Equity and Inclusion Coordinator

RISE is an emerging leader in coordinated care and mental health service delivery in Dane County and the Greater Madison area. We embrace a strengths-based approach in partnering with others to address the mental health and wellness needs of our community. We value collaboration, learning, and growth. We encourage personal and professional growth in all positions in our agency and seek new talent that will continue to enrich and diversify our workplace perspective and our connection to the community.

The Equity and Inclusion Coordinator is responsible for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion efforts within RISE and within the communities in which RISE serves. The Equity and Inclusion Coordinator will identify ways to imbed equity and inclusion into RISE’s operations, practices and behaviors by creating and implementing plans that promote cultural competency and humility. A significant part of the role in promoting and developing training and coaching programs to enhance employee understanding of inclusion and broadening understanding of diverse perspective.

As with all positions at our agency, it is the duty of the individual in this position to fully support the mission, vision and values of the agency, to work in a coordinated manner with other employees, and to demonstrate professional and personal confidence in the service delivery model and approaches taken by the organization.

Position Responsibilities:

Equity and Inclusion (E&I)

1. Research and advise on diversity and inclusion issues and work collaboratively with leadership and staff to develop an overarching inclusion and equity plan that is ongoing and works to imbed equity and inclusion into RISE’s operations, practices and behaviors. Implement and provide ongoing management of the plan with an intentional tie to and support of all E&I work across the agency (RISE committees and affinity groups, programs and departments, Leadership Team, Human Resources Team, and RISE policies and procedures, etc.)
2. Collaborate with key internal stakeholders to develop and monitor success of the plan with a focus on impact as related to recruitment and retention. Generate reports and plan adjustments as needed.
3. Be an internal circle facilitator for the restorative framework model RISE has adopted. Mentor, organize and support other circle keepers within RISE.
4. Remain current on equity and inclusion best practices by maintaining contact with others in the field to learn & consult on how to implement and imbed these practices at RISE.
5. Develop and implement a training schedule and coaching strategies for leadership team members on how to support their staff from diverse backgrounds, in E&I, and on increasing their awareness and understanding with the work.
6. Utilize coaching to increase awareness and enhance personal reflection. Meet staff where they are, while encouraging continued growth through courageous conversations and building knowledge and skills..
7. Work closely with Director of Human Resources in any handling of employee grievances or complaints, or performance management.
8. Establish protocol for responding to current events and implement the process to increase support of staff and participants at RISE.
9. Work with Human Resources staff and Change Team to update performance expectations and measurement/evaluation tools, orientation and employee onboarding, hiring, review policies, practices & agency communication with the E&I lens, while also aligning with agency initiatives, strategic plan, restorative framework, diversity statement, and mission, vision and values.

Leadership Development

1. Identify and promote efficiencies among Human Resources and Leadership Team members in the areas of leadership networking, resource sharing, coaching and mentoring.
2. Develop and promote consistent training and support for leadership team (agency and program/department specific), including development of emerging leaders, oversight of consistency with onboarding, etc.
3. Training & support to advance leadership skills & knowledge at all levels of the agency. Coordinate with outside consultant to advance skills and knowledge in this area.
4. Build management and leadership techniques (expectations of supervising, managing conflict, adaptive leadership, change management).


1. Participate in internal meetings, workgroups, and committees relative to position responsibilities
2. Ensure compliance with RISE policies and protocols, state, federal and other regulations.
3. Assist in developing and adhere to annual department operating budget.


1. Engage in ongoing examination of and engagement with one’s own biases and continued work toward cultural humility.
2. Work with everyone embracing different perspectives and life experiences beyond one’s own experience and perspective.
3. Attend and actively participate in program/department meetings and agency meetings.
4. Actively participate in Change Team.
5. Follow RISE’s confidentiality guidelines to ensure employee privacy.
6. Follow RISE’s policies and procedures as cited in the Employee Handbook.
7. Perform other duties as requested by the direct supervisor or other directors that enhance the overall agency operation.
8. Hold a valid driver’s license, have access to reliable transportation, and have a driving record that enables purchase of automobile insurance, in accordance with agency guidelines.
9. Any and all additional tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

• 1-4 years relevant work experience managing diversity and equity issues on behalf of others
• 1-2 years relevant work experience facilitating a group, leading a team and/or conducting trainings
• Ability to drive self and others via vehicle
• Daily access to a reliable vehicle, with valid drivers’ license and insurance
• Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills, including group presentation skills and the ability to relate to varied audiences within and outside the agency
• Strong facilitation skills
• Excellent people skills and attention to detail
• High comfort level working with people who are beginners in having conversations about equity.
• High level of understanding of racial justice and gender equity; have an inter-sectional lens and be willing to continue to learn and grow.
• Ability to facilitate dialogue, decision-making, reflective practices and cultural change
• Have an open and curious mind
• Ability to work interdepartmentally or across programs/departments, particularly with the Human Resources and Leadership teams, on employment branding and marketing to maximize internal and external visibility to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Ability to handle sensitive and confidential employment information
• Strong judgement, decision-making capability and problem-solving skills.
• Be resourceful with regard to recommendations, learnings and teachings
• Proficient computer skills, specifically in current versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point; and willingness to learn new skills as needed or required
• Ability to pay attention to detail and a commitment to quality and the timely completion of duties
• Demonstrated ability to work as a member of a team

Preferred Qualifications:

• Bilingual in Spanish, French, Arabic, Hmong, or another language as deemed necessary by the agency (in addition to English) as determined by ALTA test and within RISE’S acceptable range
• Experience working with an Affinity Group or Employee Resource Group

HIPAA Regulations:

As a required part of employment with RISE, the employee must preserve all rights an protections under the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 for the consumer population served by this agency; it is the obligation of the employee to ensure that private health information is protected and that disclosures are permitted only with appropriate authorization. The employee is required to comply with all Federal and State regulations as part of the organization’s HIPPA training which describes the policies and procedures for the agency.


The Equity and Inclusion Coordinator is accountable to the Executive Director.

Employment Status: Regular part-time, 20-25 hours per week.

FLSA Status: non-exempt

Physical Demands:

OFFICE JOBS: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit at a desk and computer for long periods of time, is occasionally required to stand; use hands and fingers to operate and handle keyboards and computer controls. May be requested to lift materials of up to 10 lbs. Specific vision abilities required include close vision reading. The position requires sitting, standing, stooping, bending, lifting, walking, climbing, speaking and driving. The functions of this position are varied in nature and require the ability to make clear and concise presentations and to respond in an effective and appropriate manner during crisis. The employee is required to communicate effectively via verbal, audible and written means.

Work Conditions/ Hours:

Heated and air-conditioned open office/office environment. Noise level is usually low to moderate. Regular travel by vehicle is required between RISE office locations and for training and community meetings as needed. The employee may be requested to drive self and others via vehicle. Regular
schedule will be established upon employment, with some scheduling flexibility. May be required to work on weekends, depending on staffs’ needs and schedules.

Application Instructions:
Send completed application form, cover letter and resume to:
Human Resources
1334 Dewey Court
Madison, WI 53703
Alternatively, fax to (608) 250-6637 or e-mail to hr@risewisconsin.org
If you need technical assistance or an accommodation during the application/hiring process please email
us at hr@risewisconsin.org or call (608) 250-6334.
•Application Form available at www.risewisconsin.org
•Application packet must be complete to be considered.
•Applications will be reviewed upon receipt.
•Please submit your application as soon as possible for early consideration. Position will remain open
until filled.
•Criminal background check is required for employment.
•Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License, access to reliable transportation, and automobile insurance are

RISE is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. RISE offers equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment, upgrading, demotion or transfer, recruiting, layoff or termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, selection for training including apprenticeship insofar as it is within our control without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin or ancestry, income level or source of income, arrest record or conviction record, less than honorable discharge, gender identity, physical appearance, political beliefs, student status, genetic information, marital status, age, disability, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local laws.

The information written in this job description indicates the general nature and level of the work to be performed. This job description is not designed to contain or be interpreted as totally comprehensive of every job duty, responsibility, or qualification required by an employee assigned to this position. While employed in this position, an employee may be required to perform other duties not listed in the description. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” employment relationship. RISE retains the discretion to add duties or change the duties of this position at any time.