People Matter

Head of Diversity



San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Get to know Okta

Okta is The World’s Identity Company. We free everyone to safely use any technology—anywhere, on any device or app. Our Workforce and Customer Identity Clouds enable secure yet flexible access, authentication, and automation that transforms how people move through the digital world, putting Identity at the heart of business security and growth.

At Okta, we celebrate a variety of perspectives and experiences. We are not looking for someone who checks every single box - we’re looking for lifelong learners and people who can make us better with their unique experiences.

Join our team! We’re building a world where Identity belongs to you.

Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Okta is a dynamic and forward-thinking identity company dedicated to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace where every individual's unique contributions are valued and celebrated. We are committed to creating an environment that promotes belonging, innovation, and collaboration, and we recognize that our success is directly linked to the diverse perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Position Overview

As the Head of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, you will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing Okta’s strategy for creating an inclusive and equitable workplace. You will be responsible for developing and executing initiatives that foster a culture of belonging, support diversity at all levels, and drive positive change. You will collaborate with cross-functional teams to embed diversity, inclusion, and belonging principles into every aspect of our organization.


  • Develop and lead Okta’s Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging strategy, ensuring alignment with overall business objectives.
  • Collaborate with leadership to establish measurable diversity and inclusion goals, and regularly track progress, adjusting strategies as needed.
  • Create, implement, and oversee programs and initiatives that attract, retain, and develop a diverse talent pool across all departments and levels.
  • Lead the development of training and educational resources to enhance cultural competence and promote awareness of bias and inclusivity.
  • Provide guidance and expertise to recruitment teams to ensure diverse candidate slates and inclusive hiring practices.
  • Organizational leadership of Okta’s Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to amplify their impact and promote engagement and belonging among our employees.
  • Collaborate with HR Business Partners to develop training materials and help resources customized to user groups (individuals, managers, leaders, HRBPs, function-specific resources, etc.)
  • Center Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging in the Talent strategy and management
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with external organizations, community groups, and industry networks to stay informed of best practices and industry trends.
  • Conduct regular assessments of the company's culture and practices to identify areas for improvement and implement innovative solutions.
  • Collaborate with communication and marketing teams to share successes, milestones, and ongoing initiatives with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Analyze and leverage data to identify patterns, trends, and opportunities for enhancing diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Act as a thought leader and advocate for diversity, inclusion, and belonging both internally and externally, representing Okta at conferences and events.


  • Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Organizational Psychology, Diversity & Inclusion, or a related field. Master's degree preferred.
  • 7+ years of experience in a leadership role focusing on Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging initiatives, preferably in technology.
  • 5+ years of work experience in a related field (Performance Management, Talent Management, HR Consulting, HR)
  • Proven track record of developing and implementing successful diversity and inclusion programs within complex organizations.
  • Strong understanding of diversity metrics, benchmarking, and reporting.
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to engage and influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to translate ideas into actionable plans and measurable outcomes.
  • Program Management experience with expertise in scoping, leading and delivering complex programs, as well as a proven track record of project management skills on conception and design through implementation, measurement and continuous improvement
  • Analytical mindset, capable of using data to drive decision-making and continuous improvement.
  • Collaborative and inclusive approach to working with cross-functional teams and individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate sensitive and complex issues with empathy and confidentiality.
  • Passionate about promoting diversity, inclusion, and belonging, with a commitment to staying current on industry trends and best practices.
  • Certifications or training in diversity and inclusion-related fields are a plus.
Okta’s Top 5 Core Leadership Competencies are part of the deeply ingrained principles that guide all of our company’s actions. They also align strongly to our cultural cornerstones, our Okta values: love our customers, empower our people, never stop innovating, act with integrity, and maintain transparency. It’s our expectation that our managers and leaders embody these core competencies:
  • Builds Effective Teams: Building strong-identity teams that apply their diverse skills and perspectives to achieve common goals.
  • Demonstrates Self-Awareness (EQ): Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Develops Talent: Developing people to meet both their career goals and the organization’s goals.
  • Drives Results: Consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Strategic Mindset: Seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.


Below is the annual On Target Compensation (OTE) range for candidates located in California, Colorado, New York and Washington. Your actual OTE, which is inclusive of base salary and incentive compensation, will depend on factors such as your skills, qualifications, experience, and work location. In addition, Okta offers equity (where applicable) and benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance, 401(k), flexible spending account, and paid leave (including PTO and parental leave) in accordance with our applicable plans and policies. To learn more about our Total Rewards program please visit:

The annual OTE range for this position for candidates located in California, Colorado, New York, and Washington is between:
$230,000$340,000 USD
The OTE range for this position for candidates located in the San Francisco Bay area is between:
$256,000$380,000 USD

What you can look forward to as an Okta employee!

Okta cultivates a dynamic work environment, providing the best tools, technology and benefits to empower our employees to work productively in a setting that best and uniquely suits their needs. Each organization is unique in the degree of flexibility and mobility in which they work so that all employees are enabled to be their most creative and successful versions of themselves, regardless of where they live. Find your place at Okta today!

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