Director of Community Engagement and
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
AGC of Minnesota is a non-profit trade association in the commercial construction industry. We are the trusted resource for members working to advance industry goals including creating a safer workplace, ensuring timely and fair processes, coordinating with labor unions, and providing trainings. The construction industry has a significant opportunity to help improve diversity, equity and inclusion, and to support community engagement, including forming organizations targeting recruitment and retention, training and development of technical and leadership skills, and understanding the needs of a new generation of workers entering the industry. This position will be a focal point and force multiplier for AGC’s many initiatives and relationships with other partners, bring intentionality and greater efficacy around building equity in underrepresented communities, and move the needle to help our members and the industry better understand how to help their construction businesses become more inclusive, open and welcoming.
The Director of Community Engagement and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion will bring focus and purpose to understanding the market, cultural, economic, and business growth benefits of a more diverse construction industry, and will be a change agent to teach and expand business practices that encourage and sustain a highly functional diverse workforce. The candidate must be a self-starter who is self-motivated, professional, visionary (short- and long-term), proven to have good business judgment and acumen, and results-oriented to guide and advise effective workforce recruitment, development and retention efforts in the construction industry.
This position reports directly to the Chief Executive Officer of the Association.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Research and benchmark trending agenda topics and provide other resources as necessary with a focus on creating best practices for workforce inclusion and diversity.
- Identify key metrics and targets for DEI programs.
- Lead and direct efforts using workforce data and data applications to help better align future industry workforce needs and labor market pipeline.
- Conduct in-depth DEI assessments (including surveys, focus groups, data analysis, process assessments), creating a synthesized report with clear findings, insights and recommendations.
- Liaise with community leaders, members, and other associations to develop and expand the resources and efficacy of diversity recruitment, development and retention.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with AGC Board, members, strategic partners, vendors, community organizations, volunteers, and others.
- Engage, develop, and effectively maintain relationships with faith based, community based, and other non-profit workforce training and development organizations.
- Oversee/Lead/Engage with AGC’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Construction Industry Labor Employers’ Council (CILEC), AGC of America Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and other committees and associations; support Construction Trends & Technology Council.
- Build world class templates and training programs, creating content based on Director’s expertise and experience.
- Contribute content to AGC websites, member communication and social media platforms; respond and manage survey and member requests.
- Persuade, advocate, and coach others, serving as a resource to enable success.
- Work closely with AGC staff: CEO, Director of Government Affairs (legislative, rulemaking, and lobbying work), Director of Safety, Director of Labor Relations/General Counsel, Director of Marketing, and Office Manager.
- Perform other duties as assigned by CEO.
Education and/or Experience
Successful applicant shall possess an advanced post-secondary degree (B.A. or higher) and shall have significant experience in the Construction Industry, Human Resources Management, Organization Development, Industrial Psychology, or related fields. Applicants should have a strong working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suites with an emphasis on Excel Spreadsheets and data analysis, Word, and PowerPoint.
Candidates must have strong written and oral communication skills to clearly explain complex analysis and research, create reports, correspond, and become an effective change agent across a wide breadth of stakeholders. Coaching or conflict resolution experience is a plus.
Required Qualifications: Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor’s (B.A., B.S.) degree from an accredited university
- Experience in the Construction industry in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Industrial Psychology, or related fields
- Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
- Ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative research, analyze data and create reports
- Strong oral and written communication skills
- Ability to communicate complex concepts to a wide variety of stakeholders in understandable terms
- Ability to effectively engage across cultures with diverse partners, clients and stakeholders
- Effective catalyst to inspire others (and self) to navigate change
- Master’s degree or higher
- Certification and/or experience with coaching and conflict resolution
Sporadic overnight travel may be required as necessary in the performance of various job responsibilities.
Salary and Benefits
This is a professional level Director position reporting to the Chief Executive Office. Salary will be determined based upon education, experience, and skills.
Benefits include annual salary adjustments and bonus including a generous insurance and 401K profit sharing package as determined through an annual performance evaluation conducted with the CEO and approved by the Board of Directors.
Women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and other diverse individuals are encouraged to apply.
Please send resume and letter of interest to:
Associated General Contractors of Minnesota
525 Park Street, Suite #110
St. Paul, MN 55103
Or email response to Ana Brewster: