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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist
Company: Bellingham Technical College
Location: Bellingham, WA
Employment Type: Full Time
Date Posted: 09/20/2021
Expire Date: 11/20/2021
Job Categories: Education
Job Description
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist
BELLINGHAM TECHNICAL COLLEGE invites applications for the position of:
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist

OPENING DATE: 09/13/2021

DESCRIPTION: Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14, all state employees, including higher education must be fully vaccinated no later than October 18, 2021. Your vaccine status will be verified prior to final offer. Please reach out to the HR Office at hr@btc.edu if you need information on a medical or religious accommodation.

Bellingham Technical College (BTC) invites applications for one full-time professional position as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Specialist.

This is an exempt, non-represented position, is Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) exempt from overtime, and is at-will. This position reports to the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Position is anticipated to start in November, 2021.

The DEI Specialist develops and manages outreach at BTC for staff, faculty and students around DEI initiatives, that aligns with the work required by and funded through Senate Bill 5194. The position will strengthen BTC ties and build relationships with groups within Bellingham and the surrounding communities that further the DEI strategic plan. This position will provide education and promotion for BTC’s recruitment, retention, and graduation of students of historically underrepresented backgrounds with specific attention to Black Indigenous People of Color (racial equity). The DEI Specialist will collaborate with the Director of DEI for campus climate work and training programs for on campus and community education.

Bellingham Technical College is committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation. The successful candidate will be expected to establish a successful and supportive learning environment for a diverse college student population with a wide-range of backgrounds and experiences.

Note: the examples of work are not necessarily descriptive of all work for this position. The intent of this description is to give a general indication of the levels of responsibility, knowledge, skills, training, experience and complexity required to perform the work of the position. The omission of specific duties or tasks does not preclude management from assigning additional duties or tasks not listed.

• Establish and maintain a culturally appropriate student outreach program to help assist current and potential students to understand opportunities available at BTC;
• Create programing that retains and supports historically underrepresented populations on campus in collaboration with student support services and other higher education institutions in the area;
• Support the development, implementation, and evaluations of student and employee professional development/training to promote cultural understanding and competency in support of anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion; work with external community partners or vendors to bring learning, training, speakers and/or diversity events and programs to the College;
• Facilitate trainings and workshops that support the DEI strategic plan of BTC;
• Collaborate and build relationships with local community groups and resources;
• Provide support for the Director of DEI for the creation and execution of strategic planning;
• Sit on the CARE Team as a DEI representative;
• Sit on the Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT), review reports, confer with the director to make processing decisions, and chair BIRT when Director of DEI is unavailable;
• Support HR work through being a search advocate;
• Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:
• Demonstrated understanding of post-secondary educational systems/environments (e.g., via professional experience, being a student);
• Ability to design, deliver, facilitate, and assess culturally responsive, equitable, and engaging programs and services;
• Knowledge of issues of concern to BIPOC as well as the importance of intersectional identities;
• 1 year of progressively responsible, direct work experience facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion;
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion;
• Strong theoretical and practical knowledge of DEI (e.g., implicit bias, intersectionality);
• Experience working with and on behalf of underrepresented and marginalized groups;
• Proven ability to build relationships and work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders;
• Strong oral/written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience successfully facilitating professional development/training;
• Demonstrated advanced communication skills in areas such as facilitating productive conversations, conflict resolution, de-escalation, and debriefing;
• Knowledge of and experience in addressing matters such as, but not limited to: recruiting and retaining employees and BIPOC; creating welcoming environments for all people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, non-native English speakers, immigrants, and people of varying abilities; addressing inequities and conflicts related to race, power, white privilege, institutional racism, and implicit bias.

Additional Essential Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
The knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below represent the characteristics and performance expectations of the position. Applicants do not necessarily need to enter the position with all the following knowledge, skills, and abilities.

• Ability to design, deliver, facilitate, and assess culturally responsive, equitable, and engaging programs and services;
• Ability to provide professional development and training to adult learners;
• Ability to work effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, particularly those which are underrepresented in higher education and to actively engage in work that supports student learning, development, retention, and recruitment in an equitable and inclusive college environment;
• Knowledge of issues of concern to BIPOC as well as the importance of intersectional identities;
• Ability to clearly explain and act in accordance with the terms of FERPA regulations for protection of student records;
• Awareness of current DEI-related laws, rules, regulations, research, best practices and trends;
• Excellent interpersonal skills demonstrating cultural humility to effectively and sensitively work with students, staff, faculty, and community partners;
• Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills, including active listening skills, strong group presentation skills, respect for confidentiality of student advising sessions, and effective representation of the office and the College with external groups;
• Ability to work independently with a high degree of initiative and collaboration as a part of a small and innovative team;
• High level of confidence and adaptability with technology;
• Ability to work occasional evenings and/or weekends.

Physical Work Environment: The College is currently in predominantly remote operations, with assignments completed in a fully online environment at this time. Employees will need to provide their own workspace and internet access, with the College providing technical equipment and support for online work needs. When the College returns to on-campus operations, this position will perform work in a standard office setting, use standard office equipment and physically attend meetings both on and off campus.

This position interacts directly and frequently with employees, students and community members. This position requires frequent use of computers and exposure to terminal screens; frequent oral, written and auditory communication with others; working in an open office environment with frequent interruptions and distractions; and working with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Ability to travel and work weekends and evenings when appropriate or needed is required.


Compensation and Work Schedule: Full-time salary is $4,834-$5,167 per month ($58,000-$62,000 per year depending on qualifications). Position also receives sick, personal and vacation leave accruals, paid state holidays, Washington State insurance and retirement benefits package, and some tuition waiver benefits.

Work schedule will vary but is generally Monday through Friday, during the 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday, about 40 hours per week; however, schedule may vary including working more than 40 hours as needed, as well as some weekends and evening work.

Condition of Employment: Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14, effective October 18, 2021, all employees at BTC must be COVID-19 vaccinated, unless an approved medical or religious exemption and a reasonable accommodation is approved.

Application Procedures and Deadline: Required application materials must be completed and submitted online at http://www.btc.edu/jobs and received by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 8, 2021. Application materials received after this date and time may be considered until the position is filled. More information about Bellingham Technical College is at www.btc.edu, email the Human Resources Office at hr@btc.edu or call 360 752-8354. BTC is not currently sponsoring H1-B Visa's.

Required Online Application Materials: (Attachments in Word or PDF file)
• Complete the Online BTC Employment Application;
• Complete the Online Supplemental Questions;
• Attach a cover letter addressing minimum and preferred qualification;
• Attach current resume or Vitae of education, experience and other relevant achievements.

Initial on-line interviews are scheduled to be held the week of October 18-25, 2021. Finalists interviews are tentatively scheduled for October 29, 2021.

PLEASE NOTE: BTC continues to operate mostly remotely. Until further notice, interviews are conducted via phone or video conferencing (Zoom). If you are asked to come to campus for in-person interviews, BTC social distancing protocols will be in place. BTC is following CDC and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) guidance regarding social distancing. Additional BTC updates and resources.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Specialist Supplemental Questionnaire
*1. Please tell us how DEI work can help shape experiences of higher education.
* 2. Please share your personal DEI Ethos.
* Required Question

The application package and all materials submitted with it become the property of the college and will not be returned or considered for additional or future openings.

Mission: Bellingham Technical College provides student-centered, high-quality professional technical education for today's needs and tomorrow's opportunities.

Employment Eligibility Verification: Bellingham Technical College employs only United States citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the Department of Homeland Security.

Non Discrimination/Equal Opportunity: Bellingham Technical College does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, genetic information, or age in admission, treatment, or participation in its programs, services and activities, or in employment. All Inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity and/or grievance procedures should be directed to the Interim Executive Director of Human Resources, Bellingham Technical College, 3028 Lindbergh Avenue, Bellingham, WA 98225; (360) 752-8354; email hr@btc.edu.

Disability Accommodations: Upon request, accommodations are available to persons with disabilities for the application process. Contact Human Resources at (360) 752-8354; email hr@btc.edu.

APPLICATIONS MAY BE FILED ONLINE AT: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/btc 3028 Lindbergh Avenue Bellingham, WA 98225 360 752-8354 jobs@btc.edu
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