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Air Force doubles down on diversity workforce, would pay $180k for top job


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The Air Force recently opened up several diversity and inclusion managerial positions, including a senior position that would pay more than $180,000 a year, according to public job postings.

While each position is new, the Air Force has doubled down on increasing the number of women and people from minority racial or ethnic groups in senior level positions, both military and civilian. Since March 3, the Air Force opened at least three civilian positions, paying a minimum of $82,000 per year and offering a salary of between $155,700 and $183,500 for the top opening at Air Force’s headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, according to the postings.

The supervisory diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) role at the Pentagon involves carrying out DEIA programs throughout the entire department, which includes the Air Force and Space Force, as well as addressing accessibility-related issues, the posting, which opened on March 3, states.

Whoever fills that position will also gather statistics to support “world class diversity, equity, inclusion, & accessibility efforts that impact Airmen, Guardians, and their families,” it states.

Another opening dated March 10 calls for someone to serve as a DEIA adviser to the Wing or Garrison Commander or Vice Commander at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Alaska and pays between $93,367 and $121,378 per year, according to the job ad. Duties include developing DEIA goals for the installation and creating DEIA training programs to “enhance a culture of diversity and inclusion within the [Air Force].”

A similar position opened the same day for Air Education and Training Command at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama aimed at supporting the Air Force ROTC and Ready Reserve’s DEIA mission, the posting shows. The diversity and inclusion coordinator job ad lists parallel roles to the “diversity and inclusion manager” at Elmendorf and pays between $82,830 and $107,680.

The Air Force found racial disparities in the selection of Air Force airmen and Space Force guardians promoted to leadership positions after Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall directed the Office of Diversity and Inclusion to “identify approaches to close the gaps between senior leaders’ and DAF members’ (at all levels) understanding of barriers to service for female and underrepresented Airmen and Guardians (military and civilian),” according to a February newsletter. To address perceived diversity gaps, it pledged to track the “race, ethnicity and gender” of individuals promoted to leadership positions.

Other service department have deployed a diversity workforce, but a Daily Caller News Foundation search of USAJobs.gov found only one additional DEIA-specific opening.

The Navy posted a job ad for a diversity program analysis officer on Wednesday that could pay up to $151,308 a year for someone to advise Navy leaders on DEIA outreach, assist with implementing diversity programs and “provide advice on the initiation of new technologies in outreach and diversity creative production advertising and outbound marketing,” according to the posting.

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