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Rocket Software, Inc. Senior Director, Leadership Development & DEI in Des Moines, Iowa

It's fun to work in a company where people truly BELIEVE in what they're doing!

Job Description Summary:

The Senior Director of Leadership Development and DEI is a strategic leadership role responsible for leading Leadership development, onboarding programs and driving our diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Reporting to the Chief People Officer, this role will lead collaboration cross-functionally to champion a culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership excellence within our organization.

Leadership Development:

  • Design and implement leadership development programs to enhance the skills and capabilities of our leaders at all levels.

  • Create a framework for leadership competencies and development pathways aligned with our organizational needs.

  • Provide coaching and mentorship to senior leaders, helping them grow and succeed in their roles.

  • Measure and assess the impact of leadership development initiatives, continuously refining and adapting programs to meet evolving needs.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Leadership:

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with our organization's values and goals.

  • Champion DEI initiatives to create a more diverse and inclusive workplace, driving measurable progress in representation, engagement, and inclusion.

  • Collaborate with the People team, senior leadership, and department heads to embed DEI principles into all aspects of our business, including recruitment, talent development, and business practices.

  • Evaluate and report on DEI metrics, identifying areas for improvement and recommending actionable strategies.

  • Continuously improve the onboarding process based on feedback and best practices, ensuring a positive experience for new hires.

Growth Mindset and Inclusive Leadership:

  • Promote a culture of growth mindset and inclusive leadership by providing training, resources, and support to leaders and employees.

  • Foster an environment where employees are encouraged to embrace challenges, learn from failures, and seek continuous improvement.

  • Lead initiatives to cultivate inclusive leadership behaviors, emphasizing empathy, diversity, and collaboration.


  • Develop and oversee an effective onboarding program that ensures new employees are integrated seamlessly into the organization.

  • Collaborate with departments to create onboarding materials, training modules, and resources that reflect our culture and values.

Team Leadership:

  • Manage and mentor a team of dedicated professionals, providing guidance and support to ensure the successful execution of DEI and leadership development initiatives.

  • Foster a culture of teamwork, innovation, and continuous improvement within the team.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business Administration, or a related field preferred

  • 12+ years’ leadership experience in Learning & Development

  • Demonstrated ability to execute and drive results that create measurable impact

  • In-depth knowledge of DEI best practices, leadership development methodologies, and onboarding strategies

  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Exceptional communication, interpersonal, and presentation skills

  • Ability to collaborate and influence at all levels of the organization

  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles

The base salary range for this role is $185,023.00 - $231,279.00 /year. Exact compensation may vary based on skills, experience, and location.


What Rocket Software can offer you in USA:

Extensive paid time off programs (paid holidays, sick, and unlimited vacation time)

Healthcare coverage options to fit you (and your family’s) needs

Retirement savings, with matching contributions by Rocket Software

Life and disability coverage

Leadership and skills training opportunities

Two paid work days for off-site training

Rocket Software Inc. is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. Rocket Software Inc. is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.

Rocket is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with physical and mental disabilities. If you need special assistance or an accommodation while seeking employment, please call: 781-577-4321 or send an email to We will make a determination on your request for reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.


If you like wild growth and working with happy, enthusiastic over-achievers, you'll enjoy your career with us!

Thousands of companies around the world depend on Rocket to solve their most challenging business problems by helping them run their critical infrastructure, business processes, and data, as well as extending the value of these assets to take advantage of cloud and mobile computing, advanced analytics, and other future innovations. From the clothes we wear to the cars we drive, Rocket solutions power the back-end systems that thousands of brands interact with every day. At Rocket, software has always been about people—not just ones and zeroes. We’re people solving problems for other people, and we strive to treat our customers, partners, and fellow Rocketeers with humanity. Founded in 1990, Rocket Software is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts with 31 offices around the world.