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Date:  May 23, 2023

Chicago, IL, US, 60601

Job Requisition ID:  21427

Agency:  Commission on Equity and Inclusion 
Closing Date/Time:  07/01/2023 
Salary:  $8,333 - $9,583 Monthly Anticipated 
Job Type:  Salaried Full Time 
County:  Cook 
Number of Vacancies:  1 


****************A RESUME IS REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB POSTING****************

Please attach a DETAILED Resume/Curriculum Vitae (CV) to the MY DOCUMENTS section of your application. You WILL NOT be considered for the position if you attach a CMS100, CMS100b or any other document that is not a Resume or CV.


The Illinois Commission on Equity and Inclusion (CEI) is seeking a high energy individual with experience working authoritatively as a policy‐formulating administrator for the planning, directing, implementing, and administering the development and ongoing administration of a private or public sector entity. This person will co-lead the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) as a Deputy Director, which is mandated by statute in the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disability Act. 


  • Coordinates efforts between BEP and the CMS Bureau of Strategic Sourcing and Procurement (BOSSAP) for their respective spend portfolios to analyze and determine potential BEP bid opportunities which fixes objectives and states principles to control actions of multiple Bureaus, Divisions, and private businesses.

  • Serves authoritatively as a policy‐formulating administrator for the planning, directing, implementing, and administering the development and ongoing administration of the entities of the Business Enterprise Program (BEP), which is mandated by statute in the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act.

  • Serves as official agency spokesperson on behalf of the CEI Chair and the commission to the Governor’s Office, state agency heads, university officials, vendors, contractors, state chambers of commerce, public, private, and federal officials on BEP initiatives and issues.

  • May serve as Secretary of the Business Enterprise Council on behalf of the CEI Chief of Staff.

  • Maintains administrative responsibility working in concert with the other Deputy Director of BEP with all BEP operational staff for BEP Compliance Coordination and the Veteran’s Business Program.

  • Oversees financial management, federal financial participation, and monitors these components’ performance to ensure policy and procedure development is consistent with Commission objectives.

  •  Performs special projects on various BEP issues for the CEI Chief of Staff, frequently of a highly sensitive and confidential nature.

  •  Serves as full line supervisor.


  • Requires knowledge, skill, and mental development equivalent to completion of four years college with courses in business administration.

  • Requires four years of progressively responsible administrative experience in a public or private business organization.


  • Four (4) + years professional experience exercising judgment and discretion in developing, implementing, and interpreting departmental policies and procedures.

  • Four (4) + years professional experience in business management and managing cross-functioning organizational entities.

  • Four (4) + years professional experience with staff utilization and employee motivation.

  • Four (4) + years professional experience analyzing administrative programs and adopt an effective course of action.

  • Four (4) + years professional experience developing and maintaining cooperative working relationships.


  • This position requires the applicant to pass a background check.

  • Overtime is a condition of employment, and you may be required/mandated to work overtime including scheduled, unscheduled, or last-minute overtime.

  • Per Executive Order 2018-07, requires engagement with Business Enterprise Program (BEP) contractors and subcontractors and support for the goals of the BEP program and the Fair Contracting Task Force.

Work Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM 
Work Location: 100 W Randolph St Chicago, IL 60601-3218 
Agency Contact: 
Job Family: Leadership & Management 


About the Commission:

The Commission on Equity and Inclusion (CEI) is a separate and unique administrative agency with distinct functions regarding the promoting of diversity in the State hiring process and encouraging the continuing economic development of minority-owned, women-owned, veteran-owned and people with disabilities-owned and operated businesses to participate, and succeed, in the State procurement process through the administration of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females, and Persons with Disabilities Act via the Business Enterprise Program (BEP) and Veterans Business Programs (VBP).  Both the BEP and VBP are designed to remedy ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in State procurement.     CEI’s mission is to increase participation in the State procurement process by assisting minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities with contracting opportunities with the State through the certification, compliance, and outreach programs under the BEP and VBP. The Commission is also committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity in all areas of the State employment process, including but not limited to the recruitment, hiring, promotion, discipline, discharge, and the awarding of benefits for all qualified individuals.


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