Racial Equity Manager

  • 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

Mayor Kenney created the City’s first Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, (“CDIEO”), and created the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). A primary duty of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is to make recommendations over the long term that work to build a more inclusive City workforce related to race, ethnicity, disability status, gender, and sexual orientation. As Philadelphia’s neighborhoods continue to grow and evolve, this office will reinforce the Mayor’s commitment to ensuring that the services provided and dollars expended by local government are a strong and vibrant model of fairness among the diverse groups that make up the neighborhoods of Philadelphia. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will focus on promoting the value that diverse populations bring to our city; and for everyone, will fairly and equitably promote opportunities to be a part of the government.

Job Description

DEI is seeking an individual to join the office as the Racial Equity Manager. This essential position will report to the Deputy Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, and support DEI and City leadership by coordinating efforts to integrate racial equity principles into City operations, projects and services through the application and integration of best practices, training and development of City staff, and tracking and measurement of outcomes. Duties and assignments will be broad in scope and strategic in nature, including diverse project management, strategic planning, complex analysis, research coordination, and administrative functions as required.

Essential Functions

Initial Strategy Launch

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of the City’s racial equity action plan, through project management and the facilitation of a multi-stakeholder planning process.
  • Coordinate and provide administrative support for meetings and other information-gathering strategies to advance the strategic planning process.
  • Work closely with City leadership and DEI to drive movement in between meetings.
  • Facilitate communication between City leadership, DEI, City staff, and consultants engaged in equity-focused projects.


  • Support leadership in the development and implementation of organizational initiatives, objectives, and strategies related to the advancement of racial equity;
  • Coordinate and provide project management support to ongoing initiatives. Manage and track action items and deliverables across multiple racial equity initiatives and working groups;
  • Conduct and synthesize research on best practices to advance equitable outcomes, and inform the design and implementation of the city’s racial equity agenda;
  • Model the use of racial equity strategies and tools to evaluate programs, policies, and practices with City staff and key community partners in order to improve service delivery;
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City officials, City staff, and community stakeholders, by contributing to mutually beneficial projects, identifying opportunities to collaborate, and attending meetings and events to stay informed of one another’s work; 
  • Manage correspondence with, and communicate the City’s racial equity-related goals to different audiences, including City employees across departments, key community stakeholders, and others;
  • Support City departments to design and implement departmental racial equity plans;
  • Assist departments in engaging underrepresented groups to determine and implement potential strategies for changing systems and removing barriers;
  • Serve as a liaison to City departments and key stakeholders during decision-making and other processes to adapt policies and services to meet the needs of various groups; 
  • Assist in the collection and analysis of data to inform strategies and tactics or increased racial equity in City programs and services.
  • Other activities include: participating in grant writing, drafting testimony, facilitating meetings, planning outreach events, and participating in various working groups or committees.


Education and Experience


  • Bachelor’s degree with 5-7 years of relevant experience, or equivalent experience
  • Experience with strategic planning, process improvement, performance management, and/or program evaluation.
  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


  • Experience with racial equity/diversity and inclusion initiatives in large organizations
  • Familiarity with, and understanding of, City of Philadelphia municipal operations and departments

Competencies, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated deep commitment to racial equity, and familiarity with racial equity principles.
  • Strong project management skills, especially leading and directing projects
  • Ability to demonstrate urgency for project tasks, particularly as it relates to initiating meetings, follow-ups, and communications to keep projects moving forward.
  • Ability to plan and deliver effective and engaging presentations and/or trainings to a variety of audiences.
  • Highly organized with keen attention to detail, ability to juggle multiple priority projects at once and meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise sound and independent judgment within general policy guidelines
  • Ability to work well with different team members and manage lateral reporting relationships
  • Ability to engage, influence and mobilize others, working at multiple levels within an organization.
  • Ability to gather, organize, edit, analyze and synthesize large amounts of information.
  • Comfortable and effective working both independently and on teams.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Meeting facilitation skills

Additional Information

Salary Range: $50,000 - 60,000

Please submit a cover letter and resume with your application.

This position requires long periods of time at a desk on a computer.

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: http://www.phila.gov/humanrelations/Pages/default.aspx