City seeks to hire diversity and inclusion officer

The City of San Antonio on July 2 posted a job opening for a diversity and inclusion officer who would work in the city attorney’s office and would be in charge of administering and managing the activities of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion was created last May 14 when the City Council approved the new department as part of the city budget.  At the time, Claryssa Cortez had been hired to be the human relations liaison for the office.

When new department was first announced, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor’s office issued the following statement:

We welcome the establishment of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion as described by our City Manager Sheryl Sculley in the B Session on May 13th. This office will be a central point of contact for all protected classes covered under the city’s nondiscrimination ordinance. While we applaud this as an important step forward, we recognize that there is more work to be done in San Antonio. We look forward to the implementation of the duties and responsibilities of this office as well as a plan of sustainability for the coming years.

The job description from the city offers the following summary:

Responsible for providing overall leadership in the creation, development, and performance of the duties of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion in furtherance of the City policy to: promote the opportunity for each person to obtain and enjoy the benefits of public accommodations, housing, city employment, city contracting, and city services without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, disability, familial status, national origin or age.

This policy is grounded upon a recognition that the denial of these is detrimental to the health, safety, and welfare of the inhabitants of the City and constitutes an unjust deprivation of rights, which is within the power and responsibility of government to prevent.

The annual, full-time salary for the position is listed as $28.19 to $47.93 hourly or $58,640.92 to $99,689.46 annually. Minimum education for the job is a bachelor’s degree but a master’s degree is preferred.

For a complete description and contact information use this link. The job is listed toward the bottom the page in the listings as “Diversity and Inclusion Officer” and it reports to the city attorney’s office. The closing date on the posting is July 16.

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