Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Application Deadline: 2022-12-02
Job Type: County
Job Description:

Working with the Human Resources Team, County Executive, and County Departments; the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will design and oversee the county’s efforts in diversity, inclusion, equity and justice to enhance the county’s culture, the employee experience, and the experience for those we serve.

Work Schedule: Monday-Friday. May be limited evening or weekend work required to participate in community events.

Opportunity for a partial work from home arrangement following successful completion of the six month introductory period.

Key Responsibilities:
Develops, implements and monitors a strategic, comprehensive diversity plan that identifies core initiatives with mission and value statements. Establishes a system for periodically reviewing and updating the plan.
Provides strategic advice to department heads and staff on diversity-related issues. Consults with department heads to develop diversity goals, objectives and strategies and develops plans to meet the established goals.
Develops and implements county-wide policies, procedures and programs as they relate to equality, diversity and inclusion issues. Works with the Human Resources Deputy Director on policies and procedures to ensure that they are all inclusive.
Identifies external trends and best practices to increase diversity in the workplace.
Works directly with the Human Resources Recruiter and department hiring managers to develop recruitment strategies that attract and increase the applicant pool of diverse candidates.
Develops, implements and facilitates the County’s Employee Resource Groups. Serves as the advisor to these groups. Advocates and provides strategic guidance to the groups, and serves as a liaison to management and Human Resources.
Researches, prepares and conducts training programs for employees on recognizing, accommodating and appreciating individual differences and how to apply these skills in meeting operational and community needs.
Develops and fosters effective working relationships with key stakeholders, elected officials, community groups, key external diversity organizations and County departments to foster collaboration.
Develops metrics for measuring the effectiveness of organizational diversity initiatives. Prepares and presents reports as deemed necessary on the value of the initiatives.
Acts as the key liaison for Civil Rights Plan
Performs other duties as assigned.

Education/Certifications/Experience Requirements:
*Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Human Resources Management, Sociology or a related field.
*Three years related professional experience in a responsible diversity, inclusion and/or racial equity role with emphasis on policy analysis/development and program/plan development and administration.
*Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) or other related diversity certification preferred.
*A combination of equivalent education, training and work experience may be considered.

Required or Preferred Skills:
*Considerable knowledge of diversity, inclusion, racial equity and social justice theory, laws, principles and practices. *Considerable knowledge of civil rights, disability rights, equal employment opportunity and other relevant laws, rules and regulations.
*Considerable knowledge of equity and diversity related policy development and organizational development.
*Direct experience with group dynamics, related facilitation skills and relevant public administration principles.
*Knowledge of conflict resolution methods and techniques.
*Skill in conducting complex equity analysis, developing work plans and program implementation. Skill in conflict resolution and the conciliation of disputes.
*Ability to successfully work with multicultural/diverse organizations and analyze and address complex issues.
*Ability to independently exercise discretion and provide consultation to managers, supervisors and employees on diversity issues, and the development of related strategies.
*Ability to utilize a computer and the required software.

Outagamie County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.


Deadline Note: deadline may be extended