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.

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

Mon, Mar 5, 2018

its all sounds so nice to manufacture a diversified work force until you are the white male that is told you can't have the job because of the color of your skin because somewhere along the line someone told another candidate that he couldn't have the job because the color of HIS skin.. how does this make any sense? It doesn't - its the effects of the American Socialist movement who picks winners and losers and disenfranchises legitimate competition.. im all for providing people with opportunities.. giving someone a spot for a position is not an opportunity.. its a bestowment, an entitlement and its BS

Mon, Feb 26, 2018

5 years ago. 3 people that I know applied for the same job in healthcare (advance nurse practitioners). The most qualified woman for the job by experience, degrees (DNP) and was dual board certified was declined for the job and a man was selected. The 2nd most qualified one was me but I was declined because I requested part time hours (understandable) and the least qualified white male was offered the position. The most qualified and skilled woman that wasn’t offered the job was African American. No surprise here. I’m Latina. Yes the less qualified white folks always get the job (especially male)

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.

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