Diversity Specialist
Metropolitan Council - Saint Paul, MN

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Recruitment Type: Internal Employees ONLY. External applications are not being considered.

Pay Range Minimum: $49,883

The Metropolitan Council is the regional planning agency serving the Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area providing essential services to the region including public transportation, wastewater treatment, community development, affordable housing and regional park and trail planning.

As a Diversity Specialist in the Office of Diversity and Eqaul Opportunity (ODEO), you will work with the Council's Project Manager to develop a Disadvantge Business Enterprise (DBE) Site Visit Compliance Procedure and Reporting System including:

Conducting site visits approximately once per month to 6-8 construction sites in the seven county metro area to verify that DBE subcontractors are working on-site. Working with DBE subcontractors to assist them in understanding and following administrative procedures. Working with DBE subcontractors to help them develop stronger relationships with Prime contractors. The Metropolitan Council offers competitive salary, excellent benefits, and promotes a healthy work-life balance.

Examples of Duties:
Assists in planning, organizing and administering the Minority/Women Business Enterprise program (DBE). Assists in outreach efforts and work with external agencies to assist in the development and compliance of diversity and equal opportunity programs and respond to inquiries and requests for equal opportunity information from community organizations and individuals. Assists in the review and evaluation of Requests for Proposals and Invitations for Bids regarding Department of Tranportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)/Public Facilities Agency (PFA) projects to ensure adequate goals and/or good faith efforts have been taken by the primary contractor. Assists in monitoring, collecting and analyzing data for contract compliance. Assists in developing and delivering training programs in all areas of affirmative action and diversity related programs.

Valid driver's license with acceptable driving record.
High school graduate or equivalent and three (3) years of experience in public program administration, diversity, contract compliance, or affirmative action/DBE programs which includes clerical or paraprofessional work. OR

Bachelor's degree in public adminstration or related field. License Requirement : Valid driver's license.

Desirable Qualifications:
Knowledge of DBE certification and contract process

Knowledge, Skills and Abilites:
Knowledge of wide variety of federal and state statutes and guidelines relating to EO/AA or related discipline.
Basic to intermediate skills with word processing, spreadsheet and databases.
Ability to read and interpret documents such as department procedures, federal and state guidelines. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to speak effectively before groups of customers or clients.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply.
Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent, and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
Requires the skill to provide basic client services to the public and other agenices within the organization. Requires tact, courtesy and cooperation in dealings with others where the primary purpose is the exchange of information. Promotes equitable, positive and respectful work environment that values cultural and diversity among all employees.

Supplemental Information:
Union: AFSCME Grade 30
FLSA Status : Non-Exempt

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions :
Work is generally performed in a standard office setting. Some audits/investigations may require exposure to the outdoor weather conditions. Some positions may require travel between primary work site to other sites.

Regularly required to sit for long periods, stand/walk occasionally, speak, hear normal conversation and telephone ring tones, operate a computer and other office equipment, reach with hands/arms frequently below chest height and occasionally overhead, must occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 10 pounds, must have adequate close vision for reading and computer work.

Selection Process: Candidates will be selected for a final interview based on the results of: Minimum Qualifications Review Education and Experience Rating Oral Exam All job offers are contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment background check which includes verification of education and employment, a criminal background check and a pre-employment drug screen.

Criminal Background Check: Applicants convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or gross misdemeanor in the last seven years may be disqualified if the underlying conduct is job related or involves unlawful sale, trafficking or conspiracy to sell unlawful controlled substances or possession of a controlled substance; robbery, fraud, embezzlement; or violent or sex related crimes.

Other convictions are not an automatic bar to employment and each case is considered on its individual merits as well as the type of work sought. Making a false statement or withholding information (misrepresentation) will cause an applicant to be barred from consideration for the position. Metropolitan Council employees who are applying for positions, which are Safety Sensitive; supervisory/managerial; located in Finance, Information Services (IS), Human Resources; or have access to financial records, files/databases, cash, vouchers, transit fare cards will be required to pass a criminal background check.
The Metropolitan Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. If you have a disability that requires accommodation during the selection process, please notify Human Resources at (612) 349-7558.

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