Post Date: 10/02/2020
Close Date: 01/02/2021
First review date is October 30, 2020.
As the City of Vancouver’s first Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, you will have the opportunity to make a significant and lasting impact on the City and the people and communities that we serve. The successful candidate will be a strategic, innovative and visionary leader and change agent with proven experience in leading and championing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The DEI Director is a member of the City Manager’s Management Leadership Team and will work in partnership with the Management Leadership Team and Human Resources to implement systemic change throughout the organization. You will work closely with all City departments and the community to create processes and advance initiatives that achieve parity and remove barriers within the City and its programs and operations, establish learning programs to increase awareness and support of diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural proficiency in the organization, and engage and work with various communities to build collaborative partnerships, resolve disparate impacts and advance social justice.
The City of Vancouver is a rapidly diversifying community that requires new and adaptive approaches to services and the City has been intentionally working to improve equity and inclusion of the communities we serve and the employees who work here. The City’s municipal workforce is expected to change dramatically, with significant retirements anticipated in the coming years and the changing expectations of the next generation of workers. “Traditional” definitions of diversity are evolving rapidly, reflecting not only historically familiar classifications but also incorporating new dimensions and perspectives. Operating in a resource scarce environment and delivering results expected by our residents and businesses require innovative solutions, the creation of which benefit from highly engaged City Councilmembers, City employees and community members that can competently embrace diverse perspectives. The combination of these variables underscores the need to proactively address the understanding and application of diversity, equity and inclusion among City Council and staff to improve the City’s cultural competence to ensure equitable and inclusive delivery of programs and services.
The City is committed to making diversity, equity and inclusion a part of its culture and everyday operations and has been actively working on developing a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion program. In 2017, the City Manager formed an Equity Advisory Team to begin work on equity and inclusion initiatives for the organization. The Equity Advisory Team is comprised of 25 individuals and consists of a combination of department heads and a cross section of employees from all levels of the organization. The Equity Advisory Team along with the full Management Leadership Team also worked with a consultant with a focus on educating, training and building capacity regarding equity and inclusion with a strong focus on understanding racism and racial inequity in our society. While racial inequity, served as the anchor to help develop shared language and understanding, other forms of inequity have also been explored.
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