Race Equalities Taskforce

16 Summer Lane
06 Dec 2021
16 Jan 2022
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The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Board has agreed to set up a Race Equalities Taskforce to take action to improve equality of opportunity for all our communities.  The Taskforce will work towards its vision that: in the West Midlands, ethnicity, race and heritage should never be obstacles to people having a fair start, or the opportunity to reach their full potential and flourish. 

The Taskforce will focus on race – how people from different ethnic backgrounds (including White British) experience different outcomes.  This follows clear evidence that people from ethnic minority backgrounds face disparities across a range of areas, from access to housing and transport to employment and wellbeing.  Addressing these longstanding disparities is particularly important for the region as more than 30% of people living in the WMCA area are from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Taskforce will be action oriented and concentrate on developing policy solutions in areas which the WMCA has roles and responsibilities.  This includes the economy, skills, transport, housing, wellbeing.  Criminal Justice issues are being examined by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner and the Local Justice Board, and the Taskforce will be highlighting and raising the profile of this work. It will bring together a wide range of partners who will learn from each other and find new ways to improve equality of opportunity for all our communities.

What will you be doing?

The Race Equalities Taskforce will be a diverse team of ‘strategic doers’, representing different places, sectors, areas of expertise and communities across the West Midlands.  Its members will work together and with the WMCA to develop and deliver the Taskforce’s own objectives, to drive forward meaningful change for our region. As a Taskforce member, you can expect to:

  • support the Mayor of the West Midlands, WMCA Portfolio Lead Member for Inclusive Communities and independent Chair to realise the Taskforce's vision
  • be an effective ambassador for the Race Equalities Taskforce, proactively and constructively working towards positive change
  • review, publish, and be guided by the independent baseline report into race inequalities to identify priority areas for action
  • work with the WMCA to agree a theory of change and an approach for the Taskforce. This is an articulation of how the Taskforce will bring together and influence a wide range of partners to deliver meaningful change
  • identify key policy areas the WMCA has leverage over and both recommend and hold to account WMCA officers to enact tangible change in those areas to improve race inequalities
  • lead thematic groups focusing on key priority areas for the Taskforce
  • build effective partnerships across all sectors and communities to identify new opportunities to work towards and achieve real change
  • ensure the Taskforce engages across communities 

About you:

As a Taskforce member you will have:

  • an excellent understanding or experience of race disparities and intersectionality
  • a strong understanding and experience of tackling systemic issues
  • a proven ability to influence and engage stakeholders and take a constructive approach to challenge
  • experience of working with partners to find and implement solutions to complex problems
  • a strong connection to the West Midlands and clear commitment to equality
  • capacity to commit to and add value to the Taskforce’s work
  • Experience of working in a relevant area within the community sector, business, public services or advocacy would be beneficial but not essential

Tenure and remuneration

The appointment will run for an initial 3-year period. During this period, you will be expected to invest a minimum of 5 hours per month. 

The roles are not remunerated.

What you can expect from the recruitment process

For more information, please refer to the full applicant pack attached to this advert.

There will additionally be two Race Equalities Taskforce - Member Recruitment Eventbrite webinars for anyone interested in finding out more about these opportunities:

Applications will be accepted in a variety of formats to allow you to choose the medium most suitable for you to be able to express yourself – and you can choose from either a written, audio or video format. You will be shortlisted based on your responses to the 4 questions below:

  1. Why do you want to be a member of the Race Equalities Taskforce and how would you add value to its work?
  2. What is your knowledge and experience of race disparities, and why does the Taskforce matter to the West Midlands?
  3. What is your experience of addressing systemic or complex issues and challenges?
  4. If you wrote a letter to your future self, what is the one issue of today that you would have successfully changed and what was your approach?

You will have a maximum of 3 minutes to record your response to each question and a maximum of 500 words, for each question, if you choose to provide a written response.

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed, via Microsoft Teams, between 26 and 28 January 2022. We aim to be able to let candidates know how they have got on approximately 2 weeks after their interview.

About the West Midlands Combined Authority

Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.

We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and with us, and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.

We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be, and welcome applications from young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.

If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.

You can find out more about the WMCA’s work by reading our corporate Aims and Objectives: https://governance.wmca.org.uk/documents/s6247/Appendix.pdf 

Supporting documents
Race Equalities Taskforce - applicant pack vF.pdf

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