The Fourth Judicial District Court welcomes applications for the position of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Specialist. This exciting, innovative position has existed in the Fourth District since 2016, and exercises a high level of independent judgment and planning to achieve DEI and racial equity goals. Primary objectives, direction, and evaluation will be overseen by the Fourth District’s Manager of Communications and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
In this strategic role, you’ll be responsible for creating and executing strategies, best practices, and tactics that help advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) goals across the Hennepin County District Court (also known as the Minnesota Fourth Judicial District). Specifically, the work involves:
- Developing DEI policies and programming from ideation to execution.
- Promoting a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture through areas that include, but are not limited to: talent acquisition, employee development and retention, racial equity education and training, employee resource groups, internal and external communications, community engagement, vendor/contractor diversity and performance evaluation.
- Advancing data-driven decision making to shape district-wide DEI strategies, policies and methodologies.
To carry out these efforts, you’ll have a seat at the table with senior district leadership, judges and referees to provide strategic guidance, programming support and thought partnership in all facets of the Fourth District’s operations. You’ll also help ensure the long-term sustainability of our DEI efforts through change management, consensus-building and a strategic approach to creating sustainable DEI structures, practices and processes.
The DEI Division is located in the Hennepin County Government Center, Downtown Minneapolis. Work fulfilled through this role will be primarily virtual in nature during the pandemic, though some in-office presence and occasional travel within the Twin Cities metro area may be required. Typical hours for this position are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, but will vary depending on business needs. The Minnesota Judicial Branch offers a comprehensive benefits package. To learn more about benefits, click here.
Example of Duties
- In partnership with the Communications and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager, leads the conceptualization, planning, implementation and evaluation of DEI strategies, programs and initiatives.
- Drives impactful and sustainable results through subject matter expertise in DEI strategy-building, problem-solving and rapport-building in close partnership with Fourth District leadership, DEI-related task forces and committees, human resources staff, department managers, judges and referees, civic leaders and other community and external stakeholders.
- Builds strategies and best practices to create a healthy, integrated and impactful DEI ecosystem that may include, but is not limited to: support and evolution of the Fourth District’s Racial Equity Commitment; creation and support of employee resource groups (ERGs); support of Access, Inclusion, Diversity, Equity (AIDE) programming and related initiatives; launching of racial equity training for managers; leading and facilitating of courageous conversations and listening sessions; commemoration of heritage months, cultural celebrations and other diversity calendar events; and assistance with strategic internal and external communications.
- Works with justice and external partners to design and implement community engagement initiatives and best practices that are grounded in authentic human connection, reflective listening and participatory co-creation. This includes building immediate and long-term partnerships with community organizations, agencies and other cultural institutions, especially those who support locally underrepresented and marginalized groups.
- Drives the development and implementation of strategies and tactics for equitable recruiting, talent development and retention; advises on ways to reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities in all stages of the employee life cycle.
- Provides individual and group consultation to Fourth District senior leaders, supervisors and managers, and judges and referees regarding diversity, equity and inclusion policies, procedures, strategic goals and individual situations and issues. May coach Fourth District leaders on developmental activities, goal/vision setting, role clarification, progress measurement, etc.
- Evaluates the short- and long-term impact of DEI strategies through effective goal-setting, key performance indicators (KPI) dashboards, action plans and metrics to assess and track progress over time.
- Creates presentations, communications and reports to update and influence stakeholders including but not limited to branch leadership, committees, task forces, bench, justice partners (e.g., city/county attorneys and public defenders, probation and correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies, legal aid providers, guardians ad litem, etc.) 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 and interview techniques; provides insights on applicability to the Fourth District; conducts research and prepares reports on racial equity, racial disparities and other DEI priorities; makes and implements recommendations to stakeholders.
- Staffs and advises on the strategic direction of the Equal Justice Committee, the Committee for Equality and Justice, and other task forces and committees.
- Demonstrates a personal commitment to embodying the qualities needed in a healthy and inclusive work culture, including but not limited to: openness, vulnerability, boldness and courage.
Minimum Education and Experience:
- As this position will be working partially remotely, access to reliable internet connection is required during this time.
Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- 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.
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals within and outside of the organization: state court administration, judicial district administrators, judicial education committees, judges, court employees, supervisor, subordinates, other governmental and private organizations, and the public.
- Ability to develop presentations and trainings for small to large audiences, facilitating team discussions and fostering courageous conversations in the form of listening sessions, debriefs and DEI-focused mediation.
- Ability to learn quickly, demonstrate critical thinking and make situation-appropriate decisions using sound judgment.
- A personal, proactive commitment to diversity and inclusion that helps to effectively foster a culturally diverse environment.
- Ability to navigate and lead others through change and ambiguity within a complex 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.
Preferred Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s or advanced degree or certification in Organizational Development, Human Resources, Higher Education, Social Work, Sociology, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, or other relevant field of study.
- One or more areas of related experience, including but not limited to:
- Experience in a role in diversity, equity and inclusion work, including strategic development, workshop facilitation, and/or leadership experience in employee resource groups or other DEI-related committees.
- Experience in any sector (private, government, non-profit, etc.) that advances progress in social justice, racial equity, or any other expression of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Experience in consulting work that has a diversity, equity and inclusion or related focus.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Demonstrated fluency in critical race theory, racial equity, multicultural design, intercultural competence, social justice, community engagement and organizing and/or other DEI-related theories, principles and best practices.
- Leadership experience and/or demonstrated expertise in driving DEI strategies, best practices and problem-solving for a large, matrixed organization.
- Demonstrated ability to identify barriers to engagement of internal and external stakeholders; work in partnership with organizational leadership to design, revise and enhance processes and systems to foster desired results; and help the organization navigate change management-related challenges.
- Demonstrated proficiency with modern technological tools and best practices for data analysis and measurement, marketing/communications and organizational development.
- Demonstrated ability to develop clear communications on DEI strategies and approaches to internal and external audiences.
- Demonstrated knowledge of laws related to equal employment opportunity, nondiscrimination and other relevant best practices in support of fostering an inclusive and welcoming environment.
- Demonstrated knowledge of the organization, operation, function and scope of authority of the state court system.
The Minnesota Judicial Branch (MJB) is committed to providing fair and equal access to justice. If you share this same commitment, desire a meaningful career serving the public, and want the opportunity to make a difference for your community, consider a career with us. We celebrate and are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and actively seek and encourage applications from persons with diverse backgrounds and characteristics. Minnesota Judicial Branch employees consistently express pride in their public service and in the quality of programs and services provided to customers, as well as appreciation for the teamwork and collaboration that is promoted within the MJB. To learn more about working for the Minnesota Judicial Branch, watch this video.
Instructions to Apply:
Please apply for this position via the external application link. Complete and submit your online application with resume and cover letter attached.
All employment offers are contingent upon satisfactory results of a criminal background check. An employment offer may be rescinded if the background check identifies job related convictions.
Please contact the Hennepin County District Court Human Resources Department with questions regarding this posting via email at 4thRecruitment@courts.state.mn.us or phone at 612-348-2298.
It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding employment are made without discrimination on the basis of disability. Please let us know if you need a reasonable accommodation for a disability to participate in the employee selection process by contacting Human Resources at 4th.Human.Resources@courts.state.mn.us.
The Minnesota Judicial Branch is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of the Minnesota Judicial Branch that all decisions regarding recruitment, hiring, promotions, and other terms and conditions of employment be made without discrimination on the grounds of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, sexual orientation, or age. We value and encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds.