Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Specialist, Town of Cary (closes 6/16/21)

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Closing: 6/16/2021 11:59pm EST
Salary Range: $56,306 – $92,893 annually

Job Description:

Cary NC, a thriving and progressive community of nearly 170,000 people that challenges the standard for how local governments should operate, is seeking a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist who is a passionate, collaborative, forward-thinking change maker to join our organization. Cary is located in the heart of the Triangle area of North Carolina between Raleigh and the renowned Research Triangle Park.
The ideal candidate for the DEI Specialist will embody excellence and enhance our culture where we believe in building community and taking care of people, evolution, working on the most important things and creating an environment where anyone can lead.??The candidate will be an inspiring, courageous and innovative leader that can build and maintain relationships, communicate internally and externally with all stakeholders and help influence change and positive behaviors across the organization.
In this newly created role, the DEI Specialist will play a critical role in advancing the Town’s DEI mission, values, and strategy by fostering a culture of inclusion and allowing everyone to bring their authentic selves to the workplace. The DEI Specialist will partner with the DEI Manager and key stakeholders to execute strategic plans focused on developing leaders’ and employees’ skills in creating an inclusive and equitable environment. Additionally, you will assist in developing and implementing programs and training offerings, support the creation of short and long-term D&I goals, track metrics, and develop reports that measure results and inform decision making. You will advocate and foster a culture of inclusion through your commitment and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion work.  Work is performed under the general supervision of the DEI Manager.

Typical Tasks:

  • In partnership with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Manager, leads the conceptualization, planning, implementation and evaluation of DEI strategies, programs, and initiatives;
  • Assists in the implementation of various DEI initiatives not limited to employee resource groups (ERGs), training for managers, coordinating and facilitating courageous conversations and rap sessions; DEI programming and communications of cultural celebrations and other diversity calendar events and assistance with strategic internal and external communications;
  • Evaluates the short- and long-term impact of DEI strategies through effective goal setting, key performance indicators (KPI), action plans, surveys, and metrics to assess and track progress over time;
  • Creates presentations, communications and reports to update and influence stakeholders and the public on DEI strategies, programs, and initiatives;
  • Gathers and performs research and analysis on current DEI trends and best practices, benchmarking, needs assessments, focus groups, surveys, etc.; conducts research and prepares reports on other DEI priorities; collaborates with the DEI Manager and make recommendations;
  • Participates in continued DEI trainings and certifications for ongoing development;
  • Performs other job-related tasks as required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Demonstrated knowledge of employment laws, ordinances, and regulations; Demonstrated knowledge in current DEI best practices and trends, including familiarity with key concepts (e.g., racial equity, cultural competence, unconscious bias); demonstrated knowledge of organizational development theories and techniques and project management/coordination practices; practical experience designing and implementing DEI strategies and project plans to support effective implementation of related programs and initiatives; thorough knowledge of standard office practices, computers and related software and procedures; thorough knowledge of budgeting; ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals within and outside of the organization; ability to develop presentations and trainings for small to large audiences, facilitating team discussions and fostering courageous conversations; ability to learn quickly, demonstrate critical thinking and make situation-appropriate decisions using sound judgment; personal, proactive commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion that helps to effectively foster a culturally diverse and inclusive environment; ability to work independently on responsible and confidential assignments; ability to navigate and lead others through change and ambiguity within an adaptive organization; positive and collaborative working style that helps break down barriers and transform obstacles to opportunities for even greater success; ability to handle confidential information and materials with discretion.


  • Requires any combination of education and experience equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in human resources, organizational development, business administration, public administration, sociology, psychology or a closely related field and considerable experience in human resources, human relations, social justice and/or diversity, equity and inclusion work.
  • Requires a valid driver’s license with an acceptable driving record.
  • Requires drug testing and background check (which may include criminal check, education verification and credit history review) prior to employment.