Our values at the Oregon Department of Transportation inform our decision making and guide our behavior in working with each other, our partners, and the communities we serve.
Integrity. Safety. Equity. Excellence. Unity.
To lead our agency in the value of equity, we are seeking a proactive, transformational leader who will advocate for equitable practices in all dimensions of our agency’s work to join our executive team as our assistant director for social equity. In this role, you will work closely with the director, executive management, leaders and professionals across the agency to champion equity practices and provide counsel on strategies to drive desired outcomes.
Our assistant director for social equity will play a lead role in ensuring effective implementation of critical equity, affirmative action and civil rights mandates and direction from the federal government, governor, Oregon Department of Administrative Services and Oregon Transportation Commission.
Do you have a passion for community? The person in this position will partner with community organizations and advocacy groups to understand and elevate their needs and concerns in project and service delivery.
ODOT’s Office of Social Equity:
The Office of Social Equity has a primary charge of institutionalizing equity, diversity and inclusion practices in agency programs, policies, performance and priorities. This takes the shape of equity in program management, workforce and workplace, contracting and advisory structures. The Office of Social Equity ensures equitable project and service delivery, and contracting practices for all of Oregon’s communities with a specific focus on communities of color and other communities historically marginalized by government policies. In this way, the Office of Social Equity is an advocate in righting past wrongs and creating equitable solutions moving forward. Click here for a recent news release.
Click here to learn more about our mission and values.
We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.
A day in the life:
Lead and manage the Office of Social Equity, including staffing responsibilities and program outcomes.
Lead efforts to institutionalize equity, diversity and inclusion practices in agency programs, policies, performance and priorities.
Create the working and learning conditions to support operating at maximum effectiveness, assessing and addressing issues that act as barriers.
Manage, coach, develop and mentor staff.
Set strategic goals, create and monitor performance metrics, manage priorities, budget and staffing assignments to carry out the objectives of the office.
Oversee the Office of Civil Rights, including the administration of federally mandated and supported program efforts.
Implement federal and state policy on equity, affirmative action and civil rights.
Work with agency leadership and staff in the planning, funding and implementation of strategic initiatives and projects.
Provide advice and counsel on how to infuse equity practices in to the day-to-day work efforts of the department.
Provide insights into community needs and share best practices from the equity, diversity and inclusion field.
Lead efforts to ensure equitable project and service delivery, and contracting practices for all of Oregon’s communities.
Work closely with community advocacy organizations to build trusting relationships and represent ODOT as an engaged partner in community development.
Lead efforts to ensure that our workforce is reflective of Oregon’s diversity.
Serve as the agency day-to-day liaison with the Governor’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Affirmative Action (DEI/AA).
Regular statewide and occasional out of state travel required.
For a full list of duties and working conditions, please click here for the position description.
What’s in it for you:
Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment.
Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
Work/life balance and 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules and competitive benefits packages. Click here to visit our full benefits website.
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ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.
About Oregon Department of Transportation
The Oregon Department of Transportation began in 1913 when the Oregon Legislature created the Oregon Highway Commission to "get Oregon out of the mud."
Today, we develop programs related to Oregon’s system of highways, roads, and bridges; railways; public transportation services; transportation safety programs; driver and vehicle licensing; and motor carrier regulation.
Our mission is to provide a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity and livable communities for Oregonians.