Oswald Mondejar

Oswald Mondejar: Bringing Diversity and Inclusion to Life

By John Black

Boston, MAOswald ‘Oz’ Mondejar, Vice President of Talent Acquisition in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Partners Healthcare and Sr. VP of Mission and Advocacy at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, has seen his job description evolve in many ways since joining the organization seventeen years ago, but his dedication to making Partners a great place to build a career has never changed.

“My job has expanded in so many ways since starting at Partners in 2001. I think the added role of ‘VP of Talent Acquisition’ perfectly aligns with my interests,” Mondejar explains, “beginning with recruitment and continuing to help new employees to build a successful career with us, no matter what their job titles or backgrounds may be.”

One of Mondejar’s key responsibilities is to broaden the perspective of job candidates, in terms of their view of Partners as an employer. “A hospital needs more than excellent doctors, nurses, therapists, and support staff; we provide careers in research, information systems, business planning, human resources, food services, engineering, facility management, accounting, and in real estate; there aren’t too many areas we don’t encompass.”

For Mondejar and Partners, that entails reaching out to populations traditionally underserved in workforce development, from various socio-economic groups to communities of individuals with disabilities. “It is crucial that we look at both real and perceived barriers that have prevented employers from fully embracing talent from all communities. Our goal at Partners is to be an industry leader and demonstrate collaborations and partnerships with private businesses and public agencies that produce tangible results. Diversity and Inclusion need to be living concepts in all we do for recruitment and retention, beyond notes on a mission statement.”

Recruiting the best possible talent is just one task in Mondejar’s role. He knows that the community’s primary need is for their residents to make a living, but he also believes that truly productive people seek to contribute to their work environment in ways beyond their job descriptions.

“That’s what really gets people excited and passionate about their work experience, that chance to be part of something bigger,” he said. “That may involve an element of their culture that they want to share, or a community need that the hospital can get involved in. I believe it takes all of us to think creatively and be fully engaged, it’s what will make our organization better and stronger. Our Talent Acquisition and Talent Management teams in concert with our hiring managers are doing just that.”

On Wednesday, May 30th, Oswald ‘Oz’ Mondejar will preside as the Keynote Speaker and Executive Panel Moderator at the inaugural Professionals of Color Career Summit (POC) at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. RSVP today and cultivate your career with all-inclusive employers like the TJX Companies, Inc., WeWork, and more.