Salary $90,000.00 - $105,000.00 Annually


Location Thurston County – Olympia, WA


Job Type Full Time - Permanent


Department Minority & Women's Business Enterprises


Job Number 2021-03-710655561


Closing 4/4/2021 11:59 PM Pacific


 A model for exemplary service, the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) promotes equity in how Washington State spends its resources by eliminating barriers to equitable participation in public spending.  To accomplish our mission, the OMWBE certifies small businesses owned and controlled by Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), women, and other disadvantaged persons and works with the state’s purchasing and contracting community to provide education throughout the state. The results are positive impacts in the community that lend to a better economy and strengthen the resilience of families and ultimately improving the overall quality of life.

Who we are looking for: 

OMWBE is looking for a highly motivated leader who brings their all to work every day to serve as the Assistant Director of Supplier Diversity  (successful supplier diversity programs include proactive processes that show commitment to provide diverse businesses equal access to opportunities). We have a high-productivity and high-engagement culture for those willing to step out of their comfort zone. If you are ready to make a difference in the quality of lives for Washingtonians, we are the place for you.

This role is responsible for carrying out the state-wide supplier diversity program, designed to increase inclusion of OMWBE certified businesses in public spending. This position makes enterprise recommendations that influence the complex and unprecedented issues involving equitable practices designed to provide maximum practicable opportunities for BIPOC, women and other disadvantaged persons.

The leader selected for this role will initially work in a telework setting, attending all meetings virtually, and once restrictions are lifted, will be required to attend in-person monthly meetings for Tabor 100, NAMC, and other stakeholders.  As the leader directly responsible for partnering with all state agencies and educational institutions, you will also be expected to meet with point of contacts on a regular basis (the majority of headquarters/main offices are located in Thurston County; there may be some travel and overnight stays when meeting with institutes of higher learning throughout the state).

The Assistant Director of Supplier Diversity will supervise current staff at the agency along with additional positions that may be funded by the legislative process and be actively involved in the strategic direction of the agency. 

If you are ready to make an immediate impact in the state of Washington with regards to how agencies and educational institutions create a more diverse and inclusive spend with certified minority, women and veteran owned businesses, please apply now!

OMWBE is an employer of choice because we:

  • Champion employee diversity and inclusion;
  • Provide a modernized office environment;
  • Support mobile work practices and flexible/alternative work schedules;
  • Promote and encourage access to the Employee Assistance Program;
  • Provide an Infant in the Workplace program;
  • Incentivize employees who use alternate transportation;
  • Offer the state-wide total compensation package, including transparent and fair salary schedules, excellent and affordable health insurance options, free dental insurance, solid retirement benefits, vacation, leave, and holiday policies



Some of what you will enjoy doing: 

  • Partners with agencies, educational institutions and internal and external stakeholders to ensure race/gender neutral programs supports the state’s values and strategic goals related to public spending.
  • Plans, guides, educates, and advises agencies and educational institutions on strategies in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion in public spending.
  • Sets performance metrics and analyzes program objectives and outcomes. 
  • Serves as the agency subject matter expert regarding supplier diversity best practices to the external community and organizations.
  • Promotes and expands opportunities for OMWBE certified businesses.
  • Creates, administers, tracks, and provides technical assistance for annual OMWBE inclusion plans from agencies and educational institutions.
  • Serves as OMWBE’s liaison to agencies, educational institutions, prime contractors, and other stakeholders such as Tabor 100, NAMC, The Black Collective, and the Washington State Civil Rights Coalition.
  • Assists in informing policy related to the Tools for Equity in Public Spending and DES Supplier Diversity Policy.
  • Collaborates with internal (state agency) stakeholder groups to promote and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in public spending.
  • Serves as the liaison between OMWBE and DES on business diversity.
  • Works with agencies to ensure solicitations reflect diversity.
  • Reviews and approve all Job Order Contract contracts.
  • Participates as a stakeholder for training initiatives related to public contracting on cultural competency, gender differences, and building a climate of equity and inclusion, as well as other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.
  • Consulted as an adviser to CPARB.
  • Seeks legal guidance from the Attorney General’s Office when necessary.



Required Qualifications: 

  • Four years of full-time employment in roles requiring: strong analytical skills, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, oral and written communication through presentations and reports, teamwork and collaboration, leadership, use of data to present complex information, project and/or program management, continuous improvement skills with a concentration in Lean/Agile, and contracting and procurement; OR a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university involving a course of study in Business Administration, Public Administration, Law, Public policy or a closely related field.
  •  A minimum of three years’ experience in supplier diversity management, contract compliance, and/or implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives related to public spending including at least one year of experience in community engagement and one year of experience in program management. All work experience can take place concurrently.
  • At least one year of experience supervising/leading other staff. 


  • Demonstrated ability to formulate and implement new strategies and initiatives;
  • Proven track record of thinking and planning ahead to ensure long-term success;
  • Ability to influence and motivate external agencies and employees without direct authority;
  • Ability to compose clear and concise written and verbal information to leadership; 
  • Expert level knowledge of plain talk writing to ensure the intended audience understands the message; 
  • Expert level listening skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster positive relationships with partners and stakeholders; 
  • Ability and desire to adapt approach, goals, and methods as necessary to achieve results and respond to changing priorities;
  • Ability and desire to work in an environment of valuing, encouraging, and supporting all differences; 
  • Respectfully and actively engages others with cultural identities different from your own. 
  • Self-reflection, lifelong learning and growth, and a commitment to recognizing and sharing power, and a desire to work toward institutional accountability. 
  • Awareness of biases, assumptions about human behavior, and values;
  • Ability and desire to maintain and enhance relationships with colleagues, customers, and stakeholders by seeing your own emotions and those of others accurately. 
  • Ability to manage your emotions in ways that enhance, rather than hinder relationships and produce the results you want;
  • Provides complete staff work, with a complete analysis that covers all relevant aspects of the issue, anticipates questions, and communicates clearly to the intended audience;
  • Drives performance-based programs while embracing continuous improvement; 
  • Community outreach

The most successful applicants should also possess the following competencies (desired qualifications):

  • Master’s in Public Administration or Juris Doctorate;
  • Certified Diversity Executive (CDE) credential (or equivalent);
  • Working knowledge of the legislative process including bill analysis and decision packages;
  • Working knowledge of Job Order Contracting (JOC), General Contractor/Construction Manager (GCCM), Design Bid Build (DBB), and Design Build (DB).


Supplemental Information

You must provide the information below; failure to do so may result in not being considered for this position:

  • A letter of interest to describe why you are the best candidate and how you meet the specific qualifications for this position;
  • Current resume;
  • A writing sample with primary content related to supplier diversity.
  • A current list of at least three (3) professional references with current contact information (attached or available to provide at the time of interview)

By submitting these materials, you are indicating that all information is true and correct. The state may verify information. Any untruthful or misleading information is cause for removal from the applicant pool or dismissal if employed.

The State of Washington celebrates our differences and we are committed to a workplace that supports equal opportunity employment and inclusion regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity diversity, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We will also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws.

You are welcome to include the name and pronoun you would like to be referred to in your materials and we will honor this as you interact with our organization.

Persons with a disability, who need assistance with their application or need this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 664-1960 or toll free (877) 664-1960. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

Should you have any questions regarding this position or the online application, contact Marika Barto at marikab@omwbe.wa.gov or 360-338-1895.






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