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17 May 2021

Full-Time Director-Civil Rights, Equity & Inclusion – DIREC01874

Sound Transit – Posted by Sound Transit Seattle, Washington, United States

Job Description

SALARY: $‎130K – $‎200K


The Director plans, directs, manages and implements the administrative activities, operations and functions of the Economic Development, Inclusive Culture, Equity & Social Responsibility and Compliance & Monitoring teams.  Ensures Agency compliance with federal and state laws, applicable FTA guidelines and requirements, and other applicable transportation regulatory agency guidelines. Oversees the quality, scope and schedule of assigned programs/projects and provides technical assistance, training, and expertise in planning, organizing and implementation to stakeholders.

The position will work closely with agency departments, HR team members, stakeholders and business leaders across the organization to ensure processes, initiatives, resources and tools are effectively leveraged to drive business results and to ensure an inclusive and diverse employee population that align and support the organizational goals.


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.

• Plans, directs, coordinates and reviews the work of assigned areas of responsibility and assigned staff; assigns work activities and coordinates schedules, projects and programs.

• Design, launch and manage initiatives focused on creating a culture of inclusion.

• Partner and build strong relationships with Human Resources (Learning & Capability, Talent Acquisition, Total Rewards, and HR Strategic Partnerships) to effectively integrate equity & inclusion into current business strategies and operations.

• Develops and manages organizational wide, diversity, inclusion metrics. Measures impact of new initiatives against key performance indicators and metrics to monitor effectiveness of existing programs and initiatives making recommended changes if needed. Identify, assess, track, and mitigate issues and risks at multiple levels.

• Assists the Chief Officer in the planning, development and/or implementation of the overall Civil Rights, Equity & Inclusion strategy.

• Assists the Chief Officer with daily operation; schedules and assigns work and administers the overall

• operation of the office including but not limited to; planning, organizing, and supervising the work of staff. Responsible for statistical information, reports, and required records.

• Assists the Chief Officer in the recruitment and selection of staff. Assists with initial new employee training as needed.

• Actively participates with the Chief Officer in annual budget development, preparation, and presentation to the budget committee.

• Reviews, recommends revisions and assists in implementation of agency-wide policies and procedures to ensure accuracy, efficiency and alignment.

• Provides supervision, leadership, mentoring, coaching, and performance evaluations to the staff to assist in the achievement of the organizational mission and objectives. Builds cooperative and collaborative environment.

• Coordinates and/or completes special and major projects as assigned by the Chief Officer. Assists in short and long-term strategic planning. Prepares project timetables with specific milestone goals.

• Connect and inspire people to drive effective teamwork, communication, collaboration and commitment across multiple groups with competing priorities.

• Coordinates and/or completes special and major projects as assigned by the Chief Officer. Assists in short and long-term strategic planning. Prepares project timetables with specific milestone goals.

• Functions as acting Chief Officer in the Chief Officer’s absence and be present at office led efforts.

• Demonstrates Sound Transit’s Values in every interaction.

• 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 and Experience:

Bachelor’s Degree in the area of Business Administration, Public Administration, Organizational Leadership, or related discipline or ten years of broad-based experience in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Civil Rights, employee relations or a related field, preferably in a public sector or service environment.  Eight years of experience leading managers. Experience leading high performing teams, developing and implementing strategy.

A Master’s Degree in Public Administration, Human Resources or a related field is preferred.

Required Knowledge of:

• Advanced principles, practices and standards of Civil Rights, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion programs.

• Engaging internal and external stakeholders.

• Budget management and tracking principals.

• Strong analytical skills; demonstrated ability to investigate and research facts prior to making recommendations or offering solutions; leadership skills and a commitment to teamwork and excellent service.

• Knowledge of federal and state regulations impacting equal employment opportunity requirements and activities including Title VI and Title VII.

• Proven ability to manage multiple projects, deadlines, and resources to meet goals.

• Solid communication and presentation skills required, as well as strong organizational skills and ability to follow through with details.

• Ability to work in a diverse environment.

• Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.

• Pertinent federal, state and local laws, codes and regulations.

Required Skills:

• Leading high performing teams.

• Strong communication and interpersonal skills.  Ability to manage conflict.

• Demonstrated teambuilding skills.

• 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.

• Analyzing statistical data to determine problem areas and develop solutions.

• Embracing the principles of Civil Rights, equity, diversity, inclusion, continuous improvement and change.

• Principles and practices of budgeting.

• Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with other Agency staff, Executive leadership, management, vendors, outside agencies, community groups and the general public.

• Performing duties involving the use of independent judgment, personal initiative, and resourcefulness.

• Change management; must be self-motivated.

Required Licenses or Certifications:

Valid state driver’s license.

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.

• 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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

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 investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Admin, administrative, align, business admin, business administration, civil rights, collaboration, culture, development, directing, Diversity, Economic, economic development, EEO, Equity, goals, HR, inclusive, inclusive culture, initiatives, inspire, organizational leadership, organizing, planning, public administration, Social Responsibility, supervising, and teamwork. Salaries: 100,000 and above.

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