Director of Racial Equity

Spearhead Group
  • Post Date: April 29, 2022
  • Apply Before: March 28, 2023
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Job Title: Director of the Office of Racial Equity
Job Location: Boulder, CO 80302 , and Remotely
Job Duration: Full Time Permanent
Shift: Monday through Fridays 08:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Hiring Salary Range: $110,000.00 – $130,000.00
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Tentative Hiring Timeline:
Phone Screening: Between May 17th and May 20th
Semi-Finalist Round Interviews (tentative virtual): Week of May 30th Public presentations (virtual or in person-TBD) Week of June 6th
Finalist Round Interviews (tentative in person): Week of June 13th
 
Position Summary
  • The Director of the Office of Racial Equity adaptively leads a team of racial equity professionals responsible for developing and implementing strategies, practices, and policies to create an inclusive, anti-racist and multicultural organization. The Director will be experienced and visionary in the use of a race-centered model to continue creating the conditions for intra-personal, institutional, and structural racial equity transformation within the County organization.
  • This includes a vision to adaptively dismantle institutional racism and re- create systems of belonging and anti-oppression along with other decision- makers in the County to positively impact disparate outcomes and opportunities. The Director must have experience and a proven ability to lead and manage change in a complex organization, preferably local government, and will inform the work of the office, connecting the local context regarding race, gender, and economic disparities and inequities.
  • The newly created office will establish a central hub to continue to build organizational capacity, and distributive leadership to advance racial equity work, leading with race, as a strategic priority for Boulder County. This position will require considerable initiative and judgment, and the ability to make independent decisions within broad policies and procedures as determined by County executive management, the Board of Commissioners, and federal, state, and county laws, ordinances, and regulations.
  • This position advises and collaborates with all County departments and offices administer the functions of the office, and cultivates, nurtures, and sustains internal partnerships and relationships with external consulting firms and other organizations aimed at achieving similar racial equity goals
  • The ideal candidate will exhibit confidence in establishing and defining their new role and flexibility as the role evolves. The leader in this position will be able to build, maintain and nurture existing and new relationships with staff at all levels and with other agencies and vendors. This position requires a strategic thinker who is collaborative, approachable, responsive, and trustworthy.
The process:
  • The selection process will consist initially of an application review in which all applications are evaluated on their qualifications for this position to identify a top group of candidates to move forward in the selection process. Candidates will be notified of their status via email.
  • The application review is based upon the information provided in your application packet, including the Supplemental Questions section of your application. It is important that you provide extensive details in these sections of your application. You should specifically address how, and in what capacity, your work experience satisfies the minimum requirements or allowable substitute requirements, preferred qualifications, and special qualifications of this position.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
  • Develops, assesses, adapts, and implements a work plan and related policies, practices, knowledge, skills, and capacity building to continue to co-create conditions for becoming a fully inclusive, antiracist, and multicultural organization for all people using a race-centered model
  • Co-plans, supports, peer reviews, develops, monitors, analyzes, and reports on key performance indicators regarding programmatic practices, internal and external metrics, and organizational culture and practices in collaboration with staff throughout Boulder County who have expertise in key areas of racial equity
  • Leads a team committed to transformational work, supports employees regarding performance, and recommends personnel actions in the areas of recruitment, retention, termination, and discipline for the Office of Racial Equity
  • Co-creates organizes and champions employee engagement strategies to ensure Boulder County employees participate fully in setting the vision and goals for the county’s racial equity work; focused work with employees of color is expected
  • Partners with county leaders to expand on existing race-centered equity strategies and responds to inquiries or requests for information
  • Because the work is focused primarily on internal operations, developing a healthy partnership with Human Resources is a necessary function of this role
  • Leads organizational efforts to evaluate policies, procedures, programs, projects, and budgets using a racial equity perspective as part of the decision-making process; identifies decisions that have resulted or will result in racial inequity, and works collectively with leadership, staff, and stakeholders to adopt, revise or eliminate them
  • Collaborates engages and fosters relationships throughout the organization
  • Organizes and scales up cross-organizational teams to strategically advance and coordinate racial equity work  throughout county government and serves as a liaison to facilitate communication  between  these  teams  and  county   leadership. Creates an infrastructure to sustain the County’s commitment to racial equity
  • Prepares and submits an annual budget and ensures compliance with all county budget and financial policies and procedures, including selecting, managing, and evaluating vendors or consultants to ensure the efficient operation of the function; makes independent financial decisions within budgeted authority and policy; recommends alignment of budget and staff resources with BOCC direction, policy objectives and best outcomes to advance racial equity
  • Offers organizational expertise and consultation to other county staff on the full range of methods, techniques, strategies, programs, and promising practices related to racial equity
  • Represents the Board of County Commissioners and County Administrator effectively through public speaking, presentation, and meeting facilitation skills
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the County Administrator
  • May be reassigned during emergency situations
SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Applicants must demonstrate fluency at the time of the pre- employment screening process. Spanish language proficiency will be determined through standardized demonstration and written and oral testing
  • Bicultural lived experience
  • Training in the Pacific Education Group’s Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol and the Government Alliance for Racial Equity framework
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
  • Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of adaptive leadership and strategic approaches and tools flowing from critical race theory
  • Understanding of subtle and complex EDI issues
  • Ability to engage with people from a wide variety of backgrounds, races, and ethnicities and influence actions among a wide variety of leaders and team members
  • Ability to identify and articulate in real-time the role of race  and racism in personal, interpersonal, and organizational  relationships and structures
  • Ability to constructively engage employees and senior leadership to create system thinking, collaborative management, and organizational change
  • Extensive knowledge of methods, techniques, strategies, programs, research, and promising practices related to racial equity, as well as applicable legal and policy frameworks
  • Skilled in organizational culture change, creating consensus, administration, and assessment
  • Solid ability to investigate and evaluate alternatives when it comes to understanding the impact and benefit of decision making and proposed solutions
  • Personal antiracist practice
  • Ability to stay solution-focused in high-stress and high-conflict situations
  • Willing to become a certified practitioner in Courageous Conversations About Race Protocol and participate in a local community of practice
HIGHLY DESIREABLE CHARACTERISTICS:
  • Ability to work effectively with key stakeholders, speak and write authoritatively and compellingly, resolve communication problems, and negotiate and manage competing interests
  • Ability to work well with co-workers regardless of position and authority and adhere to clear lines of responsibility and accountability Flexibility in leadership through performing and supporting the analysis of complex human resources, financial, or administrative management, policy, and program issues
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