In order to increase the hiring of full-time minority professionals in the cable and telecommunications industries, the T. Howard Foundation recently began a comprehensive diversity recruitment initiative: the Diversity Advancement Program (DAP).
DAP is a recruitment service for media industry human resources representatives seeking minority professionals to fill entry-to mid-level roles. The program grows out of an ad-hoc service the Foundation has been fulfilling for several years, utilizing its database of hundreds of minority professionals who have participated in its college internship program.
“In light of the findings of the recent industry diversity survey, the Foundation is even more committed to continue working in partnership with media companies and organizations to improve outcomes for minority candidates eager to gain employment and move up in the industry,” said Jo Pamphile, T. Howard Foundation President & CEO.
THF has responded to requests from media companies to assist in filling full-time positions with qualified minority candidates over the past several years. Just in 2013 alone, the Foundation has helped 25 candidates gain employment in the media and entertainment industry, and is now formalizing the program.
With the announcement of DAP, now in pilot stage, the Foundation will provide media and entertainment companies with access to skilled minority professionals across business functions. THF will work with recruiters to source, identify and submit qualified candidates for full-time positions. In addition, THF career development specialists will assist, advise and provide feedback to multi-ethnic candidates and recruiters throughout the interview process.
For the pilot, the T. Howard Foundation is working with AMC Networks and Time Warner Cable to identify minority candidates for positions in those companies. THF will fully launch the program in spring 2014.