Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer

  • Oregon Housing and Community Services
  • North Mall Office Building | 725 Summer St. NE, Suite B | Salem, OR 97301
Full Time Government

Job Description

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.*


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

  1. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Policy Development and Implementation
  2. Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Organizational Development: Executive Management Teams, OHCS Workforce – Staff Development & Affirmative Action Planning
  3. Government and External Partnerships & Engagement
  4. Equity Reporting & Compliance

For a copy of the complete position description, submit your request to HCS_HR.Solutions@oregon.gov 


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.


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

  • Experience and knowledge developing policies, programs and delivering training on topics related to racial justice, equity, diversity & inclusion
  • Ability to communicate and work with people of diverse cultural and educational backgrounds
  • Expert knowledge in and demonstrated understanding of EEO, Affirmative Action, and discrimination and harassment policies and procedures
  • Must embrace teamwork and promote a team-oriented environment
  • Must have the experience and ability to build relationships with stakeholders, staff, leadership, Housing Stability Council, and external partners
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including effective inter-cultural communication skills
  • Demonstrated awareness of and respect for cultural values and norms of various communities
  • Must demonstrate initiative
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of specific barriers to accessibility and engagement
  • Ability and skill to communicate effectively
  • Represent OHCS professionally at all times
  • Serve as a positive role model and maintain positive working relationships with leadership, staff, partners & communities
  • Possess skills to interpret laws, rules, and regulations and apply them to varying and complex compliance situations
  • Understanding of management principles and practices
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong commitment to professional and ethical standards, with an ability to think and act strategically, maintain confidentiality, use diplomacy and discretion, offer sound judgement, and share and receive feedback in a constructive manner
  • Excellent judgement in all aspects of work and position
  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Power Point)

We recognize that your time is valuable. We will be looking for the following Minimum Qualifications in addition to the skills listed above:

  • Three (3) years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation. OR
  • Two (2) years of management experience in a public or private organization which included responsibility for each of the following: a) development of program rules and policies, b) development of long- and short-range goals and plans, c) program evaluation, and d) budget preparation; AND 45-48 quarter hours (30-32 semester hours) of graduate level coursework in management. OR
  • Three (3) years of professional experience as a program/project leader, assigning and reviewing work of professional staff (e.g., engineers, etc.) including project responsibility for developing goals and objectives, project evaluation, and monitoring and controlling or preparing a budget. In the "Work History" section on your application, you must clearly describe your experience in each of the a), b), c), d) areas listed. Failure to provide this information may result in eliminating your application from further consideration.


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.

  • Our Vision is that all Oregonians have the opportunity to pursue prosperity and live free from poverty. 
  • Our Mission is to provide stable and affordable housing and engage leaders to develop integrated statewide policy that addresses poverty and provides opportunity for Oregonians.
  • Our Core Values:  Collaboration – Compassion – Equity – Integrity – Leadership – Transparency.


Join our innovative and strategic group of professionals and enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package!

  • Salary Range: $5,953- $8,765
  • Generous benefits package including, employer-paid health insurance, vacation and sick leave, ten paid holidays, three paid personal days, flexible spending accounts, and an employer contribution retirement plan (PERS).



  • Job Posting Closes: 04/25/2020
  • Applications Reviewed: Ongoing
  • Eligible List/Notices Generated: Ongoing
  • 1st Round of Interviews: Ongoing
  • 2nd Round of Interviews: Week of 05/18/20
  • Job Offer: Week 06/01/20 or 06/08/20

*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.


  • External Applicants: Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the job announcement. You will need to either create or update your Workday profile.
  • Internal Applicants: Apply via your employee Workday account. Please be sure to update your profile if needed.
  • All Applicants: As part of your application, we are requiring that you submit a resume and cover letter by uploading it to your application. Your cover letter must address the following:
  • Describe your experience working with organizations to strategically embed equity, diversity and inclusion in program and policy.
  • Describe your experience working with organizations to improve staff knowledge and skills related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Describe your experience engaging community partners in organizational processes to advance equity and racial justice. 


  • Check to see that ALL required documentation is attached to ensure your candidacy.
  • Check that you’ve provided a thorough and updated job history as it pertains to the position for which you are applying. Your application materials will be used to determine salary based on a pay equity assessment.  

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.



$5,953 - $8,765/monthly

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