Staff Learning and Equity Director

RISE Partnership | Portland, OR

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Posted Date 7/02/2024

Organizational Overview 

Collaborating with unions, responsible employers, and government - RISE Partnership supports caregivers and public-service employees by developing unique and equitable workforce solutions, including education, benefits navigation, recruitment, and career development. RISE Partnership envisions an Oregon where all workers, and the people they serve, are honored, valued, and empowered to improve their quality of life. 


Position Summary 

Reporting to the Executive Director, and as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, The Staff Learning and Equity Director is responsible for supporting the organizational development of RISE and will focus principally on two key areas: 

  1. Develop content and experiences that support staff learning – such as trainings, facilitated discussions, mentorship – and a system to sustainably deliver these supports; and 
  2. Center RISE’s equity work by helping program teams ensure that all worker-facing training and benefits are developed and implemented with equity and inclusion at their core, and by making DEIJ a critical component of the staff learning experience above. 


Essential Functions 

  • Staff Learning 
    • Develop a comprehensive, creative, and engaging staff development program, with a heavy focus on manager/leadership skills development; 
    • Deliver trainings both by leading training and discussions as well as identifying internal and outside trainers/facilitators; 
    • Support manager success through individual and group coaching; 
    • Develop common-core training, including responding to world or local events or as common learning gaps are identified; 
    • Design a process for gathering participant feedback and evaluating success; 
    • Partner with our HR and Training Services teams to leverage their knowledge and skills for staff learning; 
    • Utilize our HRIS learning management function or other tools to track staff participation, completion; 
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
    • Develop a DEI roadmap for RISE that includes staff participation and support and synthesizes best practices and learnings from across the organization; 
    • Guide adoption and implementation of DEI standards or guidelines for common programmatic choices (e.g. translation), including by working with staff teams and boards of trustees; 
    • Support Directors and teams in developing strategic and project plans that consider DEI from the get-go; 
    • In collaboration with HR, analyze and monitor metrics related to staff hiring, retention, promotion, and departures; 
    • Work closely with, and make recommendations to, the Executive and Senior Leadership Teams to ensure RISE’s leaders foster an equitable and inclusive work environment; 
  • Model our organizational values and norms to identify ways to socialize them, such as embedding them in deliverables and presentations. 



Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Experience 

  • 3+ years of experience effective staff-management; 
  • 3+ years of experience designing, developing, and delivering content for a variety of audiences and skill levels; 
  • Demonstrated effectiveness leading DEI within an organization, including getting people to connect across racial, class, and cultural differences;  
  • Excellent training, discussion, and meeting facilitation skills; 
  • Track record of having difficult, effective conversations at all levels of the organization; 
  • Proven experience of working with stakeholders to elicit and prioritize their needs and translate them into effective learning opportunities; 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including active listening; 
  • Functions with a high level of integrity, transparency, and ability to give and receive feedback; 
  • Strong emotional intelligence and a commitment to their own growth and development—and of others; 
  • Strong MS Office Suite skills, especially within Excel and PowerPoint; 
  • Preferred but not required: 
    • Experience leading stakeholder committees; 
    • Experience working with union staff; 
    • DEI or Organizational Development certification. 


 Working Conditions 

  • Requires very limited physical exertion 
  • Readiness to work occasional long hours, weekends 
  • Able to travel between worksites and/or meeting locations within the state 


Pay and Benefits

  • Open vacation plan 
  • 100% paid medical, dental, vision for employees 
  • 100% paid medical, dental, vision for qualified dependents 
  • Employer-funded FSA plan 
  • 15% employer-funded 401k (not a typo!) 
  • Generous sick time and parental leave benefits 
  • Paid week off for Winter Break! 
  • Monthly work from home cell phone reimbursement 
  • 12 holidays + 3 floating holidays + your birthday off! 


Supervisory Responsibilities 

This position is a confidential, senior management position that will engage in personnel matters.  This position is not immediately responsible for supervising other staff members.   


COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement 
RISE Partnership is committed to keeping our community and workforce safe. Please note that all employees are required to be in compliance with our RISE Mandatory COVID Vaccination Policy. 
Equal Opportunity Employer: 
RISE Partnership is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workplace and strongly encourage women, people of color, LGBTQIA2S+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws. 


Ready for this opportunity?  

A resume and cover letter are required for all applications.  

Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for RISE Partnership in this capacity and provide an example of your demonstrated success in a similar position. 

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Experience Level
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