Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice Consultant
The Jackson Collaborative Network is committed to applying shared values of Equity, Authentic Engagement, and Continuous Learning to all aspects of its work. Embedding equity and antiracist principles and practices throughout the network is a high priority for 2022 and beyond. Most recent recruitment and hiring practices resulted in a network staff team that does not represent the diversity of the Jackson community.
These results are an indicator of systems issues that are contributing to inequitable outcomes. The Network Council is seeking a consultant, or consultants, to conduct an in-depth assessment of network mindsets, connections, power dynamics, resources, policies, and practices, and develop an action plan to address changes that are needed.
The network has released a request for proposals to support the selection process. Refer to the RFP document below for full details.
DEIRJ Consultant RFP Materials
This document includes full project details and outlines the process for expressing interest in this consulting opportunity.
Potential applicants are highly encouraged to review the entire RFP document prior to getting started on a Letter of Interest.
Optional template provided to assist potential applicants with preparing a Letter of Interest in response to the RFP. Submission of a Letter of Interest is the first step in the application process. Letters of Interest are due by 5 p.m. on January 19, 2022.
Optional template provided to assist applicants with preparing a proposal in response to the RFP. Submission of a full proposal is by invitation only. Applicants that submit a Letter of Interest will be notified if they are invited to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on February 22, 2022.
The network is hosting two informational sessions in January to provide an opportunity for Q & A regarding this consulting opportunity, the RFP, scope of the project, and what is required through the application process. These sessions are optional and designed to provide an informal opportunity for potential applicants to ask questions and get information that will assist them with responding to the RFP.
Participation in one of the Q & A sessions is not required and will not be considered during the selection process. Q & A sessions will be held via Zoom on the dates and times noted below. Questions that are addressed during the sessions will be compiled in a Frequently Asked Questions document that will be added to this web page. The FAQ document will be updated throughout the RFP process as needed.
Questions can also be submitted via email. Please allow up to one business day for a response.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who holds decision-making power for what gets implemented from the action plan that is developed by the consultant?
The consultant will present their recommendations to the Network Council, who will work with the consultant and the staff to reach agreement on what will move forward.
Does the proposal need to anticipate funds that may be needed to support implementation of the action plan?
Yes, that should be taken into consideration when developing the proposal and budget, however the Council does understand that the action plan may include recommended activities that may require additional resources that would need to be considered.
What is the overall budget for the project?
The budget range for this project is between $80,000 - $100,000.