Known as the Gateway to the Rockies, this All-America City lies on the eastern edge of the Denver-Aurora metropolitan area. The city boasts spectacular views of the Front Range spanning from Pikes Peak to Longs Peak. More than 386,000 residents and 10,000 businesses choose to call Aurora home, making it the third largest city in Colorado and the 54th largest in the United States.
The city is seeking a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer who will lead the City of Aurora’s efforts in the development and delivery of city-wide diversity strategies, programs, initiatives, and services that enhance equity, inclusion, and cultural competence in the workplace and in the provision of customer service to citizens. The Officer acts as spokesperson for the City of Aurora’s commitment to diversity and serves as the city’s community expert on DEI.
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion was created in January 2020 to lead the city of Aurora in building, creating, and maintaining a more equitable and inclusive city by systemically and strategically facilitating the integration of greater representation, fairness, belonging, and care into our policies, procedures, and practices. The office is focused on creating a more equitable Aurora by enhancing equity, inclusion, and cultural competence in our workplace and the provision of services to our residents.
The ideal candidate must be a values-based community steward that is a subject matter expert in DEI and have experience in leading, developing, and monitoring initiatives around diversity, equity, and inclusion. The successful candidate must possess compassion and emotional intelligence, serve as a thought partner with both the community and the city departments, have the political aptitude and leadership presence to be a bridge builder who embraces collaborative partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, and willing to foster relationships to develop and implement a racial equity plan. Demonstrated examples of building out and implementing dynamic DEI plans for organizations, as well as experience working with DEI committees and employee resource groups is key for this new leader.
Candidates shall have a bachelor's degree in business administration, public administration, organizational development, human resources, communications, or public relations related field; eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience in DEI administration, business administration, public administration, communication, cultural diversity, and community engagement; six (6) years of relevant experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Community Engagement, and/or a related professional management experience; five (5) years of professional experience in local and/or state government highly preferred; at least 3 years supervisory experience of professional staff.