Community Diversity & Equity Director

Full Time

Full Year

Job Summary:

This is a professional position responsible for helping to advance diversity and equity across the community, breaking down structural barriers to opportunity, and creating infrastructure for all community institutions that want to develop a culture of equity and inclusion.


The President/CEO, following adopted policies of Community Partnership of the Ozarks, evaluates the Community Diversity & Equity Director.

Reporting Structure:

The Community Diversity & Equity Director reports to the President/CEO of CPO.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Advisor to community institutions on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion with implementation of the Inclusive Excellence Model within CPO and throughout the community as best designed for the entities choosing to employ the model;
  • Collaborates with the Prosper Springfield Director to learn about and address community equity gaps;
  • Provides quality diversity and equity training to small businesses, community institutions, and other non-profits;
  • Provides capacity building and technical assistance to local equity-focused non-profit organizations;
  • Helps develop and implement strategies to assist with retention of students and young professionals in the Springfield area;
  • Leads and/or participates in community DEI focused committees, task forces, and groups;
  • Active participant with the CPO JEDI Team;
  • Assists Community Foundation of the Ozarks (CFO) with Diversity/Inclusion grantmaking and Rural Schools Initiative;
  • Provides weekly accomplishment reports to the CPO President/CEO and monthly reports to the CPO Board of Directors and others as needed;
  • Participates in CPO’s resource development/fundraising activities;
  • Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree required and a minimum of three years paid professional work experience that includes experience working with diversity and equity initiatives;
  • Proven written and oral communication skills;
  • Computer knowledge and experience with Internet and Microsoft Office;
  • Experience/knowledge of developing collaborative partnerships and working with K-12, higher education, community leaders, and community faith/based groups;
  • Facilitation, training and presentation skills;
  • Valid Missouri driver’s license and reliable transportation;
  • Detail oriented and able to manage multiple tasks/projects/programs;
  • Ability to interact well with people of diverse populations;
  • Comfortable with being a change agent; flexible and innovative;
  • DEI Certification after employment required;
  • Strong leadership and relationship-building skills.

Position Clarification:

This is a three-year, exempt, full-time position based upon funding availability.