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Chief Equity Officer

Position:                    Chief Equity Officer

Open:                         February 1, 2021

Close:                         Open until filled

Salary*:                     Excepted Service, Grade 9 ($112,902 to $169,354)

                                    * final salary commensurate  to experience

DOMICILE REQUIREMENT -- There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment. The law also requires that Excepted Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment. Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.

This position is located in the Office of the City Administrator and reports to the City Administrator. The overall objectives of the position are to be ethical, trustworthy, apolitical, and committed to excellence and delivery of meaningful results; communicate openly, honestly and collaboratively with a diverse group of people, explaining complex issues in a way that is understandable; and implement a long-term mission, vision, and strategy; and provide new ideas and innovation through change management processes that improve the efficiency and delivery of effective District programs and services.  The Chief Equity Officer exercises broad direction over implementing, guiding, and spearheading equity objectives across the District of Columbia, providing leadership and vision to ensure the development and management of innovative and effective strategies to achieve racial equity for District residents. The work requires considerable initiative and judgment, and the ability to make independent decisions within broad policies and procedures as determined by the Executive Office of the Mayor, Office of the City Administrator, the Council, Federal and State laws, ordinances, and regulations.  The Chief Equity Officer roles and responsibilities will include but are not limited to the responsibilities established in the Racial Equity Achieves Results (REACH) Amendment Act of 2020.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Chief Equity Officer will build upon current work to ensure equity across all district programs and budget. The CEO directs, administers and facilitates the overall mission of the Office to build an infrastructure to ensure policy decisions are evaluated through an equity lens to create fair access to opportunity; and collaborates with District departments, employees, community members, and other stakeholders to make meaningful movement towards a more equitable District of Columbia. Specifically:

  • Oversees design, coordination, and implementation of programs, policies, and practices aimed at addressing the systemic disparities existing in the delivery of City services.
  • Develops and creates awareness and understanding in the use of an equity lens to develop and implement programs and practices.
  • Creates an infrastructure to sustain the District's commitment to equity.
  • Implements the District-wide Racial Equity Plans and other related plans.
  • Provides leadership, guidance, and support to internal and external partners in the development and delivery of equity programs and tools; and develops work plans and training materials.
  • Directly works and coordinates with the Office of Human Rights.
  • Coordinates and collaborates directly with the Council Equity Coordinator.
  • Analyzes proposed legislation and regulations and provides expert technical guidance and leadership to management and elected officials on equity issues affecting District programs and practices.
  • Establishes baseline disparity data targets/benchmarks in collaboration with partners.
  • Establishes areas of planning and project management including organizing, directing, motivation and evaluation.
  • Acts as a visionary and strategic thinker to identify and define complex equity disparities.
  • Develops sound conclusions and recommendations; and represents recommendations in a way that is compelling to a variety of institutional and community audiences.
  • Conducts racial impact analysis; and utilizes evidence and data to recommend improvements that impact marginalized populations.
  • Represents the District effectively on equity issues in a variety of forums.
  • Prepares clear, concise, and comprehensive correspondence, reports, studies, and other writtenmaterials.
  • Builds effective strong working relationships, partnerships and networks with communities of color, and the organizations that serve these communities.
  • Recognizes and acknowledges existing cultural and racial "blind spots" and provides solutions to help address them.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

REQUIRED EDUCATION, BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

  • Graduate from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in public relations, business administration, Human Resources or related field.
  • Minimum of four (4) years of experience directly related to the position.
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge of statutory laws, regulations, procedures and policies; the District of Columbia Human Rights Act of 1977 at D.C. Code Section 2-1401 (2008) and the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Washington Field Office; local laws that were enacted to eradicate discrimination within the District of Columbia; Mayor's Orders and Memoranda; and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968. Ability to interpret and apply the various guides.
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge in problem-solving, negotiation strategies, and project management for decision-making and identification of potential and existing problem areas. Extensive knowledge of management principles, procedures, and technique of analysis and evaluation. Superior analytical ability to assess and evaluate policies and issues.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills sufficient to prepare and present information and proposals. 
  • Strong ability to speak clearly, explicitly, and convincingly to diverse audiences.
  • Strong ability to exercise tact and diplomacy in dealing with highly sensitive, complex and confidential issues and situations.
  • Demonstrated expertise in providing leadership in a management/supervisory capacity; and in a team-based environment in securing support and cooperation of internal and external stakeholders.

 

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