At Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, our mission is to ‘Keep Washington Safe and Working’!  Our Values are:  Customer Focus, being One L&I, Respect, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Learning and Growth, Reliability.

L&I  is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety and health and security of Washington’s 3 million workers. We are excited to announce our search for a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Manager.   L&I has many distinct business areas and all executive leaders are accountable to the DEI Manager in creating an equity-driven organization, and in delivering culturally relevant, equitable, barrier-free services that are fully inclusive of all identities and that do not replicate systems of oppression.

The DEI Manager is essential to L&I’s vision to create a culture of equity and inclusion in all business areas across the enterprise. The individual, selected to do this meaningful work, will bring together DEI activities to support agency leadership and employees at every level to create an intentional work environment where inclusion is evident, employees thrive, and their unique perspectives and identities are valued.

This valuable role will direct and champion all programmatic work that will lead L&I as we continue in our effort to become an equity-driven organization. We seek a subject matter expert that will develop and lead the rules, regulations and policies related to DEI efforts in the agency. This position has broad oversight and is essential to carry out L&I’s vision to create a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion across the enterprise.


Your key responsibilities will be:

Lead and direct the agency’s DEI strategic planning efforts.
Provide DEI-related subject matter expertise, guidance and technical assistance to the Director, agency leadership and DEI Employee Advisory Committee.
Serve as the point-of-contact with the Washington State Office of Equity, Statewide DEI Council, Statewide Business Resource Groups, and other key external stakeholder groups.
Partner with the Office of Human Resources to develop the infrastructure, tools and best practices to cultivate a diverse, equity-driven, and culturally competent workforce.
Partner with divisions to implement strategies and initiatives.
Set expectations, measure progress, and ensure accountability of DEI initiatives.

* Reach out to JOBS@LNI.WA.GOV for a copy of the Position Description that further outlines the responsibilities of this role.


Education and experience
A bachelor’s degree in social or organizational behavioral sciences, human resources, public administration, business administration, organizational development, or related field. AND
5 years of experience leading programs that focus on DEI, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and disability justice, anti-poverty policy, addressing health disparities, social justice, cultural humility, or working with historically marginalized groups.
*Experience may be substituted year for year for education.

In the course of education and experience listed above, we are looking for an individual who can demonstrate an advanced level of professional knowledge, subject matter expertise, skills and abilities in:

Managing DEI best practices for policy development, organizational and curriculum development, organizational culture shifts, and communications where actions significantly affect the overall operation and strategic purpose of an agency.
Creating policies, programs, practices, and procedures that increase the power, voice, and influence of the most impacted and marginalized employees in a large divisional, departmental operations or agency.
Principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, federal affirmative action, Americans with Disabilities Act, and equal employment opportunity laws.
Cultural competencies in the areas of race, religion, gender identity, national origin, sexual orientation, language comprehension, socio-economic status, physical ability, and others.
Organizational development, strategic planning, goal setting, performance measurement and change management
Systems thinking to address root causes of systemic inequities and social determinants of health.
Program management including experience leading and managing multiple, complex projects at the same time.

Competencies needed to be successful in this role:
Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others.
Gaining the confidence and trust of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.
Ability to exercise a high level of emotional intelligence, critical thinking, and judgment during challenging or ambiguous situations.
Engaging in difficult conversations and/or leading training on topics that relate to diversity and inclusion, oppression, racism, and/or inequity.
Excellent organizational and communication (verbal, written and interpersonal) skills.

A master’s degree in social or organizational behavioral sciences, human resources, public administration, business administration, organizational development, or related field.
Certification or other extensive training in the area of DEI.
Supplemental Information:

Please note:  Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader) (Download PDF reader), all employees who work for the Department of Labor & Industries must be fully vaccinated. Your vaccination status will be verified by Human Resources prior to your first day of employment.   Please contact the Human Resource Business Transformation Unit at JOBS@LNI.WA.GOV if you need information on medical or religious accommodation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, telework is temporarily expected for most positions, including this one.  The vaccine mandate applies to all employees regardless of teleworking status. As L&I begins to allow for staff re-entry into the workforce, the incumbent of this position may be expected to report to an L&I facility or field office (duty station) for work activities. At that time, discussions about this position which may be eligible for continued telework in accordance with L&I’s telework policy. Telework is dependent upon business needs and supervisor approval. When asked to work in the office, the duty station for this position is: Tumwater, Washington.

Application Process:  
The top candidates will be contacted directly to interview for this position. Because the selection will be based on information provided by you, it is in your best interest to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities that address the mandatory and desirable qualifications described in the announcement.

Please include the following documents with your application:

A letter of interest describing specific qualifications.
A current resume detailing applicable experience and education.
A list of at least three professional references with current telephone numbers.

DO NOT attach or place any information about your vaccination status, including listing the Governor Mandate as a reason for leaving employment, within the application, resume, or cover letter. If you do, we will reject your application. If we reject your application, we are doing so to safeguard others from receiving your confidential information. You will need to remove the confidential information before you can apply again.

Other Information:

  • Offer of hire is contingent upon completion of a background check that includes a criminal record history review.
    Positions requiring travel must have a valid unrestricted driver’s license and must be insured if driving a privately owned vehicle on state business.
  • Candidates who are offered a job with L&I must possess work authorization which does not require sponsorship by the employer for a visa now or in the future.
  • The Department of Labor & Industries complies with the employment eligibility verification requirements of the federal Form, I-9. The selected candidate must be able to provide proof of identity and eligibility to work in the United States consistent with the requirements of that form on the first day of employment.


Applicants wishing to claim Veterans Preference should attach a copy of their DD-214 (Member 4 copy), NGB 22, or signed verification of service letter from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to their application. Please blackout any personally identifiable data such as social security numbers. For further information, please contact us at JOBS@LNI.WA.GOV.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Employer:

Here at Labor & Industries our employees come from all walks of life as do we. We strive to hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds.   All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We believe in the importance of recognizing the value each of us contribute to the success of the mission of the agency. Having a diverse workforce is this agency’s greatest resource of strength and knowledge. It is through the combination of talents and abilities that we can pursue finding effective measures on how we can provide the best customer service. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for everyone and we strongly mean everyone.

The State of Washington is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with a disability who need accommodation in the application process or testing process, or those needing this announcement in an alternative format, may call (360) 902-5700. TTY users should first call 711 to access the Washington Relay Service.

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 award-winning diverse and inclusive organization.

If you have any questions regarding this announcement, program, or the agency please contact JOBS@LNI.WA.GOV.

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About Washington State Department of Labor & Industries

Keep Washington Safe and Working

The Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) is a diverse state agency dedicated to the safety, health, and security of Washington's 3.3 million workers. We help employers meet safety and health standards, and we inspect workplaces when alerted to hazards.

As administrators of the state's workers' compensation system, we are similar to a large insurance company, providing medical and limited wage-replacement coverage to workers who suffer job-related injuries and illness. Our rules and enforcement programs also help ensure workers are paid what they are owed, that children's and teens' work hours are limited, and that consumers are protected from unsound building practices.

We serve customers in 19 offices throughout Washington and have approximately 2,800 skilled employees, including safety inspectors, claims specialists, nurses, researchers, accountants, labor experts, and support staff.

Protecting the health and safety of workers
L&I's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) administers the Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) law by developing and enforcing rules that protect workers from hazardous job conditions.

Our inspectors visit about 5,000 workplaces each year and cite businesses that violate health and safety rules. Each year, we also conduct about 2,500 free, on-site safety and health consultations for employers who request our help complying with these rules in their unique workplaces. We also conduct research into workplace health and safety, which focuses on promoting healthy work environments and preventing workplace injuries and illnesses.

Ensuring medical care and financial help for injured workers
Our claim managers oversee benefits to workers who are injured or become ill on the job. They also work closely with doctors, employers, and counselors to help severely injured employees return to paid employment.

Washington's workers' compensation system is funded by premiums from employers and workers and income from investments. We also regulate about 400 large, self-insured employers who have qualified to provide their own workers' compensation insurance.

Protecting workers' wages, hours, breaks, and more
We enforce child labor laws, as well as laws that protect workers' wages and working conditions. Our agency also oversees apprenticeship programs and administers rules covering prevailing wage on public-works construction projects.

Protecting the public from unsafe work and economic hardship
Our technical experts protect the public by inspecting electrical work, boilers, elevators, and manufactured homes. We also test and license electricians, certify plumbers, and issue operating permits for amusement rides.

Our agency registers construction contractors, requiring them to be insured and bonded. We also provide an easy-to-use website that allows customers to see whether a contractor is bonded and insured and alerts them to problems associated with hiring unregistered contractors.

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