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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

For City of Burlington

The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) is appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council and will be responsible for the development, revision  and  implementation of  the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion plan for the City of Burlington in partnership with the leadership team and relevant stakeholders.    This plan will validate and operationalize the long-term roadmap of initiatives that will develop a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture; develop priorities that provide opportunities to build diversity and inclusive practices into the fabric of the City's operations and advocate for data-driven imperatives for change. The Diversity Equity and Inclusion Director will be responsible for the creation and implementation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) programs to internal and external partners to promote DE&I practices.

Essential Job Functions


  • Reviews and revises the current Diversity, equity and inclusion plan that strives to eliminate race-based disparities across all city departments, promote inclusion and engagement of all community members and seek to eliminate race-based disparities in the greater Burlington community
  • Develops in partnership with leadership and relevant stakeholders an updated comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion strategic plan.
  • Plans and directs all aspects of an organization's diversity programs
  • Creates an implementation plan to validate and operationalizing the long-term roadmap of initiatives that will develop a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture. Integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into the programmatic work.
  • Provide project leadership and partner with Department heads, local community organizations, and diversity leaders and experts   to develop inclusive leaders, create an inclusive climate, and design equitable structures throughout the Cities programs and processes.
  • Ensuring DE&I metrics are included in leadership expectations utilizing a data-oriented approach to drive decisions and measure success; developing a measurement strategy to monitor and drive success and hold departments accountable for expected results.
  • Develop and Monitor internal equity metrics across the City Departments. Collaborate with the Chief Innovation Officer and the Human Resources Director to develop metrics and to assist with the completion of the City's annual equity report.
  • Identify best practices and emerging workforce trends; identifying external trends and benchmarks that inform and complement internal workforce goals and employee engagement; bringing new ideas to the initiatives.
  • Drive diverse talent identification and retention strategies for employee population; partnering with Human Resources to implement effective diversity recruiting strategies at all levels; supporting annual diversity goal setting.
  • Sponsor current and create new Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) to provide an engine for positively impacting the organization through effective leadership, engagement, programming, and management; developing and building programs that create a common language around diversity and inclusion and facilitate dialogue amongst a diverse employee population to bring their authentic selves to work.
  • Driving the strategic Plan for DE&I  and culture initiatives; creating and executing communications and change management strategies, including driving a strategy for compulsory training for all relevant staff in cultural competence and as well as an external plan supporting key stakeholder relationships and talent pipeline building.
  • Representing the City's DE&I program external partners to promote capacity-building in DE&I practices; identifying and managing relationships with external partners and key.
  • Design, implement, asses and prepare diversity initiatives and policies and recommend policies and procedures updates for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to the Mayor and City Council. 
  • Monitor compliance with EEOC guidelines and certify compliance with EEO. 
  • Serve as the City's affirmative action officer.
  • Prepare reports and initiate strategies for increasing.
  • Facilitate regular ant –bias and relevant diversity trainings for City employees, councilor's boards, and commissions.
  • Assist with the recruitment and support for diverse candidates for boards and commissions seats.
Non-Essential Job Functions:
  • Performs other duties as required.
Oct 30, 2019
Bachelor's degree in Cultural studies, Human resources, Organizational Behavior or related field and (5) to (7) years of relevant experience. Experience with leading Diversity programs required. A combination of education, certification and experience may be substituted for educational requirements and required experience at the discretion of the Mayor. Demonstrated commitment to continuous professional development. Demonstrated ability to initiate and lead efforts to assess and implement changes to policies, benefits, and compensation in a collaborative and team-oriented approach. Ability to effectively, clearly and professionally communicate and represent the Human Resources Department and the City in all written and verbal interactions with multiple stakeholders and to group of all sizes, including City employees, elected officials and members of the general public is required. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion as evidenced by ongoing trainings and professional development and ability to view all aspects of work through a culturally competent lens is required. HR experience in a municipal or public environment preferred. Ability to prioritize work and problem solve to accomplish competing objectives while meeting deadlines is required. Proficiency in Microsoft operating programs, specifically Word, Power Point and Excel is required. Regular attendance is necessary and is essential to meeting the expectations of the job functions. Ability to understand and comply with City standards, safety rules and personnel policies.
Bachelor's degree in Cultural studies, Human resources, Organizational Behavior or related field
Burlington, VT
Limited Service Full Time Exempt
$77,777.00 - $86,839.00 Annually
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