Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

Wake County
July 26, 2021
300 S Salisbury St, Ste 2900, Raleigh, NC
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300 S Salisbury St, Ste 2900
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What You'll Be Doing

Reporting to the County Manager, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Director leads Wake County’s efforts to advocate for access, equity, inclusion and diversity through innovative policies, programs, and services. As the subject matter expert and technical advisor on county-wide matters of equity and disparities, the DEI Director leads the analysis, development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging initiatives that support a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed, departments achieve better outcomes, and the County has an enriching and humane working environment for all.   
The DEI Director plays an essential role in modeling the County's core values—specifically 'work together', 'serve with passion and empathy' and ‘embrace diversity.’ The DEI Director champions the value of a diverse and inclusive work environment through creating a vision and effective strategy for a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The primary role of the position is to lead the development of a vision and effective strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive work environment including, compliance, advocacy and education, and serving as an advisor and resource for management and staff in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity. To this end, the DEI Director is responsible for: 
Leading Change
  • Assessing existing programs, services and initiatives that supports equity and identifies opportunities to maximize efforts
  • Planning, guiding, and advising County management on diversity, equity, inclusion matters
  • Leading the County in implementing strategic initiatives, including the creation of a culture for equity, diversity, and inclusion 
  • Providing strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values
  • Keeping abreast of market trends to drive innovative DEI efforts
  • Creating awareness, understanding and effective use of an equity lens in developing and implementing programs to achieve fair and equitable outcomes
Driving Results
  • Participating in decision making that produce high-quality results by applying DEI knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks and benefits 
  • Communicating in a manner that drives consensus and partnerships among leaders with a range of perspectives and working style
  • Developing performance indicators to ensure accountability. Collecting, analyzing, and presenting data measuring equity and inclusion efforts
  • Developing and managing program’s budget, ensuring sound fiscal management

About Our Team

The Wake County Manager's Office is responsible for executive leadership of all County departments and agencies. The Office works closely with the elected Board of County Commissioners and County departments to implement data-driven strategies and policies. Other responsibilities include implementing the Board's goals, coordinating regional efforts with community partners, and overseeing departmental operations.

How Will We Know You're 'The One'?

  • Demonstrated ability to lead large-scale change projects within a complex organization
  • Proven experience in large scale diversity, equity and inclusion assessments and DEI plan implementations
  • Ability to demonstrate empathy and real-world experience with a wide range of disciplines, interests and people represented at Wake County and show a deep appreciation for the County’s public mission
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor during emotionally charged, difficult, or high-pressure situations
  • Proven ability to create frameworks around ambiguous or unstructured topics, to enable colleagues and clients with executable, practical solutions to DEI challenges
  • Exceptional communication and facilitation skills with proven ability to facilitate difficult conversations around race, gender, sexual identities, as well as other experiences of injustice, inequity, and oppression and to clearly convey information in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message
  • Excellent project management and organizational change skills to plan, prioritize, multi-task and independently execute projects/tasks with specific deadlines while maintaining flexibility
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate change and encourage others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to addressing problems and opportunities, and to facilitate the implementation and acceptance of change
  • Superb analytical, evaluation and decision-making skills including the ability to identify the issue, compare data from multiple sources to draw conclusions, and to use effective approaches for a course of action

About This Position

Location: Justice Center Raleigh, NC

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 8:30am - 5:15pm

Hiring Range: $78,410 - $141,130

Posting Closing Date: The position will remain open until filled with first round applicant reviews on August 23, 2021. To apply, please visit: https://ewaketalent.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/3/home/requisition/2947?c=ewaketalent


$78,410 - $141,130


The Basics (Required Education and Experience)

  • Bachelor’s degree in social justice, sociology, public administration, human resources, education, or a related field
  • 5 years of experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex organization

Beyond the Basics (Preferred Education and Experience)

  • Master’s degree in social justice, sociology, public administration, human resources, education, or a related field
  • Advanced knowledge of best practices and principles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Knowledge of affirmative action/equal opportunity laws, rules, policies and procedures
  • Experience developing and implementing an equity and inclusion plan
  • Successful experience with public policy development and implementation at an enterprise level