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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Engagement Specialist

Salem, OR

Job Type

Hybrid Remote

About the Role

Operations & Policy Analyst 3 - DEI Engagement Specialist
Do you have the experience and passion in inclusion and diversity strategy within the public sector? Do you have a proven background in creating innovative recruiting strategies and techniques focused on developing and retaining partnerships with diverse community members? If so, Oregon Youth Authority wants to hear from you!
Oregon Youth Authority (OYA) is excited to fill our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Engagement Specialist position. In this important role, you will participate in overall agency strategic planning, goal setting, policy direction, and program management of the organization related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This position helps create the vision to guide the organization through initiatives that drive change through the agency's diversity and cross-cultural relations programs. The Employee Engagement Specialist is dedicated to driving stronger engagement and opening lines of communication with current and potential employees through managing town hall meetings, supporting departmental employee engagement activities, and supporting the agency wide employee resource groups. The DEI Engagement Specialist is a project and change management specialist responsible for helping promote a positive organizational culture and change. As the DEI engagement specialist, you will be primarily responsible for the development and execution of internal employee engagement activities and department community engagement to strengthen services to our youth. You will collaborate with all department leadership and will work with the Communications, Human Resources, employees, stakeholders, and community partners to drive awareness and engagement that promote the key DEI initiatives of the organization. This position supports agency leaders in creating environments and programs that are emotionally, psychologically, and physically safe for all youth and employees especially those from historically marginalized communities.
For a full list of duties and responsibilities, please email the
HR Recruiter


How To Qualify:
A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and four years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work.
Any combination of experience and education equivalent to seven years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.
Special Qualifications:
Driver License Required: Driving is an essential function of this position. A valid driver license and an acceptable driving record are required for this position. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s).
DESIRED ATTRIBUTES/APPLICATION SCORING CRITERIA: If you have these qualities, let us know! It’s how we will choose whom to move forward!
Note: You do not need to have all of these qualities to be eligible for this position.
Experience and passion in inclusion and diversity strategy within the public sector.
Compelling written and verbal communication skills.
influencing systems-wide changes by applying an equity framework to all work.
Proven background in creating innovative recruiting strategies and techniques focused on developing and retaining partnerships with diverse community members.
Demonstrated history overcoming resistance in different settings and work cultures, influencing stakeholders, and leading without formal authority.
Experience building deep cross-functional relationships and influencing across all levels from individual contributors to executives.
Self-driven and highly motivated, including project management experience and the ability to identify and implement best practices of diversity and inclusion.
Excellent skills in analyzing data and reporting trends.
Application Instruction:
1. Complete the application or submit an updated/current resume.
2. Cover Letter: Please include a cover letter that describes your experiences, skills, and knowledge in regards to the desired attributes listed above and why you are the best fit candidate for this position.
3. Complete questionnaire.
4. After you submit your application, be sure to respond to the public records request authorization. This screen will come after you submit and will complete the process. If you are an employee, the public records request task will come to your Workday inbox.
5. If you are a veteran, the task to claim preference will come after the public records request question. Please do not attach your DD214/DD215/civil service preference letter to your application. We will ask you for your documents later in the process.
Caution: If you fail to follow these instructions, including failing to attach a cover letter as described above, we will have to disqualify your application. We cannot consider incomplete or late applications.
Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the citizens we are here to serve. OYA is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All aspects of employment including the decision to hire, promote, discipline, or discharge, will be individualized based on merit, competence, performance, and business need.
We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, marital status, age, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, pregnancy, genetic information, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, or any other status protected under federal, state, or local law.” The more diverse we are, the better our work will be.
Applicants with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation to participate in the hiring process. For assistance regarding reasonable accommodation or for alternative format please contact OYA Recruitment at 503-373-7301. Oregon Relay Service can be reached by calling 7-1-1.
Pre-employment Checks:
In keeping with our mission, OYA will conduct a criminal record check, per
OAR 416 Division 800
, a driving record background check and a vulnerable population abuse and neglect check. Information obtained about an individual is confidential. An individual who refuses to consent to a criminal records/background check shall be disqualified from consideration in the position for which you applied. All applicants are subject to additional pre-employment check(s) such as fingerprint based on criminal records check, pre-employment drug screening and/or education verification as required for the position.
In 2003 Congress passed the
Prison Rape Elimination Act
(PREA), the first federal civil statue focused specifically on addressing sexual violence in juvenile facilities, jails, prisons, and other facilities. In recognition of the rights, safety, and well-being of the youth we serve you will be asked specific questions about your background to ensure our hiring and promotion practices comply with the National PREA standards.
All OYA employees are required to submit to a two-step TB test to establish a TB free "base line." If offered employment and you accept, OYA will offer you the TB testing, and if you refuse, OYA will require the necessary documentation from your personal health care provider as a condition of employment.
All positions in OYA will require the incumbent to serve as a "mandatory reporter" of child abuse.
Visa Sponsorship:
We do not offer Visa sponsorship. If you are hired, you will be required to fill out the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form confirming you are able to work in the US. OYA uses E-Verify to confirm that applicants are authorized to work in the United States.
Have Questions?:
For questions about the job announcement, email
HR Recruiter, Jennifer Wenger.

About the Company

At OYA, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than just words on a page. To meet our mission and live our values as an agency, DEI must be at the heart of all we do. We support cultural competence, develop teams, and cultivate leaders in ways that are equitable to everyone, especially people of color, those who identify as LGBTQ+, or those from other marginalized communities. We are explicit and intentional as we identify resources that all our youth and staff need to grow and prosper. Our DEI work connects closely with our culture of positive human development, with safe and supportive environments where everyone is held accountable and connected to their community. The end goal is to protect the public and reduce crime by holding youth accountable and providing opportunities for reformation in safe environments.
If you are looking to join a team that values individual and cultural differences, with the opportunity to contribute to youth reformation by enriching our workforce with diversity, OYA wants to hear from you! People of color, women, and other members of historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply!
Please take a moment to watch this quick video about Oregon Youth Authority, our team and our culture
. For more information please visit
Additional Information:
Telework: This position is eligible for hybrid work schedule. This position is based at our Central Office in Salem, Oregon and will be required to come in to the office on an as needed basis. Telework is evaluated periodically to ensure business needs are being met and can be adjusted at any time. Please visit the state’s
Work Reimagined
website for more information.
Representation: This position is part of the state's management team.
This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies.
What's in it for You?
OYA values our employees. We believe that your time outside of the workplace is as valuable as it is inside the workplace. We offer a great work/life balance with flexible work schedules on most positions and a competitive benefits package, including low-cost, high-coverage
health insurance
, generous time-off, and a competitive
retirement plan
Discover more about working in Oregon state government by
clicking here

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