By Antonio R. Harvey | OBSERVER Staff Writer

Area residents are invited to attend a free virtual job fair hosted by the city’s Human Resources Department, July 21, 22, and 24.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about city departments and positions, how to apply for a city job, interviewing tips and more.

“We want to attract talent to work at the City of Sacramento, and we want candidates to know that the city is an excellent employer,” said city human resources manager Sally Ly. “The city offers many exciting and diverse job opportunities with excellent salaries and benefits. Because we are Sacramento, the hub of government work, we are often overshadowed by the state and county. We want candidates to know that we’re here, we’re hiring and we’re interested in them.”

Participating departments include Community Development; Public Works; Information Technology; Utilities; Youth, Parks, and Community Enrichment; Convention and Cultural Services; Police; and Human Resources.

The city seeks to fill new full-time positions approved in the new fiscal-year budget. Departments such as Convention and Cultural Services and Youth, Parks, and Community Enrichment also offer part-time positions throughout the year.

“The city is an exciting place to work because we are close to the action; employees can often see the direct impact of their services,” Ly said. “And the people here are nice. We work as a team to serve the community.”

The city also is increasing diversity and equity in its workforce through its recently implemented Race and Gender Equity Action Plan. The plan was designed to eliminate institutional and structural barriers related to city hiring, training and leadership, and employment practices, with the goal of providing accessible and inclusive employment opportunities.

The action plan is implementing 14 equity-based strategies to attract, hire and retain a workforce that reflects the city’s demographics. Those strategies include:

Reviewing and modifying job specifications/announcements to identify and remove unintentional and artificial barriers.

Developing a framework to help more people of color and women move from high school to college to entry-level positions with the City of Sacramento.

Fostering employee career development while developing and supporting racial and gender equity.

Earlier this year, the Sacramento City Council began a series of actions to address long standing racial inequities within some departments in an effort to become an antiracist city.

The Racial Equity Initiative has provided an in-depth lens to an internal and external structure, policies, and actions.

Based on recent events and complaints of certain departments with a majority of White employees, such as the Sacramento Police Department and Sacramento Fire Department, elected leaders started to acknowledge and address historic and systemic racism.

Most of the human resource issues emerged from the release of the city auditor’s 2020 annual report on workforce diversity and salary trends.

The African American Employees Leadership Council (AAELC), a local organization composed of city employees, expressed its concern about diversity and salary trends after the release of the audit at the end of 2020.

Space is limited for the July job fair. Registration for the sessions is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants may attend multiple sessions as space allows. For a day-by-day schedule and to register, visit www.cityofsacramento.org/CareerFair.

Those requiring ADA accommodation are asked to email employment@cityofsacramento.org by July 19.