Metra Div. & Inclusion Specialist in Chicago, Illinois

Div. & Inclusion Specialist


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Metra is one of the largest and most complex commuter rail systems in North America, serving Cook, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kane, and McHenry Counties. The agency is linking communities in Northeastern Illinois by providing safe, reliable, and efficient commuter service.

Metra’s Human Resources Department’s mission is to recruit and retain qualified employees in a diverse workforce; treat all employees fairly; facilitate training and professional development for career growth; effectively manage and administer compensation; negotiate and administer flexible benefit programs that provide quality and value; administer medical leaves and related services; promote wellness; provide confidential and efficient records administration; ensure that Metra’s policies and procedures comply with all laws governing employment, benefits and other ancillary services; and foster an environment of trust and mutual respect with employees as well as internal and external partners.

Reporting directly to the Diversity and Inclusion Program Manager, the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, will assist in overseeing the development, operation, and evolution of the diversity outreach, college recruiting and internship programs to attract, retain and advance diverse talent for Metra. Partner with community stakeholders, under represented groups through all Metra's six county area to implement diversity and inclusion initiatives. Responsible for the execution and coordination of the internship program, including campus recruitment strategy, coordinating hiring with client services, and employment conversion. Support implementation of new and existing community-based programs, partnerships, and other engagement initiatives. Organize and attend community meetings and events on behalf of Metra to provide information about engagement initiatives, build program awareness, and advocate for participation in Metra's internship program. Assist in the advancement of the community outreach strategy which includes annually revised goals and objectives. Design, compile and analyze data for annual outreach reports and produce outreach materials to increase support and awareness of Metra's Diversity and Inclusion program, this includes: brochures, posters, event collateral, and digital graphics. Perform other projects and duties as assigned.

Candidates can expect salary offers that range from the minimum to the mid-point of the salary range. Metra provides full pay ranges so candidate can consider their growth potential.

Metra is a railroad employer subject to the provisions of the Railroad Retirement Tax Act, not the Social Security Administration.


  • Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Public Relations, Communications, or in lieu of specified degree any combination of education and experience may be substituted for the required degree that equals four (4) years in community relations, recruiting and/or program development.

  • In addition to #1, must have four (4) years of experience in community relations, recruiting, and/or program development.

  • Good knowledge of diversity and inclusion concepts and practices

  • Good knowledge of proper grammar.

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Acrobat.

  • Strong cultural awareness, leadership and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills.

  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff and vendors.

  • Maintain highest level of professionalism and confidentiality.

  • Ability to lift and move up to 25 pounds.

Metra is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is our policy to fill vacant positions with qualified candidates without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, gender identity, disability, or any protected categories, assuming an individual can perform the essential functions of the job with or without accommodation.

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