Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Axon

| Seattle
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Our mission is to protect life.
We’re out to make the world a safer place by solving big problems and taking on the public safety challenges of our time. From our company's inception building the TASER device to a full suite of hardware and software solutions, we are focused on providing police agencies with the state-of-the-art devices and services they need to successfully serve and protect us. In the next few years, we're going to eliminate the burden of paperwork in policing, so officers can increase the time they spend building relationships and serving in their communities. We’ll put video at the heart of the police record so our justice system can get to the truth faster. And we won't stop innovating until the bullet is rendered obsolete.
It’s a big mission, but it’s one we’ll pursue relentlessly every single day. 
Axon is looking for a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion who will champion, promote, and lead our strategic efforts and be responsible for helping craft a truly diverse workforce and inclusive culture, where all employees can bring their authentic selves to work, feel like they belong and are valued, and work in an environment that celebrates diverse perspectives and experiences. This individual will report to the VP of People Operations and partner closely with the Executive team, Business Heads, HR, and ERG leaders. She/he will ensure we develop a road-map that increases Axon’s representation, foster a culture of inclusion and awareness, and drive equity and fairness in all that we do. As a champion of inclusion, she/he will develop meaningful relationships with our employee population, and will help amplify their voices.

Responsibilities:

  • Design and implement a holistic, global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy by identifying key opportunities and gaps. Develop a multi year road-map with key metrics and commitments to build a culture of inclusion, drive awareness and action, improve representation and engage with our community partners to make an impact outside of our offices
  • Design the metrics and processes that will help us measure progress and accountability
  • Partner with senior leaders across the Company (operations, finance, risk, sales, marketing, etc.) to develop organization-specific plans for advancing DEI goals relative to the challenges and opportunities within each department
  • Partner with our Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), providing leadership, guidance and direction and that these groups have the appropriate resources and level of influence in the organization
  • Partner with the Learning & Development team to equip every manager with the resources to build inclusive teams; design and facilitate in-person and virtual training
  • Partner with the People Operations team to design appropriate performance standards that allow opportunities for success and advancement for all employees
  • Partner with our employees and leaders to ensure every product, feature, and campaign is being designed with inclusion at the forefront
  • Build meaningful initiatives and partnerships with customers, industry peers, and thought leaders in the world of DEI
  • Partner with Marketing/Communications and Talent Acquisition to build an employer brand that resonates to candidates from all walks of life
  • Work with Marketing/Communications to ensure inclusion is considered and integrated into all aspects of our internal and external communications
  • Represent Axon at events and public speaking engagements both internally and externally

Qualifications

  • 10+ years of experience in diversity and inclusion roles working for high growth organizations
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience in a high profile, strategic HR role with heavy executive-level interface
  • Proven, progressive experience and demonstrated effectiveness leading global diversity and inclusion related initiatives and programs
  • Ability to build high-performing teams, foster trust and lead through influence, both with internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to work with cross functional teams to execute global programs and build operational processes at scale with demonstrable results
  • Experience in leveraging data to curate and deliver meaningful results including ROI, employee engagement and external relationships
  • Excellent business judgement, problem framing and solving, project management and analytical skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with experience in facilitation and presentation
  • Critical thinking and listening skills

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Location

Downtown Seattle: easy opportunities to get outside, enjoy south lake union, popular bars & restaurants, workouts, multiple transportation options

An Insider's view of Axon

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Healthy work environment, tons of snacks and drinks, laid back attitudes with performance aspirations. I am astounded at the culture that has been grown here.

Beth

Sales

What does your typical day look like?

There isn't one person who isn't passionate about the work the company is doing. Whenever there might be a slow or grueling day/project, you quickly become reminded of the importance of your work. Leadership cares about the employees, and ensures a healthy/fun environment. Values are well defined and drive the culture.

Suraya

Program Manager

How does the company support your career growth?

Co-workers care about your well being, and want to win together. Very strong company mission that makes it easy to buy into. Long established company that is entering a massive growth spurt. With massive change comes some uncertainty. But Axon has shown more proactive coaching and training than any company I've seen in my short tenure.

Cliff

Inside Sales

What is your vision for the company?

Our vision is bigger than just cameras or weapons. We're working every day to make the bullet obsolete. To make this a reality, we live and breathe six core values that serve as guiding principles: BE OBSESSED. AIM FAR. WIN RIGHT. OWN IT. JOIN FORCES. EXPECT CANDOR.

Rick Smith

CEO

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Fast-paced. Large company with a small company feel.
High decision velocities. Empowered, small, high-performance teams doing intellectually stimulating work with a purpose. It’s a great combination of doing good and doing well.

Sahil

Finance

What are Axon Perks + Benefits

Axon Benefits Overview

We take care of your health, mental & physical wellbeing, paid parental leave. In fact, we believe that mental health is even more important now. All Axon employees have 24/7 access to on-demand therapists, coaches, or psychotherapists via the Ginger platform. They can access help when they need it, privately with licensed professionals.

All Axon employees have access to: Real-time behavioral health coaching within seconds
* Virtual therapy & psychiatry sessions within hours that have been clinically proven to reduce symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
* Personalized skill-building activities curated by your coach

Also, we encourage you to take care of yourself, your families, and remind you to take breaks. We work hard, yes, but we want to sustain your health, creativity, and drive.

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Diversity manifesto
Someone's primary function is managing the company’s diversity and inclusion initiatives
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
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Company Equity
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Company sponsored family events
Axon hosts company sponsored family events annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Unlimited Vacation Policy
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Orca Pass
Company Outings
Star Wars premiere movie night, annual Grand Canyon trip, summer time BBQ's and much more!
Game Room
Our game room includes Ping Pong, Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Happy Hours
Monthly happy hours and town hall meetings with leadership
Relocation Assistance
Fitness Subsidies
GymPass discounts
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Diversity Program
Lunch and learns
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Our mentorship program includes Cross-department program, Career mentoring, Leadership mentoring.
Continuing Education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

plus --> financial wellness programs, locker rooms & showers, discounted entertainment tickets, discount mobile phone plans, stocked fridge & pantry, embedded customer learning, annual company trip.

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