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Date: Aug 31, 2021

Location: Durham, NC, US, 27701

Company: Durham County

Durham County Government employs approximately 1,900 employees that work towards providing needed services throughout the community. With a wide array of services, Durham County Government is at the heart of a rapidly growing and diverse area offering residents, employees and visitors exciting opportunities to live, work, grow and play. For more information about Durham County Government, visit



County Manager

DATE POSTED:            

August 31, 2021

CLOSING DATE:           

September 30, 2021





POSITION NUMBER:            







Seeking a candidate for the Equity Officer position to lead and coordinate efforts to advance racial equity by integrating equity principles into operations, procedures, policies, programs, projects, and services through the application of best practices, training and development of County staff, and tracking and measurement of outcomes.


The Equity Officer will:

  • Develop and create awareness and understanding in the use of an equity lens to develop and implement programs, policies and practices.
  • Advance race and equity goals in new and existing programs and policies by utilizing toolkits and providing data, support, and recommendations.
  • Serve as a change agent within the organization and a resource to fellow County staff and officials in identifying and removing structural bias and inequities in County policies, programs and services. 
  • Compile distribute and present regular reports and measurements of race and equity work to the County’s leadership.
  • Develop, support and model a positive and productive workplace culture and customer service emphasis based on equity, respect and inclusion.
  • Actively pursue education, networking and learning opportunities to stay abreast of new and emerging issues in the field of equity and inclusion.




  • Results-oriented, skilled in managing multiple competing timelines in a fast-paced changing environment.
  • Highly competent in communicating complex concepts to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing collaborative, transformative, accountable and respectful relationships with leaders and other institutions and groups, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Experience with social justice/racial equity organizational change management.
  • Theories, principles and practices of effective management and strategic planning process and techniques.
  • Social, political and environmental issues influencing equity program development and implementation.
  • Effective institutional change management principles and practices.
  • Effective interpersonal and group communication techniques.
  • Policy analysis and development techniques and methods of formulating and advocating for public policies specific to equity issues.




Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in social justice, sociology, education, public administration, communication, social work, public policy, public health, or a closely related field. At least five years of experience of demonstrated success in the administration of community, educational or social justice programs which focus, in part, on the elimination of structural racism. At least two of those years need to be in a managerial, supervisory or program administration capacity.




  • Experience in a public agency is strongly preferred.
  • A Master's degree or other advanced degree in a related field is highly desirable.


Durham County Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Nearest Major Market: Durham
Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh