Peoria, IL (population 110,417). GovHR USA is pleased to announce the recruitment of candidates for a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the City of Peoria, Illinois. Peoria is located midway between Chicago and St. Louis in central Illinois on the Illinois River. Greater Peoria strikes the perfect balance between big-city life and small-town atmosphere. The neighborhoods are safe, ethnically, culturally and racially diverse. The City has a strong base of residential, commercial and educational properties.
A four-time All-America City, Peoria and the surrounding metro area are among the top regions in the country for cost of living, about 13 percent below the national average. Attractive to all ages and demographics, a 2016 survey had the Peoria metropolitan area ranked 26th out of 190 communities surveyed around the country, the highest ranking of any Illinois region on the list. Outstanding park districts offer unique art activities and recreational options for every member of the family. By cultivating and embracing a culture of well-being, Peoria’s leaders of government, business, education, healthcare, faith, and the arts embrace the philosophy that improving the well-being of its people is a vital aspect of serving the community.
The City of Peoria is a full-service community with 615 FTEs and a total budget of just over $200 million, including a $100 million General Fund. The City is a home rule municipality and operates under the Council-Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of the Mayor (elected at-large) and ten council members, who are elected for four-year terms. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and serves as the chief administrative officer of the City. All Department Heads, including the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, are appointed by and directly report to the City Manager.
About the Position
The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) is responsible for performing professional administrative work in promoting civil rights and equity in the Peoria community. Under the direction of the City Manager, the position accomplishes goals through outreach and education to improve race relations, civil rights, disability rights, equal opportunity and accessibility; the administration of complaint resolution processes related to employment, education, housing and public accommodation; contract compliance programs; and the development of related strategic partnerships throughout the City.
The CDIO researches explicit and implicit barriers to inclusion of diverse persons and makes periodic reports to the City Manager and City Council. The position reviews information to assess the City’s progress towards diversity goals and prepares EEO and Affirmative Action reports and statistics. The CDIO supervises and monitors the performance of Peoria Corps staff and programs.
The position exercises considerable independent judgement under general supervision to select proper courses of action. The work requires thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of civil rights, disability rights, equal opportunity and relevant laws, rules and regulations; conflict resolution methods and techniques; working knowledge of social justice theory, implicit bias, historical sources of disparities, as well as individual, institutional, and structural racism; knowledge of racial equity related policy; and of public administration principles and practices.
The City is seeking an experienced and collaborative Director to lead the City’s diversity and inclusion efforts. The successful candidate will have:
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, a social science, or a related field.
A minimum of five (5) to seven (7) years progressively responsible professional experience.
Other combinations of training and/or experience which can be demonstrated to result in the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position will also be considered.
Knowledge of principles and practices of civil rights, disability rights, equal opportunity and relevant laws, rules and regulations.
Skill in conflict resolution and the conciliation of disputes using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgement.
Ability to act as a personal ambassador for civil rights within the community and create working links with strategic partners.
Effective communication skills, both orally and in writing, with ability to prepare statistical analysis and complex written reports.
Excellent reputation and a demonstrated high level of honesty and integrity.
Compensation and Benefits
The anticipated starting salary range is $89,635 – $112,000 DOQ. A comprehensive benefits package includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), health insurance including medical, dental, and vision coverage (also available to dependents), and life insurance. The City also offers paid vacation, holidays and sick leave. Residency within city limits is required within one year of appointment.
Apply online at www.GovHRjobs.com with a resume, cover letter and contact information for five professional references by July 30, 2021. Confidential inquiries may be directed to Maureen Barry, Senior Vice President, GovHR USA at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847-380-3240, x116.
The City of Peoria is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Additional Salary Information: A comprehensive benefits package includes participation in the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), health insurance including medical, dental, and vision coverage (also available to dependents), and life insurance. The City also offers paid vacation, holidays and sick leave. Residency within city limits is required within one year of appointment.