The City of Ann Arbor, Michigan (pop. 123,851) seeks a leader in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) to serve as its first Director of Organizational Equity. The Director will be a member of the senior leadership team reporting to the City Administrator. They will serve as a strategic partner and advisor to the City Administrator and as a coach and collaborator with fellow senior leaders as they work together to establish an equity lens for policy and decision making and transform the City into an actively anti-racist organization.
Ann Arbor, or “A2” as it is nicknamed, is most well-known for the University of Michigan, which influences every aspect of the city’s economy and culture. Ann Arbor is the county seat of Washtenaw County and is situated 25 miles west of the Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).
· The City has a FY2022 budget of $470.4M and 785 full-time equivalent positions across all funds. Departments are organized into four different service areas (Community Services, Financial & Administrative Services, Public Services, and Safety Services) overseen by Service Area Administrators who are generally equivalent to Assistant City Administrators. The City has 7 collective bargaining units.
· The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the Organizational Equity function from the ground up. While the Director will be situated within Human Resources, they will also work closely with the Office of Sustainability & Innovation, which is where much of the City’s community outreach is concentrated. Current funding for Organizational Equity includes a community engagement professional, and the Director will be expected to quantify and advocate for additional resources as part of the larger strategic vision for the function. Anticipated areas of focus at the outset will include policy and culture, training and development, recruitment and retention, and data gathering and analysis.
· The ideal candidate is a strategic leader with the ability to articulate and co-create a vision and translate it into outcomes and change. Therefore, candidates who can demonstrate a combination of competencies such as group facilitation, change management, organizational development, strategic planning, and/or project management will receive highest consideration. They should also possess the ability to communicate with candor and diplomacy, a comfort level with a remote and hybrid workforce, and a willingness to consider non-conventional approaches to equity and inclusion.
Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in Public or Business Administration, behavioral or social sciences, or relevant discipline and at least five (5) years of progressively responsible experience delivering solutions related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within a complex organization is required. Master’s degree or relevant certification strongly preferred.
The City of Ann Arbor has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy for all employees. The salary range for this position is $96,749-125,774.
Candidates should apply online by Friday, June 10, 2022 with resume, cover letter and contact information for five (5) work-related references to www.GovHRJobs.com to the attention of Dele Lowman, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA. Tel: 847-380-3240 x141.
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