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Director of Diversity and Inclusion

Worthington, Ohio (OH), United States 43085

Director Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of the West Ohio Conference is to equip local congregations to make disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world…a world of justice, love and peace filled with people growing in the likeness of Jesus Christ.

The Director of Diversity and Inclusion is a member of the Connectional Ministries team. This position brings leadership, vision, integrity, and a team-oriented philosophy to create and implement strategies that increase diversity in all areas of the West Ohio Conference and integrates diverse people and cultures at the local, district and conference levels. Diversity and culture extend beyond race and ethnicity and considers cultural differences related to geography, ability, education, age, etc.

Hired by:  Director of Connectional Ministries          Reports to:  Director of Connectional Ministries
Supervises: Administrative and professional staff    Evaluated:   Twice a year
FLSA: Exempt
Schedule: This is a full-time position with normal working hours 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Monday through Friday. Ability to be present and lead events outside of normal working days and hours is required.

Spiritual Requirements: 
1. Professes Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
2. Active faith within a Christian faith community with significant knowledge of United Methodist beliefs, practices, and organizational structure; a passion for communicating the UM story in creative and powerful ways.
3. Commitment to personal spiritual growth through regular study of scripture and prayer.
4. Considers this position a ministry calling, not simply a job.
5. Demonstrates the fruit of the Spirit as a byproduct of a growing faith.
6. Models standards and expectations of Christian leadership.

Professional Responsibilities (Essential):
1. Plan, implement and evaluate strategies within a complex organization for the accomplishment of long-term and short-term goals of the annual conference. 
2. Deliver training and coaching designed to increase our collective capacity to reach and engage people who are different across the various contextual realities within West Ohio.
3. Develop and increase the impact of West Ohio’s All In Community, our ministry with inmates and those returning as neighbors, connecting congregations across the conference in ways that impact individuals, congregations, and communities.
4. Supervise staff.
5. Partner with Connectional Ministry staff, lead teams and extended cabinet to increase our cross-cultural competency through use of the Intercultural Development Inventory and other appropriate instruments and processes.
6. Work with West Ohio’s Hispanic Ministry leaders to expand our reach and effectiveness of working with second and third generation people of Hispanic and Latino heritage.
7. Develop strategies and benchmarks for increasing our capacity to understand and model multi-cultural faith communities and leadership.
8. Apply budgetary and fiscal planning techniques within financial constraints, maximizing impact and identifying additional sources of funding that lead to sustainability.
9. Other duties as assigned.

Professional Competencies: 
1. Self-Starter: Ability to take initiative, work independently, and hold oneself accountable.
2. Knowledge of cultural competencies, skill development and diversity and inclusion concepts.
3. Experience in the facilitation and advancement of education, cultural and or social programs designed to improve our ability to reach and engage people who are different.
4. Excellent presentation, facilitation, oral and written communication skills.
5. Strong communicator who can build strong relationships and influence collaborative outcomes.
6. Strategic and conceptual thinking skills.
7. Proven ability to recognize and adapt to different cultural expectations.
8. Proven ability to work collaboratively with paid and unpaid leaders.
9. Organized and Deadline-Oriented: Ability to perform the essential functions of the job in a regular and predictable manner, manage multiple projects with converging deadlines while maintaining a positive, can-do attitude.
10. Resourceful: Aptitude for thinking “outside the box,” and finding creative and effective means for meeting goals.
11. Problem-Solver: Capable of finding solutions to challenges and obstacles.
12. Flexible: Willingness to adjust schedules and priorities as necessary.
13. Team Player: Ability to work effectively with others, both inside and outside the Conference.
14. Coachable: Willingness to take direction, receive suggestions, and to be challenged.
15. Trustworthy: Commitment to abide by a strict code of confidentiality.
16. Professional: Positively represents the Conference in word, deed, and appearance.

Education and Experience:
1. Bachelor’s degree in related field required, graduate degree preferred.
2. Successful leadership experience.
3. Demonstrated administrative gifts and talents.
4. Expertise in development and management of complex organizational systems and processes.
5. Experience with developing ministry teams and ministry team leaders.
6. Intermediate or higher computer skills including Microsoft Office, PowerPoint and Internet development are needed.

Work Environment:
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands and fingers, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.

This position will require a willingness to travel 25% of the time.