Reporting to the Chief of Staff, Mayor’s office, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Director acts as advisor to the Mayor on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusive practices throughout the City of Beverly, both within city government and throughout the broader community.
While the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director will work broadly across all populations to promote Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, there will be an initial, intentional effort to address racial justice and equity and help the community define a shared vision, strategy, and work plan to achieve short and long term progress in this area, and this will remain a major focus of the position moving forward.
Liaising with city departments, committees, and community stakeholders, the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Director will lead planning and response to matters involving Equity, Diversion, and Inclusion best practices and policies.
Working with the Human Resources Department, the Director will develop and deliver staff programs, training, and activities to promote equitable, diverse, inclusive and welcoming environments for all.
The Director will perform professional and organizational duties related to formulating a culture and practice of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion—particularly in the recruitment of employees and solicitation of vendors. Further, the Director will ensure organizational consistency in the application of EDI focused policies and practices.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Include the following; other duties may be assigned.
- Provides City-wide direction/support/communication in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion and related compliance matters to include updating department heads, directors, and administrators on the impact of changes to state and federal regulations and legislation as well as executive orders.
- Takes a lead role in facilitating the development of strategies, policies and guidelines that advance understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion issues across the workforce and the community
- Guides and advises the Mayor, City departments, the City Council, and boards and commissions on matters pertaining to equity, diversion and inclusion
- Will represent the City on the Mayor’s Race Equity Task Force for the duration of its work
- Partners with Public Health Department, Mayor, City Council, and others to address public health challenges and barriers faced by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and other marginalized community members
- Interacts with all City departments, including Schools, to enhance existing programs and develop new programs that encourage active engagement in activities that demonstrate the City’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
- Assists the City’s Human Resources Director in formulating, maintaining, and monitoring the implementation of the City’s Non-Discrimination and Harassment Policy
- Assists the Human Resources Director with inquiries into complaints of discriminatory harassment involving City officials, employees, and appointed members of multiple member bodies
- Partnering with the Human Resources Department, Department heads, and Mayor, responsible for a comprehensive professional development program for all City officials, employees, and appointed members of multiple member bodies regarding equity, diversity and inclusion
- Represents City government in the community, as a partner committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, with local business community, community groups, and state and local agencies
- Prepares reports and statistical analyses
- Represents the Mayor on the Disability Commission, Human Rights Committee, and other related groups
- Pursues professional development, participates in conferences, seminars, and trainings to increase job skills, and networks with other professionals in the field.
- Represents the City at community meetings associated with equity, diversity, and inclusion and attends relevant public meetings sponsored by federal, state, and city agencies
- Undertakes special projects – identifies and clarifies issues and priorities; communicates and coordinates requirements; expedites fulfillment; evaluates milestone accomplishments; evaluates and recommends courses of action.
RECOMMENDED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education, Training and Experience
Master’s degree in Organizational Development, Counseling, Human Resources or related field, and seven to ten years of progressively responsible related experience, two of which in managerial capacity. Experience implementing equity, diversity and inclusion programs and educational tools; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job. Bilingual preferred but not required.
Preferably, a candidate should have:
- Demonstrated understanding of cultural values and norms of various communities, particularly BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and disability communities, among others.
- Effective intercultural communication skills and ability to advocate/address issues of diversity.
- Sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement.
- Experience supervising and leading teams.
- Experience developing and implementing training.
Knowledge, Ability and Skill:
Knowledge: Advanced knowledge of commonly used organizational diversity and education resources concepts, practices and procedures. Working knowledge of design and development of professional development programs. Working knowledge of training best practices, advanced knowledge of professional development training programs. Cultural and Global awareness
Ability: Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with others. Ability to lead and direct the work of others. Must be accurate, thorough and well organized in working with detailed information; takes initiative to assure timely compliance with deadlines and the resolution of pending matters. Ability to maintain tact and discretion in challenging situations and interactions with employees. Ability to maintain confidential information and to respond quickly to unexpected projects with tight deadlines or changes in important procedures. Ability to prepare written reports to executive level staff on initiatives
Skill: Excellent public speaking, facilitation, organizational and analytical skills. Demonstrates a highly proficient use of computers, office automation, and other department specific computer applications and technologies. Skill in developing metrics for measuring the effectiveness of diversity initiatives implemented.
Supervision Scope: The employee is familiar with the work routine and uses initiative in carrying out recurring assignments independently
Supervision Received: Works under the direct supervision of the Chief of Staff, Mayor’s office, and works closely with the Human Resources Director regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives
Supervision Given: Supervises support staff and consultants.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit. The employee frequently is required to stand, walk, talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms, climb or balance or stoop.
The employee must lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include the ability to adjust focus.
Has frequent contact with City/School department heads, employees, committees, vendors, Human Resources, and outside agencies. Contacts are in person, through remote meeting platforms, by telephone and in writing by email, fax, or correspondence. Has access to executive level confidential information. Routinely uses standard office equipment such as laptop, computers, phones and photocopiers.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.
Interested applicants should submit resumes to email@example.com or mail to City of Beverly, Human Resources, 191 Cabot Street, Beverly, MA 01915.