This position is responsible for advising and coordinating equity work within all City departments and with the Equity and Empowerment Commission; examining and redesigning City practices and policies to ensure equitable outcomes and advancing opportunities for all.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignment will include some or all of the following):
Supports the development and implementation of the City of Evanston Equity Plan.
Provides administrative support to the Equity and Empowerment Commission.
Uses quantitative and qualitative data to help identify and support mechanisms to remove barriers and improve equity and inclusion within departments and across the organization.
Evaluates the effectiveness and delivery of City programs and services using an equity tool and recommends to the City Manager appropriate changes.
Develops, monitors, and measures equity and inclusion performance measures including benchmarking and best practice studies.
Acts as a resource and assists individual departments in developing and implementing equity and inclusion plans and strategies within their departments.
Serves as a resource of knowledge and facilitates connections within the community to meet internal and external diversity and inclusion needs.
Establishes and builds relationships with a broad set of stakeholders, within the City and including non-profit, private, and public sector organizations working toward elimination of racial and place-based disparities.
Uses proven and innovative methodologies to engage the community in development of plans and actions to address racial and place-based disparities.
Develops programs that advance understanding of how diversity, equity, and inclusion impact experiences of community members in underrepresented groups.
Advises and assists departments on strategic planning, policy, program operation and performance accountability.
Performs other duties as required.
MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Must possess a bachelor’s degree or higher in Public Policy, Social Work, Business Administration, Public Administration, Organizational Development, Industrial/Organizational Psychology or a substantially similar area from an accredited college or university. Possession of a master’s degree is preferred.
Must possess five (5) or more years of progressively responsible experience in policy development, workforce development/compliance, or related field, and must possess three (3) or more years of work experience in diversity and inclusion, equity advocacy, or related field.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
Ability to analyze and resolve unusual or difficult problems.
Ability to analyze complicated data and to provide executive summaries utilizing text narratives, forms, tables, graphs, diagrams, maps, etc.
Knowledge of comprehensive research of organizational policies and procedures, best practices, and innovative techniques.
Ability to compile data, analyze and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data into a technical report.
Knowledge of and ability to explain and apply social identity development concepts and other theories of individual and organizational change as it relates to intercultural competency and creating an inclusive and equitable environment for participation.
Ability to be a motivated self-starter and work and reason independently as well as within a team; ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to work with diverse groups of internal and external customers and ability to consistently demonstrate strong interpersonal skills.
Strong knowledge and ability to apply customer service skills and the ability to deal positively and effectively with the general public and other staff and individual agencies or persons.
Ability to develop an awareness of community culture and subcultures within the community and organization.
Successful experience working with cultural identity groups who do not share the cultural identity of the person holding this position; experience in the field of diversity and inclusion, multicultural education and/or multicultural identity development.
Ability to think critically and to evaluate theories, research, and data.
Considerable knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques related to dialogue, intercultural communication, transforming conflict, collaborative decision making, consensus building and group facilitation that fosters a chosen accountability and asset based approach.
Ability to facilitate dialogue across individuals and groups with dissonant personal values and beliefs.
Ability to mediate in highly charged and emotional situations involving issues of identity and respect, with a preference for experience in transformative mediation; ability to facilitate learning experiences related to intercultural communication.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationship with internal staff as well as the City of Evanston as a whole at all levels including external partner organizations and vendors.
Proficiency and knowledge of Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite mainly, but not limited to, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
Strong oral, written and organizational skills; strong research, analytical and project management skills. Ability to apply reasoning to work assignments, research of issues, summaries, letters and memorandum, and reports using prescribed format and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style.
Ability to handle daily, weekly, monthly, and annual calendars and scheduling,
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
Work is sedentary, walking and standing is required. Occasionally using 10 pounds of force to lift, carry or otherwise move objects normally found in an office setting. The employee is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions.
This individual reports directly to the Deputy City Manager. The individual has contact with other departmental and city staff at all levels, and uses the necessary resources in other departments and divisions, as well as, external resources as appropriate. Work is assigned through specific projects assigned by various staff of the department as well as through customer requests. The employee is responsible for prioritizing work tasks, and for identifying and utilizing the appropriate resources to resolve a problem or situation and/or research and analyze specific data. Performance is reviewed through observation, completion of projects, status reports, and meetings. Guidance is provided through departmental policies, City operating practices and procedures, and other resources as applicable to the specific project assigned. Work is evaluated at least annually, with respect to problem-solving ability, customer service, research and analytical skills, written and verbal communication skills in accordance with this classification standard.
The employee has regular and frequent contact with other City staff and the general public.
TYPE OF ELIGIBILITY LIST
LIFE OF ELIGIBILITY LIST
Structured Oral Interview
To apply for this position, please apply online at www.cityofevanston.org on or before the 3/9/2020 closing date.
Chosen candidates will be required to provide proof of licenses, certifications, and education required for this position. Candidates will also be subject to qualifying pre-employment processes, including medical examination, drug/alcohol screen, employment verification, and criminal background check.
The City of Evanston is an equal opportunity employer and ensures against discrimination in employment on the basis of a person’s race, color, sex, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, military discharge status, source of income, housing status, or gender identity. The City of Evanston is also committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Any person needing mobility or communications access assistance should contact Human Resources at 847-448-8204 (voice) or 847-448-8052 (TTY).
Additional Salary Information: *Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for the range.
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