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Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Advisor (Strategic Advisor 1)

at City of Seattle

Pay: $38.06 to $57.09/hour
Salary : $38.06 - $57.09 Hourly
Posted: 11/18/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2634348

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Job Title:Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Advisor (Strategic Advisor 1)
Job Number:2019-01953
Salary:$38.06 - $57.09 Hourly
Location:Bank of America Plaza, 800 5th Ave, 31st Floor, Seattle, Washington
Job Type:Classified Civil Service, Regular, Full-Time
Department:Seattle Department of Transportation
Bargaining Unit:Not represented
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 12/17/19 4:00 PM Pacific Time
Vision: Seattle is a thriving and equitable community powered by dependable transportation.
Mission: To deliver a transportation system that provides safe and affordable access to places and opportunities.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) is a nationally recognized municipal transportation agency at the leading edge of multi-modal transportation.  In our quickly growing city, accessibility, safety, affordability, and reliability – are top of mind for us every day! Our core values drive our work toward creating an equitable, sustainable, and vibrant city for all. SDOT's core responsibilities include maintenance and operations of the city's transportation right-of-way, the expansion of the city's bicycle and pedestrian network, care of over 240 bridges, permitting use of public spaces and enhancing access to the regional transit system. With approximately 950 dedicated staff, SDOT maintains an operational presence 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in all weather conditions to serve and ensure Seattle's public mobility.  

The Office of Equity and Economic Inclusion (OEEI)  of the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) Director's Office is seeking a team-oriented Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) Advisor (Strategic Advisor 1) who will provide leadership for the integration of the Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) into SDOT's work, focusing on racial equity and social justice issues.  
The Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) is a citywide effort to end institutionalized racism and race-based disparities in City government. Created in 2004, RSJI builds on the work of the civil rights movement and the ongoing efforts of individuals and groups in Seattle to confront racism. The Initiative's long-term goal is to change the underlying system that creates race-based disparities in our community and to achieve racial equity. Reporting to the SDOT OEEI Manager, this person will implement the Race and Social Justice Initiative in SDOT through visionary strategic leadership and oversight. The individual filling this role should be self-directed and self-motivated with the drive to be an equity subject matter expert. 

 Job Responsibilities:
Office of Equity and Economic Inclusion (OEEI)
  • Support OEEI organizational goals in promoting racial equity and social justice. 
  • Work collaboratively in a team environment supporting the work of the OEEI office, WMBE Program / contracting equity and Transportation Equity Program
  • Assist and advise in evaluating and restructuring of processes to integrate an equity lens into day-to-day decision making, processes, and policies; provide leadership to project teams to assess racial equity impacts. 
  • Deliver equity presentations to senior management, SDOT staff, and new employee orientation sessions. 
  • Serve as SDOT equity representative in RSJI city-wide interdepartmental meetings, and community engagement. 
  • Provide support and coaching to the Employee Resource Groups (People of Color Affinity Groups, Women in Motion, etc.). 
Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) 
  • Work collaboratively and in partnership with SDOT equity partners to create and sustain an impactful SDOT equity ecosystem. 
  • Develop executive-level recommendations to ensure RSJI is being implemented across the department; this will include internal and external initiatives and engagement. 
  • Act as project manager over the vision, design, development, and implementation of RSJI projects involving considerable scope, complexity and long-term commitments. 
  • Using expert knowledge and best practices, develop and conduct periodic trainings on intersectional, race equity theory and applications for project managers, organization staff, and SDOT leadership to promote equitable and impactful access to department services. 
  • In partnership with the Change Team and OEEI, develop department specific work plan and goals based upon departmental RSJI objectives and priorities. 
  • Undertake analytical initiatives for tracking and improving organizational equity performance; in partnership with the OEEI and Change Team, create a robust accountability system and metrics for evaluation of RSJI equity goals. 
  • Work in partnership and in collaboration with the Seattle Office of Civil Rights RSJI Liaison to meet assist in meeting the city-wide RSJI goals. 
  • Serve as the primary collaborative partner and OEEI liaison to the SDOT RSJI Change Team. 
  • Serve in an advisory role to the Change Team in order to provide coaching and collaborative support with Change Team on structure, trainings, projects and other RSJI-related work. 
  • Provide expertise, develop an implementation plan, and assist CT in conducting trainings for RSJI and Racial Equity Toolkits. 
  • Provide advisory and coaching role to Change Teams lines of business: Racial Equity Toolkits (RETs), annual work plans, communication, and trainings. 
  • Build relationships with Directors and staff in order to move the RSJI work forward in partnership with Change Team in a collaborative and diplomatic manner.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration, Education or related field.
  • Three years of experience in public sector, government or similar setting, such as education, non-profit or community-based organizations leading programs or projects that build on racial equity, diversity and inclusion. 
 OR: An equivalent combination of education and experience that demonstrates the ability to perform the position duties.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership in developing collaborative, transformative, accountable and respectful relationships with leaders and other institutions and groups, including but not limited to communities of color, immigrant and refugee communities, and LGBTQIA+ communities.
  • Experience with social justice / racial equity organizational change management.  
  • Experience with creating and conducting race and social justice trainings. 
  • Experience in relationship building and collaborating in doing racial equity work, while balancing diplomacy and tact. 
  • Ability to effectively and diplomatically work in a multicultural workplace with a diverse customer base.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 
  • Proven ability to analyze situations through an intersectional, racial equity lens and utilize effective organizing strategies. 
  • Experience developing and managing programs that work to dismantle the manifestation of racism. 
  • Experience and comfort leading a team using an anti-racist, pro-equity, collaborative decision-making approach. 
  • Experience developing partnerships between government, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and grass root community groups.? 
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changing work conditions and priorities in a sometimes stressful political / governmental environment. 
  • Strong administrative skills, including the ability to produce, track, and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines in a high-performing environment. 

 Additional Information:
Work Environment: Work is usually performed in an office environment.
License: Current Washington State driver's license or evidence of equivalent mobility.

Your application will not be reviewed if these items are missing or incomplete.
Hiring Process
Applications are reviewed after the posting closes. Qualified candidates must submit the following to be considered:
  1. Completed NEOGOV online application.
  2. Supplemental questionnaire responses
  3. Cover letter describing how your skills and experience align with the stated job responsibilities and qualifications.
  4. Current résumé indicating relevant experience and education.

Offers of employment are contingent on verification of information provided by the applicant as part of the application process, including potential background check, pre-placement physical exam, and full driver's abstract.
Please note this job advertisement is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.