Economic Inclusion Specialist Job at Gilbane, Inc., Raleigh, NC

  • Gilbane, Inc.
  • Raleigh, NC

Job Description

Gilbane is seeking an Economic Inclusion Specialist that will be responsible for implementing business and workforce inclusion programs and activities to maximize the involvement of targeted business and workforce on key construction programs.

This role supports a portfolio of construction programs in the execution of economic inclusion plans.


This role will sit primarily in the office and we are open to someone to work from any of the following locations:

Raleigh, NC

Charlotte, NC

Richmond, VA


Who are we?

As a Top-10 ENR Contractor, Gilbane is a family-owned business with 45 offices that has been shaping communities since 1870. Consistently recognized as one of the most reputable construction management firms in the country, Gilbane is committed to delivering projects safely and on-time. You will have the opportunity to build schools, labs, hospitals, corporate offices, sports arenas and more! 

We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Who are you? 

You are someone who acts inclusively, showing empathy and treating others with respect and dignity in order to uphold Gilbane’s core value of Caring and “People First” workplace culture. You seek to listen in order to understand and can convey information clearly. You’re a strong problem solver who can identify, prioritize, and implement alternatives for solutions, and you demonstrate adaptability by collaborating with others and supporting team members to achieve excellence. A self-starter who shows passion, commitment, and ownership all while delivering on business outcomes and driving results. You’re someone who identifies opportunities for new and improved ways of doing things that result in value-add solutions.

Your core values match Gilbane’s: Integrity, Caring, Teamwork, Toughmindedness, Dedication to Excellence, Discipline, Loyalty, and Entrepreneurship. 


What’s in it for you?  

Gilbane offers employees multi-dimensional training opportunities through a number of resources. While managing your responsibilities to projects, you will be able to enroll in trainings through our award-winning Gilbane University to build leadership and technical skills. In addition, you would work with an experienced team which provides you with the opportunity to learn new industry skills every day. You will protect and promote the interests of both Gilbane and the client in all matters as well as demonstrating the personal characteristics of a developing leader. 

Community Outreach

  • Coordinate community outreach activities including audience identification, marketing, venue selection, logistics, execution and budget management under the direction of the program leadership.
  • Engage and partner with industry associations who support targeted constituencies, underrepresented populations, community-based organizations, and advocacy groups to facilitate the participation of their members on construction projects or in special programs;
  • Participate in industry-related activities and events; identify opportunities to present content and training;
  • Develop and maintain a calendar of outreach activities, training, and procurement-related events; and
  • Develop, submit, and manage a comprehensive plan/budget on a fiscal year basis.

Targeted Business Utilization Program Implementation

  • Manage the ongoing implementation of an established Economic Inclusion program for the business unit based on established goals and objectives;
  • Collaborate on the economic inclusion strategy with program leadership, procurement and operations regarding business and workforce participation during the procurement process to ensure targeted firms are well represented;
  • Manage business contracting compliance with economic inclusion reporting requirements for internal and external stakeholders, and, in conjunction with our accounting department, ensure performance reporting is reviewed, verified and reported on a consistent basis for the lifecycle of the program;
  • Identify potential targeted firms and collaborate with risk management, procurement and other internal stakeholders to qualify the firms; and,
  • Monitor and track good faith efforts across the program portfolio.

Workforce Development

  • Implement workforce development strategies to maximize representation of targeted workforce in the program;
  • Support and work with local workforce development organizations and resources; and,
  • Manage workforce utilization compliance with economic inclusion reporting requirements for internal and external stakeholders, and, in conjunction with our accounting department, ensure performance reporting is reviewed, verified and reported on a consistent basis for the lifecycle of the program;


  • Actively promote employee awareness of an overall inclusion plan that includes subcontractors and workforce utilization;
  • Advise management on relevant policy and issues regarding underrepresented populations in the construction industry;
  • Participate in interview for potential projects;
  • Develop and direct project-specific programs; and
  • Serve as the representative of and liaison to Gilbane’s national diversity & community affairs peer group.
  • Communicate and coordinate with Gilbane’s Director of Diversity & Community Affairs to ensure awareness of and alignment with corporate diversity strategies.


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred in business, public relations, communications or a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum five years of professional experience in progressively responsible positions, with a background in management, consulting, or community relations.
  • Experience in utilizing business contractor and/or workforce compliance platforms
  • Experience in leading and driving diversity and inclusion is strongly preferred.
  • Or equivalent combination of education and experience


  • Strong project management and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Abilities to thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Passion for the diversity and inclusion advocacy
  • Demonstrated problem solving, analytical and fact-finding abilities
  • Must be able to work without supervision and take direction without follow-up
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, with emphasis in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook; advanced Excel abilities & use of spreadsheets and database systems required
  • Proficient with the use of business contractor and/or workforce compliance platforms Construction knowledge or experience a big plus
  • Construction knowledge or experience a plus
  • Great relationship-building and collaboration skills. Strong presentation skills a plus


Gilbane offers an excellent total compensation package which includes competitive health and welfare benefits and a generous profit-sharing/401k plan. We invest in our employees’ education and have built Gilbane University into a top training organization in the construction industry. Qualified applicants who are offered a position must pass a pre-employment substance abuse test.

Gilbane is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or disability status.


Note to Recruiters, Placement Agencies, and Similar Organizations : Gilbane does not accept unsolicited resumes from agencies. Please do not forward unsolicited agency resumes to our jobs alias, website, or to any Gilbane employee. Gilbane will not pay fees to any third party agency or firm and will not be responsible for any agency fees associated with unsolicited resumes. Unsolicited resumes received will be considered property of Gilbane and will be processed accordingly. 

Job Tags

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