Chief EQUITY officer
North Sound Accountable Community of Health (North Sound ACH) is an independent nonprofit organization committed to building vibrant and healthy communities, places where all can live full lives.
We convene diverse individuals and organizations to foster meaningful community-led collaboration leading to equitable well-being, fewer people suffering and struggling and more people thriving.
The Chief Equity Officer (CEqO) will have the opportunity to create, strategize, and implement Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) initiatives and play an integral role in creating a region where all can feel they belong. This leader will partner with internal and external stakeholders to design and move forward a DEIB strategy by thinking big and bringing ideas to propel North Sound ACH’s work with long-term results in mind. After collaborating with the Executive Leadership Team and other stakeholders to develop the approach, the Chief Equity Officer will lead the implementation, with support from Executive and Program leadership.
The Chief Equity Officer (CEqO) is a new leadership role reporting directly to the Chief Executive Officer and will partner with other members of the North Sound ACH Leadership Team to develop and drive forward the key strategies of the organization. The CEqO will directly supervise the Director of Innovation and will also have ~7 indirect reports.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES / DELIVERABLES
- Manage and lead the development and execution of North Sound ACH’s DEIB strategy.
- Collaboratively define priorities, goals, and measures of success, which will be aligned with business objectives.
- Manage and lead the development and execution of North Sound ACH’s Racial Equity Action Plan, which will focus on building internal equity for employees, partners, and community.
- In partnership with the CEO, function as North Sound ACH’s lead Racial Equity Leader in all external forums.
- Proactively identify risks/challenges, providing solutions, resolving risks/challenges, and overcoming hurdles to drive results.
- Provide consistent updates on progress and goals to key stakeholders.
- Be a DEIB subject matter expert by contributing perspective, insights, and knowledge regarding the implementation of best practices.
- Provide leadership coaching to all levels of staff via one-to-one and group interactions.
- Develop and provide diversity, equity, and inclusion training to staff and community partners.
- Influence and partner with cross functional working teams, including both internal and community partners and members, to launch timely, effective initiatives.
- Partner directly with HR Manager to develop DEIB related HR metrics and assess progress against goals.
- Partner directly with the Program Directors to develop programmatic metrics and assess progress against goals.
- Drive DEIB goal attainment through program management and defined project plans; manage implementation activities, and develop processes, documentation and communications for program/process rollout and ongoing support.
- Establish and support DEIB initiatives (employee resources groups, affinity groups, professional development communities, formal and informal initiatives).
North Sound ACH is deeply committed to building a ecosystem that delivers professional growth through meaningful work, honest feedback, and a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace. All team members, are naturally aligned with our core values and mission, and strive to possess the following:
- Commitment to Equity: Work to advance equity, racial and social justice.
- Leadership: Lead by example, maintain professionalism, and leverage communication strategies to promote effective organization change and culture development.
- Teamwork: Work effectively and respectfully with staff, stakeholders, and community.
- Efficiency: Manage and prioritize multiple projects, tasks and execute deliverables on time, within scope and budget.
- Dependability: Demonstrate responsive and responsible behavior in a fast-paced setting.
- Integrity: Earn the trust, respect, and confidence of co-workers, stakeholders, and community, through honest, forthright, and professional interactions and respect.
- Self-awareness and self-management: Demonstrated commitment to continuous self-learning, reflection, and growth, especially related to the development of strong equity, diverse teams, and modeling this approach with others.
- Proactive problem solving: Proactively develop solutions to challenges, including by constantly looking at big-picture progress on the programs team, and by flagging any potential upcoming challenges in the organization overall.
- Serving as an ambassador for the North Sound ACH: Acts as spokesperson and public presence for North Sound ACH and its community initiatives.
SKILLS & COMPETENCIES
The following skills and competencies reflect the nature of our work, which is collaborative, and inclusive. A successful CEqO is an individual who can lead a team, manage short and long term initiatves. A successful CEqO will also have a proven track record modeling and supporting the develop of:
- Inclusive leadership and management: Brings a clear vision and recognizes the value of divergent perspectives. Approaches leadership with a mindset of “power with” rather than “power over” and regularly includes others in planning and decision-making. Applies best practices in equitable management, translates equity and inclusion into plans for staff development, retention, strategy, and improving culture.
- Clarity of vision: Routinely provides clear and authentic vision that will speak to the hearts and minds of the staff responsible for the work and show them the path to realize it. Formulates and directs policies and sets strategies for the organization and promotes the organization culture and community impact.
- Attentive, empathetic leadership: Enthusiasm for meeting and engaging with people. Empathizes with the communities we serve. Listens closely to understand needs or concerns and takes steps based on that input. Takes pride in providing clear, helpful information. Actively engages with staff throughout the organization to promote a values-driven culture and organizational cohesion.
- Participates in staff development: Coaches, trains, and motivates staff; facilitates staff training; manages employee relations staff performance and takes appropriate corrective action when necessary; and provides advice and counsel to staff on establishing professional growth and development plans for staff.
- Entrepreneurial and resourceful: Consistently overcomes challenges and leverages resources to creatively solve problems. Proposes solutions to issues without much guidance (but isn’t afraid to ask questions). Proactively asks for help, anticipates problems, and course-corrects where needed.
- Proven ability to develop and lead high-functioning teams: Create ambitious and clear visions that allow for development of SMARTIE (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Timebound, Inclusive and Equity-based) goals toward driving impact.
Minimum of 7 years of professional experience with an emphasis on implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion solutions or leading workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion programs which improves equity for staff and customers of services, including one year of experience coaching employees or providing consultation on DEI related matters.
- Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in business, in business, health education, public health, health administration, or a field related to DEIB. Experience directly related to the essential job functions listed may be considered in lieu of a degree.
- 2 years of supervisory experience.
- Experience building a DEIB strategy from the ground up, including design of roadmaps to drive incremental progress towards long-term vision and goals.
- Deep understanding of societal systems of bias, and ability to apply this knowledge to invent, evolve, improve, and simplify business and HR processes.
- Deep understanding of DEIB analytics, including how to drive impact in recruitment, talent, and inclusion metrics.
- Experience demonstrating sound judgment and working with confidential or highly sensitive subject matter.
- Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and drive them to completion using project/program management tools.
- Excellent written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
The annual salary range for this role is $96,000 – $130,000. Employees are provided with the following resources, care, and support to do and be the best while working as a part of the North Sound ACH:
- Flexible work model – this role is mostly remote and requires travel to in-person meetings (~5 days a month)
- Remote work stipend
- Transportation stipend
- Employee Assistance Program
- Professional development stipend
- Paid time off: 30 days (combination of vacation, sick and holiday)
- Healthcare Insurance (medical, dental, and vision)
- 401k Retirement plan with employer match
HOW TO APPLY
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North Sound ACH does not discriminate against any person with regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran or military status, or physical or mental disability. To strengthen our team, candidates from across the North Sound region and from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
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