Job Details

Human Rights and Equity Officer
City of Urbana, IL
Job Description

The Community. The vibrant community of Urbana, Illinois (pop. 42,044) seeks a visionary leader to serve as its Human Rights and Equity Officer. Located in the heart of east central Illinois, Urbana prides itself on being a progressive, dynamic community and is internationally distinguished as the home of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the state’s flagship public university and one of the pre-eminent research institutions in the world.

Position in Brief. Reporting to the City Administrator, the position heads the City’s Office for Human Rights and Equity and leads the City’s efforts to promote and protect human and civil rights, and develop and support initiatives that promote the City as a welcoming and inclusive community in which to live and work. As with all City executive level positions, this position is appointed annually by the Mayor and the City Council.

Key Position Responsibilities. The Human Rights and Equity Officer will have the following primary responsibilities:

• Provides assistance and subject matter expertise to support accessibility, social equity, and transformational change to advance the City’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, both externally and internally.
• Represents the Human Rights and Equity Office to community groups, businesses and the media. This includes responding to inquiries, preparing and giving presentations, developing press releases and participating in media interviews.
• Investigates and responds to claims of unlawful discrimination in employment, housing, credit, experiences with the Urbana Police Department and public accommodations in violation of the Urbana Human Rights Ordinance.
• Provides technical assistance to Urbana employers, landlords, financial institutions and businesses related to compliance with the Urbana Human Rights Ordinance.
• Serves as staff liaison to the Human Rights and Equity Commission and Civilian Police Review Board.
• Educates and trains community groups regarding human rights; assists the City’s Human Resources team with employee training focused on supporting an equitable and inclusive working environment.

Ideal Candidate. The successful candidate will be a strategic, innovative, and visionary leader with proven experience in leading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The City welcomes candidates with public or private sector experience who have a successful record of advancing implementation strategies that demonstrate commitment to promoting a welcoming and inclusive environment. Preferred qualifications include:
• Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in a relevant field of study.
• Five years or more of progressive relevant experience in a leadership position.
• Experience working with diverse, under-represented and vulnerable populations.
• Experience with developing community outreach and engagement strategies.
• Proven track record of developing initiatives to meet community and organizational needs.
• Well-developed skills in facilitating inclusive dialogues.
• Knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws regarding equal employment/affirmative action and civil rights.
• Knowledge of concepts, national trends, best practices and current issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Total Compensation Package. This position offers a competitive salary within an expected hiring range of $89,355 - $94,734. DOQ. A comprehensive benefit package is offered and includes paid vacation, sick leave, holiday pay, outstanding health coverage options, pension plan through the Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF), an optional deferred compensation plan, and a post-retirement medical savings benefits program.

How to Apply: Apply with resume and cover letter to First review of candidates will begin 11/16/2020. Questions are encouraged and should be directed to Mike Earl, GovHR USA - Senior Vice President, at 224-261-8366 or

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Job Details
$89,355 - $94,734, DOQ
Job Function:
Chief Equity Officer
Position Type:
Full Time
City of Urbana
400 S Vine St
Urbana, IL 61801-3336
United States
Population: 41,518
Form of Government: Mayor-Council

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