Deputy Director – Racial Equity Inclusion and Belonging (REIB)

September 17, 2023
Minneapolis, MN
Job Type


Position Description
As the largest and most vibrant city in the state, Minneapolis depends on purposeful, dedicated and innovative employees. Minneapolis has a large variety of careers for people of all experiences and backgrounds who come together for a singular purpose-serving the residents, businesses and visitors of Minneapolis.
The Deputy Director is the Chief Operations Officer for the Department and assists the Director in providing the leadership and direction of the Department of Racial Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. The Deputy Director is mainly responsible for the internal and day to day operations of the department and provides oversight of projects, programs, and initiatives within the department. The Deputy Director, alongside the Director, develops and maintains strategic and key enterprise and external partnerships and relationships. Alongside the Director, the Deputy develops and manages the budget and overall strategy for the department. For more information regarding this position and our dynamic City, please visit the following Deputy Director - Racial Equity Inclusion and Belonging position profile.

Work Location - This position may be eligible for flexible work arrangements, including hybrid work with some days working remotely and some days working in the office.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

  • Chief Operating Officer - participates in executive level decision making, developing and maintaining organizational structure, agenda setting, strategic planning and budget development/oversight.
  • Provide managerial supervision over department projects and initiatives.
  • Alongside the Director, set a citywide racial equity framework and guide departments in the incorporation and evaluation of racial equity principles.
  • Work with senior Enterprise leadership and elected officials to set and implement citywide racial equity strategic goals, policies and programs.
  • Lead department policy setting.
  • Assume the role and responsibility of the Director in the absence or at the direction of the Director.
  • Responsible for internal operations of the department.
  • Evaluate department policies, programs, and initiatives.
  • Work with leadership of the Office of Emergency Management to implement equitable and inclusive city-wide response for emergencies.
  • Direct the research, development, and evaluation of programs and initiatives aimed at reducing racial and ethnic disparities internally and externally to the city.
  • Provide support to supervisors and program managers for operational and personnel needs.
  • Maintain an inclusive culture in the department.
  • Represent the City and Department in State, Regional and National platforms to discuss equity and inclusion work of the city.
  • Lead meetings with the Mayor, City Council, Senior Enterprise Leaders, and department directors as well as officials of relevant external organizations regarding ongoing equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Lead and oversee the preparation of reports, research efforts, planning documents and presentations to elected official, external stakeholder groups and the general public.
  • Delegate staff and departmental resources as needed.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum of a Bachelors Degree.
Minimum Experience
Minimum of five years' experience with and command of anti-racist strategies, tools, and principles. Organizational and personnel management. Project management and policy development. Knowledge of executive Mayor government structures.
An equivalent combination of education and experience closely related to the duties of the position MAY be considered.

Desirable Qualifications -- Language
Bilingual skills in Spanish, Somali, Amharic, Oromo, Hmong, Vietnamese and/or Lao.

Desirable Qualifications -- Cultural competency
Ability to relate and work effectively with people from diverse cultural, economic and ethnic backgrounds.

Resume Required
A cover letter and resume are required. You must attach a cover letter and updated resume to your application.

Background Check
The City has determined that a criminal background check and/or qualifications check may be necessary for certain positions with this job title. Applicants may be required to sign an informed consent form allowing the City to obtain their criminal history and/or verify their qualifications in connection with the position sought. Applicants who do not sign the informed consent form will not be further considered for the position.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Anti-racist policy development, team building, budget management, public speaking, program management, program development, negotiation, knowledge of historical and systemic racism.

  • This position requires supervisory experience at a Senior level.
  • Experience working with elected officials and executive elected officials.
  • This position requires an expertise in racial equity and anti-racist policy development.
  • This position requires experience working with Senior level leaders in municipal as well as Statewide government.
  • Experience managing multiple projects with city and or statewide scopes of interest.
  • Experience leading execution of citywide projects, policies, and initiatives.
  • Strong oratory skills preferred.
  • Experience testifying/presenting before elected/legislative bodies.
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain relationships with executive level elected officials.
  • Strong ability to develop and maintain relationships with elected officials and legislators.
  • Knowledge of how to navigate political environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse communities and stakeholders.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate problems and issues at strategic levels.
  • Ability to plan, organize, direct, coordinate and supervise the work of staff and complex projects.

Benefits Summary
Our employees enjoy competitive salaries and generous benefits. We pride ourselves on a comprehensive benefits program that supports employees' health and financial well-being.

Programs, resources, and benefit eligibility varies based on position, average hours worked, location and length of service. For detailed benefits information, pleasevisit the benefits page .

New 12 weeks of paid Parental Leave.
City employees are eligible for up to 12 weeks of paid parental leave in the event of a birth or placement for adoption of a child.

Health insurance
Eligibility for benefits begins the first of the month following employment date. The City of Minneapolis offers eligible employees one plan design with a choice of six provider networks, allowing you to select the best option for you. Available plans include Medica Choice Passport, Medica Elect, VantagePlus with Medica, Park Nicollet First with Medica, Ridgeview Community Network powered by Medica, and Clear Value with Medica.

Dental insurance
The City of Minneapolis offers dental insurance through Delta Dental of Minnesota and pays 100% of the monthly premium for eligible employees.

Paid time off
Our generous leave package includes vacation, holidays and paid sick leave, which gives employees the opportunity to enhance their quality of life outside work. Amounts and accrual rates are based on years of experience and collective bargaining agreements .

City employees earn a pension and may choose to participate in additional retirement savings programs.

  • Pension: The City of Minneapolis participates in the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA). Employees and the City both contribute a percentage of your pay to fund future benefits.
  • Deferred compensation : Employees may choose to participate in pre-tax or after-tax savings plans through the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS).

Eligible City employees may choose to participate in the following transportation programs:

  • Metropass: The Metropass program allows eligible employees to enroll in a pass for unlimited bus or light rail rides at a discounted price.
  • Parking or Van Pool: The City of Minneapolis Transportation Benefits Plan gives you options to pay certain commuting costs--such as qualified parking and van pool expenses--with pre-tax dollars

Learning and development
To engage and develop employees, the City of Minneapolis offers classes in leadership, cultural agility, change management and more. Additionally, educational discounts at Augsburg University, Hamline University and St. Mary's University of Minnesota are available to City employees.

Other perks
Employees can also take advantage of optional life insurance, flexible spending accounts, the Employee Assistance Program , technology discounts and more.

Closing Date/Time: 10/15/2023 11:59 PM Central

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