Experience: 5 years
Location: Chicago Loop
EEO and Equity Officer
Chief HR Officer
Position Summary The EEO and Equity Officer is a senior-level management position reporting directly to the Chief Human Resources Officer. Overseeing the EEO and Equity team located in Human Resources, the EEO and Equity Officer leads the development and implementation of proactive equity and inclusion initiatives in support of the Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) strategic plan to create a work environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. The EEO and Equity Officer champions the importance and value of a respectful and professional work environment free of illegal discrimination and harassment. The EEO and Equity Officer leads the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for equity and inclusion. The EEO and Equity Officer promotes public confidence in the integrity of CHA and builds a strong ethical culture within the organization.
Duties and Responsibilities
Evaluates, responds to, and resolves complaints of illegal discrimination and/or sexual harassment, and other employee relations matters. Manages staff responsible for investigating complaints, which includes but is not limited to, interviewing parties, gathering documentation, drafting a written report, and recommending disciplinary and/or corrective action. Ensures investigatory process, notification, reporting, and documentation complies with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. Monitors and provides follow-up on complaints.
Conducts annual CHA Climate Survey, analyzes results, and makes recommendations to the Chief Human Resources Officer for action.
Examines, analyzes, and reports on issues including but not limited to discrimination, bias (implicit and explicit), and employment equity as it relates to race, gender, disability, age, religion or other protected categories regarding CHA policies, programs, and practices.
Advises the Chief Human Resources Officer on EEO and Equity matters. Collaborates with CHA management to create, implement and monitor programs designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of staff.
Leads the implementation of strategic initiatives, including the creation of a culture for equity and inclusion. Partners with management and staff, and internal and external constituencies, to ensure that programing supports the CHA's values and strategic goals and maintains compliance with applicable laws.
Recommends, researches, drafts and prepares policies, procedures, and resolutions to ensure Authority compliance with relevant laws, policies, and regulations. Amends and revises current policies and procedures, when necessary.
Identifies EEO training needs for the Authority and develops and designs relevant training programs. Conducts training and makes presentations for CHA leadership, managers, and employees.
Plans, establishes priorities, assigns work, monitors progress and evaluates results of activities and projects in the EEO and Equity team. Continually works to improve overall management of performance within the team. Directs the work of staff. Hires, evaluates, trains, disciplines, and recommends dismissal of staff as necessary.
Serves as a member of the senior management staff of the Office of Human Resources.
Accurately maintains confidential records and statistical documentation.
Adheres to CHA Customer Service Excellence standards.
Performs related duties as assigned.
Type of Education Required:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in a social science, human resources, public policy, public administration, or related field. Master's degree preferred.
Graduation from an ABA accredited law school with a Juris Doctorate degree and admission to the Illinois Bar.
Type of Experience and Number of Years
Minimum of five (5) years of legal, regulatory or oversight work experience in human resources, advocacy, or initiatives related to anti-discrimination, employment law, employee relations, inclusion, and bias. Experience should also include at least three (3) years of experience in leadership role, including managing staff.
Experience working in unionized labor environment desired.
Experience working in public sector is preferred, but not required.
Knowledge,Skills and Abilites
Knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in, relevant federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations, including Equal Employment Opportunity and the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Ability to synthesize sensitive information and arrive at a fair conclusion in accordance with the Chicago Housing Authority's EEO and sexual harassment policies, personnel rules, and applicable law.
Demonstrated willingness to lead, take charge and offer opinions and direction.
Ability to think creatively about alternatives and develop new ideas for and answers to work-relates problems.
Proven ability to maintain confidential and sensitive information.
Must effectively gain trust, build rapport, counsel, and assess complex situations with a very high level of accuracy.
Demonstrated willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills along with proven ability to use computers to perform work activities.
Must be able to meet deadlines.
Must be self-directed, innovative, and able to assess current operations to improve the future goals of the CHA.
Possess a track record of success as demonstrated by superior professional achievement.
Impeccable judgment, integrity, and professionalism. Apply at CAREERS.THECHA.ORG