Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director

Town of Apex


Apex, NC 27502


$100,000 – $130,000
per year

About the Position:

The Director of DEI reports to the Town Manager and will support people from a rich diversity of backgrounds. The Director will be able to evaluate the scope of responsibilities and work to build a team based on documented needs for achieving goals.

Key responsibilities of the Inaugural Director: 

  • Provides strategic leadership, planning and oversight for projects and programs that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and authentic engagement consistent with the Town’s strategic objectives and organizational values. 
  • Creates and implements Town diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement frameworks, to include documented plans, evaluation/assessment tools, strategies, training programs, metrics and reporting systems.
  • Facilitates dialogue and organizational practices that align the organization with its diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and values. 
  • Serves as the practice lead for diversity, equity, inclusion and engagement “communities of practice,” building a network of champions and practitioners with shared knowledge, strategies and tools to embed and advance shared goals. 
  • Serves as a subject matter expert in surfacing and addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues as applied to Town policy, programs, practices and budget decisions.
  • Works closely with stakeholders and representatives of groups that include, but are not limited to, state and federal protected classes to develop best practices for creating a welcoming community and ensuring equitable access to services.
  • Creates and maintains strong partnerships with investigatory and accountability partners (e.g. North Carolina Human Relations Commission, Legal Aid of North Carolina, NAACP, etc.) in ensuring equity-informed practices are maintained. 
  • Develops and oversees programming designed to increase resident leadership capacity and increase diverse representation and engagement in Town decision-making structures and processes. 
  • Oversees compliance activities related to federal, state and local employment, civil rights and labor laws including equal opportunity legislation, regulations and judicial rulings.
  • Oversees complaint investigation and resolution.
  • Develops and manages the department budget and personnel.
  • Develops and co-creates policies and governance structures that advance diversity, equity, inclusion and community engagement work. 

Job Requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in public administration, business administration, human resources, social sciences, organizational development, or a related field.
  • At least six (6) years of progressive experience in community and workforce diversity, equity and inclusion, equal employment opportunity, social justice, or related fields including experience in developing and managing functions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion programming, including supervisory experience.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of employment law, employee relations and diversity best practices.
  • Any equivalent combination of training, education, and experience that provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. 

Distinguishing Success Factors:

  • Experience developing complex plans, policy development, implementation in a collaborative culture.
  • A track record of empathy, impulse control, and stress tolerance in high pressure and emotionally challenging circumstances;
  • A history of handling sensitive information within the boundaries of confidentiality while maintaining transparency where needed and feasible to ensure trust;
  • Experience taking complex ideas and possibilities and turning them into achievable, actionable outcomes; and
  • Outstanding communication and influence skills to both craft and convey compelling messages.

How to Apply

To apply, go to https://agency.governmentjobs.com/developmentalassociates/default.cfm and click on the DEI Director  – Apex, NC link. To learn more about the selection process, visit Client Openings (or copy and paste into your browser: https://developmentalassociates.com/client-openings/).    

All applications must be submitted online via the Developmental Associates application portal – NOT the Town portal, nor any other external website; it is not sufficient to send only a resume but resumes and cover letters should be uploaded through the portal.   

Applicants should apply by November 30, 2021.   Application review begins December 2, 2021.   Semi-finalists will participate in virtual assessments January 11-12, 2022 with leadership team interviews following shortly afterward.  Candidates can anticipate three hours of interaction on January 4-5, not including preparatory time.  We encourage applicants to hold these dates should they be invited to participate.  EOE

Recruitment and Selection is being managed by Developmental Associates, LLC. All inquiries should be emailed to hiring@developmentalassociates.com .