State Dept. announces minority hiring initiative
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Aug 21, 2017
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.