Chief Equity Officer

  • City of Kansas City, MO
  • Kansas City, Missouri
  • Jan 01, 2022
Full Time Accounting and Finance

Job Description

Full-tme position available in the Office of the City Manager located at 414 E. 12th St.
Salary Range: $6,368-$12,363/month
Normal Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; May be required to work evenings, weekends and holidays.
Application Deadline Date: Open Until Filled


Creation of the Position

The rights and well-being of Kansas City citizens and employees are a priority of the City Council and with the creation of the Chief Equity Officer role, we seek to marshal the necessary leaders and resources to advance social equity and reduce and ultimately eliminate disparities experienced by Kansas City's most marginalized populations. Because the people of Kansas City have an interest in a system of government, rules, policies, practices and programs that are equitable and fairly administered, the Chief Equity Officer will oversee the review of internal and external practices and programs to ensure diversity, equity and inclusion that ensures fair administration for City employees and citizens.

This role will support city agencies and departments in normalizing concepts of racial and social equity, organize staff to work together for transformational change, and operationalize new practices, policies, and programs to drive greater equity. In addition, this role will ensure equitable policy-making, service delivery, and distribution of resources that account for the different histories, challenges and needs of the people we serve in Kansas City.

This role will lead efforts to nurture and facilitate the development of citywide, multi-sectoral programming and policy to effect change in the city's approach to diversity, equity and outreach strategies.

Position Summary

The Chief Equity Officer will report to the City Manager and will lead efforts to create new policies that proactively implement programs and strategies to promote equity and equality within Kansas City's internal structure and throughout the city. This includes regular collaboration with internal departments and the leadership of a task force established by the City Manager to ensure that the city is using innovative approaches to address race and equity both internally and citywide.

This is achieved through strategic and organic partnerships both internally and in the community; collection and regular reporting of data through monthly updates to the City Council on the progress of equity initiatives; meetings with various citizen groups regarding problems of discrimination and equal employment opportunities within the City's government; ongoing communication with housing and health services by the City to ensure equity and fair administration in the provision of those opportunities and services.

Key Skills and Attributes

The ideal candidate for this role will have a passion for advancing equity and social justice solutions and a demonstrated commitment to community building and engagement with Kansas Citians of all backgrounds.

A Knowledgeable Leader
  • Knowledge of and ability to lead people through a change process
  • Knowledge of contemporary diversity, equity and inclusion concepts
  • Knowledge of the role and necessity of multiculturalism, especially the role it plays in local government

A Strategist and Visionary
  • Able to partner with internal and external leaders to implement the vision of the City Manager, City Council and Mayor to implement inclusion and equity policies
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work and communicate with employees and community partners
  • Ability to build substantive relationships with community partners including those that service minority populations
  • Ensure continuous learning regarding diversity, equity and inclusion within the city government and set a foundation for the next generation of equity leaders

  • Create new policies to advance equity and equality and develop methods to advance equity in budgeting, contracting, community engagement and high priority service delivery.
  • Develop communication and feedback mechanisms to equip city representatives to identify and address equity issues, processes, policies and legislation
  • Operationalize an equity lens into city wide policy, programs, and budget decisions to advance and support equitable service delivery to the community including:
    • Providing leadership, guidance, and support to internal and external partners in the delivery of equity policy and programs
    • Developing and recommending performance indicators and progress benchmarks to ensure accountability and to achieve fair and equitable delivery of city services from city departments
    • Creation of a citywide equity action plan based on data driven analysis that encompasses equity tools and provides a blueprint of systems and structures for each department
    • In partnership with the city leaders and other key stakeholders, conduct an environmental scan of service delivery in the city to identify disparities and gaps in service and programs
  • Work collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop the Equity framework which includes:
    • Assessment and data tools that help departments identify disparities in services and programs
    • Analytic tools that help identify disparities in resource allocation
    • Recruit and develop equity champions within departments
    • Regular reviews of City practices and programs to ensure equity for employees and all citizens
  • Lead a task force established by the City Manager with oversight from the City Council to review City practices and programs to ensure that they are equitable on their face and fairly administered.
    • The task force shall include a diverse representation of City employees, including members of management, Local 500 of the Association of Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), Local 42 and 3808 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, representatives from recognized Employee Resource Groups and community leaders.
  • Collect, analyze and present data measuring equity program efforts and progress for monthly reporting by the City Manager to the City Council
  • Utilize relevant data resources to track and analyze diversity, equity and outreach strategies within the City
  • Meet with various citizen groups regarding problems of discrimination, equal employment opportunities within the City's government and with the provision of housing and health services by the City to ensure equity and fair administration in the provision of those opportunities and services
  • Performs related duties as required

Reporting Structure

The Chief Equity Officer will report directly to the City Manager.


REQUIRES an accredited Bachelor's degree in public administration, multicultural, equity or diversity studies or related field and at least 3 years of experience in diversity and equity work and experience overseeing diversity efforts in a mid-large size organization.

Preferred Background and Attributes
  • An accredited Juris Doctor degree or an accredited Master's degree in public administration, multicultural, equity or diversity studies or related field
  • At least 7 years of experience in diversity and equity work and experience overseeing diversity efforts in a mid-large size organization.
  • 5-7 years of experience working with or in a public or governmental organization serving large complex urban environments
  • 5-7 years of experience and a working understanding of the effective methods of organizational and institutional change
  • 5-7 years of experience in operationalizing diversity, equity and inclusion policies and programs in an organization or department, including but not limited to budget management, supervision, strategic planning, policy and program creation and implementation
  • Organizational and fiscal management skills noted for transparency and clarity

Other Information


May be required to have a negative COVID-19 test result within 7 days of hire as the most recent test result. Having a positive result at any point for any current or potential employee will have no impact on employment status nor employment offer.



The evaluation of applications is based only on the information submitted by the application deadline. Therefore, in order to have your application properly considered, you should include all relevant dates, i.e., attendance at educational institutions, date degree(s) conferred, etc. Further, you should provide detailed description of relevant work experience/dates, including months/years of employment. Failure to submit a completed application may eliminate you from the selection process. Resumes may be filed to determine eligibility, but an official City application must be completed prior to appointment.

For positions requiring college education as part of the minimum requirement and/or an equivalency, the minimum education requirement is high school graduation. The requirement of "high school graduation" also includes the state-issued GED certificate.

For positions that require an accredited degree, qualifying professional, responsible experience must be obtained AFTER receipt of the accredited degree.

Unless otherwise stated, the requirement of "an accredited" degree includes only those degrees obtained from colleges or universities listed with the U. S. Department of Education and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

If claiming military veterans preference points, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other qualifying documents prior to the application deadline.

Applications submitted in person or by USPS mail must be received by the published Application Deadline, 5:00P.M., C.T. Applications submitted by FAX or online must be received by the published Application Deadline, midnight, C.T.

All positions require successful completion of a pre-employment criminal history/background check. Non-residents, if appointed, must establish residency within the city limits of Kansas City, MO within nine months.

The City of KCMO is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce. EOE.

The City of KCMO does not discriminate on the basis of disability in the admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation should contact the Human Resources Department, Recruitment & Selections Division at (816) 513-1945.

Job Address

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