Diverstiy Equity Inclusion and Belonging Manager

City of Kirkland

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Job Summary

Designs, implements, and manages diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for the City and the community. Oversees implementation of the City’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 5-Year Roadmap. Establishes a standard level of awareness, influences City policy and direction, and ensures that the City delivers services equitably and inclusively. Provides outreach to the community, creating forums for community members to interact with each other and City staff, and producing community meetings and events to promote engagement, collaboration, and partnership.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Serves as subject matter expert on diversity, inclusion, and equity, working collaboratively to create tools and resources to support the adoption of practices and behaviors that enable a diverse, inclusive, and belonging workforce.
  • Provides leadership for City staff on diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging and supports implementation of the City’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging 5-Year Roadmap. Organizes and/or presents workshops, seminars, or forums, providing consultation and guidance, and serving as a resource for City employees and departments.
  • Hires, trains, supervises, evaluates and disciplines staff that report to this position. Assigns tasks and distributes workload, and provides staff with diversity, inclusion, and equity strategies and implementation methods. Provides direction and support to staff in their performance of their tasks, and reviews work products for quality and accuracy.
  • Supports communications staff in providing broader access to City services and public information by promoting infrastructure compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Title VI including providing compliant website accessibility and multilingual translation options.
  • Supports City efforts to increase community connections and public outreach, developing, coordinating, and implementing community activities and forums related to diversity issues. Collaborate with communications to review and provide content for City’s website, other public facing materials.
  • Supports, implements, and evaluates community events that increase opportunities for cultural interaction, education, and Title VI requirements.
  • Serves as an internal resource to Human Resources and supports the development of performance measures to track and monitor the City’s progress in meeting diversity, equity, and inclusion and ADA goals, including in hiring, training, retaining, and supporting a diverse workforce.
  • Establishes a knowledge base of best practices and resources for cultural competence and equity.
  • Provides periodic written and oral reports to management teams and City Council.
  • Provides policy recommendations, through an equity lens, to City leadership and Council on changes to City policies, such as budget and CIP development, to address or enhance diversity or inclusion, and ADA practices. Supports purchasing practices and technical assistance programs to create opportunities for members of the contracting and vendor community to increase diversity in contracting.
  • Partners with external organizations allowing the City to collaborate with similar programs of peer institutions.
  • Exemplifies the City’s desired culture and philosophy to promote a diverse, culturally competent, and respectful workplace where everyone belongs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion outreach practices to ensure inclusive and broad participation.
  • Knowledge of applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, rules, and regulations
  • Knowledge of ADA and Title VI policies, regulations, and best practices.
  • Knowledge of organization development strategies related to diversity management and cultural competency.
  • Knowledge of project management and program/event organization and planning.
  • Knowledge of research methods to include public opinion research and public involvement strategies.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Skills in leading cultural change and team building with multiple stakeholders and interests.
  • Skills in public communication, and development and production of support materials.
  • Skills in applying quantitative and qualitative analysis and evaluation.
  • Skills in oral and written communication and developing and delivering presentations.
  • Ability to effectively engage in and sustain relationships with people from diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Ability to facilitate community collaborations and partnerships.
  • Ability to organize, prioritize, plan, schedule and follow up on tasks, elevating issues or obtain additional resources when necessary.
  • Ability to plan, implement and evaluate events, programs, workshops.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with diverse leaders, government officials and media, and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with City and Community leaders.
  • Ability to exhibit non-judgmental and open manner and utilize effective interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to attend evening and weekend meetings and events.
  • Ability to utilize business applications, such as current operating systems and associated devices utilizing spreadsheets, databases, word processing, etc.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in public or business administration, political science, communications, English, social work, non-profit management, public relations or a related field;
  • Five or more years of professional experience with cultural competency, public outreach, diversity consulting, training, mediation, inclusion services, including experience working with diverse communities;
  • Experience in program/event planning, project management or organizational development;
  • Bilingual or multilingual preferred;
  • Or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
  • Valid Washington State driver’s license


Working Conditions

Most of the work is performed in a typical office environment but may also involve moving throughout the facility and community, with some work performed in the field. Driving to the field required. Constantly operate a computer and other office equipment. Frequent communication with city employees and customers. Night and weekend meetings as required.

Physical Demands

Move items weighing up to 20 pounds on occasion. Noise level is moderately quiet in the office and moderately loud in the field. Approved reasonable accommodation requests will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Selection Process

Position requires a resume and cover letter (letter of interest). Please note how you meet minimum qualifications within the cover letter. Applicants who are selected for next steps in the hiring process will be invited by phone or email. Job open until filled with first review of applicants by 15 day of initial posting.

Vaccination requirement

Effective November 8, 2021, all new hires to the City will be required as a condition of employment to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to start date.

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