Oakland County, MI (pop. 1,274,395) County Seat: Pontiac/Waterford. Oakland County is located in southeast Michigan, immediately north of Detroit. With a population of 1.2 million and covering over 900 square miles, Oakland County offers cosmopolitan urban centers, lakefront living, historic town centers, and natural country settings within close proximity of an array of employment opportunities. Providing the diversity of choice vital to attracting and retaining a skilled workforce and high quality of life: 38,000 businesses, 1,100 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries, call Oakland County home. The county blends the State’s most robust economy with an unmatched quality of life. This diversity makes Oakland County unique and competitive. Oakland County’s annual gross domestic product (GDP) is $100 billion, which represents 23% of the state of Michigan’s total GDP.
The County is governed by an elected County Executive, David Coulter, and a 21–member Board of Commissioners who are elected by district for a two-year term of office. The Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) is an appointed position and serves at the pleasure of the County Executive. The CDEIO is responsible for coordinating executive efforts to cultivate a welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and equitable culture throughout all aspects of the County’s internal and external community.
Reporting to the County Executive and serving as a member of the County Executive’s senior leadership team, the CDEIO leads and works collaboratively with County internal departments partners as well as community partners to elevate inclusiveness and implement best practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CDEIO will review and assess data on diversity and inclusion for Oakland County, develop diversity strategies and initiatives, and implement the County’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic goals.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to make a significant and profound impact on the County and its unique cities. In their role, the CDEIO must serve as a confident consensus builder committed to the tenets of transparency, collaboration, and inclusive excellence as they lead the County’s diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
The County is seeking applications from individuals who are strategic, innovative, and visionary leaders with proven experience in leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. The County welcomes candidates with public or private sector experience who have a successful record of advancing implementation strategies that demonstrate commitment to promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment.
- Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field of study;
- Five years or more of progressive relevant experience in a leadership position;
- Demonstrated ability to apply and contribute to state and national best practices;
- In-depth knowledge of human development, training and change management;
- Proven track record of developing new initiatives to meet organizational needs; and
- Well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues.
Starting salary is $145,271 to $194,633, DOQE.
Apply online at www.GovHRjobs.com with resume, cover letter, contact information and three (3) professional references. Oakland County is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity, equity and inclusion and seeks candidates who represent a variety of backgrounds and perspectives. Questions regarding the position may be directed to the attention of Jaymes Vettraino, Vice President, GovHR USA, Tel: 847-380-3240
Candidates will be reviewed upon receipt of application, with preliminary reviews to be completed by September 19, 2022.
Application Deadline: September 19, 2022