Virgin Orbit, LLC

Manager of Diversity, Belonging, and Culture

Job Locations US-CA-Long Beach
Req No.
Human Resources
Regular FT


Long Beach, CA



Job Type:


Who we are



At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth.

The Learning & Development team plays a critical role in enabling our brilliant people to do the most impactful work of their careers. This team cares deeply about leveling up our talent while being true ambassadors of the Virgin culture.  At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit (VO) is seeking a new member of our team to lead our Diversity, Belonging, and Culture team. If you join us in this position, you will lead the strategy, design, delivery, and evaluation of programs that help us open Space for Everyone from Everywhere! We are committed to fostering a culture that is as inclusive and representative as the communities we serve with programs that are as exciting an innovative as our rocket technology.


This new role is both strategic and tactical, and will have a direct connection to People and companywide initiatives. We’re looking for an experienced leader in the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) field who gives a damn about making a difference in the aerospace industry and in our communities and has the creativity, tenacity, and expertise to help further enrich our culture.


This is a full-time  position at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California with regular travel to our test site at the Mojave Air and Spaceport and flexibility for some remote work.


Your Mission

  • Design and deliver an integrated DEI and Culture strategy, closely collaborating with the VP of People & Culture and other stakeholders
  • Partner, coach, and support your colleagues across the various People functions to integrate Diversity, Belonging, and Culture into their work; serve as an internal consultant, partner, and coach
  • Conceptualize, facilitate, and oversee internal Diversity, Belonging, and Culture programs (ex: teammate learning, roundtable discussions, speakers, etc.); evaluate the impact of our programs as you shape the future of our DEI programs
  • Deliver and maintain robust recognition and celebration programs across our enterprise (People Awards, recognition platform, holiday events, milestone celebrations, etc.)
  • Support, mentor, and advocate for our seven (and counting!) employee resource groups (ERGs)
  • Consult and shape our internal and external communication efforts, working with the Brand and People teams
  • Lead and develop one direct report and oversee relationships with multiple internal indirect partners and external venders to achieve our Diversity, Belonging, and Culture goals
  • Include and inspire others through community partnerships, events, and other collaborations
  • Support our thriving culture, helping us establish ways of working that are truly Virgin and will stand the test of time
  • Support other People Team functions and duties as they come up
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Perform other duties assigned

What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant field
  • Minimum 8 years related experience in diversity, inclusion and/or culture work
  • Experience project managing multiple high-impact learning & development solutions in a very fast-paced environment.
  • Track record of designing and implementing new learning programs and measuring their success.
  • A passion for making connections with people and building critical relationships in the business.
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement.
  • Highly positive mental attitude. Doesn’t bring just the problem, but a thoughtful set of solutions.
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness.
  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Physically able to handle items weighing up to 25lbs (unassisted)
  • Valid CA driver’s license required with clean driving record
  • Must be able to provide proof of US-approved Covid-19 full vaccination status, unless otherwise exempted by an approved reasonable medical or religious accommodation from Virgin Orbit

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.

  • Relevant certifications in HR, L&D, Project Management, or Coaching
  • Graduate-level work or research in relevant learning topics
  • Experience leading orientation, intern, & leader development programs
  • Curriculum design experience and course creation tool proficiency
  • Experience with an enterprise LMS system 
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space

This isn’t a cookie-cutter role, and we’re not looking for just any teammate. We’re committed to creating an inclusive team with various superpowers, and know that different applicants will have different strengths and experience. If you’re a fit in one or more of these areas, we’d love to learn more.



Salary Range

$80,000 - $130,000

Total Rewards at Virgin Orbit

At Virgin Orbit, we are STRAIGHT UP, which means we encourage honest and transparent communication. Our goal is to help you interpret the pay range you see and understand that compensation is much more than simply base pay.  Individual compensation packages are based on candidate-unique attributes, including, but not limited to, skills, experience, qualifications, and other job-related factors.  Cash compensation is only part of the total reward package, and the range reflects a strong market-based salary.  Some jobs may also be eligible for bonus, overtime pay, weekend work compensation and differentials.  In addition to cash compensation, all Virgin Orbit teammates are eligible for equity which includes stock options and/or RSUs (Restricted Stock Units) and an Employee Stock Purchase Plan (ESPP). 


At Virgin Orbit, you work alongside some of the best and brightest, on the coolest premier dedicated small satellite launch service.  We also know that benefits and belonging are an important piece of your total rewards package.  At Virgin Orbit we offer some of the best around:


  • Robust time off with holiday shut down between Christmas and New Year
  • Better than market 401k including a Safe Harbor plan
  • Superior health and welfare benefits offering an average 90% of benefits premiums paid, including some plans with zero employee contributions
  • Financial wellness through Northstar which includes your personal financial advisor
  • Paid parental leave
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • A variety of optional benefits such as pet insurance and discounts, and remote and/or hybrid opportunity for some positions
  • Health Reimbursement program providing up to $3,000 max per year for eligible teammates 
  • Employee Resource Groups, Virgin cultural gatherings and success celebrations, professional growth opportunities, and more!


At Virgin Orbit, pay and total rewards is about offering competitive programs for any stage of your life and career. We constantly look for opportunities to enhance our programs and reward our teammates and we update our benefits offerings regularly.

Other Requirements:

ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. 


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Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.