This position is responsible professional and administrative work in promoting civil rights and equity in the Peoria community. Under the direction of the City Manager, accomplishes goals through outreach and education to improve race relations, civil rights, disability rights, equal opportunity, and accessibility; contract compliance programs; and the development of related strategic partnerships throughout the City. Researches explicit and implicit barriers to inclusion of diverse persons and makes periodic reports to the City Manager and City Council. Reviews information to assess the City’s progress towards diversity spend goals. Prepares EEO and Affirmative Action reports and statistics. Supervises and monitors performance of Peoria Corps staff and program.
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. Skill in conflict resolution and the conciliation of disputes. Skill in using tact, discretion, initiative, and independent judgment. Ability to show empathy and compassion in difficult situations; interact tactfully, yet firmly, in potentially hostile situations; act as a personal ambassador for civil rights within the community, and create working links with strategic partners; effectively communicate both orally and in writing; work with and give presentations and/or training to diverse groups of people; successfully work with multicultural communities; successfully work with individuals of varying socioeconomic backgrounds; analyze and address civil rights issues; conduct interviews and solicit pertinent information; develop and maintain effective working and public relationships; prepare and present complex written and oral reports.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Business Administration, Public Administration, Public Policy, a social science, or other related field; supplemented by 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.
Please apply via our online application system at http://www.peoriagov.org/internal-applications/.
Initial Screening Date of March 12, 2021 - Open Until Filled
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