Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Education
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Posted on May 23, 2021

The Director’s Office in the Solid Waste Division (SWD) is seeking an Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager to serve on the senior leadership team. In this new career service position, you will have the opportunity to lead the division further towards realizing its vision statement; “The Solid Waste Division respects and provides equitable services and opportunities for all.”
SWD is progressing in Equity & Social Justice (ESJ) maturity.      This newly created position, which reports to the Division Director and the Department’s Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Manager, will be responsible for developing and implementing a systematic approach to ESJ that is characterized by division-wide planning and coordination of thoughtfully designed and sequenced critical actions to implement our ESJ Strategic Plan and ensure alignment between Division and Department and County-wide goals and efforts.
This leader's work will accelerate and improve the quality of SWD’s efforts in becoming both a more equitable, racially diverse, and inclusive work environment and help our division deliver services consistent with King County’s values. You will plan, coordinate, and lead numerous multi-faceted projects and programs that advance equity and social justice within the division. This is an opportunity to work with division staff, management, the Department of Natural Resources and Parks (DNRP), and the County’s centralized Office of Equity & Social Justice (OESJ) to influence the decisions and work done within the division.

Who May Apply: This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Forms and Materials Required: Applicants must submit a (1) King County application form and (2) letter of interest detailing your background and describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications and has prepared you to perform the essential functions of the job and a (3) Resume.
Permanent Telecommuting Requirement: The work associated with this position will be performed remotely on a permanent basis. There will be situations where the employee is required to report to a County worksite. Employees must reside in WA state and within a reasonable distance to their King County worksite to respond to workplace reporting requirements.
Employees will be provided with a County issued laptop and must maintain a workspace with an internet connection (access may be supplemented in some situations) where they can reliably perform work and remain available and responsive during scheduled work hours. To support employees during this time King County has a robust collection of tools and resources to support working remotely. The individual selected for this opportunity will be joining an innovative and progressive team.

Applications submitted by Sunday, May 9, 2021, will be considered first.
Work Schedule: This full-time Career Service position works a 40-hour workweek, Monday through Friday. This position is exempt from FLSA provisions and is not overtime-eligible.
Work Location:  Primarily teleworking and the King Street Center 201 S. Jackson St., Seattle WA 98104
Reporting and Organizational Alignment: This position will reside in the Solid Waste Division Director’s Office and report to the Solid Waste Division Director with a secondary reporting to the Department (DNRP) level Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Manager. This position will collaborate with the County’s OESJ, which is a centralized group working on County-wide ESJ visioning, goal setting, and program development.

Solid Waste Division Profile: The Solid Waste Division's (SWD) core business is to operate the solid waste transfer, disposal, and recycling services for residents and businesses in all of King County, except for Seattle and Milton.  Our 400 employees have earned a reputation for being innovators and leaders within our industry, but our landscape is changing. As a result, we are in the process of creating our future focusing on three lines of business--waste prevention, resource recovery, and waste disposal. This innovation is backed by an ambitious six-year capital program totaling nearly a half-billion dollars, and a biennial operating budget of over three hundred million. Our business is operated as an enterprise fund where we are solely dependent upon our revenue generation to fund our operations and environmental mission. SWD's service area has a population of about 1.5 million, or approximately 70 percent of King County's population. Construction activity in the service area generates approximately 900,000 tons of debris per year.
 Examples of Job Duties:
  • Lead division-wide Equity and Social Justice (ESJ) work, including ESJ Strategic Plan implementation and regularly engaging with the Department Equity Manager and the Office of Equity and Social Justice in this effort, and represent SWD on DNRP’s ESJ team.
  • Serve as a member of the senior management team contributing to the development of policies and strategies that will advance the vision and mission of the division.  This requires thinking with an enterprise-wide perspective and the ability to aid in the division’s pursuit of the established strategic goal areas (Employer of Choice, Environmental Excellence, Financial Stewardship, Customer Service Excellence, and Partner of Choice).
  • Prepare performance dashboards, other regular performance reports, and summarize results and interpretations of findings for a wide range of audiences including policymakers, agency leadership, employees, and/or community representatives.
  • Partner with division leadership, OESJ, and human resources to define and drive ESJ action plans throughout the division. Review action plans with the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer for approval and to ensure alignment with county ESJ goals. Ensure work units are informed and empowered to make thoughtful and strategic decisions that are in support the division’s ESJ goals.
  • Build and strengthen trust and relationships within SWD, employees, community partners, and other key stakeholders, especially those who need the greatest support
  • Lead and participate in programs, committees, strategic initiatives, and longer-term plans, and/or projects and serve as the SWD representative on assigned DNRP initiatives in coordination with other Divisions.
  • Conduct and apply racial equity data evaluation and analysis, using both qualitative and quantitative data, internal and community-facing, to guide strategic thinking and decision-making
  • Build internal capacity in understanding the principles of institutional and structural racism, and the disparities and barriers created. Highlight opportunities to utilize ESJ competencies to examine and remove the impacts of institutionalized and structural racism.
  • Facilitate the development of the SWD leadership and staff in understanding how racism and other oppressions are unconsciously internalized by individuals and the institution, and how this affects intergroup relations and organizational behavior.
  • Assist the division in developing and implementing strategies that increase the accessibility for small MBE, WBE and community-based organizations serving communities of color, immigrants and refugees, low-income populations, and limited English-proficient communities.
  • Gather, assemble, analyze, and evaluate evidence, data, and other information to highlight relevant inequities or challenges within the County. Move others toward a course of action and implement values-driven, data-supported decisions and strategies for the Division.
  • Participate in the development of the DNRP calendar of ESJ events, as well as the training curriculum. Co-facilitate events as needed. Provide technical, logistical, and other support to internal and external event facilitators. Provide hands-on training to new facilitators. Handle event promotion, registration, evaluation, and attendance tracking.
  • Actively participate in the coordination of SWD EEO/AA reporting and assist managers and supervisors in collecting and analyzing employment data, identifying problem areas, setting goals and timetables, and develop programs to achieve goals in collaboration with human resources.
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
  • A passion for equity, social and racial justice, and experience implementing equity projects, policy updates, and analysis.
  • Has lived experience working in a professional or personal capacity towards racial justice, anti-racism, or social justice issues impacting BIPOC individuals and communities.
  • Manages risk to disrupt oppression and racism, including talking explicitly about race in racially mixed groups in ways that normalizes the behavior and draw others in.
  • Effective consultation skills with the ability to work with division staff and management to deliver effective outcomes with demonstrated achievement levels using performance measures.
  • Has assisted in the design of and implementation of systems that address and dismantle institutional and structural racism and its impact on marginalized communities.
  • Utilizes project management tools to manage multiple projects, along with excellent organizational skills and strategies to move work forward.
  • Understands how to work with internal teams/committees where employees feel heard and inspired. Effectively engages with a diverse set of employee teams and workplace cultures including those in skilled trades.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to engage with conflict in healthy ways, while working in an environment that at times can be ambiguous and politically sensitive.
  • Engaged in ongoing self-exploration related to race, power and privilege, including performing stakeholder analysis.
  • Ability to assist division leaders in translating business strategy and objectives into attainable goals and plans that are aligned with the County's Equity and Social Justice and the Division’s and Department's equity goals.
  • Understands how to utilize an equity approach (Equity Impact Review or other resources) on operations and capital projects and can teach others.
  • Identifies opportunities to enhance a racially and culturally diverse workforce through innovative recruitment and retention strategies.
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have the Following Core Competencies:
  • Communicates effectively by developing and delivering multi-mode communications that convey a clear understanding of the unique needs of the different audiences.
  • Manages complexity by making sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information, ability to manage and communicate on complex projects, and effectively solve problems.
  • Action-oriented and takes the initiative on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm
  • Works collaboratively with others and builds partnerships to meet shared objectives.
  • Manages Conflict by handling conflict situations effectively, with a minimum of noise
  • Values Differences by recognizing the value that different perspectives and cultures bring to an organization
  • Courage to step up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said
  • Drives for Results by consistently achieving results, even under tough circumstances
  • Ensures accountability by holding self and others accountable to meet commitments
  • Instills Trust by gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity
  • Build Networks by effectively building formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside the organizations
  • Balances Stakeholders by anticipating and balancing the needs of multiples stakeholders
  • A strategic mindset that will See ahead to future possibilities and translate them into breakthrough strategies

Our Most Competitive Candidate Will Have:
  • Demonstrated experience applying equity and social justice principles and practices in a government or business setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate and work with diverse populations and interest groups.
  • Ability to apply excellent customer service skills both orally and in writing, including the ability to provide professional and courteous service.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use discretion when handling sensitive information. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 including Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, and OneDrive.
  • Strong data analytics skills and knowledge of database structures.

Special Requirement: This position requires visiting job sites. As such, you will need a valid Washington State Driver License or the ability to commute to the work sites expeditiously as needed.
Who to Contact: If you have questions about this recruitment, please contact Prakash Meloot at prakash.meloot@kingcounty.gov.


Supplemental Information

Forbes recently named King County as one of Washington State's best employers. 

Together, with leadership and our employees, we're changing the way government delivers service and winning national recognition as a model of excellence. Are you ready to make a difference? Come join the team dedicated to serving one of the nation's best places to live, work and play. 

Guided by our "True North", we are making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive. We value diversity, inclusion and belonging in our workplace and workforce. To reach this goal we are committed to workforce equity. Equitable recruiting, support, and retention is how we will obtain the highest quality workforce in our region; a workforce that shares and will help advance our guiding principles--we are one team; we solve problems; we focus on the customer; we drive for results; we are racially just; we respect all people; we lead the way; and we are responsible stewards. We encourage people of all backgrounds and identities to apply, including Native American and people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ+, people living with disabilities, and veterans.

King County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Employer
No person is unlawfully excluded from employment opportunities based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation and pregnancy), age, genetic information, disability, veteran status, or other protected class. Our EEO policy applies to all employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, selection for training, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation.

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King County offers a highly-competitive compensation and benefits package designed to meet the diverse needs of our employees and support our employees' health and well-being.  Eligible positions receive the following benefits and have access to the following programs:

  • Medical, dental, and vision coverage: King County pays 100% of the premiums for eligible employees and family members
  • Life and disability insurance: employees are provided basic coverage and given the opportunity to purchase additional insurance for both the employee and eligible dependents
  • Retirement: King County employees are eligible to participate in a pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems and a 457(b) deferred-compensation plan
  • Transportation program and ORCA transit pass
  • 10 paid holidays each year (plus 2 personal holidays)
  • Generous vacation and paid sick leave
  • Paid parental leave, family and medical leaves, and volunteer leave
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Wellness programs
  • Onsite gyms and activity centers
  • Employee giving program
  • Employee assistance programs
  • Flexible schedules and telecommuting options, depending on position
  • Training and career development programs
For additional information about employee benefits please visit our Benefits, Payroll, and Retirement Page.

This is a general description of the benefits offered to eligible King County employees, and every effort has been made to ensure its accuracy.  If any information on this document conflicts with the provisions of a collective bargaining agreement (CBA), the CBA prevails.  Also, in the event of any incorrect information in this document, applicable laws, policies, rules, CBAs, or official plan documents will prevail.
NOTE:  Benefits for Term Limited Temporary (TLT) or Short Term Temporary (STT) positions, including leave eligibility and/or participation in the pension plan through the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems, will vary based upon the terms and details of the position. Short Term Temporary positions are not eligible for an ORCA transit pass.
For inquiries about the specifics of this position, please contact the recruiter identified on this job posting.

Based on the qualifications and competencies we are looking for in this position, please summarize what qualifies you for this position in 150 words or less.
Are you applying to this position as an eligible Current or Previous King County Employee Priority Placement Program Participant AND Is this position the same or lower percentage of full-time when compared to the position held at the point of the notification of layoff AND Do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
  • Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
  • No.
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