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September 18, 2023

City of Worcester opens chief equity officer search

A large light-colored brick building with two curved staircases leading up to the entrance and a pointed tower coming from the center. PHOTO | Timothy Doyle Worcester City Hall

The City of Worcester opened its search for a chief equity officer on Friday, looking to fill a role vacant since spring 2022 and after a substantial restructuring.

The person hired into this role will oversee the new Executive Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which received a 67% increase in city funding, delivering on promises to give it more resources.

The hiring of a new officer in the position comes more than 18 months after Stephanie Williams resigned from the chief diversity officer position, the third executive to depart the position in six years. She left the role to have more impact elsewhere, she said at the time, saying the City treated diversity, equity, and inclusion as an extracurricular activity.

A subsequent report in September 2022 commissioned by the City found the role was insufficiently supported

The City of Worcester moved to employ an external search firm for the hiring, selecting GovHR, an Indiana-based, a woman-owned management consulting firm with experience recruiting within the DEI field, according to a Friday press release from the Office of City Manager Eric Batista.

The new EODEI will have nine full-time positions, some of which the new executive will be responsible for filling, according to the press release. 

“We are excited to begin the search process for the City’s first Chief Equity Officer, who will lead our newly formed Executive Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and its efforts to accelerate representation within the City’s workforce and leadership,” Batista said in the press release. “The right candidate for this position will not be afraid to affect change and hold others accountable while setting and advancing our DEI strategy.” 

Applications for the position should be submitted to GovHR by Oct. 15.

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