*Starting salary is dependent upon qualifications, but in most cases is no higher than the midpoint for range.
NATURE OF WORK:
Under the direction of the City Manager, the Manager of Organizational Performance and Equity serves on the City Manager’s Executive Leadership team and is responsible for work related to the
development, coordination, implementation, and engagement of City staff in driving organizational racial equity strategies. This position works in collaboration with the Executive Leadership team to employ strategies to promote organizational cultural change that leads to diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruitment, retention, promotion, and compensation. The Manager of Organizational Performance and Equity provides professional subject matter expertise in assisting the City in addressing racial equity issues in the workplace including the development and implementation of City policies, programs, and services.
This position works jointly with the City’s Boards and Commissions to advise on racial equity and prioritize programs and policies that seek to promote diversity in cultural and organizational equity.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS (Specific assignments will include some or all of the following):
Uses an equity lens and framework to serve as City’s principal advisor on matters concerning racial equity in the workplace, including the institutionalization of policies and programs needed for a more equitable workplace.
Works with the REDI Committee to implement programs, services, and events that operationalize the City’s goals and priorities for advancing organizational equity.
Works with department heads to develop data-driven metrics to benchmark and track progress towards organizational goals to increase accountability and transparency.
Works with department heads to develop strategies to integrate racial equity into all organizational planning processes and practices, including developing and presenting research, identifying key indicators and performance measures.
Coordinates and administers staff training to further racial equity goals.
Regularly reviews City policies, procedures, and other practices to assess and improve upon organizational equity.
Collaborates with the Human Resources to implement strategies to attract and retain members of underrepresented groups and ensures diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruitment, promotion, and compensation by regularly reviewing and assessing data analytics. Assumes responsibility for racial equity tasks within the organization including building and maintaining relationships with relevant internal and external stakeholders, thought leaders, community partners and vendors.
Engages and empowers City employees to help lead and coordinate internal and external diversity and inclusion related events and activities.
Staffs the City’sEquity and Empowerment Commission
Provides relevant expertise and liaison support to City’s Boards and Commissions related to the advancement of diversity, racial equity, and inclusion.
Assess the needs for language and disability access and provide guidance, leadership, and oversight of related City policy, programs, services, and initiatives.
Other duties as assigned.
Please follow the links below in order to read more about the City of Evanston’s Commitment to Equity and Inclusion:
The City of Evanston has engaged in a multi-year organizational development strategy called Racial Equity Diversity and Inclusion (REDI). REDI Annual Report
Information regarding the City of Evanston’s Equity and Empowerment Commission can be found here
Must possess a bachelor's degree or higher in organizational development, industrial/organizational psychology, psychology, sociology, social work, business administration, Public Administration, human resources or a related behavioral sciences field, or a combination of experience and education that is equivalent. A master’s degree in a qualified area is preferred.
Diversity, equity and inclusion certification is preferred.
Must possess five (5) or more years of demonstrated racial equity work experience preferably in a government setting which demonstrates the required knowledge, skills, and abilities below related to areas of essential tasks.
Supervisory and strong management experience is preferred.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities in the following areas:
Demonstrated experience implementing services, programs, and principles of racial equity in the workplace.
Ability to design, develop and deliver customized training programs for internal staff capacity building and to engage related external partners in collaborative projects that increase the effectiveness and equity within city government.
Ability to read, understand and interpret manuals, laws, ordinances, policies and procedures, statutes, rules, regulations, journals, newspapers, memos, letters, reports, guidelines, personnel rules, union contracts, work rules, and similar documents, including requests for service, applications, resumes, bills, federal and state laws, local ordinances, reports, budgets.
High capacity for emotional intelligence to manage conflict and build trust in order to promote equity and inclusion.
Commitment to the belief that diverse populations strengthen organization, as well as experience as a team member in a diverse organization, including diversity in organization, ethnicity, culture, and social contexts.
Excellent verbal, written presentation and interpersonal skills are required, including the ability to deal with occasionally adversarial situations.
Ability to think strategically, execute tactically, and collaborate across diverse teams
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, urban affairs, human relations, interpersonal relations, and racial equity.
Knowledge of current social, political, and economic trends and problems of municipal government as they relate to Racial Equity.
Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, supervisors, citizens and the public as well as other employers; speaking extemporaneously on a variety of subjects.
Ability to work on multiple tasks at one time, some of which may have conflicting deadlines and/or priorities. Considerable knowledge and proficiency with computer software to include, but not limited to, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, and Google Office.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of customers and staff throughout the city and outside of the organization
Strong attention to detail skills, organizational ability, and punctuality.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS OF WORK:
The ability to work in a primarily sedentary position, with the ability to occasionally use force to exert up to 25 pounds. The ability to lift, carry or otherwise move objects, books, materials, etc. using up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The employee is subject to inside environmental conditions: protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from indoor temperature changes. Employee travels between various City worksites in order to accomplish position goals. There are no environmental hazards associated with this classification.
Work is performed independently within general guidelines, policies and practices, under the direction of the City Manager and close collaboration with the Deputy City Manager. Much of the work is self-generated, working with the management and employees of their assigned operational departments; other assignments vary between general concepts and specific detailed assignments. The employee usually decides the proper methods of accomplishing the goals and objectives of the work, and is responsible for completing the work in accordance with City policies and procedures.
The employee has regular and constant contact with other City employees at all levels to provide services, information, resolve problems and concerns, and otherwise advance the mission of the department. The employee has regular and constant contact with the general public in person and over the phone, with applicants at all phases of the selection process, and with new employees. The employee also has regular contact with suppliers, vendors and providers of services or goods.
The selection process consists of an evaluation of education/experience to identify qualified applicants, an oral board interview, and a public presentation. Applicants meeting minimum qualifications will be invited to an oral board interview guided by a rubric that emphasizes the experience and qualifications of candidates. Finalists from the oral board interview will then be given a specific case scenario to create a public presentation that internal and external stakeholders will be invited to attend and provide structured feedback for the hiring panel to consider in its final decision.
SELECTION METHODTYPE OF ELIGIBILITY LISTLIFE OF ELIGIBILITY LIST
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 847-866-5095 (TTY)
Located just north of Chicago, Evanston is diverse in many ways, much to the delight of its visitors and residents. Home to Northwestern University, Evanston has a variety of excellent higher educational opportunities, as well as a successful public school system.Getting to and around Evanston once you are here is easy with a multitude of public and private transportation options.