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State of Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services Diversity Officer in Boston, Massachusetts

The Department of Developmental Services is dedicated to creating, in partnership with others, innovative and genuine opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities to participate fully and meaningfully in, and contribute to, their communities as valued members. To learn more about our agency, please visit: The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is seeking an experienced professional with extensive knowledge in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion practices for the primary responsibility of overseeing the ADA program for DDS in addition to supporting the DDS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in educating all employees and increasing awareness of all aspects of human diversity. The Diversity Officer will interact with all levels of the organization to educate and promote self-identification campaigns, assist in development and support of training programs for employees on policies, procedures, and mandatory disability training. The Diversity Officer will also participate in statewide, central office, regional and local diversity council meetings while also coordinating and consulting where appropriate with other departments within the agency on reasonable accommodations and diversity related matters. The Diversity Officer will work collaboratively with the Director to support the DDS established programs - Mentoring Program, Urban Youth Collaborative program and Connections To Success program. The Diversity Officer will act in place of the Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the absence of the Director. /Preferred Qualifications:/ * Bachelors’ Degree or Higher in Human Services or a related field * Demonstrated working knowledge of all federal, state, and local EO and employment laws affecting employees, employment practices and provision of federally funded benefits and services. * Familiarity with the socio-cultural issues facing communities throughout the Commonwealth. * Knowledge and experience in issues related to social justice, anti-racism, anti-discrimination, and accessibility. * Demonstrated ability to provide accommodations pursuant to ADA, ADAAA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 * Proven ability to communicate effectively and demonstrated experience advising employees at all levels, including senior level managers, executives, and stakeholders * Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills * Ability to work independently, effectively, and comfortably in a team-oriented, fast paced environment both within the department and across all departments * Excellent verbal and professional writing skills and the ability to present information in multiple formats and styles for diverse audiences in an accessible manner. * Excellent facilitation, mediation, advocacy, and interpersonal skills * Creative and innovative skills with the ability to think outside of the box and develop new ideas and initiatives. * Time management skills with the ability to prioritize and set goals. * Ability to thrive in an environment of ambiguity and constant change, managing multiple concurrent projects, setting priorities, and driving them to completion. /Benefit Highlights:// / As an employee of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts you are offered a great career opportunity influencing a wide-spectrum of services to the diverse populations we serve - but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which you should consider towards your overall compensation, including: * 75% state paid medical insurance premium * Reasonable Dental and Vision Plans * Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs * Low cost basic and optional life insurance * Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan * 12 paid holidays per year and competitive Sick, Vacation and Personal Time * Tuition Benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities * Short-Term Disability and Extended Illness program participation options * Incentive-based Wellness Programs * Professional Development and Continuing Education opportunities * Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program /Pre-Hire Process:// / Recommended candidates must successfully complete pre-employment screening which includes: * Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) Abuse Registry Search: * Criminal background check (CORI) by regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services. * National Background Checks, Chapter 234 of the Acts of 2014, conduct fingerprint-based check. * Education, licensure, and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division's Hiring Guidelines. Education and license/certification information provided the selected candidate(s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records law and may be published on the Commonwealth's website. For questions regarding this requisition, please contact the Executive Office of Health and Human Services Human Resources at 1-800-510-4122, Ext. #2. Applicants must upload a cover letter and resume for the Diversity Officer of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion requisition. MINIMUM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, professional internship, administrative, supervisory, or managerial experience in business administration, business management, public administration, public management, clinical administration or clinical management or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below. Substitutions: I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. II. An Associate’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience. III. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience. IV. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience. V. A Doctorate degree in a related field may be substituted for the required experience. Executive Order #595:As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Job: Community and Social Services* *Organization: Department of Developmental Services *Title: *Department of Developmental Services Diversity Officer Location: Massachusetts-Boston - 1000 Washington St Requisition ID: 210008G4