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State Dept. announces minority hiring initiative

In light of current race relations in America, the Secretary of State in a recent address discussed race and diversity in the federal workplace, and announced a new initiative to hire more minorities.

In light of current race relations in America, the Secretary of State in a recent address discussed race and diversity in the federal workplace, and announced a new initiative to hire more minorities.

While speaking to agency fellows in interns in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 118, Rex Tillerson acknowledged “a great diversity gap in the State Department,” noting that minorities only make up about 12 percent of senior Foreign Service officers and senior executive service.

“We need the State – we need a State Department that reflects the American people, reflects who we are,” he said, continuing, “The State Department must redouble our efforts to increase diversity at the highest ranks of the Department, including at the ambassador level.”

To address this issue, Tillerson said he has put a new procedure in place, in which for every opening for an ambassador position, at least one of the candidates must be a minority candidate.

“A big part of developing our minority leadership is identifying qualified individuals five and 10 years before they are ready to become senior leaders and managing and developing their careers, as we do others, so that they’re undergoing preparations for those senior roles over time,” he said. “We need to be – we need a more deliberate process to cultivate the abundance of minority talent we already have in the State Department,” Tillerson added.

He also noted that the State Dept. is already recruiting at Hispanic-serving institutions, and is planning to expand recruitment at minority job fairs.

“[W]e can do more to recruit from one of the most diverse and proven talent pools, as I mentioned: our U.S. military, the men and women in uniform who are completing the service to their country and ready to move on to their civilian life. We already hire 29 percent of our Civil Service team, 29 percent of our Foreign Service generalists, and 16 percent of our Foreign Service specialists from the military, so we know this is a rich talent pool from which to fish.”

Watch the full address here.

Reader comments

Tue, Oct 24, 2017

How come the white candidates hired in any fed job do not never have to be qualified? I worked with them & found white employees super deficient in skills and knowledge.

Tue, Sep 19, 2017 Hiram A Biff

so lemme get this straight...VA employees stage protests to demand 49,000 vacant positions be filled, yet it's been reported there is a "shortage" of qualified individuals (regardless of race)...where in hell are these "minority" candidates going to come from;let alone "qualified minority candidates"...oh, wait I guesss they will just hire more unqualified minorities to fill these positions and create even more chaos--PERFECT!

Wed, Sep 6, 2017

WOW! Will the free stuff army stop thinking welfare is an entitlement? Even worse Tillerson is enabling them.

Wed, Aug 30, 2017

@Bob and people like him. Stop whining. America had slavery so whites didn't have to work. I bet whites weren't complaining then. I think this is a ploy to get white people upset, exactly like it's doing now. If you white people are so qualified then they would get the job instead of complaining. White people have been given everything on a platter, but when someone tries to level the playing field you get upset that jobs will be taken from you. Let's not forget the Civil Rights Act of 1964 is less than 54 years old, but whites are still complaining when they been given everything including blacks lives. If you're white and can't get the job then you're a failure because you want to blame a system that has always put you before everyone else.

Wed, Aug 23, 2017

No clue that minorities are not favored and not hired in the workplace? If all the names of qualified job applicants were put in a hat and randomly selected, the State Dept workforce would include many more minorities. Ridiculous that minorities are or were hired who did not qualify or did not have an opportunity to get an education. Truth is that even with advanced degrees and being overqualified some excuse is always found to not hire the minority. During entire fed career worked with non minorities who were clearly not qualified for the simplest jobs and who believed they should be promoted altho they barely had a high school diploma.

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