City of San Diego looking for Race & Equity Program Manager(s)

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Race & Equity Program Manager(s), Office of Race and Equity – U2164 (Unclassified)

$100,000.00 – $115,000.00 Annually
City of San Diego, CA
Job Type
Business Area
1419 – Office of Race & Equity
Job Number
U2164 (Revised)
Closing 1/5/2022 5:00 PM Pacific

Please see instructions on how to apply in the Selection Process section of this bulletin as this position cannot be applied for online.

The City:
With more than 1.4 million residents, the City of San Diego is the eighth largest city in the United States and the second largest in California. The City of San Diego’s strong economy, diverse population, great educational institutions, unsurpassed quality of life, and world-renowned location make it the ideal place to work, live, and play. With its great weather, miles of sandy beaches, and major attractions, San Diego has something to offer for everyone.

The City’s Mission, as stated in the Strategic Plan, is “To Effectively Serve and Support Our Communities.” The City’s core values are “Integrity, Service, People, and Excellence.” The City’s Vision is “A World-Class City for All.”

As one of the region’s largest employers, the City of San Diego employs approximately 11,300 highly dedicated employees and has a combined Fiscal Year 2022 operating and capital budget of approximately $4.6 billion. Additional information about the City of San Diego can be found on the City’s website:

The Department: 
The mission of the Office of Race and Equity is to address all forms of disparities experienced by individuals in San Diego. The office will intentionally create a culture of inclusivity by advancing equitable outcomes; dismantling policies, procedures, and budget decisions that perpetuate inequity and systemic racism. 

The office is charged with addressing disparities by providing employees with standards, expectations, and learning development sessions to guide daily interactions with community members to sustain equitable outcomes that enhance City services. The office will provide technical assistance to every City department to utilize tools to design equity into City policies, initiatives, budget decisions, and programs.   

The Position
The Race & Equity Program Manager(s) will report directly to the Chief of Race & Equity. The Race & Equity Program Managers will develop content and facilitate trainings, workshops, and programs focused on advancing racial equity and inclusion within the City of San Diego. These positions will monitor training results within the learning and development plan and will provide technical assistance for City departments to operationalize equity. These positions will help City departments develop equity-driven strategies and specific tasks for increased equity by designing content and practices that promote equitable outcomes. The primary focus for these positions is in three distinct areas: 

Learning and Development, Equity-Centered Coaching, and Inclusive Community Engagement. 

  1. Learning and Development: Design and facilitate trainings on racial equity and inclusion with a curriculum that contextualizes historic oppression, systemic racism, and implicit/explicit biases to guide City departments on building equitable outcomes. This position will develop tailored modules to scaffold learning for employees to address any type of inequity and systemic racism within institutions and systems. 
  2. Equity-Centered Coaching (ECC):  ECC is based on an inquiry-driven approach that leads to action and strategy development by providing support to City departments to execute tailored Equity Plans. ECC focuses primarily on inequity and systemic racism, in addition to taking a holistic approach to incorporate all levels of diversity to ensure the advancement of equitable outcomes to eliminate disparities. City departments are paired with a Race & Equity Program Manager to guide employees through a process to achieve Citywide equity goals.      
  3. Inclusive Community Engagement:  The Race & Equity Program Manager will cultivate intentional, inclusive engagement and authentic participation by creating a space for community members to contribute their lived experience and ideas to transform local government policies, programs, and budget decisions. The Race & Equity Program Manager will deploy effective methods of engagement by creating opportunities for community members to connect with City staff to bring about transformative action to ensure government decisions are both addressing disparities and cultivating involvement that makes people feel included.   

This posting may be used to fill multiple vacancies. 

Key Areas of Responsibility: 

The Race & Equity Program Manager will assist with executing internal training and coaching to promote equity work by: 

  • Continually updating customized, equity-focused trainings for City departments, Mayoral appointees, and City Council offices.
  • Coordinating a race, equity, and social justice academy for City employees.
  • Creating additional training modules that promote consciousness around systemic racism, social justice and addressing inequitable outcomes to remove disparities. 
  • Maintaining training equity dashboards and usage reports.
  • Researching best practices to enhance training content.
  • Contributing to the ongoing development of inter-departmental Equity Plans.
  • Utilizing accountability and reporting structures to depict department progress.
  • Coordinating and conducting community race, equity, and social justice trainings.
  • Sharing progress/growth and coordinating with colleagues leading other equity initiatives.
  • Supporting the City of San Diego’s advancement towards Citywide equity goals.
  • Performing other related duties of a comparable level/type, as assigned. 

The Office of Race and Equity is seeking an employee with high emotional intelligence and strong interpersonal social skills that include the following: 

  • Self-awareness: Ability to recognize and understand how addressing personal emotions and experiences with systemic racism is a critical part of this position, which includes being aware of the effect of our individual actions and behaviors within larger systems. 
  • Self-regulation: Ability to recognize your own emotions and the impact you have on others; display emotional intelligence to regulate and manage emotions when navigating topics related to systemic racism and anti-blackness. Self-regulation includes being flexible, adapting well to change, managing conflict, and diffusing tense or difficult situations.
  • Social Skills: Ability to put information to work in daily interactions and communications, develop a strong rapport with leaders/colleagues, and deploy active listening communication skills. 
  • Empathy: Ability to understand how others are feeling and recognize various emotional states. Being empathetic also means understanding the power dynamics that often influence social relationships and recognizing how these forces influence feelings and behaviors in different situations. 


  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND three (3) years of demonstrated success in the administration of community, government, educational, or social justice programs.
  • Experience: Two (2) years of experience in a learning and development environment.
  • Equivalency: One (1) year of the appropriate type and level of experience may be substituted for each required year of post-high school education, as we value experience and knowledge outside of obtaining a formal degree.
  • Additional appropriate experience may be substituted for the minimum education requirements.

To be considered for this position, you must include the following within your job application:

  • Resume
  • Attachment that addresses the following questions:
    1. Please share your direct experience working within diverse communities. 
    2. Provide examples of historic systemic and institutional racism within various systems. 
    3. Discuss types of racial injustice and associated systems, and please describe the overall state of disparities in San Diego neighborhoods. 
    4. To what extent has pursuing equity and inclusion been a priority in your work, and how did you approach it? 
    5. Share your thoughts or perspective on the ideology of racism and the impact to you personally. 

Desirable Qualifications: 
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:  

  • Possess four years of direct experience in creating and conducting anti-oppression, systemic and structural racism, and explicit/implicit bias training content. 
  • Demonstrate background and experience in successful delivery of equity training and developing practical tools. 
  • Understand equity-driven opportunities unique to the City of San Diego.
  • Have experience incorporating equity and inclusion initiatives in a variety of sectors, which may include (but are not limited to) universities/colleges, foundations, nonprofits, government, and businesses.
  • Demonstrate background and experience in understanding and navigating structural and institutional racism.
  • Have experience creating effective training modules and facilitating large group workshops in person and on virtual platforms.
  • Be thoughtful about communicating with varied stakeholders who may need individualized approaches related to their cultural, religious, and social characteristics and values.
  • Be diplomatic, patient, and able to maintain respectful environments during difficult conversations and situations.
  • Perform other related duties of a comparable level/type, as assigned.
  • Understand their role as a public servant committed to all San Diego community members.
  • Strong quantitative analytical abilities, including a thorough understanding of common data analysis tools and programs.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to communicate complex and technical information in a simple, clear and straightforward manner, including the use of graphs and tables as needed.
  • Ability to communicate effectively to different audiences, including elected officials, various levels of City management and members of the public.
  • Ability to comprehend technical details and understand how they relate to and impact the “big picture.”
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, high pressure environment with tight time constraints.
  • Interest in municipal activities and services and how they impact the community.
  • Highly ethical and objective, with the ability to navigate in a political environment without being political.
  • Energetic and motivated with the ability and desire to take initiative.

This position is eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan, which offers several benefit plan options or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at a rate equivalent to 22 days per year for an employee’s first 15 years of service. Retirement benefits for this unclassified position depend on an employee’s eligibility status (new hire, rehire, etc.). To learn more about this position’s employee benefits, please review the Benefits Summary for Unclassified Employees or contact the Benefits Division of the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-5924. Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.

Pre-Employment Requirements:  
Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes applicable to the position, which may include the following: confirmation of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review and exam (which may include drug and alcohol testing); reference checks; confirmation of full COVID-19 vaccination; and fingerprinting. Fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report. Certain positions may require additional screening processes, which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation. All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins. A positive test for alcohol or illegal drugs, including marijuana, or inadequately explained prescription drugs, or misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening or selection process, may be cause for disqualification or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes or should be construed as part of an express or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego. Candidates must notify the Personnel Department of any change in their name, mailing address, email address, or phone number, otherwise they may miss employment opportunities.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

  • The City of San Diego is requiring all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 1, 2021.
  • Candidates must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by their start date in accordance with City policy. “Fully vaccinated” means a person has received, at least 14 days prior, either the second dose in a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine series or a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Acceptable COVID-19 vaccines must either be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or authorized for emergency use by the FDA or the World Health Organization. 
  • Candidates who receive a conditional job offer will be required to provide proof of their full COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Employees and candidates with a disability or medical condition that makes it medically inadvisable for them to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, as verified by their healthcare provider, or those with a sincerely held religious belief, observance, or practice that prevents them from receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, may request reasonable accommodation and exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. Candidates who receive a conditional job offer and wish to make a request for accommodation will be provided with more information. The City will review requests for medical or religious accommodation on a case-by-case basis in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. A candidate’s start date may be adjusted to allow for the accommodation process.

Medical Evaluation:  
A City medical examination, including drug/alcohol screening and documentation of medical history, may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion. Candidates must be able to perform the essential duties of the position sought, with or without reasonable accommodation. The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol-free workplace.
Selection Process:
To be considered for this position, please submit the following via email to 1) your current resume; 2) a letter of interest, highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references.Please reference Recruitment Number U2164 in the Subject Line.

Following the closing date, resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have any questions, please email the City’s Human Resources Department at

The City of San Diego has an active Equal Opportunity/ADA Program for employment and vigorously supports diversity in the workplace.

Date Revised: December 16, 2021


City of San Diego
1200 3rd Ave., Suite 300, MS 51P


San Diego, California, 92101

(619) 236-6400
(619) 236-6358
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