Job Details

Director of Equity, People & Culture

Oregon Food Bank, Portland, OR

Job - Non-Profit

Close Date: 03/31/2018

Application Deadline: 3/31/18 by 9PM PST
Pay Details: The pay range for this position is $90,000 to $105,000 per year. Depending on experience.

Who We Are:
Oregon Food Bank (OFB) works to eliminate hunger and its root causes... because no one should be hungry. Oregon Food Bank believes that hunger starves the human spirit, that communities thrive when people are nourished, and that everyone deserves healthy and fresh food. Oregon Food Bank helps feed the human spirit of 740,000 people through a food distribution network of 21 regional food banks serving Oregon and Clark County, Washington. Oregon Food Bank also leads statewide efforts to increase resources for hungry families and to eliminate the root causes of hunger through public policy, local food systems work, nutrition and garden education, health care screening and innovative programming. Find out how to feed the human spirit at

Our Equity Journey
Oregon Food Bank (OFB) began our journey towards equity in 2015. We now recognize that historical and persistent systemic inequity, especially institutionalized racism, is a root cause of poverty and hunger, and as such, we acknowledge that is core to achieving our mission that we create a more equitable and inclusive environment for our staff, our community partners and people experiencing hunger.

Our Board has adopted the equity commitment, below:
At Oregon Food Bank, we hold people experiencing hunger and food insecurity in Oregon and SW Washington at the center of our actions and decisions. We envision a community where each person can participate, prosper and have access to food that is both nourishing and in keeping with their culture. We recognize that systemic injustices exist – such as racism, classism, and sexism – and that these create and perpetuate conditions that sustain poverty and hunger. Understanding this, we commit to serve marginalized communities, in both urban and rural environments, in ways that value who they are and their lived experiences. We resolve to listen to and include these communities in our work, and to respond where bias and inequities appear. We will confront oppression and poverty by developing solutions to hunger that are community-driven, honor a diversity of needs, and value everyone. Our food programs and public policy efforts aim to build a society where everyone can thrive - celebrating our differences and working together to overcome injustices that might divide us...because no one should be hungry.

Some of our equity actions to date include:
• Provided in-depth training for all staff in 2015 and for the Board in 2016 and ongoing opportunities for skill-building
• Established an Equity Team
• Created and implemented of an Equity Lens for decision making
• Revised of some hiring and interviewing practices and workforce composition goals
• Completed of the Coalition of Communities of Color Protocol for Culturally Responsive Organizations Tool/Assessment
• Changed programming to be more inclusive of people with different language backgrounds
• Ensuring priorities identified by people experiencing hunger are guiding our public policy efforts

Who We Are Looking For:
OFB seeks a highly skilled, collaborative, dynamic, and mission-driven Director of Equity, People and Culture to join the Leadership Team. As the director, you set the vision and functions for OFB’s equity journey, human resources and organizational culture and participate actively in developing and implementing organizational strategy. You demonstrate diplomacy and strategy in developing and maintaining relationships, have a strong and effective interpersonal, communication and management skills and actively engage your team in strategy, design and decision making. You are passionate about equity and human resources and you are committed to bringing out the best in the people you work with. You are self-directed yet flexible and excel in a fast-paced environment as a working Director. You help build a caring workplace community that ultimately serves people serving hunger in the most successful and inclusive ways.

Oregon Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and we encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our organization. Over and above our commitment to non-discrimination, OFB actively seeks to employ members of the community who have experienced poverty or food insecurity and members of historically marginalized groups including racial and ethnic minorities.

Primary Responsibilities:
• Provides leadership to achieve OFB’s equity commitment and internal capacity-building goals, including: developing HR and organizational systems and processes that create inclusive excellence, diversity and multicultural competency; driving internal policy change.
• Serves as a key driver of OFB’s equity initiatives motivating teams to access and operationalize equity. Co-chair the internal Equity Team and support sub-committees, oversee communications and impact reporting for initiatives.
• Maintains oversight, direction and ultimate responsibility for the HR systems and service for the organization with an equity lens; including recruitment, onboarding, benefits and wellness, employee relations, retention, coaching, performance management, compensation, and compliance.
• Supports staff of color (POC) —particularly toward their achievement of professional development, mentorship and leadership opportunities within the organization.
• Partners with the CEO to influence, drive and maintain positive culture and engagement at OFB and to realize the Board vision: “Create a positive work environment which values collaboration, trust, open communication and empowerment.”
• Collaborates with the Leadership Team to actively model and demonstrate care, vulnerability, perspective and shared accountability; contributes to a spirit of trust and high morale; drives results for high impact, evaluates efficacy and productivity.
• Organizes, leads and communicates work of various cross-departmental committees including Equity Team, Compensation Committee, internal benefits review/RFPs, employee events, culture and engagement
• Provides leadership, direction, coaching and development for the HR team, and serves as coach and advisor, using an equity lens/approach, for all levels of leadership and staff throughout the organization.
• Provides thought leadership for training and development; designs and facilitates internal learning opportunities to achieve desired outcomes.
• Creates and manages departmental budget.
• Other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Experience:
• At least five years’ experience as a senior manager, with deep human resources experience; responsibility for staff supervision, planning, budgeting and consulting
• Demonstrated experience with equity concepts and initiatives.
• Experience working cooperatively within and across teams; belief in the value and power of participatory decision-making.
• Passion for advocacy/economic/social and racial justice issues.
• Outstanding interpersonal skills: good listener and thoughtful respondent; positive influencer; adept writer who can vary communications to fit cultural context and circumstances.
• Motivated and courageous; can nudge and challenge staff and leaders to seek multiple perspectives and check assumptions.

Preferred Skills or Characteristics, but Not Required:
• Lived experience of inequity/oppression and connections to marginalized communities.
• Human Resources professional certification, such as SHRM-SCP or SPHR.
• Bilingual and/or multi-cultural.
• Experience with project management tools and techniques.
• Facilitation or coordination of trainings, dialogue sessions or workshops to promote understanding and deepening equity competency.

The Fine Print:
Work is performed in an office environment while sitting at a computer screen for extended periods. Periodically walk throughout facility (warehouse and office) to communicate with staff and check on the status of projects. May lift, move and carry objects from 20 to 40 pounds, such as boxes containing office and other supplies. Crouching, bending, kneeling and reaching when filing. Work outside normal working hours and occasionally drive vehicle for various projects.

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