Chief Equity and Advocacy Officer 114 views2 applications

Job Overview

  • Experience Level Highly Skilled
  • Total Years Experience 6-10
  • Education Master's Degree


FUNCTION: The Urban League seeks to build a more equitable Rochester by creating supports and services for populations that have been historically marginalized.  The Chief Equity and Advocacy Officer (CEAO) will drive the Urban League of Rochester efforts to serve the community as the premier civil rights organization. The CEAO will lead and as a thought leader on the subjects of public health, community change, equity, inclusion, belonging, diversity, and justice. The CEAO is a self-directed, community focused, hands-on practitioner who ensures best practices and inspires awareness and enthusiasm about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice Initiatives.

RESPONSIBILITIES: S/he/they are responsible for setting and implementing an overarching vision of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) for the Urban League and the community it serves. This position requires an inspiring, collaborative, courageous, innovative, and visionary leader with outstanding people and management skills. The Chief Equity and Advocacy Officer leads the Equity and Advocacy Division, RASE implementation, and all DEIJ efforts. S/he/they demonstrate the skills to lead a strategy to help the Greater Rochester community become more diverse, antiracist, equitable, and inclusive.

The Equity and Advocacy Officer is a Visionary and Strategist.


• Execute ULR’s vision for equity and inclusion

• Partner with leaders internally and externally to define ULR’s future vision for a more equitable Rochester

Health Equity

• Lead the agency’s COVID-19 and influenza vaccine outreach efforts creating innovative and varied approaches to reach underserved populations

• Develop and maintain partnerships that can facilitate efforts to improve health equity and literacy within the community

In coordination with the President and CEO, lead the agency’s health equity coalition

RASE Implementation

  • Guide the RASE Council and its      work towards implementing RASE recommendations.
  • Work closely with the City of      Rochester and County of Monroe’s staff
  • Facilitate and coordinate the      ten workgroup sessions and organize updates into a regular monthly report      to CEO
  • Host community listening      sessions, and conduct issue-based research to galvanize RASE      recommendations and progress
  • Conduct regular outreach to      increase awareness of RASE report and identify new partners to actualize      recommendations
  • Identify and develop RASE      partners through one-on-ones, community meetings, and community events.
  • Develop relationships with key individuals in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors to increase RASE awareness and activities


· Draft strategies and collaborates on solutions to accomplish DEIJ and measurable results

• Monitor progress toward ULR’s DEIJ vision and achievement of goals

• Guide all Equity and Advocacy Division Initiatives

• Direct DEIJ training, summits, conferences, community meetings, and advocacy efforts

• Develop and implements DEIJ business plans

• Provide leadership and counsel to Interrupters, Interrupt Racism Change Teams, RASE partners, and staff

· Develop a citywide Stakeholder’s Coalition bringing various voices together

• Attend community meetings focused on RASE, diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion

• Develop strategic partnerships to further DEIJ initiatives across Monroe County

• Participate  in developing a strategy to increase DEIJ program participants & facilitate connections with for-profit leaders

• Serves as a resource to the community to help move equity work forward

• Regularly analyzes challenges and barriers

• Stays current on DEIJ research

• Manage the department’s staff but also works closely with all ULR team members

• Ensure alignment among different divisions and service lines (Housing, Youth Education and Development, Developmental Disabilities, Business, Family and Children Services and Workforce Development) to support the unique needs of participants

• Examine Urban Leagues policies, procedures, and practices and identifies what needs to evolve, change, or initiated



· Strong communication skills, both written and verbal, and strong diplomacy skills. The CEAO is a strong listener and able to build a robust network of partnerships.

· More specifically, s/he/they need to:

• Develop consistent communication and feedback mechanisms to identify, discuss, and address equity issues impacting our partners, participants, and staff

• Provide technical assistance to partners, collaborators, and staff

• Stay abreast of research and best practices in equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion

• Develop communication systems to share best practices, highlight bright spots, and keep the community apprised of key initiatives and activities

• Contribute to the grant writing process for various equity funding streams

• Oversee consciousness-raising efforts, including affinity groups, monthly DEIJ newsletter, and regular workshops/presentations/seminars/summits/conferences/ celebrations

• Manage and strengthen the League’s relationships and collaborations with external partners to deliver training and recruit cohort members

• Lead strategic engagement, provide monthly written board updates, advances collaboration on equity strategic identity, and develops a roadmap

Other skills and abilities:

• Ability to engage with diverse staff. Engender trust, collaboration, and partnership

• Strong interpersonal skills; able to quickly establish credibility to develop and manage productive relationships with internal and external individuals and agencies

• Strong background in managing change

• Deep content knowledge of the diversity, equity, justice, and inclusiveness research base and best practices for organizations striving to become more diverse, equitable, and inclusive

• Strong management expertise; able to manage multiple projects and to move quickly from one to another, and meet deadlines

• Ability to create/design adult learning and teaching of the content and skills associated with operating with an equity lens

• Ability to remain solution-focused and respectful in all interactions

• Ability to maintain accurate records and necessary paperwork

• Ability to provide support and training to other staff


Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree preferred with minimum of 3 years or more years of leadership experience in DEJI or equivalent combination of education and experience.

• Must be able to tolerate and handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner.

• Competency with Microsoft Office, including Word, Excel, Access and the Internet.

• Familiarity with Federal, State, and local regulations as they relate to RASE recommendations.

• Ability to work well with others, with a positive attitude.

• Access to and use of a motor vehicle.

• Understanding of culturally-specific resources available within the community.

• Effective intercultural communication skills and the ability to advocate/address issues of diversity

• Sensitivity and understanding of specific barriers which may lead to lack of access and engagement

• Experience developing and implementing training

• Must adhere to ULR’s non-discrimination policies

• Ability to effectively interact with co-workers and clients with diverse ethnic backgrounds, religious views, cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, and sexual orientation, and to treat each individual with respect and dignity