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Equity and Engagement Director
Focus: Equity and Communications
Salary Range: $78,770-$129,085 Exempt (DOQ)
Reports to: City Manager
The Equity and Engagement Director will coordinate efforts to advance equity goals and will oversee the organization’s communications and community engagement strategies. This newly created position will have the opportunity to make a dramatic impact on equity and racial justice by identifying and dismantling systemically racist policies and procedures within the organization and providing opportunities for marginalized voices to be heard, welcomed and valued. The Equity and Engagement Director will play an active role in advising on the incorporation of proactive equity ambitions and community engagement strategies into all city plans, policies, programs and procedures to create an inclusive, diverse and multicultural workplace and community. This position will guide the work of communications professionals to promote ethics, accountability and transparency in local government with an ultimate goal of increased trust in local government through accurate, timely and effective communications and civic engagement.
- Coordinates the implementation of multiple strategic plan goals including the establishment of a reparations task force, development and implementation of a Racial Equity Action Plan and documentation of Decatur’s untold history.
- Chairs (or co-chairs) the Employee Equity Team to create an environment of equity and inclusion where everyone in the organization is treated fairly, has equitable opportunities and outcomes, and truly feels welcome and valued.
- Provides staff support to the City’s Better Together Advisory Board.
- Collaborates with the Human Resources division to create and refine equity-focused leadership development curriculum and educational opportunities, as well as focus on inclusive recruitment and retention strategies.
- Co-creates, organizes and champions employee engagement strategies to ensure that City of Decatur employees participate fully in setting the vision and goals for the city’s equity work.
- Partners with city leaders to expand on existing equity strategies and communicates internally and externally about such efforts.
- Serves as an advisor to the City Manager, departments, boards, commissions and committees on matters of diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.
- Leads organizational efforts to evaluate policies, procedures, programs, projects, and budgets using an equity perspective as part of the decision-making process; identifies decisions that have resulted or will result in inequities, and works with leadership, staff, and stakeholders to adopt, revise, or eliminate inequities.
- Researches and develops procurement and contracting policies and best practices to provide opportunities for minority-owned, woman-owned, and disadvantaged business enterprises.
- Examines and analyzes civic participation and/or involvement in establishing existing and new policies, practices and services. Ensures equal or equitable access and inclusivity of a broad range of community stakeholders.
- Offers organizational expertise and consultation to other city staff on the full range of methods, techniques, strategies, programs, and promising practices related to equity.
- Develops, implements, and reports on the organizational equity plan in partnership with organizational stakeholders.
- Develops communication systems and strategies to share best practices, highlight bright spots, and keep staff apprised of key initiatives and activities.
- Develops policies on and provides general assistance for all communication and media matters for a variety of media platforms.
- Assists with ensuring continuity among all City correspondences, presentations, outreach, and branding of City communications and materials.
- Ensures communications plan is regularly reviewed, updated and executed.
- Attends community events, City Commission and other public meetings, staff meetings, conferences, and other meetings as directed by the City Manager.
Competencies & Skills:
- Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels within the organization.
- Ability to build relationships through trust, collaboration, and direct communication.
- Ability to research, analyze, and interpret data and use data to tell a story and solve problems.
- Demonstrated ability to engage with diverse staff to promote trust, collaboration and partnership between departments
- Excellent writing, public speaking and facilitation skills are vital.
- Proficient with Microsoft Office products and all current social media tools.
- Must be comfortable working independently and making recommendations to the City Manager.
- Proactive and independent with the ability to take initiative.
- Ability to multi-task and deal with competing priorities effectively.
- Ability to work comfortably under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
- Open to change and new information and ideas and adaptable to the same.
- Results Orientation (practical project and time management, sense of urgency, and deadline-driven).
- Must encourage and foster cooperation and teamwork.
- Deep content knowledge of the research and best practices for organizations striving to become more diverse, equitable and inclusive.
Required Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, communications, journalism or related field.
- Master’s degree in related field is preferred.
- Requires 5-7 years of experience in local government or related field, and 3 years of supervisory experience is preferred.
- Experience with coordinating communications and engagement activities preferably in a public setting.
- Proven track record in addressing and leading change around diversity, equity and inclusion at organization and/or community level.
AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The City of Decatur is committed to having a workforce that reflects diversity at all levels and is an equal opportunity employer. Therefore, qualified applicants are considered for employment, and employees are treated during employment without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, familial status, or veteran/military status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.