Responsible for the coordination and administration of the City’s non-discrimination ordinances and policies, assists City departments in complying with federal and state statutes on nondiscrimination, equal opportunity, and affirmatively furthering fair housing as well as provides resources and assistance to City departments, community groups, and private sector organizations on issues of diversity, racial reconciliation, and tolerance by performing the following duties. Coordinates discrimination complaints received by the city, addressing or routing as appropriate for resolution in a timely manner. Responds to inquiries from individuals and groups, including state and federal agencies, regarding non-discrimination issues. Attends and advises in meetings regarding non-discrimination compliance for city committees, boards, and councils and any other relevant meetings involving non-discrimination compliance. Advises all departments within the city on non-discrimination compliance, equal opportunity, and affirmatively furthering fair housing and solutions for their area of responsibility. Establishes and builds relationships with a broad set of stakeholders, including city elected officials, department leadership and staff, and non-profit, private, and public sector organizations to encourage equality and work for equity in wages, healthcare, and housing. Organizes and/or presents workshops, seminars, and forums to provide equity, diversity, and tolerance education, training, consultation and guidance, which achieve measurable long-term behavior change in the awareness and demonstration of inclusive behaviors. Presents to community groups and city departments on topics related to non-discrimination compliance, diversity, racial reconciliation, and tolerance and provides advice and assistance. Develops programs to foster mutual understanding and respect between all cultures and ethnicities that make up our diverse community, including the LGBTQ community. Develops qualitative and quantitative measures of progress and success and reports back to public and elected officials. Performs other duties as assigned.
Requires: Master’s Degree in a social science, such as Ethnic Studies, Communication, Sociology or other related field; and six years’ experience in incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives or other related experience and/or training; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree preferred. Knowledge of pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, ordinances, policies, procedures, statutes, and regulations regarding non-discrimination required. Familiarity with relevant local and national equity focused organizations and programs preferred. Bi-/multilingual preferred. Valid state issued driver’s license. To perform this job successfully, an individual should have a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Windows, Outlook, Excel and Word or similar software.
About City of Charleston
The City of Charleston is a progressive and energetic city and our goal is to grant our residents with the best service a city can provide and our visitors with the best vacation or business trip that a city can provide.
Charleston is a special and unique city. The combination of our unequaled beauty, warm hospitality, and exceptional public spaces provide a wonderful backdrop for residents and visitors. Through careful conservation, creative and innovative financing, and meticulous planning, Charleston is a city that celebrates a rich history. Charleston was the first city in the country to enact a preservation ordinance. We have an active and ongoing interest in the protection and restoration of our buildings, which tell the story of our past.
Keeping an eye to the future, we have set goals that make the livability and quality of life in Charleston the best in the nation. We work diligently to keep our city the best place in the country to work, to live and to play.
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