Equity and Inclusion Program Manager I (Parks and Recreation Department)

  • City of Austin, TX
  • Austin, Texas
  • Jun 01, 2021
Full Time Parks and Recreation Project Management

Job Description

Minimum Qualifications

  • Graduation with Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to the job, plus five (5) years of experience in a field related to the job, including two (2) years of experience which were in a lead, supervisory, project, or program management capacity.

  • Experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education up to a maximum of four (4) years.
  • Graduation with a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field may substitute for non-lead/supervisory experience up to a maximum of two (2) years.

Notes to Applicants

The City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department ( PARD ) provides, protects and preserves a park system that promotes quality recreational, cultural and outdoor experiences for the Austin community. Working with the City of Austin provides a number of health and welfare benefits, such as medical, paid leave time, a great retirement plan, training opportunities and more! Click HERE for more information.

The purpose of this Equity and Inclusion Program Manager I will be to:

  • Oversee the development, coordination, and administration of equity policies and practices for Parks and Recreation Department.
  • Act as a resource for the department to create an organization where equity becomes central to everyday decisions and is embedded in all operations.
  • This position will lead the Parks and Recreation Department in proactively implementing equitable long and short range planning, policy development, practices and actions, as well as helping influence attitudes within the department that will produce equitable access, opportunities, and outcomes for the workforce and the communities we serve.

Application Instructions/Job Requirements:

  • Application: A detailed, complete application is required, and applicants must include on their Employment Record all experience (work and/or volunteer) related to this job posting - up to 10 years or more; this will be used to determine your base compensation. Employment Record dates must include month and year. Verification of employment history dates on resume should match online Employment Application. Statements such as "See Resume" will not be accepted and a resume alone will not be accepted in lieu of a complete online application.
  • Skills Assessments: Skills assessment(s) may be required as part of the recruitment process.
  • Virtual Interviews: PARD may conduct virtual interviews.
  • Military/Veteran: An applicant claiming Military/Veteran status must provide a copy of his or her DD-214(s), or valid comparable document, at the time of interview.
  • Physical Requirements: Tasks may involve bending, lifting, walking, carrying or using a force equal to lifting up to ten (10) pounds. Must be physically and mentally able to communicate, respond and work with participant's needs and safety issues.

Other Information:

  • Posting Guidelines: PARD reserves the right to close posted positions prior to the advertised close date, based on recruitment strategies and business needs. This posting may be used to fill other vacancies in other divisions/work locations within the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department. Decisions on assigned selection will be made at the time of hire based on the business needs of the department.
  • Travel: If you are selected for this position, and meet the Driver Safety Standards in the City of Austin Driver Safety Program, you may drive when necessary to multiple locations as part of your regular job duties. Otherwise, you are responsible for getting to and from these locations.
  • Tobacco and Vape-Free Workplace: PARD work site locations are tobacco-free. Use of tobacco products and/or e-cigarettes is not permitted on any PARD work site - including construction sites, parking lots, garages or in any personal vehicles located on the premises.

Pay Range
$35.36 - $45.96 per hour.

Work/Location Schedule Notes:
  • Monday thru Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm.
  • May be required to work during special events, evenings, weekends & holidays.
  • Work schedule and location is subject to change based on department needs and programs.

Job Close Date
Type of Posting External
Department Parks and Recreation
Regular/Temporary Regular
Grant Funded or Pooled Position Not Applicable
Category Professional
Location 200 South Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
Preferred Qualifications
Preferred Experience:

  • Experience in strategic and long range planning for a governmental agencies, municipalities, corporations or non-profit organizations.
  • Experience developing and implementing diversity, equity and inclusion programs.
  • Demonstrated experience establishing defined measures of success, metrics, and incremental goals, short and long term, surrounding equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrate experience successfully partnering with Affinity Groups to achieve common goals and promote diversity and inclusion.

Preferred Skills or Knowledge:

  • Project management experience within a municipality inclusive of performance management metrics.
  • Experience advocating for and implementing change within a multi-cultural environment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to leading by example to strengthen diversity, uplift equity, and honor inclusion.
  • Experience identifying current and emerging equity and inclusion issues to evaluate, develop and implement programs in a way that addresses impacts on equity.
  • Experience working with community stakeholders on behalf of a governmental or corporate entity.
  • Experience analyzing data to inform program and project planning.
  • Experience communicating to diverse audiences (verbally, written and via presentations).

Preferred Education/Certifications:

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) certification.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) Major or Minor Coursework or Degree Concentration.
  • Possess current/valid SHRM -CP, SHRM - SCP , other related HR Certifications.

Preferred Planning Certifications/Credentials:

  • ASLA American Society of Landscape certification or coursework.
  • CNU Center for New Urbanism certification or coursework.


  • Ability to travel to more than one work location.
  • Ability to work remotely on occasion.

Duties, Functions and Responsibilities
Essential duties and functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following. Other related duties may be assigned.

Evaluates and monitors the quality, responsiveness, efficiency, effectiveness, or impact of department programs and initiatives, service delivery methods, policies, and procedures on continuous equity and inclusion efforts.
Evaluates new and existing internal and external departmental organizational and operational policies, procedures, programs, services, and initiatives that support equity; identifies opportunities to maximize efforts; and leads policy process review as it relates to equity language and impact.
Manages teams and projects in the implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy. Leads Equity Action Plan for department and is responsible for developing steps using stakeholder feedback regarding the priority of projects which impact equity.
Coordinates and works in collaboration with the Equity Office, employee groups, department divisions, and other stakeholders involved in and affected by programs to advance equity through employee and community engagement and program development, training, and best practices.
Develops performance indicators and progress benchmarks to ensure accountability towards equitable delivery of City services, programs, initiatives, and internal practices. Identifies disparities in department programs and services and works to remove underlying drivers of inequitable program or policy outcomes.
Drives leadership awareness for diversity, equity, and inclusion programs and initiatives. Acts as an advisor to executive management and recommends process improvement strategies regarding resource allocation, talent management, and organizational alignment.
Gathers, analyzes, and reports data to identify issues, trends, demographics, or other relevant information and statistics to drive equity and inclusion project methodology. Manages research data and leads stakeholder quantitative and qualitative data analysis of equity initiatives.
Researches and stays abreast of equity, diversity, and inclusion best practices and legislation.
Manages communication strategies for department equity actions.

Responsibilities- Supervision and/or Leadership Exercised:

May provide leadership, work assignments, evaluation, and guidance to others.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience and be able to explain and demonstrate, with or without reasonable accommodations, that the essential functions of the job can be performed.

  • Knowledge of City practices, policies, and procedures.
  • Knowledge of operations, services, and activities of a comprehensive municipal equity and inclusion program.
  • Knowledge of issues, best practices, and legislation related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Knowledge of the concepts of equity, including experience in applying equity frameworks to established laws, ordinances, and long-standing practices.
  • Knowledge of principles and practices and developments in concepts, trends, and current issues related to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Skill in oral and written communications.
  • Skill in interpreting, organizing, coordinating, and executing assignments, projects, and programs.
  • Skill in handling multiple tasks and prioritizing.
  • Skill in using computers and related software applications.
  • Skill in data analysis and problem solving.
  • Ability to assess current programs and practices for equitable outcomes.
  • Ability to use an equity lens and framework to create inclusive, diverse, and safe workplaces and community programs.
  • Ability to manage diversity, understand inclusion, and work with diverse communities or populations to build constructive and effective relationships.
  • Ability to strategically apply analytic and problem-solving skills to develop sound decisions, conclusions, and recommendations while navigating sensitive political environments.
  • Ability to develop strategic direction and program implementation collaboratively with various stakeholder/community groups.
  • Ability to work with frequent interruptions and changes in priorities.
  • Ability to establish and maintaining good working relationships with other City employees and the public.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, tact, diplomacy, and maintain confidentiality as required.
  • Ability to analyze programs, policies, and operational needs and recommend adjustments.

Criminal Background Investigation This position has been approved for a Criminal Background Investigation.
City of Austin is committed to compliance with the American Disabilities Act. If you require reasonable accommodation during the application process or have a question regarding an essential job function, please call (512) 974-3210 or TTY (512) 974-2445.

The City of Austin will not discriminate against any applicant or employee based on race, creed, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, age, religion, veteran status, disability, or sexual orientation. In addition, the City will not discriminate in employment decisions on the basis of an individual's AIDS , AIDS Related Complex, or HIV status; nor will the City discriminate against individuals who are perceived to be at risk of HIV infection, or who associate with individuals who are believed to be at risk.

Information For City Employees: If you are an employee within the department, are in good standing and meet both the minimum and preferred qualifications, then you will receive an initial interview.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
* This position requires graduation with Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in a field related to the job, plus five (5) years of experience in a field related to the job, including two (2) years of experience which were in a lead, supervisory, project, or program management capacity. Experience may substitute for one (1) year of the required education up to a maximum of four (4) years. Graduation with a Master's degree from an accredited college or university in a related field may substitute for non-lead/supervisory experience up to a maximum of two (2) years. Do you meet this requirement?
  • Yes
  • No
* If identified as a top candidate, do you agree to a criminal background check (CBI)?
  • Yes
  • No
* Do you have the ability to travel to multiple sites as part of the regular job duties?
  • Yes
  • No

Optional & Required Documents
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