Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid

Minneapolis , MN
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Human Resources Director/Diversity Officer

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid
Minneapolis, MN Full-time
Posted on September 20, 2019

Background: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid (Legal Aid) is an 8-office, 70-attorney (150 total staff), a non-profit civil law firm providing free legal representation to people with low incomes, people with disabilities, and seniors. It has primary offices in Minneapolis, St. Cloud, and Willmar. It has a 100+-year history of high-quality representation. Legal Aid has $15 million in funding from over 40 sources, public and private, including the federal government, the State of Minnesota, several local governments, the United Way, foundations, law firms, corporations, and individuals.

Racial Equity Work: Legal Aid is committed to including an explicit focus on racial equity and inclusion in its workplace. Legal Aid is in the process of hiring a consultant with deep and proven expertise in racial equity and inclusion to help develop an organization-wide racial equity strategic plan. Legal Aid wants to move beyond traditional methods of diversity awareness and “color-blind” or race-neutral activities. Specifically, Legal Aid seeks guidance in applying a racial equity lens that compels the organization to identify, talk about, and manage the inherent power dynamics of white culture and how it permeates policies, practices, behavior, workplace operations, and the lives of the people Legal Aid serves. The Human Resources Director/Diversity Officer will play a key role in this work, as well as maximizing Legal Aid’s general goals of maximum diversity, equity, and inclusion in its operations and management of the committed and talented staff of 150 people who work for the organization.

The Human Resources Director/Diversity Officer will be a member of Legal Aid’s Leadership Team. This is a full-time position.


  • Help to establish diversity, equity, and inclusion excellence as core values throughout all aspects of Legal Aid’s operations, and proactively identifying opportunities to maximize diversity, equity, and inclusion in a supportive and welcoming workplace environment.
  • Proactively helping organizational leaders develop policies and strategies to advance Legal Aid’s racial justice and racial equity values.
  • Implement industry best practices in the performance of human resources functions and tasks.
  • Assist in diversity-oriented programs and initiatives, including the implementation of a racial equity strategic plan.
  • Manage Legal Aid’s diversity, equity, and inclusion learning and mentoring strategies to enhance professional development opportunities at Legal Aid and, specifically, to increase engagement and retention of staff of color.
  • Support diversity-related working groups working closely with the racial equity planning consultant retained by Legal Aid.
  • Help drive diverse talent identification, opportunity creation, and retention strategies for Legal Aid.
  • Provide planning and implementation of a company-wide platform to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect for all employees.
  • Develop organization strategies by establishing human resources objectives that match the organizational vision.
  • Establish an orientation procedure for onboarding new hires and training them to meet the needs of the organization and the clients it serves.
  • Develop and update procedures, methods, policies, and guidelines to reflect the best operational practices in maximizing Legal Aid’s diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Direct and monitor benefit packages such as compensation, health insurance, vacation time, and FMLA.
  • Respond to questions or complaints from employees in a timely fashion.
  • Support supervisory staff by analyzing candidates’ applications for employment and providing counsel and advice.
  • Comply with local, state, and federal legal requirements by studying new legislation and advising management on necessary actions.
  • Handle confidential documents and information.
  • Communicate with employees about compensation, benefits, and other facets of their employment.
  • Maintain strong collaborative working relationships within the various divisions, offices, and organizational units at Legal Aid.


Successfully fulfilling the above responsibilities will require the following skills and experience: 

  • Excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and multiculturalism concepts and issues.
  • Familiarity with industry best practices in human resources and personnel management as well as diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the workplace.
  • Familiarity with best practices regarding the development of workplace policies and practices, including policies regarding discrimination, harassment, accommodation of disabilities, religious accommodations, etc.
  • Ability to research, identify and implement best practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Knowledge, experience, and competency in ensuring a welcoming and supportive workplace environment for transgender and non-binary staff and clients.
  • Ability to navigate ambiguous situations successfully.
  • Experience in managing and executing complex projects.
  • Ability to work effectively and collaboratively across a complex organization.
  • Documentable evidence of communication skills and work with diverse teams of staff and other individuals, including – but not limited to – individuals with different racial, ethnic, or religious backgrounds; individuals who speak languages other than English, people who are differently-abled, those identifying as LGBTQ, transgender, or gender non-binary; survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault; individuals with low incomes; etc.
  • Strategic thinking, leadership, and planning skills.
  • Strong teamwork and collaborative planning skills.
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the needs of clients with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in human resources, cultural diversity, or a related field.
  • At least 7-9 years of progressive responsibility in administration, preferably in a fast-paced environment.

Applicants with diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences are encouraged to apply.  

Salary: $65,880 - $72,432 DOE. Benefits include family health insurance, liberal vacation benefits, sick leave, life insurance, and short-term and long-term disability insurance.

Starting date: As soon as possible after the position is filled.

Applications: Applications should include a resume, a letter explaining an interest in this position, and salary requirements. Resumes preferred by October 11, 2019, but will be accepted until the position is filled.

Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.