Racial & Ethnic Disparities Coordinator

Oregon Department of Education - Salem, OR4.1

Full-time$4,900 - $7,100 a month
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At the Oregon Department of Education , we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive. If you have a passion for providing exceptional service and thrive in a fast-paced environment, then we want to hear from you!

The Youth Development Division is seeking a Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator (Operations and Policy Analyst 3). This is a limited duration (scheduled to end June 30, 2021), full-time position located in Salem, Oregon , and is represented by Service Employees International Union .

In 2013 HB 3231 established the Youth Development Division (YDD) respectively, in ODE to support Oregon’s education system by developing state policy and administering funding to community and school-based youth development programs, services, and initiatives for youth ages 6-24 in a manner that supports educational success, focuses on crime prevention, reduces high risk behaviors and is integrated, measurable and accountable.

What you will do !

This position fulfills a federal requirement that Oregon accepts when receiving funding under Title II (Formula Grant) of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act . This requirement is to address disproportionate minority youth involvement and confinement in the juvenile justice system and to ensure State’s compliance with the Disproportionate Minority Contact/Racial and Ethnic Disparities (DMCRED) core requirement of the JJDPA. In this position, you are responsible for leading and coordinating the State and local efforts to reduce and eliminate disproportional representation of minority youth who come into contact with and in the juvenile justice system by addressing and mitigating disparities across all youth serving systems.

Primary duties include:
State DMC/RED Compliance Plan Development and Implementation:
Direct/coordinate/conduct the State’s data collection from several data systems and sources. Analyze large and complicated data sets under the federal protocol.
Recommend and establish priorities to meet the federal DMC/RED core protections based on juvenile justice data analysis, strategies to reduce DMC/RED on state and local level, and funding development.
In collaboration with the DMC/RED Subcommittee of the YDC, develop the State’s three-year DMC/RED reduction plan and its annual updates as required by OJJDP.
Prepare annual and periodic reports to the governor, legislature, state and local partners on the status of compliance with the DMC/RED protection and efforts to reduce disproportionalities where found.
Lead, direct, coordinate, and monitor the implementation of each action step in the State’s DMC/RED plan working closely with local jurisdictions and providing regular updates to the DMC/RED Subcommittee.
Keep abreast of the latest juvenile justice data to guide the State’s efforts toward addressing the most disproportionate segments of the juvenile justice system and geographical areas of the State.

Grant Administration and Analysis:
Direct statewide project by establishing funding eligibility, developing program standards, overseeing grant selection, and monitoring the funded programs’ performance and outcomes.
Develop Request for Applications and scope of work for grant funds. Review grant applications and prepare analysis and funding recommendations for the YDC DMC/RED Subcommittee and the SAG. Ensure accurate, timely and efficient process for the entire grant life cycle, from proposal to close. Work collaboratively with grant personnel to ensure compliance with grant requirements. Inform grantee of the status of availability or underspending of funds. Manage funding awards, tracking payments, reviewing or producing relevant reports and monitoring.
Review, assess, and implement work flow processes increasing efficiency and accuracy in managing grants.
Analyze project deliverables and make recommendations regarding project funding.
Training and Technical Assistance

Identify the DMC/RED related training needs of the juvenile justice system stakeholders and community-based agencies and organizations.
Provide assistance with meeting, planning, coordination, and staff logistical and administrative support.
Conduct ongoing review and assessment of youth serving programs, policies, statutes and funding mechanisms to ensure their activities are not detrimental to minority children, youth and families. Participate in efforts to identify, implement and support prevention and alternatives to secure confinement of Oregon’s youth and youth of color in particular.
Provide relevant information and research on the national and local levels to ensure that the DMC/RED Subcommittee is aware of the latest trends, proposed plans, and recommendations in juvenile justice and delinquency prevention.
Community Engagement

Establish and maintain strong community relationships to understand and implement YDD objectives. Establish and builds relationships with youth-serving partners and stakeholders. Provide consultation, training, and assistance to community stakeholders. Ensure that the needs of culturally and economically diverse communities are met and identify barriers to participation.
Provide analysis and monitoring of legislative bills.
Provide updates to Director and Juvenile Justice Manager
Co-Staff SAG/Juvenile Justice/DMC/RED YDC Subcommittee

In partnership with YDD subcommittee staff, arrange meeting, secure location, and notify subcommittee members of meeting schedule. In partnership with YDD subcommittee staff, prepare meeting agenda and materials. Produce information by transcribing, formatting, inputting, editing, retrieving, copying, and transmitting text, data, and graphics. Ensure all meetings are in accordance with public meeting notice requirements and accessibility requirements.
Analyze research, data and present reports relating to prevention/intervention services and practices.
Provide recommendations on committee related work and future committee activities.
Commitment to Equity

In addition to the cultivation of equitable practices across all aspects of the position:

Learn and apply knowledge and skills to interrupt systemic oppression.
Have knowledge of and apply tools, such as the Equity Lens, Culturally Responsive Community Engagement tool, the Protocol for Culturally Responsive Organizations, etc., to all work to ensure that the shared vision and mission of YDD is clearly articulated in all work produced by this division.
Consistently treats customers, stakeholders, partners, vendors and co-workers with dignity and respect. Creates and maintains a work environment that is welcoming and respectful of diversity. Sets clear guidelines and models expected professional behaviors.

Working Conditions :
Work will be done in communities around Oregon requiring frequent travel across the state by car and air, and frequent hotel stays are a primary condition of this position. Must be able to be comfortable in wide range of office settings, often working alone until meeting with program staff in communities. Early morning, late evening, overnight and/or weekend hours may be required. When in the office in Salem, general cubicle office environment with multiple competing projects and tasks, deadlines to meet with frequent interruptions. The hours of work may vary from day to day, week to week, depending on travel commitments and project completion. Work is FLSA-exempt and frequently exceeds a 40-hour work week. Position must have a current, valid driver’s license and an acceptable driving record.

What are we looking for?

Candidates with at least a Bachelor's Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and four years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work; OR any combination of experience and education equivalent to seven years of experience related to evaluative, analytical and planning.

Candidates who are the most competitive will possess the following background, skills and experience:

Ability to analyze processes, identify problems and recommend solutions.
Experience developing performance measures and outcome-based measurement methods.
Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, leadership technique, and coordination of staff.
Proven ability to develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and maintaining those relationships over time.
Proven experience in the application of time management and prioritization methods
Experience in developing and implementing broad internal and external communications to diverse audiences using multiple media sources. Demonstrated experience in communicating concepts, and ideas to peers, management, and stakeholder groups in both written and verbal formats.
Ability to work with multiple deadlines, continual change and at times heavy workloads. Ability to maintain composure during stressful situations.
Demonstrated understanding and/or experience in project management or change management practices.
Ability to effectively manage competing priorities and balance those priorities across the division and agency.
Preference may be given to bilingual/bicultural candidates.
Our Amazing Benefits!

Did you know that the State of Oregon is on the Forbes Top 500 list of America’s Best Large Employer’s? When you join us, you are joining a fast-paced, creative environment with colleagues who are passionate about public service and impact the lives of children and families statewide.

Excellent medical, vision and dental benefit package for the employee and qualified family members with very low monthly out-of-pocket cost
Paid days off –
10 paid holidays per year
3 additional paid "Personal Business Days" per year
8 hours of sick leave accumulated every month
Progressive vacation leave accrual, starting at 8 hours per month, with increases every 5 years
In addition to standard medical benefits and employee leave, the state also provides additional optional benefits, such as basic life insurance, short-term disability, long-term disability, deferred compensation savings program, and flexible spending accounts for health care and child care expenses.
If you have a desire to make a difference in the lives of Oregonians, apply today!

How to apply :
To apply for this position, follow the “Apply” link above and attach a resume and cover letter, and answer the additional supplemental questions. For external candidates, please make sure to attach all required documents in the section titled Resume/CV. Internal candidates attach your documents in the section titled Resume/Cover Letter. Failure to attach a cover letter and resume may result in disqualification of your application . Please contact ode.jobs@state.or.us if you have any questions on the application process.

Help Your Application Rise to the Top!

Your candidate profile, cover letter, and resume are the perfect opportunity to highlight your interest in the position and showcase the amazing skills and experience, making you the best candidate for the position. Candidates whose training and/or experience most closely match the requirements and needs of the position and who attach all necessary documents will be eligible for an interview. Submissions will be screened for consistency of information and communication skills at the professional level (attention to detail, spelling, grammar, etc.).

Additional Information

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This position is subject to a criminal history check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification.
Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. For further information, please see the following website: Veterans Resources . You may also call the Oregon Department of Veterans' Affairs at 1-800-692-9666.
We do not offer VISA sponsorships or transfers at this time. Within three days of hire, you will be required to complete the US Department of Homeland Security's I-9 form confirming authorization to work in the United States.

Helpful links and contact information :
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For additional information you may contact us by e-mail at ode.jobs@state.or.us or call 503-947-5635.

The Department of Education is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer committed to a diverse workforce. The Department strives to create an inclusive environment that welcomes and values the diversity of the people we serve. We foster fairness, equity, and inclusion to create a workplace environment where everyone is treated with respect and dignity. Studies have shown that women and people of color may be less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet every one of the qualifications listed. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job. We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet every one of our qualifications listed. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, please feel free to contact us to discuss your application.