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CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER

City of Kansas City Missouri   Kansas City, MO   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
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Posted on July 4, 2021

CHIEF EQUITY OFFICER
(Job Opening ID #513531)

Full-time position available with KCMO’s Office of the City Manager, 414 E. 12 th St.

Normal Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. May be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

The rights and well-being of Kansas City citizens and employees are a priority of the City Council and with the creation of the Chief Equity Officer (CEO) role, we seek to marshal the necessary leaders and resources to advance social equity and reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities experienced by Kansas City’s most marginalized populations. Because the people of Kansas City have an interest in a system of government, rules, policies, practices and programs that are equitable and fairly administered, the CEO will oversee the review of
internal and external practices and programs to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion that ensures fair administration for City employees and citizens. Supports city agencies and departments in normalizing concepts of racial and social equity. Organizes staff to work together for transformational change. Operationalizes new practices, policies, and programs to drive greater equity. Ensures equitable policy-making, service delivery, and distribution of resources that account for the different histories, challenges and needs of the people we serve in Kansas City. Leads efforts to nurture and facilitate the development of citywide, multi-sectoral programming and policy to effect change in the city’s approach to diversity, equity and outreach strategies. Reports to the City Manager and leads efforts to create new policies that proactively implement programs and strategies to promote equity and equality within Kansas City’s internal structure and throughout the city, including regular collaboration with internal departments and the leadership of a task force established by the City Manager to ensure that the city is using innovative approaches to address race and equity both internally and citywide. Creates new policies to advance equity and equality and develop methods to advance equity in budgeting, contracting, community engagement and high priority service delivery. Develops communication and feedback
mechanisms to equip city representatives to identify and address equity issues, processes, policies and legislation. Operationalizes an equity lens into city wide policy, programs, and budget decisions to advance and
supports equitable service delivery to the community including:

  • Providing leadership, guidance, and support to internal and external partners in the delivery of equity policy and programs;
  • Developing and recommending performance indicators and progress benchmarks to ensure accountability and to achieve fair and equitable delivery of city services from city departments;
  • Creation of a citywide equity action plan based on data driven analysis that encompasses equity tools
    and provides a blueprint of systems and structures for each department; and
  • In partnership with the city leaders and other key stakeholders, conducts an environmental scan of service delivery in the city to identify disparities and gaps in service and programs. Works collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop the Equity framework which includes:
    • Assessment and data tools that help departments identify disparities in services and programs;
    • Analytic tools that help identify disparities in resource allocation;
    • Recruiting and developing equity champions within departments; and
    • Conducting regular reviews of City practices and programs to ensure equity for employees and all
      citizens.

Leads a task force established by the City Manager with oversight from the City Council to review City practices and programs to ensure that they are equitable on their face and fairly administered. The task force shall include a diverse representation of City employees, including members of management, Local 500 of the Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 42 and 3808 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, representatives from recognized Employee Resource Groups and community leaders. Collects, analyzes and presents data measuring equity program efforts and progress for monthly reporting by the City Manager to the City Council. Utilizes relevant data resources to track and analyze diversity, equity and outreach strategies within the City. Meets with various citizen groups regarding problems of discrimination, equal employment opportunities within the City’s government and with the provision of housing and health services by the City to ensure equity and fair administration in the provision of those opportunities and services. Performs related duties as required.
REQUIRES an accredited Bachelor’s degree in public administration, multicultural, equity or diversity studies
or related field and at least 3 years of experience in diversity and equity work and experience overseeing
diversity efforts in a mid-large size organization. Preference given for an accredited Juris Doctor degree or an accredited Master’s degree in public administration, multicultural, equity or diversity studies or related field and at least 7 years of experience in diversity and equity work and experience overseeing diversity efforts in a mid-
large size organization; 5-7 years of experience working with or in a public or governmental organization serving large complex urban environments, a working understanding of the effective methods of organizational and institutional change, and experience in operationalizing diversity, equity and inclusion policies and programs in an organization or department, including but not limited to budget management, supervision,
strategic planning, policy and program creation and implementation.

Salary Range: $6,368-$12,363/month.

Applications accepted until position is filled. 

EOE. The City of Kansas City, Missouri is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.


City of Kansas City Missouri

414 E 12th St
Kansas City , MO