Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator – City of Victoria (Victoria, BC)

Competition #20/195
Internal/External Posting
Closing date: February 16, 2021

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator

(Continuous)
Corporate Initiatives Department

Located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and the capital of British Columbia, Victoria is home to 92,000 people and is the economic and cultural hub for the region’s 350,000 residents within the Coast Salish Territory of the Lekwungen and Songhees peoples. The city has experienced rapid population growth over the past decade, and this population is becoming increasingly more diverse – including but not limited to age, ability, income, and ethno-cultural backgrounds.

The City of Victoria is establishing a new Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to lead the implementation of Victoria’s Equity Framework, which is currently under development, as well as coordination of cross-departmental related plans such as the Accessibility Framework, the Transgender, Non-Binary, Two Spirt Inclusion Plan, Welcoming City Strategy, among others. The role of the new division is to advance equity initiatives to support our social justice objectives of being an inclusive and welcoming community where everyone can participate and enjoy equitable benefits of municipal government programs and services.

Reporting to the Lead of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Division, our ideal candidate has a passion for working with partners and organizations to build relationships to ensure that City programs and services provide equitable benefits and outcomes to our community. You also are keen to work with colleagues across city departments and service areas to help enable learning in the areas of anti-racism, gender diversity awareness, accessibility, overall understanding of equity and other emerging learning areas and topics.

If you are passionate about building an inclusive community that embraces all individuals regardless of ability, age, religion, gender, citizenship status, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, we want to hear from you!

Individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized communities or experience working with underrepresented/marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

POSITION FUNCTION
As part of the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, this position is responsible for contributing toward the goal of removing systemic barriers to enable and empower everyone in the community to enjoy equitable outcomes from the services the City provides. This position builds the City of Victoria’s capacity to support improved policies and practices related to current and future staff development and learning, improved social procurement practices, promoting and imbedding equity into projects and community engagement initiatives, and monitoring and reporting on equity related initiatives. The position works with other levels of government, advisory committees, taskforces, and community organizations to ensure community outreach related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

KEY DUTIES:
Identify, monitor, support and work in close collaboration with City departments in reporting on initiatives that support equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Coordinate implementation of the approved Transgender, Non-Binary and Two Spirit Inclusion Plan (TNB2S+), the Accessibility Framework and Action Plan. Support development of and coordinate the implementation of future programs, frameworks, plans and strategies related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Assist in ensuring alignment of actions by departments in support of community needs and equity priorities.

Identify gaps in organizational competencies and coordinate staff training with a focus on equity- related concepts and principles across City departments, including but not limited to anti-racism, accessibility, inclusion and gender-based analysis. Support internal research, data
gathering and analysis to assess organizational performance related to equity. Support the development of new internal policies and procedures to improve greater equity, diversity and inclusion within City operations.

Work with community and not for profit organizations to understand learning and development needs and enable community participation in advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in city programs and services. Work with partners to leverage funding and in-kind support to
enable community groups to advance equity priorities.

Participate in interjurisdictional networks to learn and share best practices with staff, applying new practices to internal and external programs and services in Victoria.

Communicate the status of current and planned city projects and initiatives as they relate to equity and respond to public inquires appropriately.

Support Council appointed Advisory Committee(s) and Taskforces, as required.

Coordinate responses to external applications for duty to accommodate to address accessibility and other issues as a “one window approach”.

Perform related duties where qualified.

INDEPENDENCE:
Work is generated by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion annual work plan, and on-going staff requests for advice and support.
New initiatives, major projects and policies are discussed and reviewed with Supervisor prior to commencing.
Requests for responding to accommodation applications are assigned by Supervisor as required.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Physical Effort:
Normal.
Mental Effort:
Meet multiple deadlines. (frequent)
Short periods of intense concentration while preparing reports. (often)
Visual/Auditory Effort:
Focus on a variety of source data and computer for short periods. (often)
Work Environment:
Office.
May be required to work irregular hours to attend community and partner meetings. (occasional)

KEY SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
Understanding in addressing equity, accessibility, and inclusion specific issues.
Strong facilitation skills with the ability to effectively relate to people of diverse backgrounds, lived experiences.
Demonstrated sensitivity to a range of individual and collective barriers faced by underserved community members.
Ability to build partnerships with other levels of government, agencies, NGOs and community organizations.
Communicate effectively orally and in writing; manage projects, interpret regulations and policies and implement program or service changes.
Intermediate to advanced proficiency using a variety of programs, including Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint, and Excel.
Maintain accurate records and documentation. Organize and prioritize work.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Diploma or undergraduate degree in a Social or Health Sciences, Community Planning, Engagement/Communications, Education, Human Resources, Public Sector Management, or a related program.

EXPERIENCE:
3-5 years experience working and in a similar role or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

OTHER:
May be requested to substitute in a more senior position.

Work schedule: Monday – Friday, (35-hour work week)
$50.06 per hour, Pay Grade 17 (under review) Job Code # 4428
This is a CUPE Local 50 Position

To apply for this opportunity you will need to create an online profile or log back in to our career portal at www.victoria.ca/jobs – only online submission will be considered. All applications must be submitted online by 4:30 pm on the closing date noted on the posting. Please be prepared to provide proof of qualifications and supporting materials as outlined in your resume

City of Victoria is an equal opportunity employer committed to establishing an inclusive, equitable, and accessible environment for all. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or any other basis protected by applicable law.
We are committed to ensuring that reasonable accommodations are made available to persons with disabilities during the recruitment cycle and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you require assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please email us at HR@victoria.ca

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