Policy Advisor, Equity, Racial, & Social Justice

King County   Seattle, WA   Full-time     Social Service
Posted on November 19, 2021
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King County's Office of Equity and Social Justice (OESJ) invites applicants for the position of Policy Advisor, Equity, Racial & Social Justice.  This position will report to OESJ’s Sr. Policy Advisor to advise the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer and work with county leadership, OESJ staff and departments to develop strategic direction and policies needed to embed pro-equity and anti-racist systems throughout King County government.
Individuals within this position will bring the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to partner effectively with multi-disciplinary teams across the government. These attributes include but are not limited to high emotional intelligence, complex strategic and problem-solving skills, collaboration, and a proven commitment to equity, racial and social justice. The individual in this position brings effective written, verbal and presentation communication skills. The policy advisor will model respect for all people and is highly skilled in engaging and working with diverse people and groups at every level of the organization. The person is able and models to other professionals how to engage in courageous and meaningful conversations on race and other forms of interconnected oppressions and related disparities. Individuals will have a desired track record of building pro-equity and anti-racism strategies in government or large complex institutions or be able to show examples of how they centered a pro-equity and anti-racism in their previous policy work.
The position focuses on policy, strategy and program areas that include issues (such as affordable housing, criminal justice, health/human services, mobility, etc.) that have the potential for high impact on communities most harmed by systemic racism, and other issues which prevent communities from thriving. These program areas will have regional impacts and advance equitable outcomes for all people in King County.

With 2.2 million residents in 39 cities and unincorporated areas, King County is the nation's 13th-largest county. It also has one of the most diverse populations in the United States.  As the only county in the United States named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., King County is a vibrant community with residents who represent countries from around the world. It is a region that values the diversity of its numerous communities. King County is changing the way government delivers service and is winning national recognition as a model of excellence.
The County continues to build on an enduring legacy of shared values of equity and social justice, employee engagement, innovative thinking, and continuous improvement. In 2020, King County declared and continues the work to address Racism as a Public Health Crisis, building on the county’s work of becoming a pro-equity and anti-racism government that started in late 1990s. If you share King County Executive’s True North – making King County a welcoming community where every person can thrive – and you have the requisite values, knowledge, skills, and abilities to help advance this direction, this job is for you. 

Job Duties

  1. Advise and provide guidance, partnership, and leadership needed to contribute to the development and implementation of policies and strategies that deliver equitable and effective services to the diversity of communities served by King County.
  2. Develop and maintain positive, collaborative working relationships and serve as a liaison between the King County Office of Equity and Social Justice, County departments, community partners, and other stakeholders to advance co-creation towards becoming an anti-racist and pro-equity government and region.
  3. Develop and provide tailored thought-partnership, coaching, support, facilitation, and technical assistance to County agencies and teams to advance the government’s capacity to identify and dismantle systemic racism and other ‘isms’ in its policies, programs, and systems.
  4. Collaborate with OESJ team and countywide equity practitioners to develop and implement a sustainable learning approach on the effective use of the County’s Equity Impact Review Process, etc.
  5. Provide and lead equity impact analysis on a variety of legislation.
  6. Deliver clear, effective, and strategic communication, including briefing materials, presentations, etc. to a wide range of audiences.
  7. Monitor and research applicable trends and equity-centered frameworks and effectively bring the information to bear to further the county’s ability to become pro-equity/anti-racist and deliver on equitable outcomes.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills

  • Skilled in the ability to articulate the path to advance policies, priorities and strategic plans from vision to key steps in implementation.
  • Ability to identify intersecting issues and sensitivities, conflicts, and opportunities for collaboration across county departments and with community partners.
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships in a manner that builds individual and organizational trustworthiness, through strong interpersonal skills, operating with a high degree of integrity, and demonstrated ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Skilled in project design/management, facilitation of group decision-making processes using collaborative approaches.
  • Ensure that policy positions are well-grounded and informed by priorities of communities most harmed by systemic racism, including all relevant data.
  • Advanced understanding and knowledge of equity analysis using robust data tools and other resources.
  • Advanced writing and communication skills.
  • Skill in using current office software programs necessary to accomplish the work. 
Education and Experience Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required; master’s or higher degree preferred, and  
At least three years of relevant experience, preferably in a policy and/or legislative environments providing options and recommendation to address systemic racism and other ism’s and associated intersectionalities
Or any combination of education and experience that clearly demonstrates the ability to perform all the key responsibilities of the position.

Licensing, Certification and Other Requirements
Some licenses, certifications and other requirements determined to be necessary to meet the business needs of the employing unit may be required.

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.
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement 
King County Executive Branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  If you are the successful candidate for the position you applied for, the County will send you a conditional offer letter. 
As a condition of employment, prior to a final offer of employment, you will be required to:

  • submit proof of vaccination or
  • have an approved request for medical or religious exemption and an approved accommodation.  Philosophical, political, scientific, or sociological objections to vaccination will not be considered for an exemption or accommodation.
People are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of a vaccination approved by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Executive Branch includes employees in the Executive branch, the Assessor’s Office, Elections, the King County Sheriff’s Office, and the Executive Office. 
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.
APPLICATION PROCESS: This recruitment opportunity is open to all qualified applicants. To apply for this opportunity, you must provide three application components: 1) your resume, 2) a cover letter, and   3)  a completed King County application form.
For further inquiries regarding this recruitment, please contact Seth Watson seth.watson@kingcounty.gov or 206-477-5330.
SELECTION PROCESS: Application materials will be screened for clarity, completeness, and qualifications. Competitive candidates will be invited for an interview.  Reference checks will be conducted for final candidates.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: A valid state driver's license or the ability to travel throughout King County in a timely manner as needed. 

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.

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