Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

City of Columbia MO- HR   Columbia, MO   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on January 12, 2023
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Posting Number 2984P
Position Title Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer
Department City Manager
Job Code 09970
FLSA Status Exempt
Union Code/Affiliation Unrepresented
Division ADMINISTRATION (City Manager)
Job Description Summary
Perform work of considerable difficulty leading the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives in support of the City’s strategic plan to create a working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed.
Essential Job Functions
    • Develop, implement and monitor programs that promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).


  • Develop, align, and/or integrate a range of new and existing initiatives, policies, and procedures into a cohesive platform that will foster a more inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and diverse city environment.
  • Design and facilitate educational workshops, trainings and dialogues for city employees to gain awareness, knowledge, and skills in DEI.
  • Provide leadership to working groups, committees, and councils, representing the area of DEI, across the city and externally.
  • Assess, analyze, prepare reports and provide updates on institutional-wide progress on the creation of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive city environment that is welcoming, affirming and supportive of all employees.
  • Develop and implement employee professional development to support diversity, equity, inclusion and cultural competencies, and an ability to work and thrive in an increasingly diverse community.
  • Identify, develop, and maintain active partnerships with community-based organizations to collectively advance DEI.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders to assess the need for and recommend training initiatives on, diversity, equity and inclusion; cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, reducing micro-aggressions and implicit bias, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of DEI values, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws.
  • Plan and host public events on the subject of DEI.
  • Partner with the leadership of city departments to develop strategic relations and to regularly communicate and develop DEI initiatives, events and progress.
  • Develop meaningful metrics, tools, and analytics that enable the city to evaluate the effectiveness and performance of DEI efforts.
  • Manage DEI budget, including developing budget proposals, justifying expenses and monitoring accounts.
  • Lead DEI committees that will guide institutional transformation associated with DEI and assist in the promotion and implementation of related programs, projects, and initiatives; convene colleagues with designated responsibility for DEI from across all areas of the city.
  • Audit current policies, ordinances and programs for outdated language and practices.
Ancillary Job Functions
    • Coordinate with the Supplier and Diversity program.


  • Develop and maintain professional relationship with community organizations.
  • Stay up to date with diversity programs and philosophies through attending conferences, siting on committees and building community relationships.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.
Education and Experience - An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management, Business or related field required.


  • Five years related experience.
  • Must have reliable transportation to and from events and City facilities.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities which may be representative, but not all-inclusive of those commonly associated with this position
    • Knowledge of DEI practices and philosophies.


  • Knowledge of employment laws, regulations and compliance issues.
  • Knowledge of effective managerial practices and methods, and the ability to coordinate, assign, and evaluate the work of assigned staff.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and basic office equipment/machines.
  • Ability to think strategically and implement change.
  • Advanced skills in communicating diversity and inclusion principles and concepts.
  • Proven record of creating strong working relationships and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to present to large and small groups and influence others.
  • Ability to work independently under moderate supervision and make responsible decisions.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to plan and organize.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and project management skills.
  • Ability to collect, analyze data to create reports.
  • Ability to multitask.
  • Ability to render credible testimony.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job
    • General office conditions, moderate noise.


Physical Abilities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions
    • Required to use close vision and be able to focus.


  • Regularly required to talk, listen and sit.
  • Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment.
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.
General office hours are Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Required to attend evening and weekend meetings as needed.
Supervision Exercised
Supervision may be exercised over assigned staff.
Starting Salary Annual salary range: $65,603 - $108,222. Well qualified candidates can expect to be hired at or above the mid-range of $86,923.
Pay Grade E6
Number of Positions Available 1
Deadline to Apply  
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Position is open until filled. Preferred Application date is February 10, 2023.

The City of Columbia is seeking an experienced professional to lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in alignment with the city’s strategic plan. The ideal candidate demonstrates collaborative and visionary leadership by serving as a strategic thinker, building relationships, employing innovation and promoting an environment of inclusive excellence.

Notice to Applicants
Individuals needing accommodation to apply may call 573.874.CITY (2489)




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