Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer (English)

$130,000 - $160,000 yearly
  • City of Fort Collins
  • we are working remotely currently
  • Apr 21, 2021
Full time Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Job Description

The Opportunity
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer is responsible for leading The City of Fort Collins’
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts. The organization and community are committed to
incorporating an equity lens in our services, operational and community aspects. The newly created
office will establish a framework to build organizational capacity to advance equity for all,
leading with race, a strategic objective in the City Council adopted City Strategic Plan.

We consider an equitable community to be one where a person’s identity or identities--or what zip
code they live in--does not negatively impact their ability to experience equality. Because local
government is
uniquely poised to help dismantle the institutional and systemic impacts of inequity and
oppression, the City of Fort Collins seeks to address barriers that perpetuate injustice.

The ideal candidate must focus on the City’s organization and community and have a genuine desire
to serve the Fort Collins community by providing the highest possible service level. As a member
of the City’s Executive Leadership Team, it is fundamental
for this position to create strategic, operational, and organizational culture objectives to
sustainably impact diversity, equity, and inclusion in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Summary of Accountabilities
The following are illustrative of the primary functions of this position and are not intended to be
all-inclusive:

Drives the vision and structure to meet the goals of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Act as a visionary and strategic thinker to identify and define complex equity disparities, develop
sound conclusions and recommendations, and present recommendations in a way that is compelling to a variety of audiences. Develops, monitors, analyzes, and reports on key performance indicators
regarding programmatic practice, internal and external DEI metrics, and organizational culture and
practices.
Creates an infrastructure to sustain the City’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Provides direction and leadership to change systems where biases are present.
Leads systems, programs, teams, and initiatives to advance the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
efforts
Recognize and acknowledge existing racial and other identity-based inequities and biases, both
internal and external, and lead the equity office, organization, and community partnerships to
collectively address them. Establishes areas of planning and project management, including
organizing, directing, and evaluating outcomes. Collaborate appropriately with
others to envision and convey an inspiring, compelling, and relevant DEI future state. Capable of
actively seeking and engaging new ideas, experiences, and thought leaders. Ability to understand,
articulate, and apply current and emerging research, theory, and best practices in equity,
diversity, and inclusion to reimagine and inform organizational strategies, systems, and policies.
Establish appropriate benchmarks for evaluating progress, ensuring accountability, and ensuring a
reliable measurement system to report and track momentum.

Leads a team committed to transformational work of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Lead efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture, and cultivate diversity as a City resource.
Build effective working relationships with team and partners and networks with historically
marginalized communities.
Thoughtfully and directly challenges perspectives and beliefs about colleagues’ assumptions, known
and unknown biases throughout the City. Strategize and assign work for a team with data-driven
goals. Inspire, coach, mentor their team as well as the City. Look for partnerships to continue to
drive equity and inclusion.

Collaborates, engages, and fosters relationships throughout the community
Collaborate with community organizations and stakeholders to create an inclusive network driving
DEI advancement and systems change in the city/region.
Has the desire and ability to engage with a diverse mix of community members, staff, and leadership
to promote trust, collaboration, and partnership between colleagues, departments, sectors,
institutions, and leadership levels. Demonstrates patience, resilience, and determination while
navigating multi-layered
relationships internally and externally, from the highest
level of governance to the individual.

Capabilities:
• Understands subtle and complex diversity, equity, and inclusion issues related to the City
organization and the community at large
• Able to balance confidence and humility and bring compassion and patience into challenging
situations
• Unquestionable personal integrity, character, and conviction
• Proven track record of successfully engaging with BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, disabled, women, and other
historically underrepresented groups and
addressing needs and concerns from social justice, intersectional and multicultural perspective
that considers all aspects of identity
• Ability to engage employees and senior leadership to create system thinking, collaborative
management, and organizational change and oversee the development of attendant equity indicators
• Demonstrated cultural competence to effectively interact, work, and develop meaningful
relationships with people of diverse identities, perspectives, and cultural backgrounds
• Strong learning orientation. Leverages all resources and is creative in learning for self to
continue adapting to changing issues and trends

• A desire and ability to understand the diverse needs of internal and external customers and to
create experiences and deliver services that exceed their expectations
• A desire and ability to utilize digital tools for organizational information, individual, and
teamwork
• Experience building teams and implementing practices to lead others well in an inclusive, high-
performance organization. Skill in integrating and synthesizing others’ viewpoints to build
alignment of diverse perspectives to achieve results
• Capable of creating conditions of emotional safety and demonstrates self-awareness and
regulation in responding to others. Can effectively share and shift power
• Capable of systems thinking to see interdependent relationships and recognize multiple causes
and effects of community issues, to predict or anticipate the consequences of policy decisions, and
to community and organizational resources
• Strong ability to assess alternatives in terms of their financial, economic, social,
environmental, and strategic advantages and disadvantages and propose solutions

The Successful Candidate
The ideal candidate will be ethical, approachable, trustworthy, committed to excellence, and
deliver meaningful results. They will communicate and collaborate openly, honestly, and
authentically with people of diverse backgrounds and identities,
explaining complex issues in a way that connects and builds understanding and empathy. They will
expertly promulgate and implement a long-term strategy and provide new ideas and innovation through
change management processes that improve the efficiency and delivery of effective programs and
services. The ideal candidate will promote DEI efforts throughout the organization. They will have
personal and positional power, as well as the emotional quotient, to give all levels of the City
honest advice, even if it conflicts with hopes and expectations or traditions.

Total Compensation
The City of Fort Collins offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a competitive market
salary, of
$130,000 - $160,000 commensurate with education and experience. The City’s compensation philosophy
provides externally competitive pay in both the public and private sectors and is delivered within
a sustainable financial model. Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and
short- and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers additional
benefits, including 457 deferred compensation, optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending
Accounts, and relocation assistance for a selected candidate from outside the Fort Collins area.

Residency
Directors of a city service area or a group of city service areas, deputy city managers, and
assistant city managers shall reside within the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area during their tenure
in office, but need not reside within the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area prior
to their appointment.


Qualifications
• Requires a minimum of a BA/BS in sociology, psychology, business, education, ethnic studies,
LGBTQ studies, or related field
• Minimum of five years’ experience advocating for and implementing change within a multicultural
environment
• Minimum of 3 years experience developing and implementing diversity/equity/inclusion programs
• Ability to communicate in languages other than English preferred
Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they
believe they can perform every job description task. We are most interested in finding the best
candidate for
the job, and that candidate may come from a less traditional background. The City will consider any
equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum
qualifications. If
you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill
set for the role.

How to Apply
The City of Fort Collins is deeply committed to high- quality public service and cultivating an
outstanding culture for its employees. As a high-performing government, Fort Collins attracts and
employs diverse and competitive talent, retains its workforce through development and growth
opportunities, and promotes intelligent risk-taking to address increasingly complex challenges.

For more information or to apply, submit your cover letter and five professional references and
resume online to the attention of Kathleen Rush, Vice President, GovHR, or Cheryl Orr, with i4x.

Kathleen Rush, Vice President, GovHR
krush@govhrusa.com

847-380-3240

Cheryl D. Orr, i4x

Cherylorr02@gmail.com

757-621-9607


This position is posted until filled. The first review of applications begins 5/3/2021. Following
the first review date, we will start the classification of all applications to identify eligible
applicants based on
the City’s established criteria published in the position announcement brochure. The City of Fort
Collins may invite candidates named finalists for onsite interviews after a complete review of
references, background, and academic verifications with applicants’ authorization. For more
information, please contact Kathleen Rush, krush@govhrusa.com

The City of Fort Collins is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of
its workforce. Applicants selected as finalists for this position will be subject to a criminal
history/credit/driver’s license check prior to the
interview. Under the Colorado Open Records Act, information from your application or resume may be
subject to public disclosure.
Auxiliary aids and services are available for persons with disabilities.


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The Successful Candidate
The ideal candidate will be ethical, approachable, trustworthy, committed to excellence, and
deliver meaningful results. They will communicate and collaborate openly, honestly, and
authentically with people of diverse backgrounds and identities,
explaining complex issues in a way that connects and builds understanding and empathy. They will
expertly promulgate and implement a long-term strategy and provide new ideas and innovation through
change management processes that improve the efficiency and delivery of effective programs and
services. The ideal candidate will promote DEI efforts throughout the organization. They will have
personal and positional power, as well as the emotional quotient, to give all levels of the City
honest advice, even if it conflicts with hopes and expectations or traditions.

Total Compensation
The City of Fort Collins offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a competitive market
salary, of
$130,000 - $160,000 commensurate with education and experience. The City’s compensation philosophy

provides externally competitive pay in both the public and private sectors and is delivered within
a sustainable financial model. Other benefits include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and
short- and long-term disability insurance. Additionally, the City of Fort Collins offers additional
benefits, including 457 deferred compensation, optional Health Savings Account, Flexible Spending
Accounts, and relocation assistance for a selected candidate from outside the Fort Collins area.

Residency
Directors of a city service area or a group of city service areas, deputy city managers, and
assistant city managers shall reside within the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area during their tenure
in office, but need not reside within the Fort Collins Urban Growth Area prior to their
appointment.