Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
New Brunswick • Somerset

Workforce Diversity

Our leaders believe that every individual contributes to the fabric of our organization. We are committed to creating a workforce that covers the whole spectrum of human differences. These differences include race, ethnicity, gender, age, socio-economic status, national origin, sexual orientation, thinking styles, perspectives, work experiences, veteran status, disability and religion. Our leadership encourages an environment of inclusion where employees see differences as assets and essential to our business strategy.

In 2011, RWJ identified diversity and inclusion as one of our key strategic commitments and implemented the first board-approved diversity and inclusion plan. Efforts focused on increasing diversity in leadership, the expansion of the supplier diversity program, and the development of business resource groups. While we have achieved great results with our diversity efforts since 2011, we are further committed to creating a workforce that is reflective of the communities we serve—at all levels. A key component to achieve this goal is transparency. Transparency, along with our other workforce diverse efforts, will take us further down our path of being a consciously inclusive organization. Click here for a snapshot of our workforce (2013 EEO-1 Report).

Our differences drive innovation.
We believe that our differences help us to remain innovators at the forefront of care. We believe that innovation best thrives when we create a culture of collaboration among employees who are not alike. In doing this, we’re able to engage our workforce in innovative ways to enhance and broaden our scope of services. To achieve and maintain a diverse workforce, we’re focusing on the following goals:

  • Recruit the best and brightest candidates to join our team
  • Identify, develop, and promote high potential RWJ employees
  • Engage our workforce to retain and recruit top talent
  • Partner with regional and national organizations to create a pipeline of talent

Our Workforce Diversity Initiatives

Business Resource Groups

RWJ's Business Resource Groups (BRG) are strategic partners for advancing business objectives. They are an inclusive collection of employees and allies who share a common interest that aligns with our diversity and inclusion strategy.

Under corporate sponsorship and coaching, our BRGs operate as an empowered, inclusive network of employees who leverage personal knowledge to enhance professional growth. Employees engaged in our BRGs benefit from professional development opportunities—such as serving in leadership roles or on committees and attending formal-structured career development activities.

Ultimately, our BRGs create a diverse pipeline of high potential leaders for RWJ.

RWJ Current BRGs:

  • Advancing Women through Advocacy, Recognition, and Empowerment (AWARE) Business Resource Group
  • Asian Society for Impact and Advocacy Network (A.S.I.A.N) Business Resource Group
  • Black Professionals Network (BPN) Business Resource Group
  • Emerging Leaders Network (ELN) Business Resource Group
  • Service and Advocacy for Latinos United for Development (S.A.L.U.D) Business Resource Group
  • Veterans Engaging Through Service (VETS) Business Resource Group
Healthcare Leadership Residency Program

In partnership with the Institute for Diversity, RWJ’s Healthcare Leadership Residency Program (HLRP) gives Master of Health Administration minority graduate students a real-world work experience. Interns are matched with appropriate health care facilities for a 10 week summer internship.  A volunteer executive from the host organization provides mentoring, support and career advice during the internship.  The Institute supports the interns, and program alumni, with leadership development education and ongoing networking and mentoring opportunities.  The Institute staff also facilitates the match between interns and host sites and provides orientation sessions for hosts and interns and detailed program materials. RWJ accepts a limited number of interns each year.

HLRP residence join a specific RWJ department for the summer and are precepted by an executive leader or a director. Each department has different needs and those needs change from one summer to the next, but the preceptors try to provide students with a broad range of learning opportunities depending on the priorities of the department for that particular year. Sample activities include:

  • Attending staff and/or team meetings
  • Observing clinical care and speaking with caregivers
  • Developing process flow maps of current processes and making recommendations around how to improve processes
  • Attending grand rounds or other medical education lectures
  • Reviewing and completing financial analyses and statements
  • Assessing and summarizing new business opportunities
  • Drafting communications
  • Presenting recommendations and results

Residence meet regularly with their preceptor to discuss their progress. In addition, interns meet regularly with each other and other preceptors to share information about their projects and hot topics in healthcare.

Undergraduate Internships

In partnership with Rutgers University, RWJ offers internships for students interested in healthcare administration in their junior year. As part of the program, students are mentored by an executive leader or a director. Preceptors provide students with a broad range of learning opportunities and assign students to a key project. Students receive credit from the university. Any Rutgers undergraduate student interested in participating in our undergraduate internship program, please contact diversityrwj@rwjuh.edu.

Health Professions Scholars Program

In partnership with the New Brunswick Health Science and Technology High School, RWJ’s Health Professions Scholars Program was designed to stimulate interest in the variety of Allied Healthcare professions offered at RWJ and motivate talented minority high school students within an urban school system with an aptitude for Math and Science to remain in school and plan for college or vocational training in an Allied Healthcare Profession.

The HPSP offers students the opportunity to learn about, explore and observe Allied Healthcare Professions in action with increasing educational experience and individual learning opportunities in the journey from 9th to 12th Grade.

The return on investment has been rewarding. Today, more than 30 past participants are employees at RWJ.

To learn more about career opportunities at RWJ, please visit our career portal.

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