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Senior Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Jan 7, 2019
Port of Seattle
2711 Alaskan Way
Seattle
About the Position:
As a member of the Port’s executive team, the Senior Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for ensuring an organization-wide commitment to eliminate institutional racism and promote equity, diversity and inclusion across the Port. The Senior Director will collaborate with internal and external partners and stakeholders to advance equity, diversity and inclusion as a shared value throughout the organization and region. 

Essential Functions 

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following

Leadership & Management 

  • The Sr. Director, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion leads the Port’s commitment and strategy to be an equitable, diverse and inclusive organization. 
  • Leads and manages the Equity Department, providing direction that champions the Port’s values, strategies and objectives especially as they relate to equity, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Provide leadership and strategic direction for the Port’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion efforts, both internal and external.
  • Partners with lines of business, ensuring externally facing equity goals and objectives are incorporated into business plans.
  • As a member of the Port’s Executive Leadership Team, ensures that equity, diversity and inclusion is infused in the Port’s culture, strategies and goals.
  • Collaborates with Port leadership and community stakeholders to establish equity as a norm and shared value across the organization and community.
  • Leads and inspires staff and teams to build the port’s equity strategy, and go beyond minimum compliance to pursue the port’s mission as an economic driver in the region.
  • Provides transparent and accountable leadership, by sponsoring and leading innovative efforts that meet Port objectives and regional initiatives.
  • Introduces and leads implementation of innovative strategies, structures and processes that engender excellent performance, collaboration, development and accountability.
  • Provides guidance to the Port’s employee resource groups and Diversity & Development council as key stakeholders in the Port’s decisions. 
  • Directs the development, tracking and reporting of Port goals and metrics to evaluate equity, diversity and inclusion efforts and monitor progress to ensure the Port is meeting its goals.
  • Manages the use of the Port’s equity process tool, overseeing its implementation and use, and evaluating results of the equity pilot program.
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy & Policy
 
  • Designs, shapes and implements an overarching equity, diversity and inclusion vision and strategy for the Port to be an organization that works to eliminate systemic organizational marginalization and promotes equity, diversity and inclusion practices that are evidenced through culture and leadership.
  • Guides and supports the Port’s efforts in being a diverse and inclusive organization while holding the Port accountable as we learn from our past experiences. 
  • Directs the development and implementation of a Port of Seattle Equity Policy and continuously evaluates its effectiveness. 
  • Monitors progress toward equity, diversity and inclusion vision and achievement of related goals and strategies.
  • Develops and supports organizational policies and practices that advance a culture of equity, diversity & inclusion.
  • Effectively partners with Port leaders to leverage commitment and support for equity work and provide strategic direction for integrating equity into processes and programs while defining and working to eliminate institutional racism in core processes and decision making.
  • Identifies and implements key equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives with a focus on building an inclusive culture.
  • Stays abreast of current events, research and best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion and ensures the Port’s culture, strategies and practices reflect these changes.
Communication & Relationship Building
 
  • Works with external relations and others as necessary, Develops communication and feedback mechanisms to ensure the Port is able to identify, discuss and address equity issues impacting the Port’s communities, partners and staff.
  • Builds strong partnerships within the Port as well as with our community partners and stakeholders. 
  • Effectively partners with Port leaders to leverage commitment and support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work and provides strategic direction for integrating Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into processes and programs while defining and working to eliminate institutional racism in core processes and decision making.
  • Engages Port communities and advocacy groups to inform and guide the improvement of the Port’s policies, practices and procedures related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Serves as a liaison with other local, state and federal government agencies on equity related topics and issues. 
Desirable Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a combination of education and experience equivalent to:
  • Bachelor’s degree in public administration, business, sociology or related field;
  • 10 years of increasingly responsible professional experience in government, community, or educational programs related to equity, diversity and inclusion.  Experience should include developing, leading and implementing broad based equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives and changes within an organization. 
  • 3 years of staff leadership and management experience.
  • Graduate degree and experience working with community based advocacy organizations serving marginalized communities is preferred.

Work Environment

This is a salaried/exempt position scheduled for 40 hours per week.  Will generally work in a office environment.

EEO Statement

The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Security Requirements

AV: The successful candidate must pass a Transportation Security Administration background check. Will also be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check with the FBI. Hire date will be contingent upon obtaining a Port of Seattle ID badge.

Job Expires

02-11-2019

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