Oregon Housing & Community Services

Racial Equity Strategic Advisor

[Operations & Policy Analyst 2]

Salem, OR


Oregon Housing & Community Services (OHCS) is searching for a Racial Equity Strategic Advisor to fill a key position with our Homeless Services team. We are looking for someone to provide strategic guidance, make policy direction, develop processes & systems, and provide long term strategic planning efforts. If you have passion to meet our mission and help eliminate homelessness and racial disparities in Oregon, then we want to hear from you! Please apply today!


*Working Condition: Remote > Duties may be conducted through remote means with some occasional in person events required.

*This position is permanent, full-time, and represented by SEIU.

*Per the SEIU CBA for OHCS represented positions, applicants who are current OHCS employees will be given full consideration and vetted through the recruitment process before utilizing the external applicant list. 

*This recruitment will be used to establish a list of qualified applicants to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill future vacancies as they occur.


*The “How to Apply” section of the announcement contains the required information for your application to be considered. Incomplete applications submitted will be removed from the recruitment process.



She/He/They will provide advice and consultation to the Housing Stabilization Division (HSD) on equity and inclusion principles and practices; provide strategic technical guidance and policy direction for homeless services and energy and weatherization programs. The position will leverage processes, tools, and guidelines to carry out their responsibilities as well as introduce changes to HSD’s current policies, programs, practices, and measurement systems to in alignment with our equity and racial justice goals detailed in our Statewide Housing Plan. The position is responsible for leading the work of reducing racial disparities in housing and homelessness through long term strategic planning efforts connected to Divisional programs legislative initiatives, and homeless services and energy services rules and statutes.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: All performed with an Equity & Racial Justice Lens

Outreach, coordination, and strategic advice

  • Lead the Division’s efforts around outreach, engagement and contracting with Culturally Specific Organizations, Community Based Organizations and Tribal Governments through consultation and support of Support Services functions of the Agency

Reporting, Analyzing and Designing Equitable Systems

  • Develops processes and systems to evaluate and measure the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion program outcomes. Gathers and analyzes data as needed and prepares reports.


Training and Planning Initiatives

  • Establish and lead external and internal stakeholder groups in conjunction with other division DE&I staff in support of planning efforts related to the collection and use of demographic data.



You will become part of an innovative and strategic group of professionals and enjoy a competitive salary and benefits package!

  • Salary Range: $4693.00 – $7180.00
  • A positive environment that offers opportunities for career growth and cross-training.
  • An agency that supports and encourages work/life balance and overall wellness.
  • Generous benefits package including, employer-paid health insurance, vacation and sick leave, eleven paid holidays, three paid personal days, flexible spending accounts, and an employer contribution retirement plan (PERS).


OHCS commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.



  • Recruitment Closes: 9/18/2022
  • Recruiter Screening for Minimum Qualifications: 9/19/2022
  • Hiring Manager Screening for Requested Skills: 9/21/2022
  • 1st Round of Interviews: Week of 10/03/2022
  • 2nd Round of Interviews: TBD if needed
  • Anticipated Start Date:  11/07/2022

*These dates are approximate and may change. *




The most competitive candidates will possess the following requested skills, experience, and knowledge:

  • Experience leading outreach efforts, engaging and contracting with Culturally Specific Organizations, Community Based Organization and Tribal Governments.
  • Knowledge of cultures, customs and social experiences of communities experiencing marginalization and barriers to opportunity.
  • Ability to recommend and implement system design improvements to effectively engage and reduce racial disparities in homelessness data and access to services.
  • Develop processes and systems to evaluate and measure impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion program outcomes.
  • Design and deliver training, employment parity, data collection strategies with external/internal stakeholders.
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills.



We recognize that your time is valuable. We will be looking for the following minimum qualifications in addition to the skills listed above:


A Bachelor’s Degree in Business or Public Administration, Behavioral or Social Sciences, Finance, Political Science, or any degree demonstrating the capacity for the knowledge and skills; and two years professional-level evaluative, analytical and planning work.
Any combination of experience and education equivalent to five years of experience that typically supports the knowledge and skills for the classification


To request a copy of the position description, please contact: HCS_HR.Solutions@HCS.oregon.gov


We will use the requested skills and minimum qualifications listed under the “What we are looking for” section above to determine whom to interview. Please make sure the skills and minimum qualifications you possess are clearly demonstrated in your application materials.




  • OHCS Employees & Statewide Applicants: Apply via your employee Workday account. Please be sure to update your profile if needed.
  • External Applicants: Click the ‘Apply’ button at the top of the job announcement. You will need to either create or update your Workday profile.
  • All Applicants: Attach a resume and cover letter. Your cover letter must be limited to no more than two (2) pages and clearly demonstrate how your experience and training relate to the requested skills and minimum qualifications listed under the “What we are looking for” section above.
  •  Generic cover letters and/or cover letters that do not address the requested skills above will be graded as non-responsive.


*NOTE for OHCS, SEIU represented employees only:

1.) Keep communication open with your manager when you are applying for any opportunities – lateral/promotional. 

2.) Trial Service: An employee may be removed from trial service following a lateral transfer or promotion. If approved by management, the employee shall have the right of return to the Agency and the classification or comparable salary level which the previously held.