Oregon Housing & Community Services
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Officer
[Principle/Executive Manager E]
Salem or Portland OR
Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCS) searching for a racial and social justice professional who values equity, diversity, inclusion, partnership, and collaboration and who is looking for a challenging opportunity to institute change in housing programs and policy. If this is your calling, professional discipline and your passion, we invite you to apply today!
*This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.*
*This is a Permanent position. Until budget information is updated in Workday, it will be reflected as Limited-Duration.*
WHAT YOU WILL DO
As the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, you will work with senior leaders of the agency to develop and implement programs designed to meet the agency’s goal of a diverse and inclusive workforce. This position also works at a senior level to drive and track progress toward the Equity and Racial Justice goal of the agency’s strategic plan/Statewide Housing Plan, including coordinating and supporting agency efforts to improve service equity to Oregonians.
In this position, you will provide vision, direction, counsel, and leadership to all employees in areas of equity, diversity, inclusion (DE&I) and racial justice in their daily work, and in the programs and activities of the agency.
Essential Job Functions
For a copy of the complete position description, submit your request to HCS_HR.Solutions@oregon.gov
WHO WE ARE
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is Oregon’s housing finance agency. We provide financial and program support to create and preserve opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of lower and moderate income. Our vision is that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and to live free from poverty.
Across Oregon, housing has emerged as a paramount concern. The lack of available housing, high rents and home prices are driving rapid increases in gentrification, housing instability and homelessness. The data is clear: too many Oregonians are without a safe, stable and affordable place to call home.
The Statewide Housing Plan is a bold new agenda that articulates how Oregon Housing and Community Services will pave the way for more Oregonians to have access to stable housing opportunities necessary for self-sufficiency and to address past policies and programs that have created – and perpetuate - racial inequities in housing. It lays the foundation for OHCS to be a data- and research-driven organization, and proposes a new way of collaborating and focusing resources and energy to address the most pressing housing issues facing Oregon today. Our plan lays out ambitious goals to increase access to housing, including goals and strategies to prevent and address homelessness.
WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
We are looking for a knowledgeable and experienced candidate who recognizes the diversity and worth of all individuals and groups, and can work effectively with diverse individuals and communities defined by race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, marital status, age, veterans’ preference, genetic information or disability. A competitive candidate will have demonstrated experience providing organizational leadership in reducing and eliminating inequities and ensuring internal organizational policies and programs foster racial justice, increase the agency’s workforce diversity, inclusion and cultural competency while ensuring that policies, programs, and practices are compliant and consistent with current federal and state guidelines and best practice. Experience promoting racial justice and equity in the housing arena is preferred.
Required Attributes & Competencies
We recognize that your time is valuable. We will be looking for the following Minimum Qualifications in addition to the skills listed above:
WHY JOIN US
OHCS values a diverse and culturally competent workforce. We stand by our commitment to being an equal opportunity, affirmative action organization that does not discriminate against applicants of a protected class, including disability status and veteran status. We encourage Individuals of diverse backgrounds, who promote diversity, and inclusion join our agency.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU
Join our innovative and strategic group of professionals and enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package!
*This timeline is approximate and may change.
The work experience and education section of your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications, required and requested skills for this position. For additional application tips, please visit the Oregon Job Opportunities page: Resources for Job Seekers.
HOW TO APPLY
BEFORE SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION…
Veteran’s Preference: Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veteran’s preference. To receive preference, veterans must attach appropriate documentation as outlined by the Department of Administrative Services at the following website: Veteran Resources
Work Authorization: OHCS does not offer VISA sponsorships. Within the first three days of hire, the successful candidate will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 form, confirming authorization to work in the United States.
To learn more about Oregon Housing and Community Services, visit our website: https://www.oregon.gov/OHCS/pages/index.aspx
For questions about the position or job duties, please contact: HCS_HR.Solutions@oregon.gov
OHCS commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.