the preparation of board, executive, and enterprise-wide presentations and communications.
  • Works closely with leaders to facilitate execution of key DEI projects and initiatives, providing analytical and project management support.
  • Ensures timely communication and flow of information between the Office of DEI and key internal stakeholders.
  • Provides substantive drafting of diversity related communications in partnership with the Marketing and Communications team including RFPs, reports, surveys, quantitative and qualitative research and benchmarking.
  • Works closely with the Marketing and Communications and Investors Relations teams to create, design and develop regular communications for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Build connections across all levels of the organization in order to identify gaps and effectively drive our DEI strategy forward.
  • Represent the Deputy Chief People Officer, in internal meetings and where appropriate.


  • Partner with the Chief People Officer, Deputy Chief People Officer and the DEI governing bodies to develop, drive and execute upon FRB’s overall strategy and action plans for diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Responsible for the overall project management of DEI strategy execution across FRB.
  • Review and analyze DEI metrics and make recommendations for improvement to drive organizational performance.

DEI Governing Bodies

  • Manage the day-to-day operations focused on engagement and inclusion work at the bank level through all DEI Governing Bodies (e.g. Colleague Communities, DEI Council, and Racial Equity Advisory Board (REAB)). Understand challenges, provide guidance and best practices to DEI governing bodies and leaders.
  • Track and analyze performance metrics on the progress of DEI Council and REAB.
  • Routinely highlight the inclusion efforts in process via key communication channels.
  • Co-sponsor and/or facilitate DEI-related workshops.

Attract, Develop, and Retain

  • Partner with the Talent Acquisition team to help source diverse talent from existing and new recruiting partners and help develop and implement recruiting strategies to attract diverse talent at all levels.
  • Cultivate and build relationships with industry groups, professional associations, universities, DEI conferences to identify and attract top diverse talent and gather competitive insights and best practices.
  • Ensure development and people processes reinforce same practices by partnering with the Learning and Development (L&D) center of excellence and HR business partners.
  • Partner closely with the L&D, Talent Management, People Analytics teams and HR Business Partners to integrate inclusion, diversity and bias mitigation concepts into learning and employee development programs.
  • Serve as subject matter expert and liaison to the HR team and the business to develop strategic action to attract/develop/retain diverse talent by analyzing and presenting talent demographics, monitoring data trends and developing diversity initiatives.
  • Partner closely with the L&D and Talent Management teams to help develop and manage implementation of bank-sponsored career programs.
  • Partner closely with Talent Management team to influence bias mitigation in our talent ontology models and performance/potential metrics.
  • Enhance existing and new program implementation targeting early career and diverse populations and incorporating measures for success and impact of programs and team.


You could be a great fit if you have:

    • Experience in business, HR Operations, Consulting or management role.
    • A track record in leading and delivering complex large-scale projects to completion, while managing a range of internal stakeholders.
    • Strong written, verbal, and design skills.
    • Ability to move seamlessly between strategy and execution.

    Preferred Qualifications:

    • DEI experience.
    • Strong analytical skills and ability to synthesize quantitative and qualitative information concisely into strategic recommendations.
    • Thrives in dynamic, fast paced, complex environment; ability to deliver quality work against deadlines and respond with appropriate levels of urgency.
    • Strong consultation skills with the ability to work cross functionally.
    • Expert problem solver with proactive/bias for action approach while managing risk
    • Proven track record to partner with business leaders and their teams to set and implement DEI strategy and solutions.
    • Expert communication (written and oral) and consulting skills along with a demonstrated ability to influence and counsel leadership at all levels; ability to lead and drive change at scale.
    • Outstanding project management experience with an ability to effectively plan and prioritize in a fast-paced, change-oriented environment.
    • Ability to demonstrate emotional intelligence and inspirational and servant leadership that engages the hearts and minds of others, inspires followership and catalyzes important action.
    • Collaboration skills including the ability to integrate and act upon different perspectives.
    • Strong emotional intelligence, communication and presentation skills and the ability to deal effectively and courteously with all levels of employees and management are required.

    Education: You have solid knowledge of HR/DEI theories, practices and principles as normally obtained through the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree in related fields and/or equivalent military experience. Master’s Degree preferred not required.


Job Demands:

  • Must be able to review and analyze data reports and manuals; must be computer proficient.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively via telephone and in person.


Own your work and your career — apply now

Are you willing to go the extra mile because you love what you do and how you can contribute as a team? Do you want the freedom to grow and the opportunity to take charge of your own career?  If so, then come join us.


We want hard working team players. You’ll have the independence to learn, lead and drive change. A culture of extraordinary service, empowerment and stability — that’s the First Republic way.


We believe that a diverse range of backgrounds and ideas has and will continue to be fundamental to the future success of First Republic.


If you are curious to learn more about this opportunity, we'd love to hear from you.


This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the organization. The Company is an equal opportunity employer. In this regard, the Company makes reasonable accommodations for qualified applicants and employees with disabilities in order to enable them to perform all essential job functions, unless doing so creates an undue hardship.


First Republic is subject to federal laws that restrict the employment of individuals with certain types of criminal histories, including FDIA Section 19 and FINRA. To the extent not inconsistent with our obligations under those federal laws and regulations, First Republic will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles and San Francisco ban-the-box laws.


For New York City-based roles: Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that, effective December 27, 2021, all private sector employers in New York City will be required to ensure that their employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend work in the office. Reasonable Medical or Religious Accommodations may be requested if applicable to you. Please view New York’s Guidance on Accommodations for Workers for more information.


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