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As employees of the Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Quarter, we do more than basketball. We blaze trails toward winning championships on and off the court. We are pioneers and innovators. We look for people who push boundaries, who dream, who are committed to inclusivity – who want to contribute to Rip City!

Whether our guests are attending a game to see their favorite player on the court, or their favorite artist Illuminate the stage, as our Senior Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, you will lead the organization’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) strategies and initiatives both internally and externally for the Rose Quarter. You will build, implement and monitor programs and policies that support our core principles of acceptance and understanding that help further a culture of respect, equality and inclusiveness.

Day-to-Day:

  • Assess DEI related needs and create a relevant strategy while serving as an internal and external (for community partners) consultant, facilitator and strategic advisor for implementation of DEI programs and initiatives from concept to launch.

  • Guide and collaborate with department leaders on DEI matters including staying abreast of legislation, regulation and new methodologies. Recommending crucial changes to current policies.

  • Liaison with NBA league office on DEI initiatives and policies including hiring practices, diversity program and career development.

  • Driving and supervising progress of plan across all departments with cross-functional teams. Developing metrics and evaluating and revising plan goals/task as needed. Leading development of second iteration of strategic plan.

  • Prepare annual business plan outlining DEI goals, objectives and strategies.

  • Planning, implementing, and co-facilitating in partnership with L&D Specialist on all staff trainings. Supporting the development of new, internal DEI facilitators.

  • Driving and leading external partnerships to advance work, connecting staff to external resources and managing consultant contracts, resources, as well as coordinating teams and budget. Develop policies and practices to be an intentional and responsive community member.

  • Representing company at DEI-related speaking engagements, related conferences, luncheons and events.

We’d like to hear from you if you:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree in a related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Have seven (7) years of demonstrated experience implementing and executing DEI initiatives.

  • Collaborate in a dynamic, high-profile environment and build constructive and positive relationships with all staff and departments.

  • Strong credibility and ability to inspire trust among employees of color and those with a diverse set of backgrounds, abilities, lifestyles, ages, sexual orientation, identity, and expression.

  • Demonstrated team leadership, coaching and group facilitation skills. Challenges employees and leadership effectively and respectfully.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and can vary communication to fit cultural context and circumstance.

  • Initiative-taking, creative, initiative-taker with the ability to perform under pressure while prioritizing and managing multiple projects with a diligence.

  • Driven, flexible and can learn quickly in a fast-paced work environment. Shows initiative in times of challenge and ambiguity.

Offers of employment are conditional upon proof of COVID-19 vaccination or approval of a medical or religious exemption and accommodation from the company along with the successful results of an individual background check. We consider qualified applicants with criminal histories and review results on an individual basis.

The Portland Trail Blazers at the Rose Quarter embraces diversity and inclusion. We celebrate individual expression and uniqueness on our campus. We do not tolerate harassment or discrimination. We are committed to hiring individuals that reflect the community we serve without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or other legally protected characteristics. We are an equal opportunity employer.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

Perks:

We invest in our employees inside and outside of work. Our benefits package for full-time teammates includes:

  • Competitive Healthcare Coverage

  • Retirement Plan

  • Paid Maternal & Parental Leave

  • Flexible Time Off (3 weeks + 11 holidays)

  • Wellness Perks

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Free Parking + Discounted Mass Transit Passes

  • Discounted & Complimentary Tickets

  • Ongoing Learning & Development

  • Daily Free Lunch

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