CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER – POLICE DEPARTMENT

$125,000 - $170,000 yearly
  • Prince George's County Government - Office of Human Resources Management
  • Largo, MD, USA
  • May 28, 2021
Full time Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Job Description

JOIN THE PRINCE GEORGE'S PROUD TEAM!

Interested candidates must submit a cover letter & resume to the following email address: ohrm@co.pg.md.us  (Please use as subject title: CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER  - Last Name, First Name)

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Come join our team! Located minutes from downtown Washington DC, Prince George's is the perfect family-friendly community to live, work, and play!We are Prince George's Proud! Located in the heart of the Baltimore/Washington corridor, Prince George’s County borders Washington D.C. and is just 37 miles south of the city of Baltimore. Encompassing almost 500 square miles, with over 900,000 residents Prince George's County has an urban atmosphere that still manages to provide a scenic and peaceful place to live, work, and play. The Office of Integrity and Compliance’s (OIC) mission is to provide strong, independent, and effective oversight of the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) and ensure that its employees act with fairness, honesty, integrity, dignity, and respect towards the public. Also, the OIC serves as an independent and objective auditing and investigative body to promote economy, efficiency, and effectiveness in the administration of PGPD’s operations to prevent and detect fraud, waste, abuse, mismanagement, and misconduct in the PGPD’s programs and operations.  The Prince George’s County OIC strives to promote greater racial and gender diversity, equity, and inclusiveness regarding recruitment, hiring, training, evaluations, promotions, and discipline of all departmental employees. The role of the Race and Gender Equity Officer will assist in deepening the PGPD’s relationship with the community toward reaching the goals of eliminating unfair and biased policing and building greater trust between the Department and the community. About the Position:

This is a newly funded executive-level position with the responsibility of promoting and improving racial, ethnic, and gender diversity, equity, and inclusiveness for employees within the Department, and building stronger, more trusting relationships with citizens and stakeholders in our communities.  The Chief Equity Officer will lead the development of an equity strategic plan and coordinate actions to effect cultural and organizational change and inform public policy development, existing policy, and practices. This candidate will work with departmental leadership, staff, and other stakeholders to eliminate identified departmental policies, procedures, and practices that bring about internal racial or gender inequities and disparities. The officer will also support the County’s overall police reform efforts by overseeing the development, coordination, and implementation of programs, policies, and practices aimed at addressing racial and gender disparities that exist in the delivery of police services to citizens. 
Additionally, the successful candidate will collaborate with employees and external stakeholders to evaluate policy, training, and operations on an ongoing basis. The Chief Equity Officer will also review the Department’s written policies and procedures to ensure race- and gender-neutrality and fairness, evaluate complaints that specifically allege racial, ethnic, and gender bias, and analyze statistical data related to traffic and field stops, arrests, calls for service, and other police interactions with members of the community to determine whether the Department’s practices are fair, equitable, and unbiased.  Furthermore, the candidate will keep track of new legislation potentially impacting law enforcement and make recommendations to achieve greater diversity and equity in policing.  The incumbent in this position will provide the following variety of services: 

  • Analyze data regarding staffing to ensure racial and gender diversity and equity across all Departmental units, particularly regarding leadership positions and unit assignments that are generally considered coveted or attractive to officers, as well as in hiring, recruitment, training, promotions, transfers, and discipline.
  • Identify disparities and inequities both within the Department and regarding policing in the community and make recommendations to eliminate them.
  • Coordinate with the Training and Education Division to provide training to recruits and sworn staff that adequately address implicit bias, racial and gender equity, cultural awareness, and inclusiveness within the Department and in the community (with the goal in mind to develop and create an awareness and understanding in the use of an equity/inclusiveness lens to develop, implement, and execute equitable policies and practices).
  • Serve as a senior advisor to the Chief of Police and Executive Team regarding matters related to race and gender equity, diversity, and inclusiveness.

The work of the Chief Equity Officer is essential to the mission of the County Government and affects the well-being of all county residents. The work is primarily sedentary, performed in a typical office setting, and subject to common everyday risks.

EXAMPLES OF WORK

  • Attends community events and collaborate with community members and stakeholders to identify and address impacts of racial, ethnic, and other inequities and disparities in policing, and recommend policies and plans to address community needs and services.
  • Drafts and/or promotes law enforcement-related legislation and departmental policies and procedures that enhance racial, ethnic, and gender equity and inclusiveness.
  • Works with BOAHS employees (Hiring, Training, Recruitment) to ensure the Department is recruiting and hiring diverse employees and that this workforce is maintained.
  • Ensures that members of the Department are educated about federal, state, and local EEO and anti-discrimination laws.
  • Makes recommendations for best practices related to equity and inclusiveness for operations, training, hiring, evaluations, and promotions.
  • Monitors the investigations of bias-related complaints and incidents.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
 

  • Thorough knowledge of cultural competence, inclusiveness and diversity issues, equity impact assessment, and program evaluation methodologies.
  • Knowledge of Office and County administrative operations, programs, policies, and procedures.
  • Ability to negotiate sensitive issues and analyze conflicts and facilitate resolutions.
  • Knowledge of government functions and operations.
  • Skill in planning, developing, implementing, and administering a broad range of functions and programs carried out by an agency consisting of approximately 2,000 employees with a wide and diverse range of abilities.
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other governmental and bi-county agencies, private organizations, and the general public.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, concisely, and effectively; listen effectively and share information both internally and externally.

 
QUALIFICATIONS:
 
Experience: Five (5) years of executive or senior level experience implementing, directing, leading, and measuring the effectiveness of diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and initiatives.

Education: Master’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or closely related field in the area of assignment.
 
Equivalency: An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.

LICENSE: None.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

ELIGIBILITY TO WORKUnder the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, an employer is required to hire only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized alien workers. Applicants who are selected for employment will be required to show and verify authorization to work in the United States.
 
This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S., only after an offer has been accepted and the Form I-9 is completed. For information on E-Verify, or if you believe the County has violated its E-Verify responsibilities, please contact the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at 888-897-7781 or visit their website at dhs.gov
 
HOW TO APPLY:
Interested candidates must submit a cover letter & resume to the following email addressohrm@co.pg.md.us  (Please use as subject title: CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER  - Last Name, First Name)
 

Prince George's County Government is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to Diversity in the Workplace