Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

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522 SW Fifth Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Oregon Law Center
Street address: 
522 SW Fifth Ave.
Job type: 
Legal - Civil
Position Description: 

Oregon Law Center (OLC) seeks a full-time Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) to drive and support an inclusive organizational culture that centers on racial equity. The Director of DEI will report directly to the Executive Director, and is responsible for helping the organization apply an equity lens to both OLC’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 from OLC and its partner program, Legal Aid Services of Oregon, representing a broad cross section of both organizations, who are committed to creating an organizational shift in which diversity, equity, inclusion becomes a centerpoint in our work and culture), the Director of DEI will drive organizational efforts that ensure every staff member, no matter their race/ethnicity, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, ability, religion or any other historically marginalized identity, feels safe, included, and able to bring their full selves to work each day.

About Us: OLC is a legal services program committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon by providing a full range of the highest quality civil legal services. OLC does not receive funding from the federal Legal Services Corporation. OLC operates eleven regional offices, a state support unit, legislative advocacy unit, and statewide farmworker program. OLC works closely with Legal Aid Services of Oregon and other partners in Oregon’s coordinated civil legal services delivery system.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the following essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions. In collaboration with the LASO and OLC Executive Directors and the LASO/OLC 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 DEI Steering Committee meetings; and
supporting staff and affinity/ally groups.
• Build upon and further integrate OLC’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 LASO’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 OLC 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; 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 OLC’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.


• 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, restorative justice experience, and/or working with individuals/teams during times of conflict.
• Experience with 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 Office Suite (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook), Adobe, and web-based video conferencing and learning platforms (e.g. Zoom, Microsoft Teams).

To apply: 

Salary/Benefits: $70,500 to $107,250 depending on relevant experience level. Additional compensation for bilingual ability. Competitive benefits package includes individual and family health, vision and dental insurance coverage, employer retirement contribution, generous paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave, and paid moving expenses, among others.
Application: Applications reviewed on a rolling basis until May 31, 2022. To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and list of three references to Monica Goracke, [email protected].
As part of your cover letter, please address the following:
OLC is committed to achieving justice for the low-income communities of Oregon. Our client communities include people of color, farmworkers, LGBTQ+ people, immigrants, seniors, people with lived experiences of homelessness, veterans, people with disabilities, and people from other underrepresented groups. It is essential to our work to serve clients that we also work to create an inclusive and respectful workplace in which differences are acknowledged and valued.
How do you think your personal background or experiences, professional or otherwise, have prepared you to: (1) serve our diverse client communities effectively, (2) work effectively with colleagues from backgrounds different than your own, (3) acknowledge the systemic barriers that our clients face, and (4) contribute to our efforts to achieve racial justice? Feel free to provide examples, and apply various aspects of your life and personal experiences, as you respond to this question.

OLC is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating a healthy work environment for a diverse staff. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and communities to apply.
Salary range: 
$70,500 to $107,250
Submission deadline: 
Sunday, July 31, 2022