Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer - Exempt Special Deputy #E172


Salary: $85,000.00 - $110,000.00 Annually


Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA


Department: Washington State Patrol


Job Type: Full Time - Permanent


Job Number: DEI Officer #E172 - Apr 2020


Closing: 4/30/2020 11:59 PM Pacific



Are you looking for:

  • Excellent benefits?
  • Career growth opportunities?
  • An opportunity to make a difference in your community?
  • A culture of respect, commitment and trust?
  • An opportunity to be part of a team of dedicated professionals responsible for providing safety and security to the citizens of the State of Washington
  • Employment opportunities that recognize military veterans and/or military spouse per Governor Executive Order 19-01?

Work/Life balance opportunities such as:

  • Infants at Work
  • Telework
  • Alternate Work Schedules
  • Qualification for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.  For information on this program click on Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.”

Working in Olympia!
If you answered yes, then apply for this position and work in Olympia Washington where it is a great place to call home with its distinctive Pacific Northwest “vibe”.  Residents can walk along the tranquil Puget Sound, stand amongst tall evergreen trees and breathe in fresh air without giving up the convenience of urban life.    In 2018, “Livability” ranked Olympia in the “Top 100 best places to live” in the nation and in Forbes Magazine ranked Olympia #16 for the best places for careers”.

Why should you apply with our agency?
Troopers patrolling the highways are the most visible part of this agency.  However, there are over 1,200 civilian employees who serve behind the scenes supporting the agency mission.  To name just a few, we have:

  • 911 dispatchers who are the critical vital link between calls for assistance and emergency response;
  • Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officers that work to inspect commercial vehicles to ensure safe and efficient travel on public highways;
  • Deputy State Fire Marshals who help prevent fires in homes and workplaces;
  • Forensic Scientists who process evidence that assists in prosecuting criminal cases;
  • IT Specialists  who leverage technology to enhance and sustain business processes, public safety infrastructure, and statewide emergency communications
  • Records staff that process criminal information to ensure crimes are reported accurately so that offenders do not end up working with vulnerable people
  • Administrative staff who provide exceptional customer service and respond to information requests while ensuring the agency runs smoothly and efficiently
Apply today and join us in providing “Service with Humility”!



The Opportunity:
The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer reports directly to the HR Director and indirectly to the Chief of the Washington State Patrol on all matters regarding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Specifically, this position provides leadership, consultation, and direction to help advance the department’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, and to serve as the lead consultant on strategy development for diversity and inclusion to design, drive, and deliver strategic DEI initiatives. 

The DEI Officer will assess potential and actual barriers and develop strategies focused on recruiting and retaining an inclusive and diverse workforce.  The Officer will design training initiatives on cultural responsiveness, Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE), disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of diversity, equity, and inclusion values, while maintaining compliance with applicable laws.  The Officer will also manage the Agency’s Workforce Analysis by leading and overseeing compliance with Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable laws and requirements.

As a member of the human resource management team, this position promotes fairness, professional and performance excellence to the department’s executives, administrators, managers, supervisors and employees.  This position advises management on strategic plans to address current issues and historical challenges faced by underrepresented populations at WSP and desired long term outcomes in support of the agency’s mission – “The Washington State Patrol makes a difference every day, enhancing the safety and security of our state by providing the best in public safety services”.  This position is directly responsible for the agency’s implementation of DEI initiatives in support of the Strategic plan and Goal # 1 Make the WSP A Great Place to Work and the outcomes: “Increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our workforce and services provided” ; and to “A qualified and diverse workforce reflective of the statewide population.”

This position provides executive level consultation, information, recommendations, and support among the various divisions to ensure day to day activities related to recruitment, hiring, promotion, and evaluation are linked in a to strategic goals of the agency and consistent with DEI policies, strategy, and initiatives. 

The primary areas of accountability include compliance, advocacy and education. The incumbent serves as advisor for management and staff in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and is responsible for consultation during intake and investigation of concerns across the agency that pertain to discrimination or harassment.  The incumbent serves as the agency representative to outside agencies in the areas of DEI, Equal Employment Opportunities, and Affirmative Action.


What we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in speech communication, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management or other related field.
    • Experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Five years of experience working in an affirmative action and EEO compliance function which involved the duties and principal accountabilities described for the position of Director of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Must have thorough knowledge of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, American’s with Disabilities Act, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.
  • Knowledge of and experience in training, conflict resolution and mediation methods.
  • This position requires a Washington State Driver’s License 

In addition to those required qualifications, our ideal applicant will also have some or all of the following:

  •  Master’s Degree in Speech Communication, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, psychology, human resource management, or other related field.
  • Management and supervisory experience.
  • Exceptional communication skills (both written and oral).

To be considered for this opportunity, please attach the following to your online application:

  • A Resume and Letter of Interest that outlines how you meet the qualifications


Supplemental Information

 The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The agency will verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers will be cause for rejection of potential employment.  

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please contact Melodie Wulfekuhle at (360) 704-2307 or melodie.wulfekuhle@wsp.wa.gov.

Please complete the on-line application process at www.careers.wa.gov Please include a resume and letter of interest explaining how you meet the qualifications for this position as outlined in the job posting.  Provide clear, detailed information about your education and job-related experience.

The hiring authority reserves the right and may exercise the option to make a hiring decision at any time.  Candidate evaluation will be ongoing.  It will be to the applicant’s advantage to submit application materials as soon as possible. 

The candidate evaluation and selection process will include a preliminary screening of application materials for qualifications, clarity and completeness.  The applicants who meet or exceed the required qualifications and possess the most competitive background in directly related experience, knowledge, and training may be invited for interviews and testing by one or more panels. 

Prior to a hire, a polygraph examination and background check including criminal record history will be conducted.  Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and competence to perform in the position.

Applicants are required to sign release of information forms and will not have access to any investigative materials, files, or results.  The Washington State Patrol has strict guidelines relating, but not limited to, personal and employment characteristics, arrests, convictions, and illegal drug usage, etc.

During the polygraph examination, candidates are required to sign an assessment sheet and participate in an oral interview process to verify responses to the Personal Background Evaluation, the Personal History and Background Questionnaire, and a Pre-Employment Interview.  Untruthful or misleading answers or omissions will be treated as a falsification which will be cause for rejection of potential employment.

Education verification is part of the selection process.  If selected as a top candidate, all position required or applicant specified education must be verified.  Please do not send these transcripts at the time of application.  If you are selected as a top candidate you will be contacted by the Human Resource Division and asked to provide transcripts at the appropriate time.

Upon hire, must possess a Washington State driver’s license and maintain such licensure during employment with the WSP.  The applicant must possess a current, non-probationary, and non-restricted valid driver’s license.  History of restrictions on license or driving record due to vehicle operation or control will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

Persons with a disability, who need assistance in the application or assessment process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 704-2317.  Applicants that are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6384. 

The Washington State Patrol actively supports diversity in the workplace and
is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



Pin It on Pinterest

Share This