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City of Tacoma WA Senior Policy Analyst (Management Analyst II) - Office of Equity and Human Rights in Tacoma, Washington

Position Description

Do you like to make a difference in the lives of others? Do you have a passion for social justice? Do you want to be part of a team working to make Tacoma a more equitable place to live, work and play? Tacoma's Office of Equity and Human Rights has a Senior Policy Analyst position for you.

The City of Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights (OEHR) leads the advancement of Tacoma’s Equity and Empowerment Framework, which focuses on building a workforce that reflects our community, purposeful community outreach and engagement, equitable service delivery, human rights and opportunities for all, and equity in policy decision making. OEHR also plays a key role in the implementation of Tacoma’s anti-racist systems transformation as described in Council Resolution 40622. OEHR partners with numerous cultural organizations, social justice advocates, and national organizations focused on racial equity in government, such as the Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE), Cities United, and Policy Link. OEHR supports Tacoma’s Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, Tacoma’s Human Rights Commission, and the Tacoma Area Commission on Disabilities. In addition, we work in close collaboration with government and non-government entities in the region to create a socially just and equitable place for all.

Position Description The Senior Policy Analyst (Management Analyst II) plays a key role in supporting all City Departments to advance racial and other equity goals, supporting Tacoma’s Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs, and providing leadership on other key areas of focus for Tacoma’s Office of Equity and Human Rights.

Bilingual/multilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Senior Policy Analyst (Management Analyst II) will primarily focus work in the following areas:

  • Work with leaders and representatives from City Departments to build racial and other equity into their policies, processes, and procedures.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (CIRA), supporting and managing the Commission’s efforts to ensure Tacoma’s immigrant and refugee communities are equitably engaged and represented in Tacoma’s economic, cultural, and civic life.
  • Engage in equity-focused community outreach and engagement projects.
  • Participate in ongoing professional development and work on a staff team that values lifelong learning, courage, resilience, inclusion, and a commitment to antiracist systems transformation at the City of Tacoma.

Essential Duties:

  • Work with City Departments to support the implementation of their Racial Equity Action Plans (REAPs) and other efforts to build equity into policies, procedures, and practices.
  • Support Tacoma’s Commission on Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (CIRA) by serving as staff liaison between CIRA and City Government.
  • Serve as a credible source of knowledge and information to community members and City staff on immigrant and refugee affairs and public safety efforts within the City.
  • Coordinate activities with multilingual communities and ensure proper translation and interpretation services are provided.
  • Ensure timely scheduling, translation and interpretation services, agenda building, and minutes-taking for CIRA and ensure that CIRA has the necessary information to make informed recommendations to the City.
  • Develop and engage in a variety of community outreach projects that address disparities experienced by people of color in Tacoma.
  • Collaborate with and convene community partners on activities that support Equity and Empowerment Framework goals.
  • Conduct program, policy, and service analysis and recommend changes to support equity goals.
  • Other duties as assigned. A successful applicant for this position will have a passion for social justice, find teamwork compelling, build collaborative relationships, manage tight deadlines and competing priorities, and advocate for underrepresented communities.

Benefits The City of Tacoma offers a generous program of employee benefits including:

  • Great retirement plan
  • Paid holidays
  • Personal time off
  • Outstanding working conditions and a supportive working environment
  • Medical, dental and life insurance coverage for eligible employees
  • Deferred compensation allowing tax-deferred savings as authorized under Section 457 of the IRS Code

City of Tacoma Recruitment As a part of Tacoma's 2025 Citywide Vision and Strategic Plan, the City has embraced the goal of the City of Tacoma workforce reflecting the community it serves. The City actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play. Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications A bachelor’s degree in a related field is strongly preferred and 3 - 4 years of experience researching and analyzing policies, laws, rules, or regulations; data management and reporting, and/or business process analyses. A strong combination of other education and experience may substitute:

  • A strong combination of education and experience in community development and/or organizing, human/civil rights work, community-based services, and/or volunteer work comparable to professional work.
  • A strong understanding of the history of race and racism in America and how that history has led to the racial disparities experienced by black, indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC community members).
  • An ability to effectively engage in challenging conversations about race, racism, antiracism, and equity.
  • Lived, experienced and/or work experience in and with immigrant and refugee communities and a specific understanding of the issues facing immigrants and refugees in and around Tacoma.
  • Multilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Licensing, Certifications and Other Legal Requirements There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer's responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Requisitos recomendables Un título universitario en un campo relacionado es una preferencia firme, pero una buena combinación de otra educación y experiencia puede ser válida:

  • Una buena combinación de educación y experiencia en el desarrollo y/u organización de la comunidad, trabajo en derechos humanos/civiles, servicios a la comunidad y/o trabajo voluntario comparable a un trabajo profesional.
  • Un profundo conocimiento de la historia de las razas y el racismo en América y cómo esa historia ha llevado a disparidades raciales que han sufrido las personas de raza negra, indígena y otras personas de color (miembros de la comunidad BIPOC, por su sigla en inglés).
  • Una capacidad para participar de manera efectiva en conversaciones difíciles sobre raza, racismo, anti-racismo y equidad.
  • Experiencia de vida y/o experiencia laboral en y con comunidades de inmigrantes y refugiados y un conocimiento específico sobre los problemas que sufren los inmigrantes y refugiados de la ciudad de Tacoma y alrededores.
  • Alentamos a presentarse especialmente a candidatos multilingües.

Licencias, Certificaciones y otros requisitos legales Pueden existir instancias en que cargos individuales requieran licencias o certificaciones adicionales. Es responsabilidad del empleador asegurarse de obtener las licencias/certificaciones adecuadas para cada cargo.

Knowledge & Skills

Desired Knowledge and Skills:

  • Proven experience in supporting and facilitating diverse underrepresented stakeholders to build consensus, develop effective work plans, and coordinate activities and actions to implement work plans.
  • An understanding of policy and the role of local government in a democracy, including an awareness of community culture and subcultures within the community.
  • Ability to productively engage in often challenging conversations about race, racism, antiracism, and racial equity.
  • An understanding of the importance of intersectionality in equity issues.
  • The ability to think critically and expansively by combining ideas in unique ways or making connections between disparate ideas.
  • The ability to model cultural competency on a daily basis and help others see that racial and cultural differences are assets to the community and organization.
  • The ability to conduct research and find resources to support programs and initiatives.
  • Experience in navigating complex systems and identifying key interventions to enhance engagement in community life and problem solving across various sectors in the community and government.
  • Comfortable carrying out administrative tasks such as minutes, agendas, reporting, travel, invoicing, and scheduling.

COMPETENCIES

Proactive Behavior: An ideal candidate is able to seek guidance and input where appropriate, propose a course of action, and follow through on that course of action, providing updates where appropriate. This means anticipating the timelines and needs of people involved in a given project and proactively working to meet those timelines and needs. A candidate with proactive behavior is also skilled at self-guided learning, at welcoming feedback, and at adjusting approaches based on that feedback.

*Ability to Give and Receive Direct Feedback: *This skill set is one of the foundational components of any healthy work team. By giving and receiving direct feedback, we honor others and ourselves by being transparent and accountable to one another and avoiding triangulation.

Analysis: Understand how to gather various community voices; listening, brainstorming, prioritizing and decision making and using the information in a clear and rational process to evaluate and assess issues, evaluate opinion, form accurate conclusions, and make decisions. Assemble, analyze and evaluate facts to draw logical conclusions and make proper recommendations and prepare clear, concise, and comprehensive written reports that require displaying and presenting to audiences of varying technical sophistication.

Research: Effectively identify, collect, organize and document data and information in ways that make the information most useful for subsequent assessment, analysis, and investigation. Compile and maintain reports, records and various other forms of pertinent information in an organized and professional manner.

Communicates Effectively*:* Effective verbal and written communication, including compilation of reports, presentations and records; and interacting respectfully and sensitively with individuals and groups to develop and maintain productive relationships and achieve results. Builds trusting relationships as a high priority, responds to changing stakeholder needs, and helps colleagues and stakeholders implement complete solutions.

Professionalism: Conduct all assignments in a professional and timely manner. Work with confidentiality and discretion. Maintain professional skills that apply to all aspects of field of assigned specialty through continued education and/or training. Remain current by reading and interpreting applicable ordinances, rules, regulations, policies and procedures.

Technical Knowledge: Operate personal computer and assigned operating software in support of the goals of the Office of Equity and Human rights.

Selection Process & Supplemental Information

Interested individuals must apply online and attach the following:

  • A detailed resume
  • A cover letter highlighting why you believe this job is the right position for you and your career goals
  • NOTE: Applications received without the required documents will not progress in the selection process. Applicants who have the strongest backgrounds related to the responsibilities of this position will be invited to participate in the interview process. Appointment is subject to passing a background check.

The Community Tacoma is a mid-sized urban port city that sits along the Puget Sound with a population of nearly 210,000. The third largest city in the state of Washington, it is a diverse, progressive international gateway to the Pacific Rim. Propelled by significant development such as the University of Washington Tacoma, the Tacoma Link light rail system, the restored urban waterfront of the Thea Foss Waterway, the expansions of both the MultiCare and Franciscan health systems, and a significant influx of foreign direct investment in its downtown core, Tacoma has evolved considerably since the 1990s. Tacoma boasts the state's highest density of art and history museums, and is home to a flourishing creative community of writers, artists, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, chefs, entrepreneurs, and small business owners who each add their unique flair to the city's vibrant commercial landscape. The iconic Tacoma Dome has endured as a high-demand venue for some of the largest names in the entertainment industry.

A magnet for families looking for affordable housing options in the Puget Sound area, Tacoma also draws those who prefer to live in a more urban downtown setting with competitively priced condos and apartments that feature panoramic mountain and water views.

Tacoma's natural beauty and proximity to the Puget Sound and Mount Rainier draws hikers, runners, bicyclists, and maritime enthusiasts to the area. Its lively social scene is infused with energy by thousands of students attending the University of Washington Tacoma, the University of Puget Sound, the Evergreen State College Tacoma campus, and Tacoma Community College, as well as a number of local trade and technical colleges. Its prime location – just 20 minutes south of the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, 30 miles north of the state capital in Olympia, and within 10 miles of the U.S. Department of Defense's premier military installation on the West Coast – only adds to Tacoma's desirability. To see a few of the great things Tacoma has to offer, view this YouTube Video!

City of Tacoma Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion Tacoma's diversity is its greatest asset. Tacoma embraces its multi-cultural and multi-ethnic character. Communities of color and immigrant communities are fundamental to Tacoma's entrepreneurial spirit, workforce, and long-term success. In Tacoma, equity and empowerment are top priorities, meaning that all Tacoma residents must have equitable opportunities to reach their full potential and share in the benefits of community progress. One of our goals is for the City of Tacoma workforce to reflect the community it serves. We actively work to eliminate racial and other disparities and welcome candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skill sets and experiences. Our goal is for Tacoma to be an inclusive and equitable place to live, work, and play.

Communication from the City of Tacoma: We primarily communicate via email during the application process. Emails from cityoftacoma.org and/or governmentjobs.com must be placed on your safe domain list to ensure that you receive notifications in a timely manner. As a precaution, you may also want to check your junk email folders.

The online application system requires you to enter a substantial amount of information. Be prepared to spend at least an hour entering information. In order for your application materials to be considered, all information must be submitted by the closing date and time listed on this job announcement.

For assistance with the NEOGOV application process, questions regarding this job announcement, or if you are experiencing complications while applying, please contact the Human Resources office at 253-591-5400 by 4:00 pm (PST) of the closing date of the job announcement. This will allow time to assist you before the job announcement closes. (For technical difficulties using the NeoGov system, call the applicant support line at 1-855-524-5627 between 6:00 AM and 5:00 PM Pacific Time.)

The Principles that Guide Us: Tacoma, the_ City of Destiny_, has a workforce of dedicated, talented employees with unique skills and perspectives. We embrace innovation and strive for excellence and community engagement. The Principles that Guide Us speak to the values that we embody as City of Tacoma employees, and represent the core of our work in public service.

  • Integrity: We conduct our personal, work group, and organizational actions in an ethical and honest manner, and we serve as responsible stewards of the public resources entrusted to us.
  • *Service: *We treat everyone with courtesy and empathy. We provide customer-focused municipal services that produce high value and results.
  • *Excellence: *We achieve the highest performance possible. We use collaborative and inclusive approaches to organizational and community issues. We are accountable for individually and collectively meeting high standards.
  • Equity: We understand and reflect the community we serve. We ensure every community member has services and opportunities that will enable people to satisfy their essential needs and advance their wellbeing.

Salary: $72,800.00 - $93,329.60 Annually

Location: Tacoma, WA

Job Type: Non-Classified

Department: City Manager

Job Number: 1120-21

Division: City Manager

Closing: 3/8/2021 5:00 PM Pacific

Agency: City of Tacoma

Address: Human Resources Department 747 Market Street Tacoma, Washington, 98402-3764

Phone: 253-591-5400

Website: http://www.cityoftacoma.org

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