Chief Diversity Officer

This position is exempt from the State of Delaware Merit System

Recruitment #090517-MUAH12-160101


The State of Delaware Department of Human Resources was established by House Bill 4, as amended by House Amendment No. 1, effective July 1, 2017.  Included in the House Bill is the Chief Diversity Officer position, which reports to the Secretary of the Department of Human Resources.  As further background, the need for this position is reflected in the Ivy Planning Group Independent Study of Diversity and Inclusion Related Policies, Procedures and Organizational Structure commissioned by the State of Delaware.

Summary Statement

The State of Delaware seeks an experienced and transformative leader to serve as the Chief Diversity Officer.  The work requires a dynamic individual with a deep understanding of the complexity and multiple dimensions of diversity, inclusion, equity, including - but not limited to, age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual identity and socio-economic status.  The individual must be a visionary in creating diverse and inclusive strategies for work environments.  The Chief Diversity Officer incorporates trend analytics that help identify problems and determine proactive solutions. The Chief Diversity Officer is energized by collaborating on cross-functional teams and serving as a liaison to constituents and community partners on a wide array of programs and initiatives so that our work environment truly reflects the finer work culture we seek to achieve and maintain.

The State of Delaware defines diversity as the human experience of its more than 14,200 employees.  This human experience is marked by its complexity, shaped by historical, social, economic and political phenomena, and characterized by differences.

Essential Functions

Essential functions are fundamental, core functions common to all positions in the class series and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties for any one position in the class.  Since class specifications are descriptive and not restrictive, incumbents can complete job duties of similar kind not specifically listed here.

  • Guides efforts to define, assess, and cultivate access, equity, diversity and inclusion throughout state government.
  • Develops statewide Diversity and Inclusion leadership practices ensuring that they are firmly established throughout state agencies to energize our commitment to inclusion by collaborating with state agencies to identify policies and practices that support the recruitment and retention of employees from historically underrepresented groups.
  • Promotes and provides education to foster an awareness and understanding of the various laws, regulations, and policies regarding nondiscrimination.
  • Manages and directs the work of the staff in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Consults with leaders at all levels to provide strategic direction and to promote new initiatives. (i.e. Office of the Governor, diversity councils and commissions, agency/department  leadership and staff, supplier diversity, Director of Women’s Advocacy and Advancement, community organizations).
  • Creates procedures to ensure shared accountability for achieving diversity and inclusion results.
  • Collects and uses data to assess programs and increase accountability by creating scorecards to monitor, track progress, and ensure improved metrics.
  • Works in partnership with top state, private sector and nonprofit leaders to position diversity as one of state’s key initiatives. Capitalizes on the varied ways diversity and inclusion can be embedded in the state’s infrastructure, policies, and programs.
  • Provides guidance and direction in the interpretation of laws, rules, and regulations. 

Job Requirements

JOB REQUIREMENTS for Chief Diversity Officer
Applicants must have education, training and/or experience demonstrating competence in each of the following areas:

  1. Possession of a Master’s degree or higher in Human Resource Management, Public Administration, Business Administration, Legal Studies, Labor Relations, Industrial Relations, Organizational Development/Organizational Effectiveness or related field, AND at least 5 years’ experience as a Chief Diversity Officer which includes leading and implementing diversity and inclusion programs in complex organizations with proven ability to create change.
  2. Experience in relationship building across all organizational levels; community building, networking and deploying effective programs that foster diversity and inclusion.
  3. Experience in researching and developing analytics and performance metrics to report progress.
  4. Experience in leading strategic management initiatives for organizational development such as change management, workforce planning or continuous quality control.
  5. Experience in applying and interpreting the laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures as they relate to diversity and inclusion.
  6. Experience in staff supervision.


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Selection Process

Please attach a resume with your online application or use the resume tab in DEL to provide a detailed description of how your education, training and/or experience meets each job requirement including employer, experience/responsibilities and dates (month/year) of employment/training.    

Once you have submitted your application on-line, all future correspondence related to your application will be sent via email.  Please keep your contact information current.  You may also view all correspondence sent to you by the State of Delaware in the “My Applications” tab at


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process.  To request an auxiliary aid or service please call (302) 739-5458. TDD users should call the Delaware Relay Service Number 1-800-232-5460 for assistance.  The State of Delaware – An Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.