Racial Equity Officer



Class Description

Job Title: Racial Equity Officer

Reports To: Director of Human Resources FLSA Status: Exempt

General Description

The purpose of this job within the organization is to provide professional-level leadership and training to the City's work to support and advance the successful implementation of equity initiatives both internally and externally to the organization.

This position works under the Director of Human Resources' supervision to guide and facilitate the development and implementation of important policies, practices, and the creation of new racial equity tools, which will be used in guiding programs, services, and budget decisions. In addition, this position provides policy and issue research, analysis, and recommendations to form, develop and establish the 'City's Racial Equity Action Plan.

Duties and Responsibilities

The functions listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this job. Management may assign additional roles related to the type of work of the job/class as necessary.

Essential Functions:

Utilizes practical leadership skills, develops, implements, and manages an effective diversity, equity, and inclusion program to include an equity plan.

Develops, implements, and trains City staff on various topics to include awareness and understanding of equity-related concepts and the use of an equity tool and impact analysis utilizing evidence and data to recommend improvements to affect outcomes for historically marginalized populations in a positive manner.

Analyzes proposed legislation, regulations, policies, etc., and provides expert technical guidance and leadership to management and elected officials on equity issues affecting city programs and practices.

Identifies city policies and procedures that result in racial and social disproportionality and inequity and works collectively with leadership to revise or eliminate them.

Establishes and leads the multi-department, cross-organizational College Park Race Equity Committee to advance and coordinate racial and equity action planning across the city government strategically

Identify opportunities to promote and develop an ongoing awareness campaign for staff for racial and social equity updates, events, programming, and other related areas.

Aligns methods of attaining goals with the City's core values. Represents the City effectively on equity issues in a variety of forums.

Additional Duties:

Knowledge of principles and best practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and community settings.

Knowledge of best practices of change management.

Skill in conflict resolution with the ability to apply complex policies.

Ability to work independently, prioritize work, and independently manage multiple and competing priorities while meeting deadlines.

Ability to communicate and train effectively both orally and in writing.

Develop training material and education programs around race and equity for City employees.

Performs related job duties as assigned.

Responsibilities, Requirements, and Impacts

Must possess the ability to maintain information confidentially. Work is subject to frequent interruptions and inflexible deadlines.

The employee may occasionally be required to attend evening meetings and town halls.

Data Responsibility:

Data Responsibility refers to information, knowledge, and conceptions obtained by observation, investigation, interpretation, visualization, and mental creation. Data are intangible and include numbers, words, symbols, ideas, concepts, and oral verbalizations.

Gathers, organizes, analyzes, examines, or evaluates data or information and may prescribe action based on these data or information.

People Responsibility:

People include co-workers, workers in other areas or agencies, and the public.

Leads others by providing guidance and serve as the subject matter expert for the City.

Asset Responsibility:

Assets responsibility refers to the responsibility for achieving economies or preventing loss within the organization.

Requires responsibility and opportunity for achieving major economies and/or preventing significant losses through time and resources management.

Mathematical Requirements:

Mathematics requires the use of symbols, numbers, and formulas to solve mathematical problems.

Uses addition and subtraction, multiplication, and division and/or calculates ratios, rates, and precents.

Communications Requirements:

Communications involve the ability to read, write, and speak.

Reads financial reports and legal documents; speaks before professional and civic groups; participates in panel discussions and speaks extemporaneously on the topic of racial equity; writes complex articles, reports and develops presentations for sophisticated audiences.

Judgment Requirements:

Judgment requirements refer to the frequency and complexity of judgments and decisions given the stability of the work environments, the nature and type of guidance, and the breadth of impact of the judgments and decisions.

Decision-making is a significant part of the job, affecting a large segment of the organization and the public; works in a dynamic environment, responsible for assisting with developing policies and practices.

Complexity of Work:

Complexity addresses the analysis, initiative, ingenuity, concentration, and creativity required by the job and any unusual pressures present in the job.

Performs work involving policy and guidelines, solving people and work-related problems; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results and frequent exposure to unusual pressures.

Impact of Errors:

Impact of errors refers to consequences such as damage to equipment and property, loss of data, exposure of the organization to legal liability, and injury or death for individuals.

The impact of errors is serious - it affects most units in the organization and may affect citizens.

Physical Demands:

Physical demands refer to the requirements for physical exertion and coordination of limb and body movement.

Performs sedentary work that involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 20 pounds of force on a regular and recurring basis or sustained keyboard operations. Climbing stairs, bend, reach, hold, grasp, turn objects; use fingers to operate computers. The work requires the ability to speak normally and clearly and use normal or aided vision or hearing.

Equipment Usage:

Equipment usage involves responsibility for materials, machines, tools, equipment, work aids, and products.

Handles or uses work aids involving some latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items.

Unavoidable Hazards:

Unavoidable hazards refer to the job conditions that may lead to injury or health hazards even though precautions have been taken.


Safety of Others:

Safety of others refers to the level of responsibility for the safety of others, either inherent in the job or to ensure the safety of the public. (Does not include safety of subordinates).

Requires responsibility for the safety and health of others and for occasional enforcement of the laws and standards of public health and safety.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:

Requires a bachelor's degree in Sociology, Education, Public Administration, Ethnic Studies, Communication, or related field. Five (5) years of progressively responsible experience and/or social justice programs with a focus on engagement; diversity, equity, and inclusion; elimination of structural racism and implementation of equity programming; or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.

Special Certifications and Licenses:

Must possess a valid 'driver's license.

Special Certifications and Licenses:


Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance

The City of College Park, MD, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. ADA requires the City

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