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Lilly Associate Director - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Racial Justice Communications in Indianapolis, Indiana

At Lilly, we unite caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We are a global healthcare leader headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. Our 35,000 employees around the world work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to our communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. We give our best effort to our work, and we put people first. We’re looking for people who are determined to make life better for people around the world.

At Lilly, we serve an extraordinary purpose. We make a difference for people around the globe by discovering, developing and delivering medicines that help them live longer, healthier, more active lives. Not only do we deliver breakthrough medications, but you also can count on us to develop creative solutions to support communities through philanthropy and volunteerism.

Lilly has been actively working to strengthen our diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts, with meaningful progress on a number of fronts, including diversity in management and a more inclusive culture. Lilly and the Lilly Foundation stand united in our intent to create a more diverse, equitable and inclusive culture within our company and within our communities. As part of this commitment, Lilly has crafted a multi-year strategy focusing on our people, workplace, marketplace and community.

Do you have experience leading or implementing communications strategies and creative tactics? Bring your passion and skills to help build upon our culture of inclusivity!

The Associate Director, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Racial Justice Communications will report up through Global Enterprise Communications and partner with the Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office, the Reputation Management communications team and external organizations. This role will work to communicate about initiatives and progress in our people and workplace strategies related to DEI and racial equity. The role will report to the Senior Director, Human Resources and Employee Experience Communications.


  • Amplify Lilly’s diversity, equity and inclusion work to create greater awareness, inclusion and racial equity within our workforce and in the Central Indiana community and beyond.

  • Develop and implement communications strategies to engage employees, supporting the DEI strategic priorities of empower, elevate, and embed DEI in all that we do.

  • Source stories and develop communications through internal and external collaborations to highlight Lilly’s DEI efforts.

  • Identify thought leadership and media opportunities, provide counsel, speech writing, and talking points for DEI senior leaders and executives.

  • Produce updates for leaders and employees highlighting progress on aspirational goals, racial justice and other DEI priorities.

  • Produce creative, strategic external communication/storytelling about programs such as the Indiana corporate diversity council, One Ten Coalition, and corporate collaborations related to DEI and racial justice in partnership with the Social Impact and Reputation Management teams.

  • Solve for Team Lilly - partner with colleagues on the HR Communications and Employee Experience team on other initiatives as needed.

  • Use data and analytics to track and measure the reach and impact of DEI and Racial Justice communications.

Basic Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

  • Seven years or more professional communications experience as a journalist, in PR agency, corporate communications or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills

  • Experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including but not limited to large-scale programming, employee resource group involvement, community activities and/or non-profit board leadership

  • Experience in executive writing and counsel

  • Experience with social media and video storytelling

  • Dedication to form positive relationships with internal and external collaborators

  • Ability to work independently

  • Ability to translate strategy to action; able to diagnose business problems and implement solutions

  • Excellent judgment and a demonstrated ability to influence leaders at all levels

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, matrixed environment

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