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Agency Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion


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Agency Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 

Serving as a key member of the County executive leadership team, this appointed position will be responsible for creating and executing a strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for the County, workforce and services to the community. This role will offer the opportunity to build and implement a new countywide program so it becomes an integral part of who we are as an organization. 

The incumbent will develop, implement, and manage a strategic framework under which the county’s approach to equity, inclusion and diversity will be formalized, revised and advanced. Driven by the incumbent, the strategy and action plan developed will be executed to help the county achieve its diversity, equity and inclusion goals.

The ideal candidate will be a proven leader with extensive experience that demonstrates the incumbent can apply management, creativity, and analytical skills in order to work collaboratively and cooperatively inclusive of various cultures. 

This position will also serve as the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator for the County. Experience with these regulations and the relevance of applicable case law to lead solutions and guide corresponding training is a must. 

Essential Functions:

Establishes county-wide performance indicators and progress benchmarks to ensure accountability towards equitable delivery of county programs and services; ensures policies, procedures, budget decisions, program design and other county functions are evaluated through the equity lens. 

Partners with the private sector, nonprofit sector and other community partners to discuss issues and/or initiatives regarding diversity, equity and inclusion in the county. 

Advises county executives and staff regarding diversity, equity and disability program compliance; interprets related laws and policies; identifies potential exposure(s) and recommends solutions; serves as the County’s subject matter expert and advisor to executive staff; provides briefs and updates as needed.

Creates strategies, reports, and performance metrics for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all areas in order to achieve county DEI goals including, but not limited to: economic development, community development, purchasing, recruitment, retention and employee development. 

Collaborates with County attorneys and human resources to respond to state, federal, and external agencies regarding non-discrimination and accessibility issues; acts as point of contact for related inquiries, information requests, and grievances; ensures appropriate maintenance of confidential records and information tracking systems.

Analyzes proposed legislation, regulations and policies, providing technical advice to management and elected officials on equity issues impacting the county. 

Advises departments, agencies and elected officials in development of performance indicators and progress benchmarks to ensure accountability to institutional equity, diversity and inclusion. Conducts analyses on data from performance indicators to determine areas of progress and opportunity in regards to diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

Collaborates with departments whose workforce does not reflect the demographics of the community to create and implement recruiting and hiring strategies and set measurable goals to attract and retain employees from diverse backgrounds.

Develops and leads training initiatives on equity, diversity and cultural awareness for the County; serves as a resource to department/agency heads and elected officials to provide individualized coaching and development as needed.

Collaborates with County attorneys and human resources to ensure compliance with local, state, and federal disability, accessibility, and non-discrimination laws, policies, and related regulations for all County programs, services and facilities, including the provision of reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.

Maintains a comprehensive, current knowledge of applicable laws, regulations, policies and procedures: maintains awareness of new trends and other developments in the industry; acquires and maintains applicable certifications, attends meetings, workshops, and seminars as appropriate.

Identifies, develops and cultivates professional relationships with various organizations and other stakeholders within the Cobb County community; makes presentations as needed.

Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

Master’s Degree in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Business or related field required; supplemented by ten years of progressively responsible experience in public or business administration, with a minimum of five years of experience at the department head level in a large metropolitan government or comparable corporate environment; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Licenses and Certifications: 

Valid Driver's License.

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