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Economic Equity Manager

Operations and Policy Analyst 4 – Economic Equity Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation
Office of Social Equity

The role: 
We are seeking an economic equity manager to lead efforts in developing, designing and implementing a change management framework within the workforce and workplace that lead to equity, diversity and inclusion practices in agency programs, policies, performance and priorities.

In this important role, you will support the Urban Mobility Office’s efforts to examine our agency’s current construction delivery methods and practices specific to Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) contracting and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) participation. As a key policy advisor, providing advice that weighs the pros and cons, risks and opportunities, and utilizes creative problem solving approaches to support the project goals will be essential.

We invite members of all diverse communities to join our workforce as we endeavor to best serve Oregonians from every background. ODOT values diversity and inclusion because they are good for Oregon. We believe that by welcoming differences, encouraging new ideas and views, listening to and learning from each other, and providing opportunities for professional enrichment we are better able to serve those around us. We thank you for considering this employment opportunity.

A day in the life:
  • Research and evaluate issues such as legislation, policies, conflicting directives and fiscal and/or operational problems.
  • Analyze project delivery approaches and implementation/operational strategies, synthesize issue areas, and provide recommended courses of action.
  • Identify and solve operational problems between ODOT, the project consultant team, the general contractor team and external entities.
  • Provide change management coaching for staff and mega project consultants and the prime contractor team, as necessary and appropriate, to raise awareness of barriers, effective strategies to mitigate barriers, and to build trust with communities of color, minority contractors, Disadvantaged Business Enterprises and workforce providers.
  • Provide policy recommendations to Urban Mobility Office and state management, including jurisdictions and stakeholders.
  • Act as the agency liaison with project consultants and general contractor team for activities to recruit, broaden and monitor the project consultant’s workforce diversity, along with strategies with workforce providers that are intentional, meaningful and effective to diversify the project workforce.
  • Analyze and assess workforce gaps between the community desired diversity and current workforce and identification of barriers.
  • Serve as the agency’s liaison with project consultants and general contractor team to monitor and improve the efficacy of workforce programs by removing barriers and reducing gaps.
  • Identify effective strategies to increase Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Minority Business Enterprise participation on the Urban Mobility Office mega projects by building the capacity of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise businesses for projects and furthering minority businesses’ expertise to be successful with project opportunities.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the project consultants’ subcontracting plan and recommend effective strategies to improve Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Minority Business Enterprise participation.
  • Work with project consultants and general contractor to identify innovative approaches that result in maximizing Disadvantaged Business Enterprise participation in accordance with federal regulations and local laws.
  • Monitor key performance measures.
  • Provide policy and program recommendations to management to create an innovative mentor protégé program.
  • Act as the agency liaison to project consultants and general contractor team and agency staff to provide strategies that will be used to expand the opportunities for Disadvantaged Business Enterprises.
  • Coordinate with Urban Mobility Office mega project staff, consultants and general contractor team for effective management of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise /On-the-job Training Community Opportunity Advisory Committee.
  • Represent the Assistant Director for Social Equity, Urban Mobility Office and the agency at various meetings with stakeholders, at community meetings and hearings.
  • For a complete list of duties and working conditions, please click here for a link to the position description.

What’s in it for you:
  • Rewarding work in a fast-paced, creative environment.
  • Colleagues who are passionate about public service.
  • Work/life balance and 10 paid holidays a year, flexible work schedules and competitive benefits packages. Click here to visit our full benefits website.
  • Multimodal ride sharing! Get There is Oregon’s easy-to-use carpool matching tool and trip planner that will get you where you need to go.
  • Live, work and play in Portland, Oregon!

What we need:
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 five years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work.
Any combination of experience and education equivalent to eight years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification.

Driving is an essential function of this position. You must have a valid driver license and an acceptable driving record. We will conduct pre-employment driving records checks on our final candidate(s). Your license does not have to be issued in Oregon to be considered.

What we’d like to see:
  • Experience successfully managing a diverse and multi-disciplined group of people to accomplish specific tasks or goals.
  • Experience building collaborative partnerships with members of the contractor community, small business advocacy organizations, community-based resource organizations, and local and regional government entities or other stakeholder groups.
  • Ability to develop change management strategy and experience with successful implementation in evolving social equity culture within organizations.
  • Success in process development, project coordination, contract compliance, monitoring, and report generation.

Learn more and apply!
This recruitment is open until filled. The first round of screening is scheduled for Friday, August 14, 2020 at 7:00 a.m. We encourage you to not delay in applying.

Click here to learn more and to apply. Please note that we can only accept application materials through our website.

For questions about the job announcement or online application, please call 971-273-8687 or email

ODOT is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer