The City of Fort Collins, Colorado (174,000) sits nestled against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains alongside the banks of the Cache La Poudre Rive. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer who will be 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 service’s 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. 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.
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. S/he/they will have personal and positional power, as well as the emotional quotient, give all levels of the City honest advice, even if it conflicts with hopes and expectations or traditions.
Detailed requirements and further background on this position can be found at www.govHRJobs.com.
- 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
- Demonstrated proficiency in cross-cultural communications and interactions. Sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers that may lead to a lack of access and engagement
- Demonstrated experience working with others related to the personal engagement of dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression across multiple identities (i.e., race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability, religion, etc.)
- Experience successfully leading teams
Any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience, which would provide the required knowledge and skills, may be considered.
Compensation and How to Apply
The starting salary range is $130,000 – $160,000 DOQ/E. The City of Fort Collins offers a comprehensive benefits package, including a competitive market salary commensurate with education and experience. Residency requirements will apply to this position. 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, electronically submit your cover letter, resume and contact information for five professional references at www.govHRJobs.com to the attention of Kathleen Rush, Vice President, GovHR USA, 847-380-3240 or Cheryl Orr, i4x, 757-621-9607.
This position is posted until filled. The first review of applications begins 4/16/2021.
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 before the interview. Under the Colorado Open Records Act, information from your application or resume may be subject to public disclosure.