Distinguishing Features of the Class

Reporting directly to the County Executive, the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is responsible for oversight and administration of the County’s diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives. General duties include the following: developing and incorporating inclusion initiatives, such as organization-wide diversity training; creating strategies to recruit a diverse workforce; ensuring compliance with relevant local, state, and federal regulations; and, identifying opportunities for expansion of multiculturalism and minority support. The CDO raises the visibility of the County’s diversity efforts; clarifies goals and assesses progress; and provides expertise on issues of access, equity, diversity, and inclusion. The CDO shall also serve as the County’s primary contact with businesses, local municipalities, community organizations, and other stakeholders for joint diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Typical Work Activities

Develop, implement, and administer a County-wide strategic plan for diversity and inclusion.

Establish and administer systems of accountability using data and reporting.

Advise and assist the County Executive in formulating policies relating to workforce diversity and minority and women's business enterprises;

Advise the County Executive and departments regarding any measures necessary to ensure full compliance with article fifteen-a of the consolidated laws of New York State (MWBE) and use of diversity practices;

Serve as the County Executive's liaison with organizations representing minority and women-owned business enterprises and other organizations related to diversity in the county workforce and in county contracting;

Serve as the County Executive's liaison to local businesses and community groups for issues related to the creation of a diverse workforce;

Engage in other actions assigned to him or her by the County Executive relating to diversity in hiring or promotion of the county workforce and in encouraging diversity practices and compliance with article fifteen-a of the consolidated laws of New York State in procurement.

Advise and consult with the Onondaga County Personnel Department in the development and administration of policies and programs to expand the County’s workforce among underrepresented populations, which shall include; targeted recruitment programs, review and revision of job descriptions, strategic partnerships with community organizations and leaders, administration of hiring policies and procedures.

Full Performance Knowledges, Skills, Abilities, and Personal Characteristics

Thorough knowledge of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism concepts and issues.

Thorough knowledge of the County’s goals, programs and priorities for diversity and inclusion.

Good knowledge of the principles, practices and methods of public administration.

Ability to manage and execute complex projects, milestones, and deliverables.

Ability to research, identify and implement best practices of diversity and inclusion

Ability to work effectively and collaboratively within a complex organization and with outside stakeholders.

Ability to make decisions quickly and independently.

Ability to coordinate the work of others and to establish effective working relationships.

Ability to plan and direct the activities of subordinates in a manner conducive to full performance.

Ability to plan, direct and evaluate programs.

Ability to establish effective relationships with and relate program information to staff, community agencies and federal, state and local representatives.

Ability to interpret complex written materials, legislation and regulations and to understand their implications and impact on the County’s goals, programs and priorities for diversity and inclusion.

Ability to express ideas clearly both orally and in writing and to make public presentations to a variety of groups including businesses, governments, community organizations, and other stakeholders.

Minimum Qualifications