Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

JOB TITLE: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

AGENCY: County of Riverside

LOCATION: Riverside, CA

FILING DEADLINE:  June 17, 2022

SALARY RANGE:  $107,642.70 – $163,521.28 Annually

The Position

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer establishes, supports, leads, and manages efforts to identify and eliminate structural and systemic bias in those areas where the County has control or influence (e.g., County employment, provision of County services, and contracting); develops and incorporates equity initiatives with the mission to embed equity, diversity, and inclusion principles, policies, and processes within all areas of the County of Riverside and performs other related duties as required. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer is a single position classification at the director level and reports to the CEO’s office implementing strategies and procedures to advance organizational change, foster a positive and inclusive work environment for everyone, and ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations are incorporated into the decision-making processes.

Examples of Essential Duties

  • Work closely with a steering committee to develop effective DEI strategies and create positive outcomes.
  • Provide organization-wide guidance to a broad variety of partners and stakeholders in the formulation and delivery of diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and programs designed to address inequities.
  • Serve as the internal consultant to department leadership on a broad scope of initiatives intended to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Facilitate the development, implementation, and evaluation of County Equity Action Plans.
  • Develop, coordinate, facilitate, and increase training and development opportunities pertinent to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Engage various community groups to listen to suggestions intended to promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Facilitate and/or chair group meetings using varied techniques, including issue clarification, idea generation, dispute resolution, and/or consensus building.
  • Perform a broad scope of organizational studies related to diversity, equity, and inclusion which requires the collection and analysis of data and the formulation of recommendations.
  • Work with civil rights representatives to operationalize an equity lens into County-wide department policy, programs, and budget decisions to advance and support equitable service delivery to the community.
  • Compose professional reports and correspondence related to a broad variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion matters.
  • Make formal and informal presentations to a broad scope of audiences.

The Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate will be an innovative and collaborative leader, who is able to create and cultivate a culture of success and achievement. The successful candidate will be a change agent for the organization, introducing ideas and strategies to utilize a changing workforce and workplace more effectively, to provide better services for current and future challenges. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are necessary to build strong business relationships with staff, leadership, and business partners at all levels. This is an excellent opportunity for an employee-centric professional who can navigate sensitive topics, has strong coordination and organizational skills, and has a passion for assisting and improving a culture of fairness and trust to better meet the mission and vision of the County; and foster an atmosphere that speaks to developing relationships with employees and management.

Key Attributes and Characteristics

  • Skill in building sustained and productive internal relationships across a wide range of agency functions.
  • Skill in designing, leading, and facilitating discussions around sensitive topics, particularly related to race (and other protected classes), power, and privilege.
  • Skill in consensus building, fostering informed debate and interaction, and effective decision making.
  • Knowledge/application of employment laws, principles and practices, and regulations in both union and non-union environments is desirable.
  • The ability to assess criteria and develop programs; and create data to measure and monitor the outcomes and success of new initiatives.
  • A leader who establishes confidence and builds trust based on respectful and collegial communication and collaboration.

The County of Riverside

With rivers, mountain peaks, deserts and fertile valleys, Riverside County offers diversity that few locations can match. More than two million people live in Riverside County, taking advantage of a high quality of life, affordable housing, and a multi-faceted environment of rolling hills, lakes, rivers, deserts, and forests. It has been one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties for several decades.  California’s fourth largest county by population is expanding its economy, working to make Riverside County as business friendly as possible and using health and recreation strategies to make the County a healthier place for residents. The County’s housing market continues to be among the most affordable in Southern California. Higher education institutions are abundant throughout the area, providing continuous educational opportunities for professional development.

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To be considered, please submit a resume, cover letter, and five professional references (references will not be contacted in the early stages of the recruitment) at: https://koffassociates.com/dei-officer/.    

Resumes should reflect years and months of positions held, as well as size of staff and budgets you have managed.

For additional information, please contact:

Frank Rojas at: (510) 495-0448 or Email: frojas@koffassociates.com


Carlo Zabala at: (510) 342-3233 or Email: czabala@koffassociates.com

Website: https://koffassociates.com/