Port of Seattle is seeking qualified applicants for Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Manager

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program’s purpose is to ensure a level playing field and foster equal opportunity for firms owned and operated by disadvantaged individuals on USDOT-funded contracts and procurements. This role ensures continued federal funding through keeping in compliance with the standards of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 26 relating to the participation of socially or economically disadvantage individuals and organizations (Disadvantage Business Enterprises (DBE)) in the public procurement process. 

This list is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and duties performed.  Essential duties and responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Ensures compliance with requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program applicable to the Port. Compliance activities will include; preparing and submitting required reports; program documentation; program goal setting; contract monitoring; legal and certification guidance; enhancement/implementation of small business elements to overall program; and conducting Commercial Useful Function (CUF) reviews, audits, and investigations of work sites. Inform and advise on appropriate changes to the Diversity in Contracting Director, CDD Director, Executives, Commission and other Port departments. Work with the Title VI Coordinator and other Title VI specialists at the Port to ensure compliance with the Port’s Title VI assurances.

Strategic Leadership & Partnerships:
Lead and support the expansion and implementation of outreach programs/networks for small, economically and socially disadvantaged businesses and plan efforts to disseminate information about upcoming projects to increase DBE participation. Assess statistical data and other information related to the DBE program, such as bids, DBE utilization, DBE compliance and contractor demographic data in an effort to establish targeted outreach efforts for policy. Serve as a resource to the prime contracting and consulting community on their outreach events to garner DBE participation on projects they are bidding on or participating in. Develop goals and objectives for the DBE compliance team, including performance management of staff.

Partner with community leaders to create trust and relationships that increase visibility and result in positive outcomes. Establish partnerships with other government agencies and colleges/universities and form inter-agency commonality with program goals. Organize and manage with the Port’s Airport Dining and Retail Departments external DBE/ACDBE stakeholders group to advance the Port’s Diversity in Contracting Program efforts.

Knowledge of leadership principles in order to help people towards clearly understanding and meeting the organizational vision, mission, and goals. Strong understanding of the legal and procedural constraints of public sector contracting. Must be familiar with the process and procedures that apply to public works contracting, as well as issues that typically arise in procurement of major construction contracts. Must understand how U.S. Department of Transportation guidance and regulations apply to establishment of goals for fostering participation of small businesses in contracts and creation of subcontracting opportunities of a size that small and DBE businesses can reasonably perform. Must be familiar with DBE and small business certification requirements. Must understand ratios/percentages and apply mathematical formulas as needed to perform required analysis. Good understanding of the construction, consulting, and goods & services industry and its contracting methodologies. Understands the community workforce development impacts associated with small and DBE businesses.

Must have strong business acumen. Must have demonstrated experience in executing programs or policies designed to support balanced community involvement within contracting. Must have excellent written and verbal communication skills, including ability to write clearly in a business setting, prepare reports, and speak in public. Must be proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and database systems. Must have strong interpersonal skills, including courteous, respectful demeanor, tact/diplomacy, and awareness of others, as well as commitment to building relationships and work with diverse internal and external groups. Must have sound business judgment.

Must be able to build coalitions with relevant stakeholder and community organizations. Ability to train people and facilitate relationships. Ability to adapt to changing Diversity in Contracting Department direction, as needed, to balance workloads and achieve other department objectives through strong planning and organization. Ability to analyze and synthesize information in a concise manner and make recommendations on strategies to resolve policy, politically sensitive, and project specific issues. Ability to maintain a professional demeanor when challenged or other uncomfortable situations. Ability to lead and mentor multiple staff. Must be able to lead change.

Combination of education and experience demonstrating knowledge, skills and abilities equivalent to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, planning, business, public administration, or related field; and
  • Five (5) years’ experience in DBE management/compliance and/or public-sector procurement processes.


  • Master’s degree in engineering, planning, business, public administration, Sociology, Cultural Diversity, or related field; and
  • Three (3) years’ experience as a Director/Manager level in the field of public administration, civil rights, procurement, and cultural diversity.

Work Environment

Will generally work in an office environment. Travel between various regional locations will required on occasion to evaluate program compliance and conduct outreach with various stakeholders. 

Additional Details

Driver’s License Requirement:  
A valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain one, is required.

Weekly Standard Hours:
Normal work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (40 hours per week). 

EEO Statement

The Port of Seattle is an Equal Opportunity Employer, Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to diversity in the workplace. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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