Senior Director - OEO

  • 1515 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

A best-in-class city that attracts best-in-class talent, Philadelphia is an incredible place to build a career. From our thriving arts scene and rich history to our culture of passion and grit, there are countless reasons to love living and working here. With a workforce of over 30,000 people, and more than 1,000 different job categories, the City of Philadelphia offers boundless opportunities to make an impact. 

As an employer, the City of Philadelphia values inclusion, integrity, innovation, empowerment, and hard work above all else. We offer a vibrant work environment, comprehensive health care and benefits, and the experience you need to grow and excel. If you’re interested in working with a passionate team of people who care about the future of Philadelphia, start here.

What We Offer:

  Impact - The work you do here matters to millions. 

  Growth - Philadelphia is growing, why not grow with it? 

  Diversity & Inclusion - Find a career in a place where everyone belongs.

  Opportunities in Tech - Don’t wait for the future, shape it.

  Benefits - We care about your well being.

Agency Description

The Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in the Department of Commerce ensures that the City is working with diverse businesses to fulfill its needs for goods and services. Each year, the City aims to reach 35 percent participation from minority, women, and disabled-owned enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) on its contracts.

OEO does this through:

  • Registering minority, women, and disabled-owned businesses.
  • Reviewing and monitoring contracts.
  • Creating alliances within the City government and beyond.

Our partners include:

  • City of Philadelphia departments.
  • Quasi-public agencies.
  • Private industries.
  • Nonprofit sector.

Job Description

The position plays a lead role in implementing and overseeing inclusion-related programs that are guided by the City’s legislative mandates and requirements. The Senior Director reports to the Deputy Commerce Director, Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). The role of Senior Director requires a leader who is performance-focused, energetic, and an advocate for the minority, women, and disabled owned enterprises (M/W/DSBEs) community. He/she will: ensure that staff is managed and provided instruction, participate in the disparity study process, work in partnership with department leaders in developing and integrating participation goals and strategies, and assist in developing capacity building and business development opportunities for the M/W/DSBE community. This position plays a key role in supporting the annual participation reporting function, Economic Opportunity Plans, supplier diversity initiatives, and providing supervision and guidance to members of the OEO team.

Essential Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide oversight to majority of OEO staff providing feedback and day-to-day instruction
  • Ensure compliance with Law, the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, the General Provision of the Philadelphia Code, the Mayor’s Executive Order 03-12, and other Federal and State laws.
  • Assist with legislative requirements, including reporting, testimony and development of legislation.
  • Play a coordinating role in the development of the annual Disparity Study.
  • Consult with Procurement to maintain communication on any technical issues and track progress on contracts/bids.
  • Open and monitor investigations on non-compliant vendors to resolve and remedy compliance matters.
  • Track contract participation; measure/analyze results and make recommendations.
  • Work with Data and Policy Director to prepare reports on Economic Opportunity Plans.
  • Manage the development of Economic Opportunity Plans and make improvements to the process as needed.
  • Work with major stakeholders and affinity groups to insure alignment of diversity and inclusion strategy.
  • Conduct analysis of the OEO registry to determine market development opportunities.
  • Build partnerships with existing programs that can help to build capacity in the M/W/DSBE community; identify gaps in services.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as required to fulfill job function or as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience working with the M/W/DSBE business community.
  • 3-5 years of experience in a related field.
  • Experience with City Contracting and Procurement process preferred.
  • Graduate degree preferred.

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A seasoned manager and people person.
  • Ability to establish and foster relationships with cross-sector partners and to work as a part of a collaborative team.
  • Ability to translate complicated data, tables, and charts into user-friendly documents for public consumption. 
  • Excellent self-direction and the ability to take ownership and drive responsibilities through to completion.
  • Ability to lead and handle multiple tasks in a tight timeframe.
  • Excellent analytical, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with supervision and managing a diverse team.
  • Microsoft Office proficiency.
  • Must be a US Citizen or have legal permanent resident status.

Additional Information

Salary: $95,000 - $98,000 

Please submit a cover letter, resume and 2-page writing sample with your application by Feb 28th, 2020.  The writing sample should showcase a report authored by applicant that include analysis of numbers if available. Optional Additional Submission: Any analytic report authored by applicant.

Did you know?

  • We are a Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program qualified employer
  • Employees are eligible for a 25% tuition discount program (and sometimes spouses and dependents as well) in partnership with area colleges and universities
  • We offer comprehensive health coverage for employees and their eligible dependents
  • Our wellness program offers eligibility into the discounted medical plan
  • Employees receive paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays
  • Generous retirement savings options are available 

Successful candidate must be a city of Philadelphia resident within six months of hire

The City of Philadelphia is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not permit discrimination based on race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, source of income, familial status, genetic information or domestic or sexual violence victim status. If you believe you were discriminated against, call the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations at 215-686-4670 or send an email to [email protected] For more information, go to: Human Relations Website: