Racial Equity Planner
(Project/Program Manager II)
WHO MAY APPLY: This position is open to all qualified internal and external candidates.
FORMS AND MATERIALS REQUIRED: Applications without the following required materials may not be considered for this position.
- King County application
- Response to supplemental questions below
- Cover Letter detailing your background, describing how your education and experience meet the qualifications, and how they have prepared you to perform this job. (Limit your response to two pages)
The Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County seeks to hire a Racial Equity Planner (Project/Program Manager II) to join the Program’s Racial Equity team. If you are passionate about advancing racial equity, please consider applying for this position. We are looking for someone with strategic, project management planning skills, energy, drive and strong interpersonal skills to be a key member of the Program’s Racial Equity Team. This team provides guidance and support to the Hazardous Waste Management Program Director’s Office and staff across the Program to ensure its services are relevant, effective, community-centered and racially just.
We are looking for someone to support the Racial Equity Manager in the implementation of the Program’s Racial Equity Strategic Plan, which involves planning and delivery of key strategies to advance racial equity. This Plan is meant to put into action our commitment to serving all people who live and work in King County and to ensure that race is not a determinant of hazardous materials exposure. It serves as a guiding document for how the Hazardous Waste Management Program will embed racial equity principles and practices throughout its operations and services.
The Program’s Racial Equity Strategic Plan is available here (.PDF): https://kingcountyhazwastewa.gov/en/initiatives/-/media/BEF6AE8C176041F6BB184244A3D86EE6.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM:
The Hazardous Waste Management Program is a leading local government hazardous waste and toxics reduction program in the United States. Its yearly budget is about $19M with 70 staff across four host agencies. The Program is made up of multiple agencies in King County, which include City of Seattle, King County Solid Waste Division, Water and Land Resources Division, Public Health – Seattle & King County, and Sound Cities and tribes. The Program provides high quality services including hazardous waste collection, technical help to businesses, education on safer products, and policy development. The Program also educates the public about safe practices and actions that they can take to minimize their exposure to hazardous materials.
For more information on the Program, visit https://kingcountyhazwastewa.gov/.
WORK LOCATION: This position will work remotely. There will be an expectation to travel to various worksites throughout King County as needed for your work. A laptop will be supplied by King County.
WORK SCHEDULE: This full-time position works a 40-hour workweek. It is an hourly position governed by the overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and/or the Washington State Minimum Wage Act. It is eligible for overtime pay or compensatory time accrual with prior approval. Work may occasionally occur evenings and weekends.
COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE:
As the only jurisdiction in the world named after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the most influential civil rights leaders in our nation’s history, King County is a vibrant international community with residents that represent countries from around the world. It is a region with increasing diversity that cherishes the traditions of many cultures.
We have a deep commitment to equity and social justice and advancing practices, strategies, and policies that promote fairness, justice, and opportunity for all – in our workplaces and our communities. With this commitment, King County has adopted a pro-equity agenda to advance regional change and ensure that residents from vulnerable communities are incorporated into our emergency planning and public outreach efforts.
To learn more, please visit http://www.kingcounty.gov/elected/executive/equity-social-justice.aspx.
Advance Racial Equity Goals
- Assist the Racial Equity Manager in the implementation of the Program’s Racial Equity Strategic Plan.
- With guidance from the Racial Equity Manager, assist in the development of recommendations, performance metrics, policies, and processes that advance the Program’s Racial Equity Commitment.
- With guidance from the Racial Equity Manager, provide leadership in the development and implementation of strategies and tools to structurally embed race and social justice policies and practices across the Program.
- Strengthen strategic partnerships and collaborations within King County, the City of Seattle, as well as local, regional, and national initiatives to ensure alignment of the Program efforts.
- Assist the Racial Equity Manager in providing guidance to promote a community-centered organization that partners with communities for inclusive outreach and engagement.
- Assist the Racial Equity Manager in applying the program’s Project Management Plan (PMP) toolkit and racial equity tools for project specific work plan development and implementation.
- Assist in the development and management of the Racial Equity annual work plans.
- As assigned by the Racial Equity Manager, develop and manage contracts.
- Provide support and leadership to the Racial Equity Manager in the development and implementation of the Program’s Community Partnership model.
- Provide guidance and support for program teams to strengthen alignment, collaboration and coordination between projects.
- Assist in the management of racial equity toolkits and resources to support the Program and teams in embedding racial equity.
- Assist in developing and writing of reports, presentations and program materials.
- Lead and facilitate work groups and teams to advance racial equity priorities.
Experience, Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills
- Three years of professional or personal background in direct anti-racism work
- Basic knowledge and experience in developing work plans using Project Management Planning toolkits
- Proficiency in SharePoint, Word, Excel, Outlook and/or emerging tools to manage and deliver work priorities
- Basic knowledge of the social construct of race
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Experience in planning and/or presenting trainings, workshops and panels
- Ability to engage and facilitate conversations on race, behavior change and reconciliation
- Experience in consensus building
- Demonstrated experience and knowledge of inclusive outreach and engagement best practices
- Experience working in a multi-cultural workplace with a diverse customer base
- Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to interact, coordinate, influence, and negotiate across all levels of an organization, and across a range of partner entities
- Ability to put relationships first in working to build community and trust
The most competitive candidates will have:
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and/or experience in public policy, equity and social justice, public administration, strategic management or related field OR any equivalent combination of experience and education that provides the applicant with the desired skills, knowledge and ability to perform the job duties
- Three or more years of experience in strategic planning and service delivery gained in public sector organization(s)
- Demonstrated experience building and managing partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organizations
- Demonstrated experience in providing consultation and coaching to program teams and projects
- Demonstrated experience engaging, organizing and mobilizing key stakeholders
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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.
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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.
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UNION MEMBERSHIP: Positions in this classification will be represented by Council 2, Washington State Council of County and City Employees, Local 1652R.
For questions about this recruitment, please contact:
Deena Prasad, Senior Human Resources Analyst
APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT:
King County Administration Bldg.
500 4th Ave. Rm. 553
Seattle, WA 98104
An Equal Opportunity Employer
RACIAL EQUITY PLANNER (PROJECT/PROGRAM MANAGER II)
Racial Equity Planner (Project/Program Manager II) Supplemental Questionnaire
* 1. What is your understanding of the structural forms of racism and their relationship to health and
environmental inequities for communities of color? (Limit your response to 250 words)
* 2. Describe your experience incorporating a community-centered approach in a planning and decision-
making process. Please provide a specific example. (Limit your response to 250 words)
* 3. Please describe your experience in project management and tools that you have used. Please
provide a specific example. (Limit your response to 250 words)
4. Which of the following best describes your response to the following question: Are you applying to
this position as a Priority Placement Program Participant and is this position the same or lower
percentage of FT and do you possess the skills and abilities to qualify for this position?
- Yes, I was given a layoff notice from my role at King County AND I am within two years of the
effective date of my layoff. AND The position I was laid off from was the same or a higher
percentage of FT status when compared to this one.
5. If you answered yes to the question above and you are applying for this position as a Priority
Placement Participant, to be considered, you must provide the following three pieces of information
in the space provided: 1. The title you held when you received your layoff notice 2. The department
you worked in 3. The effective date of your layoff
* Required Question