The Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) will
design and implement the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
strategy for the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), based on the
OneVirginia model, provide for analysis of DEI initiatives in
support of VDH, and oversee public health equity programs and
operations within the Office of Health Equity. The incumbent works
closely with managerial leadership throughout the central office
and local health districts as a key resource to enhance and guide
DEI for all staff. The CDEIO must have demonstrable skills for
engaging and collaborating with diverse constituencies to
include internal/external leaders, including local/state/federal
governments and organizations, agency staff, and other stakeholders
to inspire and influence diverse groups of colleagues to focus
attention on DEI. The CDEIO should possess experience with
achieving measurable results through thoughtful leadership,
management and guidance of strategic goals and objectives. This
position’s leadership is critical for managing the transformational
change necessary to improve DEI agencywide,
including operational linkage of DEI to Agency performance
excellence. This position is critical to growing and sustaining DEI
efforts and is expected to demonstrate progressive management
values and standards. May serve as a lead point of contact for
relevant legislative matters and provide input for General Assembly
inquiries. VDH seeks to create a more equitable environment that
supports the agency’s current and prospective employees and
contractors, as well as individuals who receive VDH services. VDH
has recognized the power of diversity in building a workforce that
reflects individuals from a range cultures, religions, races,
ethnicities and valuable differences that are defined by gender,
age, sexual orientation, ability, geographic location, origin and
education, among others. Through its DEI initiatives, VDH will
invest in comprehensive education and training opportunities;
develop infrastructure, policies, and procedures that supports DEI;
and advance processes that clearly identify and target health
inequities among Virginians. VDH is committed to being an agency
that is representative and inclusive of a workforce with different
backgrounds, talents and skills, where all staff feel supported and
affirmed. The CDEIO will be a member of the Commissioner’s
Leadership Team and support and provide critical leadership to
the agency’s DEI initiatives; support and facilitate the work
of the DEI Council, serve as agency lead on development and
implementation of a DEI Strategic Plan in alignment with the One
Virginia plan, serve as agency lead on various DEI initiatives
throughout VDH Central Office programs and local health districts,
and oversee actions impacting the Office of Health Equity’s
programs and activities. The CDEIO fosters a vision for advancing
the agency’s goals and nurtures an inclusive and diverse
The Virginia Department of Health offers 12 paid holidays,
medical, dental, vision and life insurance, retirement plans
(including 401a Cash Match and 457 Deferred Compensation Plan) as
well as sick, family/personal, and annual leave!
• The CDEIO must have demonstrable skills for engaging and
collaborating with internal/external leaders, including
local/state/federal governments and organizations, agency staff,
and other stakeholders to inspire and influence diverse groups of
colleagues to focus attention on DEI.
• The CDEIO should possess experience with achieving measurable
results through thoughtful leadership and guidance of strategic
goals and objectives, as well as budgetary development and
•Demonstrated ability and experience leading and directing
• Ability to work collaboratively as a leader or member on
teams/workgroups, taskforces, and committees.
• Strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills; ability
to maintain rapport and credibility with wide-ranging
constituencies; ability to effectively navigate conflict and serve
as a DEI influencer across all levels of the organization.
• Understanding of organizational development methods and
effectiveness; demonstrated maturity, persistence, and patience
necessary to work effectively towards DEI goals.
•Skilled at balancing strategic thinking with tactical
implementation; excellent change management, project management and
process improvement skills; ability to prioritize and manage
simultaneous complex initiatives/projects; ability to adjust
quickly to changing business needs and priorities.
• Ability to articulate the Agency’s mission and core values
with enthusiasm, energy, and creativity, and to apply knowledge of
business management tactics to achieve outcomes; ability to connect
programmatic strategies to
the DEI strategy.
• Must possess a strong commitment to workplace equality and
• Excellent communication, skills, including presentation to
multiple levels of organizational leaders.
• Skilled at using discretion and good judgment, and the ability
to handle confidential information appropriately.
• Commitment to the value that diverse perspectives and cultures
bring added value to any organization.
• The position requires a broad range of DEI, organizational
development experience and competencies including excellence
in communications, influencing without direct authority, strategic
analysis, thinking and planning, organizational effectiveness,
creative problem-solving, and consulting.
• Must be able to adept at working in a matrixed organization
and must be able to excel both as a member and as a decisive leader
in a collaborative, team-oriented structure.
• Knowledge of and experience with diverse cultures, including
networks in diverse communities.
• Bachelor’s degree in related field or demonstrable experience
leading DEI improvements or policy changes.
• Advanced degree, certification(s), or advanced training in
diversity related fields preferred; experience in developing
and delivering DEI training and experience in diversity research is