Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)

Wattpad, Remote

Stories you’ll love.

Duration: Full-Time

Wattpad is a global multiplatform entertainment company whose vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories. Since 2006, we’ve been on a mission to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world. Every month 90 million people around the world spend over 23 billion minutes on Wattpad to share and discover stories they can’t find anywhere else.  Our brand banner includes: Wattpad, Wattpad Labs, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, Wattpad Books and Wattpad Brand Partnerships. We’re proudly based in Toronto, but our reach is global. Come build the future of entertainment and storytelling, and write your next chapter with us!

We are currently looking for a Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to lead the anti-oppression practice at Wattpad, with a focus on Wattpad’s business impact on marginalized communities. Wattpad’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity have been part of our values from day one. It is part of our company DNA. From our CEO to our newest employee, we take ownership in creating a work environment and global storytelling community where everyone can thrive.

The Wattpad product has over 90M users (and growing) across the world, with a diverse user base, many of whom are from underrepresented groups. Wattpad works closely with story creators from diverse backgrounds to help amplify their voices. The impact of stories, whose they are are surfaced, and how people interact around them all have major implications on equity and inclusion in the world.

The Head of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion reports into the President of Wattpad and is responsible for refining the diversity vision and strategy for Wattpad. They will also refine how to operationalize progress towards that vision across every area of the business (Content, Community, Product, Technology, Data, Studios, HR, Recruitment), working in close collaboration with all senior leaders. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Translating our company vision into a measurable and scalable DEI strategy that is aligned to critical business outcomes
  • As a member of the leadership team, play an active role in DEI efforts across our business and platform, by partnering with other senior leaders on issues such as product inclusion, addressing bias in data, and community moderation
  • Work closely with content leaders across the business to develop and ensure an anti-oppressive process for selecting diverse stories and authors for promotion and opportunities
  • Ensure our growing community of 90M users, especially those from marginalized communities, feel safe to express themselves and connect around stories, while being their authentic selves
  • Work closely with the Head of People to ensure our DEI learning and development strategy is integrated into the overall L&D strategy, and support the delivery of learning where necessary
  • Work closely with the Head of People to drive inclusion across the entire talent lifecycle including hiring and nurturing talent from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds, compensation, benefits, talent management, employee engagement
  • Chair the cross-company diversity and inclusion committee
  • Supporting sister companies, Naver WEBTOON and Wattpad WEBTOON Naver in their DEI strategies

What we're looking for:

  • At least 5+ years of professional experience in a leadership role at a product-based and/or technology and/or content company
  • At least 5+ years of DEI experience, with a track record of driving measurable change, particularly in either content, technology or product
  • Demonstrable ability to embody empathy for the lived experiences and emotions that come with being an underrepresented minority
  • A business background, having served in business leadership roles (ideally in content, technology or product), with astute business acumen that can understand and work comfortably within well understood business frameworks
  • A relentless passion for crafting and facilitating innovative DEI solutions and uncomfortable conversations in a hyper-growth environment
  • Strong program and project management and execution skills
  • Ability to influence at all levels across the organization including the board, executive leadership team, and DEI committee members
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; high comfort level for presenting at an executive level and can balance building trust, navigating challenging conversations, and employee relations
  • Passion for the power of storytelling

What we offer:

  • Competitive salary
  • Career development; we believe in mentorship and supporting you to achieve your goals
  • Health benefits, fully covered on us!
  • RRSP Contributions (Canada), 401K Contributions (USA)
  • Generous vacation and Parental Leave Top-up
  • Monthly Transit and Home Office Allowance, choice of hardware, flexible hours, hybrid office and remote work options
  • Corporate discount for gym membership for you and your family
  • Summer Fridays with afternoons off!
  • And a whole lot more! 
Wattpad is conducting all interviews in a distributed manner using applicable third party software where needed and using visual interface tools such as Google Hangouts and Zoom.

About Wattpad

Who are we? Entrepreneurs and Do-ers. Our vision is to entertain and connect the world through stories, and our mission is to use the power of community and technology to unleash the full potential of stories to the world.
What does that mean? We are visionaries, community builders, passionate problem solvers, storytellers, coffee snobs (tea drinkers, too!), curious by nature, and culturally diverse.
What are we obsessed with? Our users. Solving complex problems and maximizing flow. Learning constantly. Building the next great storytelling product. Finding the greatest stories ever told. Dogs (and cats), coffee, and good snacks.
How do we work? Autonomously, collaboratively, respectfully. Balancing with work, family, and play...and all while having a great time.

Wattpad is a remote friendly company and encourages remote candidates to apply as long as they are located and authorized to work in either the US or Canada (excluding Quebec) as a precondition of employment. We are not able to sponsor applicants for work permits.

Culture and Diversity

Wattpad is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate. Period. 

Wattpad welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. We have taken a leadership position on creating a culture and an organization that truly values diversity. We are committed to fostering a global team that reflects the diversity of the Wattpad community. At Wattpad, we believe cultural fit doesn’t mean culturally identical, and diversity of thought helps us to challenge one another to think big and think differently. We consider employment applicants without regard to age, race, colour, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, disability status or any other protected status.  

If you have any special needs or accessibility requirements, please let us know. We will do our utmost to accommodate, in accordance with applicable local legislation.

About Wattpad

Wattpad gives people from around the world access to an audience of millions, and connects them with content they can’t find anywhere else. It’s where people discover, create, and share stories about the things they love, right on their mobile phones. The platform continues to grow at an average of 110,000 sign ups per day, with an average session time of 30 minutes. Wattpad works with leading consumer and entertainment brands to help them reach a mostly-millennial audience of millions.


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