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Walz, Flanagan Seek to Fill Chief Inclusion Officer Position

Governor’s Office to Hire Senior Official to Advance Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Efforts

2/5/2019 1:08:27 PM

[ST. PAUL, MN] – Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan today announced they are seeking to fill the role of Chief Inclusion Officer within their Administration. Governor Walz and Lieutenant Governor Flanagan are eager to build on the work of Governor Dayton’s Administration. The Chief Inclusion Officer will help provide direction to advance the work of diversifying employees and appointments, improve employee retention, expand government contracts with diverse businesses, create equitable policies, programs, and community engagement, and fulfill the Administration’s commitment to become one of the best employers in the State of Minnesota.

“Minnesota is made up of people from different places and races and we’re stronger for it,” said Governor Walz. “One Minnesota is about ensuring everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Diversity, inclusion, and equity are the core values that will lead us there and we will work closely with the Chief Inclusion Officer to ensure every aspect of the work we do is welcoming to all.”

“As a state we can fully recognize our potential only when all Minnesotans are provided the opportunity to lead healthy, fulfilled lives,” said Lieutenant Governor Flanagan. “Our approach to developing inclusive, diverse, and equitable solutions for Minnesotans is one of our top priorities and the Chief Inclusion Officer will play an essential role in that vision.”

The posting closes on February 25th and interested candidates should apply at http://www.mn.gov/careers.

About the Chief Inclusion Officer Role

The Governor and Lieutenant Governor are looking for talented candidates to work in the Governor’s Office and report to them, their Chief of Staff, and Minnesota Management and Budget on the progress of developing and implementing statewide equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs. The position of Chief Inclusion Officer will continue to be housed in the Governor’s Office, as it was in the Dayton Administration. However, the new Administration has made significant changes to the position by elevating the role to Assistant Commissioner status. Changes to the position also include  making the position permanent with a higher range of compensation that does not sunset at the end of an Administration. The Walz, Flanagan Administration is committed to positioning the Chief Inclusion Officer role to be successful over the long term.

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