Website State of Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel

The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) seeks a People and Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate (People and EDI Advocate). This visionary and dedicated team leader will be passionately committed to equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI), transforming organizational culture, building collaborative community, and providing exceptional human resource services. The People and EDI Advocate will influence changes in policies and practices within OADC. This FTE (Full-Time Employee) will serve as a conduit to instill and weave equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging throughout OADC’s internal and external initiatives.

The People and EDI Advocate will guide OADC’s groundbreaking EDI, People, and Engagement work. This work will involve overseeing strategic and functional human resources operations and implementing best practices in EDI. They will manage reporting progress and metrics on internal and external diversity and inclusion efforts, and foster and ensure accountability throughout the OADC. A significant portion of the People and EDI Advocate’s work will relate to human resources activities, particularly diverse recruiting, hiring, and employee retention.

This new pivotal role will enable the OADC to advance its commitment to supporting and growing its staff and to furthering a safe, equitable, diverse, and inclusive environment. The People and EDI Advocate will develop best practice strategies, consistencies, and programs that align with the OADC mission and values, centering an inclusive, collaborative approach to OADC growth, service, and transformation.

About Us:
The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel (OADC) is the legislatively created state agency responsible for providing client services and legal representation for indigent individuals (adults and youth) when the government has charged them with a criminal or delinquent act, and the state public defender’s office has a conflict of interest. Traditionally, the OADC has accomplished this by contracting with over 400 private attorneys and another 500 legal service providers (forensic social workers/clinical advocates, paralegals, investigators, legal researchers, case assistants, etc.) to provide client services on an hourly basis. Our fundamental belief is that good holistic legal defense teams produce good results for our clients.

Mission Statement:
The mission of the OADC, through the practice of holistic public defense, is to help adults and children who the government has charged with criminal and delinquent offenses. The OADC’s holistic practice model fosters ethical, informed, and standard-driven best practices in public defense. The OADC allocates resources in a manner intentionally designed to rebalance the disparate power wielded by the government in the criminal legal system. OADC advocates for every client’s inherent worth and dignity by centering the client’s lived experiences and voice to achieve the best legal outcome.

The OADC is dedicated to zealous, client-centered advocacy rooted in social justice, integrity, and humility. We recognize that we are working within a broken and racist criminal legal system. Public defense advocates play an essential role in challenging bias and disparity within the courtroom, within our offices, and within ourselves. Statistical data and experiences support that there is a disparate presence of violent policing, over-charging, and harsher sentencing outcomes for Colorado’s people of color and other vulnerable populations. The OADC is unwavering in its support of decarceration, the decriminalization of youth, and equity within the criminal legal system.

The OADC is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages people historically underrepresented in the field of law to apply. The OADC seeks candidates who will join us in our mission of sourcing programming and development that engenders compassionate, competent, zealous, and client-centered representation to all OADC clients.

Our EDI Vision:
accelerate Equity, advance Diversity, amplify Inclusion – together

The OADC believes that transforming EDI work at this core level takes courage and intention. The work has progressed from the inside out – beginning first with building a team united in its understanding of and deep commitment to EDI and working to actualize this commitment through efforts to shape and refine our culture, spaces, and practices.

About the Job:
The People and EDI Advocate will implement best practices that strengthen the dimensions of equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging with a range of strategies. The People and EDI Advocate will collaborate on outreach activities to attract and retain a diverse employee and contractor population; provide guidance to staff to apply equitable practices and solutions to recruiting, onboarding, hiring, promoting, developing, and retaining a diverse and intersectional employee team.

Our Agency consists of twenty-one staff members, and we continue to grow. Our physical office is in downtown Denver. This position is full-time and will require a combination of in-office and remote work in what is often called a “hybrid” model.


● Utilize best practices, support people/human resources and innovative engagement strategies to foster an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace;

● Drive EDI and human resources goal attainment through project leadership; engage multiple stakeholders across functions using change management;

● Collaborate with the OADC EDI Committee to identify strategic needs and goals; audit current processes to determine if they support EDI principles;

● Deliver educational programs supportive of OADC’s EDI efforts; build networks to create change in support of EDI initiatives; represent the OADC on EDI committees and boards;

● Partner with external talent consultants and hiring managers to provide expertise on diversity outreach to increase the candidate pool of diverse staff;

● Operationalize agency standards for best practice equitable staff searches, work with the OADC Hiring Committee to strengthen recruiting and hiring processes;

● Support OADC accountability values and processes, implement corrective or alternative actions; handle discrimination and harassment complaints;

● Leverage quantitative analysis and reporting, data-driven insights, and benchmarking to inform EDI goals; and evaluate initiatives by tracking metrics;

● Analyze trends in compensation and benefits; propose competitive base and incentive pay programs to attract and retain top talent; administer and grow OADC’s Total Compensation Plan;

● Advise and support staff on questions of compensation policy and plans; ensure all benefit documentation is submitted for timely review and implementation; submit payroll data to present payroll processor and communicate with Office of the Administrative Services for Independent Agencies (ASIA) surrounding payroll issues.

● Provide collaborative expertise in strategic planning, design, and analytics to develop training and reference material and increase HR capabilities;

● Analyze HR metrics and recommend systems changes to improve key performance measures; develop performance management infrastructure;

● Provide expertise regarding Colorado and Federal law, including FMLA and ADA, with a solid understanding of employer implications and responsibilities;

● Analyze and recommend or mediate solutions to staff/personnel issues;

● Facilitate ‘lessons learned’ process to improve practices, share knowledge, and refine future initiatives.

Other duties as deemed necessary to help fulfill our Mission.

The OADC is a collaborative workspace designed for people who thrive in a team environment.

About You:
Our ideal candidate will be zealous in their commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, empathy, dedicated to employee success, and passionate about team-oriented, holistic public defense.

This new team member has an empathetic perspective and can think and act both strategically and operationally. They embrace open-mindedness, curiosity, and continuous improvement; are able to flex and pivot given diverse circumstances; demonstrate high emotional intelligence and are an excellent communicator.

In addition, the ideal candidate will have the following:

● 5+ years of academic or professional experience in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Human Resources, Social Science, Organizational Performance, and/or related field;

● Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Organizational Performance, Business, Social Science, or related field preferred;

● A demonstrated track record of bringing equity, diversity, and inclusion to the workplace and/or to an organization;

● Strong leadership and managerial skills to lead an HR/People & Engagement division and work with employees throughout the organization;

● Track record of program implementation, strategic planning, and managing/prioritizing multiple initiatives;

● Success in relationship building and a track record of leveraging resources to accomplish strategic objectives;

● Stellar interpersonal skills and cultural competencies to interact with a wide range of individuals, including internal staff, contractors, and the entire OADC ecosystem;

● Expert influencing skills, and a proven ability to support and empower leaders who are less experienced in leading conversations about equity, diversity, inclusion, and lived experience;

● Exceptional professional communication and advanced presentation skills;

● Analytical skills and the ability to translate metrics into valuable insights and informed decisions;

● Self-motivation, creativity, and the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment;

● Excellent problem-solving and organizational skills;

● SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP preferred.

If you are offered employment, the following are the conditions of employment:

● Be a current resident of the State of Colorado or become a resident of the State of Colorado within 30 days of the hire date;
● Be willing to submit to a routine background investigation, including a criminal history check;
● If hired, the Immigration Reform and Control Act requires you to provide proof of your eligibility to work in the United States within three workdays.

How to Apply:
You will be required to provide three references in addition to the following documents:

● Resume – Required

● Cover letter – Highly preferred
● Letter(s) of Recommendation – Highly preferred

Please complete the online application at the link below by 11:59 pm on Wednesday, August 2, 2023. Please add [email protected] as a safe sender. Once you submit your application, you will receive an automatic email from Formsite. If you cannot find this email, please look in your spam/junk folder.

Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will not be accepted. Please direct any additional inquiries or questions to [email protected].

The State of Colorado is committed to providing employees with a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Click here for further information about State of Colorado Employee Benefits.

In addition to benefits offered by the State of Colorado, there is a gym located in the Ralph Carr Building for use by OADC employees, you will receive an RTD pass, a cell phone stipend each month, and a flexible work schedule.

Job Class Code: RE3209
Monthly Salary Range: $7,244 – $8,633 Annual Salary Range: $86,928 – 103,596
FLSA Status: Exempt
Location: Colorado
Job Type: Full Time

The Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel is an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, age, religion, social class, national origin, marital or parental status, pregnancy, disability status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or political affiliation. We are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion and an environment of representation diversity and we encourage individuals of many identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply.

To request accommodation, please contact Daniel Nunez at [email protected] or (720) 994-2844 as soon as possible. Any person with a disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to participate in the hiring process. The person making the request may be asked to provide additional information regarding functional limitations and the type of accommodation needed, which will be kept confidential. Preparation may be required, so timely requests for accommodation are appreciated

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