Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)
Legal Aid Services of Oregon (LASO) seeks a full-time Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) to drive and support an inclusive organizational culture that centers racial equity.
LASO is a non-profit organization that represents low-income clients in civil cases. LASO’s eight regional offices serve the general low-income population throughout the state, and two specialized statewide programs provide representation on farmworker and Native American issues. LASO is an effective, high-quality legal services program that is committed to advocacy strategies having the broadest possible impact on low-income communities.
The Director of DEI position is located in the Central Administrative Office in downtown Portland, Oregon. The Director of DEI will report directly to the Executive Director, and is responsible for helping the organization apply an equity lens to both LASO’s internal dynamics as well as our community-facing work.
In coordination with the Executive Director and the DEI Steering Committee (a group of staff members representing a broad cross section of the organization, who are committed to creating an organizational shift in which diversity, equity, inclusion becomes a center point in LASO’s work and culture), the Director of DEI will drive organizational efforts that ensure every staff member - no matter the race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, religion or any other historically marginalized group - feels safe, included, and able to bring their full selves to work each day.
In collaboration with the Executive Director and DEI Steering Committee, the Director of DEI will:
Drive & Support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Vision
Support and create spaces for dialogue on racial justice issues including facilitating LASO/OLC’s DEI Steering committee meetings; and supporting staff and affinity/ally groups
Build upon and further integrate LASO’s DEI strategy and plans across all aspects of the organization
Manage logistics, provide administrative coordination and carry forth work/ideas of the DEI Steering Committee
Support strategic and programmatic DEI initiatives, while providing updates to staff, leadership and board on DEI goals, metrics and benchmarks
Coordinate with Oregon Law Center’s Director of DEI to ensure statewide alignment as appropriate and necessary
Serve as a point of contact for Affinity Groups to share ideas, seek information, give input related to DEI initiatives and ensure their ideas are heard and valued
Audit case acceptance patterns to ensure equity in the provision of legal services.
Work with program and unit leadership and staff to ensure priorities are aligned with racial justice issues identified by the community.
Support Staff in Growth/Development of DEI fluency
Coordinate and manage all DEI-related trainings and programming for staff including management and LASO Board
Provide technical assistance to staff seeking to incorporate anti-racism strategies into their areas of substantive advocacy
Support Best Practices in Recruitment, Hiring and Retention
Support Human Resources in developing and maintaining equitable and inclusive recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. Activities may include: training hiring managers and hiring committee members on implicit bias and reasonable accommodations; reviewing job postings with a DEI lens prior to posting; participating in hiring committees as requested; and providing job posting and candidate selection recommendations; and participating in networking and recruitment.
Audit policies and practices related to diversity, harassment prevention, disability access, and other equity and inclusion issues.
Provide support in the creation and development of LASO’s restorative conflict model
Measure, Monitor and Communicate DEI Progress
Create and implement a system for regular monitoring and sharing of progress on key DEI metrics that incorporates qualitative and quantitative data.
Draft and disseminate DEI-related communications and materials to all staff
Prepare reports, updates or other documents associated with DEI strategies, projects, programs, or policies.
Other administrative and supportive duties as assigned
$70,000 - $109,000 depending on experience. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Full benefits package including individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage; 6% employer retirement contribution; generous paid holidays, vacation and sick leave; and paid moving expenses.
Open until filled. Review of resumes to begin November 15, 2021.
- A demonstrated commitment to social justice, racial equity and restorative justice
- Working knowledge of DEI philosophies, methodologies,
- competencies, and programs.
- Training and facilitation of diverse groups and levels of leadership
- Extensive experience leading and implementing DEI related programs or initiatives; or other experience as relevant
- Experience working in a unionized environment
- Experience with workplace mediation and/or restorative justice experience and/or working with individuals/teams during times of conflict
- Experience with heavy collaborating across multiple and diverse teams and priorities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills and attention to detail
- Strong analytical, organizational, and problem-solving skills.
- Proficient use of Microsoft Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and web-based video conferencing and learning platforms (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams)
Send cover letter and resume to:
Janice Morgan, Executive Director
Legal Aid Services of Oregon
We celebrate diversity
LASO is committed to being an organization that reflects the communities we serve and is diverse in race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, ancestry, national origin, or sensory, mental and physical abilities, work background, experience and education. We believe that the outcome of such diversity is our greatest strength and a matter of basic human fairness. It is to this end that we strongly encourage applications from people of color and people from any other underrepresented and historically marginalized group to apply for this position.