Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

At NBT we desire an inclusive culture where differences are respected and valued. We strive to enable everyone to feel safe to be their authentic self so all employees can speak up and contribute, all customers are welcomed, and all communities are supported.

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At NBT Bank, we leverage a variety of approaches to facilitate a large and diversified pool of candidates. We firmly believe that these efforts create a unique talent pool for our company, where those with different backgrounds, beliefs, and identities offer new perspectives creating richer solutions to the ever-changing market landscape.

Search Openings

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Inclusive Workplace

It is our firm belief that when employees feel a connection to and a belonging with the NBT team that job satisfaction improves, collaboration is high, and the overall organization benefits from a truly engaged workforce. We support inclusiveness with programs where employees are encouraged to be themselves and provide opportunities for employees to network throughout the organization. We are committed to fostering an atmosphere of acceptance, belonging, and engagement, allowing our employees to perform at their best.

Our Culture & Values

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Speak-Up Culture

NBT Bank is committed to ensuring that our employees’ opinions are heard, understood, and valued. We deploy numerous tactics for sharing our diverse perspectives allowing for rich dialog to facilitate organizational improvement.

John Watt

John Watt

President & CEO

The employees on the NBT Team are critical to our continued success. It is our team that allows NBT to exceed our customers’ expectations and bring value to our shareholders.

Studies show that companies with a diverse workforce have better financial returns and outperform. Fostering and enhancing the diversity and inclusion of our workforce is central to our success. Additionally, ensuring we cultivate an environment where our team is free to perform at their best is a priority.

I am certain that having a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace best positions NBT for that future. I am committed to this important goal.

Karen Sastri

Karen Sastri

Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer

For the past 25 years I have had the pleasure of participating as an employee in the growth and evolution of our diversity, equity and inclusion efforts here at NBT. As Chief Diversity Officer, I am honored to have the unique opportunity to focus solely on continuing to build upon the incredible foundation established by my predecessors.

At NBT, we’re constantly striving to cultivate a space where employees are engaged by respecting and celebrating the unique ways we are different from one another. Having a safe, inclusive environment where diversity is honored, and employees, customers and community members are comfortable being their authentic selves is core to NBT’s culture. My hope for the future is that my passion for this work and the relationships I have built will enable me to learn from others and positively contribute to the progress of our shared journey.

Steering Committee

John Watt
President & CEO

Karen Sastri
Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer

Jeffrey Delepine II
SVP, Chief Compliance Officer

Ruth Mahoney
EVP, President of Wealth Management

Bill Butcher
SVP, Director of Talent Strategy & Organizational Development

Shauna Hyle
EVP, Consumer Lending

Sarah Halliday
EVP, President of Commercial Banking

Scott Kingsley
EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Catherine Scarlett
Chief of Staff & Ethics Officer

Joe Stagliano
EVP, President of Retail Community Banking & Chief Information Officer

Amy Wiles
EVP, Chief Credit & Risk Officer

NBT Bank is an equal opportunity employer and fully supports a diversified environment. We do not discriminate against any applicant or employee because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status or veteran status, recently separated veterans, genetic information, victims of domestic violence and stalking or any other class protected by Federal, State or local law. This policy applies to all terms of employment.