Equity and Engagement Strategic Advisor (SA 2, GG)

  • City of Seattle, WA
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Oct 10, 2018
Full Time Administrative Analysis and Research
  • Salary: $41.50 - $62.27 Hourly

Job Description

Position Description

Seattle Parks and Recreation (SPR) provides welcoming and safe opportunities to play, learn, contemplate and build community, and promotes responsible stewardship of the land. We promote healthy people, a healthy environment, and strong communities. Our department deeply values diversity and inclusion and is committed to the advancement of the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI).

RSJI is the City of Seattle's long-term commitment to end institutional and structural racism and achieve racial equity in Seattle. The Equity and Engagement Strategic Advisor serves as the organizational advisor for the initiative, establishes and ensures the integrity and impact of the initiative within Seattle Parks and Recreation and how it contributes to the City-wide initiative and to the public.

This position will serve as a key advisor to the organization, leading department-wide equity and social justice work, working closely with staff, community stakeholders, government partners, and community organizations. This position will report to the Superintendent's Office.

Job Responsibilities

The successful candidate will provide advice and consultation to the Department on equity and inclusion principles and practices; provide strategic technical guidance and policy direction for SPR's Race and Social Justice Initiative, help coordinate high-level department-wide Outreach and Engagement strategies, actions and communication; partner and act as the Department's liaison with the Seattle Office of Civil Rights (SOCR) and the Citywide Race and Social Justice Core Team in their policy recommendations, outreach and engagement.
They will develop a comprehensive program that assures city-wide RSJI principles are incorporated into all aspects of the employee and customer experiences. The successful candidate will leverage processes, tools and guidelines to carry out their responsibilities as well as introduce changes to our current policies, programs, practices, and measurement systems to drive diversity and inclusion in the workplace and with our customers.

The Equity and Engagement Strategic Advisorwill beresponsible forsetting the strategic direction and implementation of Seattle Parks and Recreation RSJI program, collaborate with executive leadership and Human Resources and the Change Team to create and implement RSJI strategies, programs, events and training and serve as a resource for SPR's RSJI Change Team. Provide technical assistance and policy direction for SPR's RSJI program, review, evaluate and make RSJI recommendations related to SPR's work practices, programs, policies and procedures, draft, monitor, track and update business cases, workplans and project schedules as needed.

The Equity and Engagement Strategic Advisor will develop and implement Department-wide initiatives to improve organizational equity and performance management coordination; provide expertise on Racial Equity Toolkit (RET) training and use for staff and partners on identified projects; actively support and collaborate with the internal RSJI Change Team and other affinity groups; provide oversight, and help lead Department-wide Race and Social Justice Outcomes, Strategies and Actions (ROSA) workplan development, training, implementation and tracking/monitoring. Develop equity-based outcomes, strategies, actions and measures that support Department-wide initiatives. Lead WMBE; track, monitor and provide recommendations for continued understanding, support and growth.

These responsibilities are only a summary of typical functions of the job and are not intended to be an exhaustive or comprehensive list of all possible job responsibilities, tasks, and duties. May perform other duties as assigned.


Experience: 5 or more years of experience developing and implementing programs that address institutional racism, structural racism, racial equity, diversity and inclusion and/or social justice. This may include program design and implementation; delivering equity training; developing and implementing equity tools; applying an equity lens to programs and outreach strategies; managing an equity program or projects; or other relevant experience.

Education: A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, social services, American studies, or related fields (or a combination of equivalent education and/or experience).

Certification/License: None

Ideal Candidates will also have:
  • 5 or more years in an advisory role with significant project management skills
  • 5 or more years' experience implementing equity and inclusion programs and change initiatives within a complex organization
  • Ability to see situations from several different lenses and angles in order to inform conclusions, demonstrating strong judgment while taking into account varied perspectives
  • Training and experience in de-escalation practices and conflict resolution
  • Ability to build strong relationships across a variety of stakeholders, influence others, and manage laterally to outcomes
  • Skills discussing and addressing issues regarding race, class and privilege
  • Experience developing and/or delivering diversity and inclusion training
  • Experience working in diverse teams
  • Completion of multiple diversity, inclusion, race and privilege related training classes or programs.
  • Experience in meeting facilitation or group and individual mediation
  • Extensive project or program management experience
  • Excellent cross-cultural oral and written communication skills
  • Experience planning and implementing events, trainings, and large-scale projects
  • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to produce multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines

Additional Information

Special Note: This position is pending 2019 Budget Approval.

A cover letter and resume are required.

Want to learn more about the City of Seattle's Race and Social Justice Initiative? Check out the City's RSJI web page: http://www.seattle.gov/rsji/

Want to know more about Seattle Parks and Recreation? Check out our web page: http://www.seattle.gov/parks/ .
Closing Date/Time: 10/30/2018 4:00 PM Pacific