NOW HIRING: Racial Equity Initiative Manager



Job Description: Racial Equity Initiative Manager

Salary Exempt | Reports to: see below for details | Location: Seattle Center  Compensation: $60,000 annual salary


Do you have a passion for social justice?  Are you interested in working towards dismantling systems of oppression and white supremacy?  Do you want to create systems of accountability within Seattle and our community?

The Seattle Center Racial Equity Cohort (SCREC) is seeking a Racial Equity Initiative Manager to work with them on the Seattle Center campus. The SCREC seeks to empower member organizations to A) Implement organizational frameworks that are anti-oppressive and racially equitable B) Create and maintain a safe, welcoming, and supportive workplace for staff, volunteers, and interns of color and C) Serve and engage communities of color authentically in our work.  Funding and resources for the SCREC, and for this position, are coming from a grant specifically named to fund Racial Equity Access & Community Engagement work.

Seattle Center serves as an extraordinary, regional arts, civic and family gathering place in downtown Seattle. The 30+ cultural, educational, sports and entertainment organizations residing on the 74- acre campus, together with a broad range of public and community programs, offer nearly 500 events, attracting 12 million visits each year.

This position would engage with and provide support for the non-profit organizations that are located on the campus or are affiliated with campus arts and culture organizations at Seattle Center. The members of the SCREC are committed to ensuring that their board members, staff, programming and audiences are reflective of and serve the rich racial and cultural diversity of this region.  The manager would report to representatives of the Cohort that represent a collective of shared governance.  Theatre Puget Sound (TPS) will serve as the Fiscal Agent for this position and will therefore be classified as the employer for this manager. The position is full time, grant-funded and is being created with the intention of existing through 2019. Funds are being secured to extend this through 2020 with the goal of continuing the position as a full time role beyond 2020.



  • Develop relationships with all Seattle Center Organizations and cultivate community on campus
  • Serve as a resource for each of the participating organizations on issues of race and social justice as they explore opportunities for improving their individual cultural competency and work on the challenges of moving forward
  • Assist individual organizations and the cohort as a whole in evaluating deficiencies, identifying areas for progress, and identifying appropriate strategies


  • Hire and act as the direct manager of the part time Racial Equity Initiative Coordinator that will assist with administrative and logistical tasks as needed
  • Act as the lead staff member representing the interests of all of the cohort members
  • Schedule, organize and lead meetings for all of the cohort committees and task groups
  • Maintain contact lists and ensure all members are informed of meetings and activities
  • Assist the cohort in identifying and securing technical consultants (i.e. trainers, facilitators, subject matter experts) to serve the collective needs of the group
  • Manage the contracts of technical consultants
  • Bring constituents together for joint learning opportunities
  • Provide timely reports and updates to cohort members
  • Assist committees and task groups in the design and implementation of cohort programs
  • Provide logistical support for created programs.
  • Manage the budget for the Seattle Center Racial Equity Cohort.


  • Creation and cultivation of a Racial Equity toolkit of resources that can be utilized by Seattle Center organizations
  • Creation and implementation of campus wide onboarding training strategies for new employees of Seattle Center organizations
  • Creation of a framework and roadmap for the continuation of the Seattle Center Racial Equity Cohort


The successful candidate will have:

  • Five or more years of experience working with organizations and/or communities that are addressing cultural competency and racial equity issues
  • Capacity to work with a wide range of personalities and workgroups that have different levels of experience around equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Ability to lead through a lens of racial equity, cultural awareness, and sensitivity
  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Detail oriented with excellent project management and supervisory skills
  • Experience solving problems under pressure, managing multiple projects at once, and working on difficult organizational issues
  • Experience working with all levels of an organization (boards, management, staff) in a change management context
  • An awareness of the culture in and around Seattle Center and a desire to see it grow, become more inclusive, and thrive
  • Ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative with minimal supervision
  • Clearances/background checks will be conducted and employment will be contingent on successful completion of a pre-employment background and reference check


  • This is a full time exempt position.   Schedule is flexible and can be developed to best fit the needs of the position.  Must also be able to work some evenings and weekends.
  • Compensation package includes:
    • Annual salary of $60,000
    • Annual $3,000 available to be utilized for personal/professional development
    • Full benefit package through TPS-including medical, dental, and vision coverage.  
    • As an employee of TPS this position would be eligible for 12 company designated holidays and 15 vacation days annually.  Paid safe and sick time would be equivalent to 1 hour for every 40 hours worked.
    • A monthly ORCA card


If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit the following, via email, to Ariel Bradler at  Please include your last name and REI Manager Position in the subject line of your email.  No phone calls please.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume including at least three professional references

This position will engage with a lot of individuals and organizations on campus about their Equity work.  We invite you to address in your cover letter (no more than two pages) how your lived or learned experiences with systemic inequities allows you to engage in these conversations and impacts your perspective.  We would also love to learn about your accomplishments in your Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion work.

Interviews will begin on January 14, 2019 with the goal of a start date for this position on February 1, 2019.  However, this position will remain open until we find the right colleague for this work.

We value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture.  We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work and encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, and veteran status.  We strongly encourage those from groups not normally represented, to apply.

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