Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator

  • Oregon Parks and Recreation
  • Salem, OR
  • Mar 29, 2022
Full time Equity Government Other

Job Description

Title: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Coordinator

Job Number: REQ-92436

Salary: $5,698 – $8,403 per month

Deadline: 04/24/2022 at 11:59pm Pacific Time



Diversity, equity and inclusion is perhaps the most important work in front of us right now. Oregon’s population is growing, and its demographics are changing.  Quantitative and qualitative research shows that minority racial and ethnic groups — Indigenous American, Asian, Black, and Latinx — are underrepresented in outdoor recreation in Oregon and across the country. We know that barriers also exist for people with limited incomes, people with disabilities and LGBTQ+ people. We’re looking for someone who knows why this research matters, and who instinctively understands that a workforce composed of people from all backgrounds and perspectives will lead to better decisions, better creative thinking, and better leadership. DEI goes well beyond recruiting, though. It means knowing that visitors from all backgrounds should be able to connect with their state parks quickly and meaningfully. The ideal DEI Coordinator will have a passion for the principles of inclusivity, and will help generate creative ideas to make our parks and campgrounds better: easier to access, with fewer barriers and more welcoming. We’re looking for someone who sees past the difficulties of getting there and focuses on the wonderful possibilities that opening these gates may bring.


If this sounds like you, come join our team as a DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) Coordinator and support one of Oregon’s greatest resources – State Parks!


This position falls under the classification Operations and Policy Analyst 3.


Our Mission

OPRD’s mission is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.


Our Guiding Principles

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) believes Guiding Principles are core values that, if mutually accepted and supported by all employees, will create a connected, respectful, and trusting work environment. Our Guiding Principles are:

Service. We stay on mission, and have fun doing it, by:

  • Delivering the state park system.
  • Operating the State Historic Preservation office.
  • Safeguarding and improving Oregon’s recreational and historic values by fulfilling our state and federal responsibilities under law.


Improvement. We embrace change when it improves Principle 1.

  • “Is this the best way to act productively and nimbly?”
  • “Is there something new we should be doing to move the needle?”
  • “Is there something we should stop doing to free resources for higher priority work?”


Guardrails. We stay legal, ethical, and safe when pursuing Principles 1 and 2.

  • We make decisions by considering the agency, then our teammates, then ourselves, in that order.



What you will do:

As our DEI Coordinator, you will serve as a member of the agency’s Central Business Services (CBS) Division* Management Team to develop and implement programs designed to meet the agency’s goal of a diverse and inclusive workforce. You will provide vision, direction, counsel, and leadership to all employees in areas of diversity, equity and inclusion in their daily work, and in the programs and activities of the agency. You may also support the design, development and delivery of educational programs.


In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Developing an equity program’s long-term plans, goals, objectives, and milestones, and evaluating program effectiveness;
  • Working with all agency divisions to reduce barriers to serving customers, partners and visitors from historically marginalized communities and to promote equitable access to agency properties, programs and services;
  • Increasing the diversity of the agency’s workforce and volunteers and reducing barriers to employment faced by protected classes and under-represented communities;
  • Engaging the organization in dialogue that promotes understanding, respect, and inclusion in the work environment;
  • Collecting data, conducting analyses, and providing reports on the agency’s progress related to equity, inclusion, affirmative action, and diversity;
  • Promoting systemic change through statewide policies and procedures, training programs and project planning;
  • Leading the agency’s Inclusion Committee and workgroups as well as developing and helping to implement strategies and plans for engaging with underserved communities and people.


*Central Business Services (CBS) Division: This position is part of the CBS Division. The Division provides Audit, Communications, Procurement, Real Estate Services, Financial Services (Accounting, Budget, Payroll), Human Resources, DEI, and IT services to the rest of the agency. In addition, this section is responsible for the Recreation Grant and Community programs. The Recreation Grant and Community programs serve state agencies, counties, cities and non-profit organizations.



Minimum Qualifications:

(a) Seven (7) years of professional-level experience related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


(b) A Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or a related field; AND Four (4) years of professional-level experience related to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.



What we are looking for (Desired Attributes):

  • Knowledge of equity and inclusion principles and cultural competencies, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and affirmative action laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrated track record of program design, development, and implementation.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to maneuver difficult and sensitive conversations with individuals and groups.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and Power Point.
  • Basic knowledge of online survey tools.
  • Ability to facilitate meetings and work groups and to foster healthy dialogue while also driving toward decision-making.
  • Adept at public speaking in organized, facilitated events and in town-hall settings.
  • Ability to build productive and collaborative partnerships with agency staff, partners, volunteers, marginalized communities and community of color organizations to build support for, develop, and implement an equity and inclusion program.
  • Ability to manage high levels of ambiguity and create clarity: manage multiple tasks and deadlines; work independently and be self-motivated; learn and absorb complex information quickly; work well as part of a cross-functional team and be supportive of colleagues; and adjust to changing work flow demands.



What's in it for you:

This is a fantastic opportunity to support millions of visitors connecting with one of the best state park systems in America. You will work with a team of supportive, talented and highly motivated professionals. And, you’ll receive a fantastic benefits packaging including:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans for the employee and qualified family members
  • Paid sick leave, vacation, personal leave and 11 paid holidays per year
  • Membership in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)/Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).






Diversity Management-EEO-Compliance




$5,698 – $8,403 per month

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