Overview: With the organization’s first-ever African American CEO and an executive management team comprised of a majority of women, Valley Water is uniquely situated to be a model for racial equity, diversity and inclusion among Bay Area public agencies and private industry. The Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Manager is a new position that will lead a team of three in the newly formed Office of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, a unit recently created by our new CEO. The unit manager will be the organization’s champion for racial equity, diversity and inclusion, driving Valley Water’s response to individual and systematic racism internally and promoting equity and environmental justice externally to all the communities Valley Water serves.
Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying safe, clean water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.
Our ideal candidate is a visionary with a demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion, and a track record of building relationships, influencing people, and driving and institutionalizing organizational change. They engage in critical dialogue to confront racism, sexism, homophobia, socio-economic, environmental injustice and other discriminatory structures. They have experience creating and delivering strategic initiatives to senior leaders and the ability to build and collaborate with cross-functional teams to execute programs with demonstrable results.
Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Manages the strategic development and implementation of Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) programs, policies, and measurements to achieve REDI at an interpersonal level, organizational level, and community engagement level, in accordance with Valley Water’s Resolution(s), management direction, and Board End-Polices.
Develops, manages, implements, and evaluates a comprehensive workplan to achieve goals and performance measures consistent with established strategies and the Valley Water’s mission and goals for REDI programs; evaluates plan effectiveness by conducting annual employee surveys and collecting, tracking, and reporting on metrics and performance measures; implements recommended changes to improve outcomes.
Provides staff leadership, oversight, guidance, and daily management of the REDI unit; develops and implements goals, objectives, policies, and priorities for assigned programs; manages budgets and forecasts resource needs.
Plans, directs, coordinates, and reviews the work of assigned staff; provides staff and performance reviews and implements discipline measures.
Works collaboratively and engages with the Board, management teams, employee resource groups, and staff across the organization and business teams to ensure racial equity, diversity, and inclusion are integrated in Valley Water’s policies, processes, and practices; develops Racial Equity Action Plans in alignment with organizational goals and REDI goals and objectives to address unique issues and needs of each business area.
Builds coalitions with community/diversity groups, partners and builds alliances with local organizations known for advancing social justice and anti-racism strategies, and builds and participates in coalitions with other water agencies and local government agencies.
Collaborates with all units within Valley Water to establish collaborative relationships and promote community engagement with diverse communities served; actively engages with community groups and residents on issues of racism.
Champions and leads racial equity, diversity and inclusion by providing leadership, guidance, and technical support to Valley Water management and staff to establish and implement educational and training efforts focused on topics such as understanding racism, how it affects individuals, how to address and dismantle racism, and how to mitigate workplace racial biases.
Evaluates and assesses various internal programs related to outreach, recruitment, and selection, workforce development, economic development, procurement and contracting, construction management, grants management, and related functions to ensure integration of REDI strategies, goals, and objectives.
Supports local, state, and federal initiatives advancing social justice, eliminating racism, and in alignment with Valley Water and REDI strategies, goals, and objectives.
Actively staffs and participates on assigned Board committees such as, but not limited to, the Diversity and Inclusion Ad Hoc Committee, Homeless Ad Hoc Committee, and related boards and committees, makes presentations, and manages board/committee recommendations and provides updates to the Board of Directors and management.
Engages with the Board, Executive Leadership, management teams, and staff across the organization to lead organizational and cultural change efforts to advance racial equity, diversity, inclusion, and acceptance.
Reports on regular progress to executive management and prepares and presents Board items for annual Board unit updates, or as necessary.
Ideal Candidate's Background Includes: Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.
Five (5) years of experience or more performing racial equity, diversity, and inclusion program and/or policy planning and evaluation.
More than (3) three years of supervisory experience.
Track record of building effective business partnerships, influencing people, and driving and institutionalizing change.
Ideal Skills and Abilities:
Develop and implement goals, objectives, practices, policies, procedures, work plans, and performance measures related to REDI efforts.
Provide administrative, management, and professional leadership and expertise related to REDI programs and strategies.
Build organizational capacity for and collaborate and influence organizational and behavioral change by working with all levels in the organization.
Conduct research, analyze complex issues, evaluate alternatives, make sound recommendations, and prepare effective staff reports.
Effectively represent REDI programs and Valley Water and work with stakeholders, community organizations, and other external groups and individuals to find common ground and build consensus.
Actively listen and effectively communicate with people across different cultures with empathy, understanding, and sensitivity.
Understand, explain, and integrate REDI strategies with implementation of work plans and Valley Water policies, procedures, and practices.
Exercise interpersonal sensitivity and group interaction skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Understand and incorporate the Valley Water's core values, ethical standards, and commitment to REDI strategies into all interactions with individuals, organizations and communities.
Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, using appropriate English grammar, syntax, and cultural competence.
Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse socio-economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, diverse abilities, and sexual orientation of Valley Water staff and the communities served.
Systemic racism, societal trends and influences, racial equity, equal employment opportunity, and effective institutional and behavioral change management principles and practices.
Organizational development theories, practices, and capacity building tools to promote and advance REDI programs and initiatives at an institutional level.
Environmental, social, economic, political, cultural, and other considerations impacting REDI program development and implementation.
Principles and methods for REDI curriculum and training design and instruction for individuals and groups, and for evaluating training effectiveness.
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, regulatory codes, ordinances, and procedures relevant to REDI programs and activities.
Techniques for effectively representing Valley Water in contacts with governmental agencies, community groups, and various business, professional, educational, regulatory, and legislative organizations.
Methods and techniques of research, data collection, statistical analysis, report preparation, and presentation.
Recent and on-going developments, current literature, and sources of information related to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Computer software applications, such as MS Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, PeopleSoft, and other specialized software and databases.
Ideal Training and Education: Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, ethnic studies, ethics justice and policy, public health or health science, human resources, mass communications, political science or international relations, psychology, organization development, sociology, behavioral sciences, social services, or a related field.
Required License or Certificate:
Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.
Telecommuting is allowed.
Internal Number: 01171-E
About Valley Water
Valley Water is the primary water resources agency for Santa Clara County, California. Valley Water's core business is to provide residents with a clean and reliable supply of water and protection from flooding. Valley Water encompasses all of the county’s 1,300 square miles and serves the area’s 15 cities, nearly 1.8 million residents, and more than 200,000 commuters.
The mission of Valley Water is a healthy, safe, and enhanced quality of living in Santa Clara County through watershed stewardship and comprehensive management of water resources in a practical, cost-effective, and environmentally sensitive manner.
A seven-member Board of Directors governs Valley Water, of which five are elected from geographic districts and two are appointed. Under current law, the two appointed positions will sunset at the end of 2009. However, there is pending legislation which would alter the composition of the Board to seven elected Directors. Valley Water is an ethnically-diverse, family-friendly organization with employees who are committed to public service and work collaboratively with other agencies (all levels of government, community-based organizations, and neighborhood organizations) in carrying out the mission of Valley Water.