Chief Equity and Human Rights Officer

Orange County
February 28, 2022
131 West Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, North Carolina
Billing Address
131 West Margaret Lane Hillsborough NC 27278
First Name
Last Name
Phone Number
919 245-2557
Closing Date


The Orange County Managers Office has an opening for a Chief Equity and Human Rights Officer. The work involves the responsibility for the implementation of Orange County’s One Orange goals to integrate equity in the organization through practical and impactful policies, procedures, programs, and services. An employee in this class will lead the County’s Government Alliance for Racial Equity (GARE) Workgroup, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Workgroup, provide support and consultation to departments/agencies and propel the countywide strategy for advancing equity and inclusion into organizational culture and service delivery in the County and its communities.  An employee in this classification is also responsible for managing and advising on efforts to improve the breadth and depth of community engagement across the organization.

This position will also serve as a key liaison to the Orange County Human Relations Commission (OCHRC) as well as the community for equity and human rights efforts including the implementation of the County Racial Equity Action Plan, administration of the Non-Discrimination Ordinance, and administration of the County’s fair housing program. 



$70,888.00 - $104,840.00 Annually



Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Public Administration, Cultural Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, or a closely related field AND five (5) years of demonstrated successful and progressively work experience in the administration of community, education, and/or social justice programs focused on the implementation of diversity and equity programming. Requires two (2) years of the direct supervision of staff. 

An equivalent combination of training and experience as defined above. A higher degree does not substitute for work experience. 

Additional Training and Experience Preferred:

Experience in employment, fair housing, discrimination investigations, or other civil rights experience. 

Experience maintaining and building relationships with community members and organizations and being trusted to be a local leader of equity.

Experience working in a fast-paced, high profile and forward-thinking environment, which is supported by respect, integrity, collaboration, honesty, and equity.

Experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, working professionally in the government, business consulting, nonprofit, and/or academic sectors.

Special Requirements


Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver’s license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.

All offers of employment are conditioned upon successful clearance of a background check.  Employment cannot commence until the employee has been cleared.


For the full job description and to apply for this position please go to All applications must be submitted on the website by Sunday, March 27, 2022 by 11:59PM. For questions please contact Donna Davenport at [email protected] or (919) 245-2557.