Inclusive Growth Consultant
The Inclusive Growth Consultant is a new role created to provide hands on consulting services to local, regional, and state government agencies to accelerate racial equity and regional inclusive economic growth. As a member of the Impact & Accountabilities team, consultants equip clients with the knowledge, tools and resources needed to close racial wealth gaps and accelerate inclusive economic competitiveness through racially equitable workforce, land-use, economic development, housing, transportation, and infrastructure policies and investments. This is made possible by utilizing the Center’s change management approach, tools, and services to improve client business functions, culture, progress, and benchmarking against key racial equity performance indicators.
Under the direction of the Director of Inclusive Growth, consultants assist with the Center’s efforts to create broad, measurable shared accountability among public local, regional, and statewide leaders and policy makers.
Consultants drive excellence through the design, development and/or delivery of solutions, trainings, comprehensive plans, and capacity building services to meet client expectations and community needs. Consultants are expected to utilize subject matter expertise in economic development, housing, workforce development and racial equity, coupled with principles of change management and community engagement to facilitate sustainable results that can be repeated for clients. Consultants must be able to connect the dots between decisions that are both good for the institution, Black, Indigenous, Asian and Latinx communities, and the regional economy, leveraging research, industry insights, and best practices. must understand strategic business insights that drive decision-making to uncover opportunities to improve processes and policies that advance racial equity and inclusion and drive business growth and performance excellence.
- Partner as a consultant to strengthen the capacity of local, regional, and state-wide government agencies to produce more racially equitable and economically inclusive results in housing, workforce development, business growth, economic development, and land use planning
- Collaborate with Inclusive Growth team and manage a portfolio of contracted engagements with public sector clients generating measurable results in inclusive and equitable regional economic growth, competitiveness and engagement, and year over year revenue growth for the organization
- Develop and implement strategies to assist policy makers and public sector leaders in embedding principles of racial equity and inclusion in internal strategies and external relationships and investments by linking data to individual and institutional action and facilitating shared accountability
- Serve as a subject matter expert and thought leader on racial equity, inclusive growth, land use, housing, business growth, economic development and/or workforce development including public speaking, writing, and collaborative public leadership
Organizational Management and Coordination
- Attract and fulfill inclusive growth and competitiveness contracts; racial equity evaluation and impact contracts; and housing, workforce development and employer inclusivity contracts
- Collaborate to develop and submit timely, substantive internal and external reports, including financial, operating and program reporting
- Implement Center performance measurement process and develop goals, objectives, and accountabilities with each member of the team
- Contribute to the creation and stewardship of a racially equitable and inclusive organizational culture and ethos, both internally and externally.
- Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning and a commitment to quality
External Impact and Relations
- Establish, nurture, bridge and maintain relationships with multi-sector partners, funders, and policy makers who share our vision for the future across the region and the country; Ensure those relationships are mutually reinforcing and have depth throughout the organization
- Actively pursue opportunities for systems change through public policy, advocacy, influence, and education
- Strategically articulate and elevate opportunities for racially responsive, data and market informed, results oriented action
- Partner with the impact & accountability, systems innovation, and external affairs teams to implement narrative change campaigns and strategic initiatives that foster a regional culture of inclusive growth
- Serve as representative of the Center as needed for events, partnerships, conferences, other external/ public engagements
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE & COMPETENCIES
- Understanding of and demonstrated commitment to the mission of the Center for Economic Inclusion
- Advanced experience addressing structural racism and institutionalizing racial equity in housing, workforce development, economic development, transportation, or a related field
- Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of six years of experience in working within complex organizations, experience in the public sector particularly valuable
- Demonstrated experience applying a results-based leadership or results-based accountability framework
- Strong knowledge of the Twin Cities’ legislative, public policy, and political environment is preferred
- Experience advancing systems change and dismantling systems of oppression
- Demonstrated experience working and facilitating collaboration across all sectors of the economy, including experience with government, business, non-profits, and philanthropy
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with policy makers and leaders across the region
- Excellent project management and interpersonal skills with the ability to work empathically and collaboratively with internal and a wide range of external stakeholders
- Highly organized and able to prioritize between and within multiple assignments
- The ability to communicate strategically orally and written, analytically, and creatively
- Must exhibit excellent oral and written communication skills
- Should have the ability to manage both strategic and tactical responsibilities, and complete complex tasks delivery on a timely basis
The Center for Economic Inclusion is an Equal Opportunity employer. We offer an inclusive, engaging, dynamic, and rewarding workplace; a competitive total compensation package; and an opportunity to contribute to one of the most meaningful issues of our regions’ future.
Compensation: The starting salary range for this position is $85,000-100,000 and is complemented by a full suite of benefits including health, dental, vision, life, STD, and LTD insurance; mobile phone, wellness, and transportation benefits; paid time off and retirement savings match. A salary commensurate with experience will be offered to complement these to the successful candidate’s experience.
To apply for this job, submit a cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 19, 2021. The subject line should state “Inclusive Growth Principal Consultant Application”. Incomplete applications will not be considered. No calls please. Candidates whose profiles align with our need will be contacted.