From recycling to energy efficiency, Seattle is widely known for its environmental leadership and innovation. However, the Seattle community faces many of the same challenges as the broader US environmental movement: those who shape and benefit from environmental policies, approaches, and outcomes are primarily white, upper-income communities.
To realize Seattle’s commitment to undoing institutionalized racism and its vision for racial equity, the City is launching the Equity & Environment Initiative, a City-community partnership to advance three primary goals:
1) Ensure all people and communities benefit (and none are disproportionally impacted) from the City’s environmental programs and policies;
2) Engage communities most impacted by environmental injustice in setting environmental priorities, designing strategies, and tracking progress; and
3) Create opportunities for people of color to participate and lead in the environmental field.
The Office of Sustainability & Environment (OSE) needs your help to find a person who can lead this important work. The new Equity & Environment Program Manager will work with City departments and offices and community partners to move the needle on equity in Seattle’s environmental work. This is an amazing opportunity to have a lasting impact on the lives of all Seattle residents.
We are looking for someone who combines strong management, policy, and stakeholder engagement skills with experience working on racial equity and/or environmental justice. If you or someone you know matches this description, please encourage them to visit ow.ly/I6CMF to learn more and apply. The posting is scheduled to close 2/17/15.
The Office of Sustainability & Environment values diverse perspectives and life experiences. People of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ, people with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. OSE was established as an executive office in 2000 to develop and coordinate environmental policies and programs. With a staff of 18, OSE designs, coordinates, and pilots leading edge policies and programs to achieve Seattle’s ambitious environmental goals.