Sound Transit is transforming the region by developing the largest system expansion effort in the country. We are connecting more people to more places while creating equitable opportunities for all. The Equity & Inclusion Program Specialist, part of the Office of Civil Rights, Equity & Inclusion established in 2017, plays a critical role in helping us deliver a robust strategy that advances equity and inclusion across the agency. The ideal candidate has experience leading and implementing various initiatives designed to advance racial equity and cultivate an anti-racist culture, including but not limited to facilitating equity & inclusion trainings, leading cross-functional teams to meet equity and inclusion goals, and providing agency-wide consultations/coaching.
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Reporting to the Manager – Equity & Inclusion and under general direction, the Equity & Inclusion Training & Engagement Specialist is responsible for creating and delivering Equity & Inclusion programs internally across the agency which include supporting the development and implementation of the agency’s anti-racist framework and strategy, supporting the agency-wide implementation of equity tools and Equity & Inclusion Policy and working directly with agency departments to provide consultation and strategic coaching. The specialist will also be responsible for co-facilitating equity, inclusion & racial equity trainings. They will gather data, provide analysis, and develop reports of Civil Rights, Equity and Inclusion goals. Successful candidates will have experience designing and delivering innovative Equity & Inclusion programs, earning trust with internal and external stakeholders, and exhibit the ability to invent and simplify to translate best practices and research into action.
The following duties are a representative summary of the primary duties and responsibilities. Incumbent(s) may not be required to perform all duties listed and may be required to perform additional, position-specific duties.
- Support the development of an anti-racist framework and strategy.
- Lead the agency-wide implementation of the anti-racist framework and strategy.
- Support the implementation of the equity tools agency wide.
- Support the implementation of the Equity & Inclusion Policy.
- Facilitate equity & inclusion presentations and trainings. May support training curriculum development. Training content may include inclusion competency, racial equity, and culture group specific training, etc.
- Provide equity & inclusion consultations and strategic coaching.
- Implement key equity & inclusion programs and initiatives with a focus on building an inclusive culture, hiring/developing/retaining diverse talent and increasing employee engagement.
- Translate best practices in E&I into readily consumable resources and programs aligned to business need.
- Bring innovative solutions to broaden our E&I portfolio and drive measurable business results.
- Create, maintain, and disseminate resources in a variety of formats across all levels of the organization.
- Earn trust across a range of levels and disciplines to establish yourself and the team as a trusted Subject-Matter Advisor.
- Connect and inspire people to drive effective teamwork, communication, collaboration and commitment across multiple groups with competing priorities.
- Continuously evaluate equity and inclusion programs to ensure it is meeting the agency’s goals.
- Provide data and analysis on employee representation, retention, engagement, and other related metrics, including ongoing focus on assessing success of inclusion and diversity efforts.
- Leverage data and metrics to ensure effective implementation and measurement.
- Identify, assess, track, and mitigate issues and risks at multiple levels.
- Lead and participate in special projects.
- It is the responsibility of all employees to follow Agency safety rules, and procedures pertaining to their assigned duties and responsibilities, which could include systems, operations, and/or other employees.
- It is the responsibility of all employees to integrate sustainability into everyday business practices.
- Other duties as assigned.
Education & Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Ethnic or Women Studies, Sociology, Organizational Development or related discipline and three (3) years of experience in equity and inclusion preferably in a non-profit, public sector, or service environment. Experience in developing equity and inclusion programs, developing plans, monitoring progress, conducting trainings, and interacting with and selecting third party contracts, such as consultants and vendors.
Required Knowledge & Skills:
- Advanced principles, practices, and strategies of Undoing Institutional Racism.
- Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
- Ability to work in a dynamic work environment.
- Solid facilitation and presentation skills required, as well as strong organizational skills and ability to follow through with details.
- Advanced conflict resolution skills.
- Proven ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and resources to meet goals.
- Demonstrating a positive customer service orientation with both internal and external clients.
- Engendering trust and credibility with all level of employees.
- Prioritize and plan work activities, use time efficiently and develop realistic action plans.
- Dealing with organizational conflicts and competence issues.
- Performing duties involving the use of independent judgement, personal initiative, and resourcefulness.
- Ability to work in a changing environment; must be self-motivated.
Physical Demands / Work Environment:
- Work is performed in a standard office environment.
- Subject to standing, walking, bending, reaching, stooping, and lifting of objects up to 25 pounds; may occasionally be exposed to dangerous machinery, extreme weather, and physical harm.
- The Agency promotes a safe and healthy work environment and provides appropriate safety and equipment training for all personnel as required.
Sound Transit is an equal employment opportunity employer. No person is unlawfully excluded from employment action 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.
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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigati
Sound Transit is currently experiencing major growth and is in the process of planning and building the most ambitious transit expansion in the country. Named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities to live in the Next Decade”, Seattle is a vibrant city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, economic opportunity, cultural events and educational excellence. It is home to a diverse and growing population with hundreds of thousands of commuters riding Sound Transit services daily.
We contribute toward this growth by providing the community with quality service that will generate a better quality of life for commuters and Seattle as a whole. This is an exceptional opportunity with a progressive organization that offers growth potential both professionally and personally. We offer an attractive compensation package to include competitive benefits and a chance to have a positive impact on the environment as well as becoming a key contributor toward Seattle’s quality of life. Join Sound Transit and be a part of its culture which is built around inclusion and respect where everyone is treated fairly and every voice is heard.
Why Work Here?Sound Transit plans, builds and operates regional transit service throughout the urban region of Seattle. Sound Transit is currently experiencing major growth and is in the process of planning and building the most ambitious transit expansion in the country. Named by Kiplinger’s as one of the “10 Best Cities to live in the Next Decade”, Seattle is a vibrant city surrounded by unmatched natural beauty, economic opportunity, cultural events and educational excellence. It is home to a diverse and growing population with hundreds of thousands of commuters riding Sound Transit services daily. We contribute toward this growth by providing the community with quality service that will generate a better quality of life for commuters and Seattle as a whole. This is an exceptional opportunity with a progressive organization that offers growth potential both professionally and personally. We offer an attractive compensation package to include competitive benefits and a chance to have a positive impact on the environment as well as becoming a key contributor toward Seattle’s quality of life. Join Sound Transit and be a part of its culture which is built around inclusion and respect where everyone is treated fairly and every voice is heard.
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