Chief Racial Equity Officer

June 25, 2020



About the Chicago Department of Public Health

The Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) is responsible for protecting and improving the health of Chicagoans and their communities through policies and services that prioritize residents and communities with the greatest need. Through our Healthy Chicago plan and within our own department, we are committed to affirmatively dismantling racist systems in all aspects of our work.

Job Summary  

As a member of the CDPH executive team reporting to the Managing Deputy Commissioner, the Chief Racial Equity Officer/Deputy Commissioner will promote racial equity in CDPH by developing internal strategic plans, monitoring performance metrics, and facilitating workforce development opportunities for CDPH personnel. With the City’s Office of Equity & Racial Justice, this position will also oversee the implementation of organizational process improvements – particularly related to recruitment and hiring, budgeting, procurement, communications, and public engagement.

This newly established position will supervise the Director of Performance Improvement & Evaluation and a coordinating planner. Over time, CDPH expects the team will grow based on departmental needs and the strategic direction that is established for the role. The Chief Racial Equity Officer/Deputy Commissioner will also work closely with program staff in core service areas such as human resources, finance, contracts, public information, policy, community engagement, and planning, as well as oversee departmental committees focused on dismantling racist systems, health equity, cultural leadership, and trauma-informed service delivery.

Job Duties

Racial Equity Transformation

  • Oversee development of a racial equity framework, standards, and sustainability plan to ensure that racial equity is fully embedded within the department’s culture and operations.
  • Identify key indicators of racial equity and establish a platform to track process and outcome measures over time.
  • Establish racial equity as a shared value across CDPH through strategic communication and workforce development initiatives.
  • Convene an advisory council to inform CDPH’s approach and hold us accountable, including individuals not otherwise affiliated with CDPH who represent communities impacted by structural racism.
  • Work with the Mayor’s Office, Board of Health and other City departments to explicitly acknowledge the impact of structural racism on Chicago residents and spread best practices across the City.
  • Document and share learning with other jurisdictions in various formats (presentations, white papers, etc.) in partnership with local and national subject matter experts.

Organizational Development

  • Lead a robust and inclusive strategic planning process every four years to refine the Department’s mission and vision, identify improvement opportunities, develop goals and strategies to address organizational needs, and establish measures of success.
  • Oversee the creation and implementation of a workforce development plan that furthers dismantling racist systems, health equity, cultural leadership, and trauma-informed services.
  • Identify departmental processes, workflows, systems, and structures that impede program operations and effectiveness, and implement equity-focused quality improvement efforts to address these departmental needs.
  • Establish standards and apply best practices for how CDPH communicates messages with staff members and community audiences in alignment with our values.
  • Assist programs to adopt key performance indicators that capture our progress toward health and racial equity.
  • Ensure alignment of grant applications, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), contracts, and other resource allocations with our standards for dismantling racist systems, health equity, cultural leadership, and trauma-informed service delivery.
  • Proactively seek funding opportunities that promote the sustainability of CDPH’s health and racial equity agenda.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Understanding of and a demonstrated ability to work successfully with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of concepts, national trends, and current issues related to equity, diversity and inclusion, and an understanding of systemic and institutional racial bias.
  • Experience leading bold, effective organizational and institutional change, even in the face of challenges and adversity.
  • Ability to perform high-level strategic planning and operationalize these plans/processes from beginning to end.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse stakeholders, including academic and community audiences, in writing and oral presentations.
  • Track record using data to identify needs, implement solutions, and measure outcomes.
  • Skill in assessing staff development needs, developing curricula and materials, and conducting training sessions in a variety of formats.
  • Ability to inspire staff and connect all aspects of the department's operations to the CDPH vision and mission.
  • Exemplifies CDPH values of diversity, excellence, informed decision-making, and teamwork.

Salary: $123,360

To Apply

Submit a cover letter, resume and three references to by July 3, 2020. Interviews will be held on July 8-9, 2020; candidates are requested to hold these dates.

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