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Now hiring: Deputy Director, Seattle Office for Civil Rights

The Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR) is seeking an experienced organizational leader centered by racial equity to address institutional racism as Deputy Director of the City of Seattle’s Office for Civil Rights.

Reporting to the Department Director, and as a key member of the department’s senior management team, this individual will provide project and performance management and strategic oversight for departmental workstreams (Enforcement, Policy, Race and Social Justice Initiative, Operations, and Community Investments). The Deputy Director leads the development of SOCR’s five-year strategic plan and annual workplans and provides strategic oversight ensuring service delivery and operational objectives are met.  The Deputy Director works with the Director and Management Team to align SOCR priorities and provides strategic thought partnership in policy development.

What We’re Looking For

The Deputy Director will have a career that reflects a commitment to advancing racial equity and just outcomes. Their work is centered in racial and social justice and demonstrates strong operational ability, as well as an unwavering commitment to collaboration. They bring a strategic and pragmatic outlook and the ability to handle multiple workstreams in a high-pressure environment with grace and agility. They have a reputation for exercising a high level of tact, good judgment, discretion, and diplomacy and have cooperative working relationships with diverse groups of people. You’ll be prepared to serve in this role if you have a combination of the following:

Experience in:

  • Leading people and operations to achieve measurable outcomes with humility, curiosity, and a commitment to equity.
  • Addressing race and gender inequities through a strong racial and gender justice analysis.
  • Facilitating strategic planning and leading high visibility projects.
  • Working to restore relationships, sharing information, and following through with commitments – particularly with communities most impacted by racism.
  • Cultivating a relational culture within the workplace that embraces transparency, accountability, and collaboration.
  • Managing complex agency, community, and political relationships within a large and complex publicly accountable organization.

Knowledge of:

  • Racial equity, social justice principles, and the harms of institutional racism, with the demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to policy advocacy and program administration.
  • Personal and social positionality in managing conflict, initiatives, and people.
  • Public policy and the policy-making process with strong problem-solving and analytical skills

Substantial skills in:

  • Building collaborative, productive, and respectful relationships with community leaders, institutions, and organizations.
  • Creating trusted relationships and connecting with communities experiencing inequity and harm. 
  • Modeling race and gender equity in relationships with co-workers, colleagues, community, and others. 
  • Effectively communicating via reports, briefing memos, and public speaking..
  • Project management, including the ability to produce, track and manage multiple deliverables with overlapping deadlines.

Applications close December 21, 2021. For more information about the position description and responsibilities, visit the application link below.