Job Overview

Summary

USAID is an independent Federal Government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID fosters transformational development around the world. Our work supports economic growth and trade; agriculture and the environment; education and training; democracy and governance; global health; global partnerships and humanitarian assistance in less developed countries and countries that are experiencing or emerging from conflict. We operate in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.

THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS JOB ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 3, 2014.

This position, Director/Equal Opportunity Officer, is located in the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity (OCRD) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) headquarters in Washington, DC.

USAID is committed to achieving and maintaining a diverse and representative workforce within the Agency, free of discrimination, and reflecting the innovation and creativity that diversity can bring to the USAID workplace.  Diversity and inclusion are principles that are imperative to fulfilling the Agency’s mission and are therefore an organizational priority.  USAID seeks a leader who can take this vision and make it a reality as part of the Agency’s culture, values, and leadership imperative. In partnership with the Office of Human Resources, the Office of General Counsel, the Counselor to the Agency, the Chief Strategy Officer, the Office of the Administrator, and others, the Director of the OCRD will be critical to formulating a strategic plan and conducting short- and long-term actions towards this vision.  In addition, the Director will encourage fairness throughout the entire Agency and foster an environment of inclusion by ensuring that USAID programs, policies, and work environment promote equal opportunity in hiring, advancement, and training. 

The Director’s responsibilities may require travel abroad and work in a variety of cultural contexts in order to ensure that the Agency’s overseas missions have appropriate access to EEO counseling and training and in order to provide proper EEO advice, guidance, program management, and policy development and oversight across the Agency as a whole. 

USAID employees in the Civil Service and Foreign Service, as well as individuals employed through Personal Service Contracts, must adhere to our counter Trafficking in Persons Code of Conduct. Information on this effort can be found at http://www.state.gov/g/tip. For more information about USAID, visit http://www.usaid.gov

Current SES, CDP graduates, and reinstatement SES applicants may also apply to this job announcement.

Duties

As Director of OCRD, the incumbent is the Agency’s Chief Diversity Officer and Settlement Official on settlements of informal and formal EEO complaints, and is also the Co-chair of the Executive Diversity Council (EDC). As Director, the incumbent reports directly to the Administrator, represents the Administrator in intra- and inter-agency discussions on Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) and diversity matters, and ensures that the Agency has a comprehensive, results-oriented EEO and Affirmative Employment Program. The Director of OCRD:

  • Serves as USAID’s Chief Diversity Officer and Settlement Official on settlements of informal and formal EEO complaints. 
  • Provides expert advice and counsel to senior management staff members and officials at multiple levels of USAID and private sector clients and vendors on Agency EEO/Diversity matters.
  • Collaborates with high ranking officials such as Agency heads in Washington and abroad, Chief Human Capital Officers, and executives of comparable government and private sector organizations.
  • Performs program management responsibilities to include, but not limited to, managing the EEO counseling process - handling of complaints at the informal and formal stages; managing a robust Alternative Dispute Resolution program to include investigation and settlement activities; and supervising the administration of equal opportunity programs and activities.
  • Develops and implements EEO/Affirmative Employment policies, programs, and guidelines.
  • Serves on inter-agency, national, and/or international special working groups, task forces, or expert panels on special projects that are critical to the resolution of far-reaching operating issues and problems.
  • Represents the Administrator and USAID interests working closely with the Office of General Counsel in negotiating with counterparts before Congress and at other U.S. Government Agencies, such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Merit System Promotion Board, Office of Special Counsel, USAID Affinity Groups, and Diversity Organization.
  • Conducts outreach activities to promote awareness, facilitate cohesion, establish mutual goals and develop strategic plans that encourage diversity and fairness.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel required

Relocation Authorized

  • No