The Equity and Inclusion Officer trains, develops and implements strategies to advance organizational change, fosters a positive and inclusive work environment for everyone, and ensures that diversity and inclusion considerations are incorporated in the decision-making processes.

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About Kindering

Kindering Center, a not-for-profit neurodevelopmental center, has provided comprehensive services for children with special needs and their families since 1962. Kindering embraces children of diverse abilities and their families by providing the finest education and therapies to nurture hope, courage, and the skills to soar. Kindering Center is dedicated to maintaining a highly trained, licensed and certified team of professionals. Current services include comprehensive developmental assessments, physical and occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, special education, family counseling, feeding team, parenting education, and family resource coordination.

Equity and Inclusion Officer – Bellevue

Hours: 20 hours/ week

Class: Exempt

Salary: $32-40/hour DOE

Purpose

Working with staff at all levels, the Equity and Inclusion Officer trains, develops and implements strategies to advance organizational change, fosters a positive and inclusive work environment for everyone, and ensures that diversity and inclusion considerations are incorporated in the decision-making processes.

Principal Duties & Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

Organizational Equity work:

  • Develop, oversee, and advance organization’s racial equity work plan, and other initiatives that foster a diverse and inclusive workplace
  • Manage deliverables, timelines and budgets related to equity and external equity and diversity initiatives
  • Work diagonally across organization to provide input about policy/practices from an equity lens
  • Provide system-wide direction/support/communication in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Collaborate with staff and board to enhance ongoing efforts to recruit and retain diverse and outstanding staff and board members
  • Collaborate with staff to increase the presence of underrepresented families within Kindering and an environment that encourages the success of all
  • Assist in the analysis of outcomes and performance measures from an equity-lens and use this information to guide improvements in outreach, service delivery, and meeting our mission
  • Complete additional related duties as assigned

Training/curriculum development:

  • Develop and deliver training materials that address equity and diversity
  • Assist staff and board with culturally sensitive issues
  • Stay current on best practices related to diversity and inclusion

Committee work:

  • Lead and grow Kindering’s Equity Change Team
  • Represent Kindering in county/state-wide committee work
  • Proactively build and maintain community partnerships, and manage the seamless integration of racial equity initiatives among our partners, families and staff

Required Education & Experience

  • A fundamental understanding of current issues and challenges facing individuals from underserved communities including sensitivity to racial equity/diversity
  • Experience advancing an organizational culture into one of inclusivity, equity, and diversity in a large organization or nonprofit environment
  • Excellent oral and written presentation skills with an emphasis on the ability to build strong interpersonal relationships at all levels of an organization
  • Knowledge and experience in cultural competency skills development and implementing equity, diversity and inclusion programs, trainings and educational tools
  • Excellent public speaking, facilitation, organizational and analytical skills
  • Respect for, knowledge of, and skills to engage with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Bilingual applicants are strongly encouraged to apply

Minimum Prerequisites

  • Pass Washington State DSHS criminal history and background check and FBI fingerprint check
  • Demonstrate skill in word processing and familiarity with MS Word, Outlook and Excel
  • Possess valid Washington State driver’s license and valid automobile insurance
  • Have access to a dependable personal vehicle
  • Be able to lift 40 pounds (average three-year-old)
  • Pass tuberculosis test

Kindering values diverse perspectives and life experiences. We encourage people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans.