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

Competition #20/194
Internal/External Posting
Closing date: January 12, 2021

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Lead

(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 Head of Service Improvement and Innovation in the Corporate Initiatives Department, our ideal candidate has a passion for delivering public sector excellence, identifying alignment and synergies among program objectives, and resolving issues and challenges between competing priorities and interests. Leading a division with two staff and working closely with inclusion staff in community planning and recreation, as well as a network of departmental champions, you will lead service improvements with groups across every service area to both understand, coach and initiate equity initiatives.

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 works across service areas, and is responsible for championing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as a foundational philosophy inherent to policy, program, and service design across the organization. With the goal of the removing systemic barriers to enable and empower everyone in the community to enjoy equitable outcomes from the services the City provides. This position will lead the establishment of a Senior Leadership EDI Steering Committee as well as internal staff advisory committees and working groups as required.

KEY DUTIES
Coordinate, assign and review the work of two EDI staff within the new Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Act as an internal resource on equity by providing advice, coaching, guidance and support to staff in the Office of EDI and across the organization.

Lead and coordinate implementation of the approved Transgender, Non-Binary and Two Spirit Inclusion Plan (TNB2S+), the Accessibility Framework and other comparable plans and strategies. Ensure alignment of actions by departments in support of community needs and equity priorities.

Contribute to the development of the City’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Framework, Lens and Tools, report annually on City related equity work.

Implement initiatives to advance training and understanding of equity, diversity and inclusion concepts at the individual and organizational unit levels based on program needs. Work with departments to lead and implement policies and procedures to support continued barrier identification, removal, and prevention. Advise departments on equity impact assessments for new or revised policies, and programs and services where an equity lens is applicable to support Council decision-making.

Assess priorities for social planning functions, including a focus on vulnerable populations and supporting community well-being. At the direction of supervisor, establish, lead and support Advisory Committee(s), Task Forces and working groups; provide advice and recommendations on new or improved policies, programs and services.

Maintain an inventory of available community information, geo-spatial maps, and other data to inform assessments and decisions related to equity considerations. Develop and maintain public information on equity initiatives in the City of Victoria.

Monitor equity policy and program advancements in other municipalities, establish a network to share best practices and learnings. Liaise and build partnerships with other levels of government, not-for-profit and community organizations. Develop and maintain programs and metrics to monitor City programs and performance for consistency with best practices and applicable legislation.

Develop annual work plan for the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the direction of supervisor.

Perform related duties where qualified.

INDEPENDENCE
Work is generated by the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion annual work plan and department requests for advice or support.
New initiatives, major projects, policies, and accommodation applications are provided as recommendations and reviewed with Supervisor prior to commencing.
Issues such as major expenditures are referred to Supervisor.

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.
Ability to identify and analyse policy options and recommendations.
Demonstrated experience in strategic or long-range planning in a municipal context to support desired equity outcomes.
Written and verbal communication skills; prepare reports, briefing notes, presentations, and background materials.
Project management skills, including control over project organization and timely delivery. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public and internal organizational units.
Intermediate to advanced proficiency using a variety of programs, including Word, SharePoint, PowerPoint, and Excel.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Undergraduate degree, in Social or Health Sciences, Community Planning, or a related program, with a focus on equity, social planning, population health, research, and/or public sector governance.

EXPERIENCE:
5-7 years experience working in roles related to inclusive program design and delivery, capital planning, including supervisory experience. 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)
$54.16 per hour, Pay Grade 19 (under review) Job Code # 4229
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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