September 28, 2020
San Jose, CA
Job Type



Office of Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion(Position Code 1052)

With the organization's first-ever African American CEO and an executive management team comprised of a majority of women, Valley Water is uniquely situated to be a model for racial equity, diversity and inclusion among Bay Area public agencies and private industry. The Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) Manager is a new position that will lead a team of three in the newly formed Office of Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, a unit recently created by our new CEO. The unit manager will be the organization's champion for racial equity, diversity and inclusion, driving Valley Water's response to individual and systematic racism internally and promoting equity and environmental justice externally to all the communities Valley Water serves.

Valley Water is the primary water resource agency for Santa Clara County, supplying safe, clean water, providing flood protection, and serving as an environmental steward for healthy ecosystems. Valley Water serves approximately two million people in 15 cities and manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds, and 275 miles of streams.

The Senior Management Analyst (SMA) will work closely to support the Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, Program Administrator and team in supporting the strategic development and implementation of REDI programs, policies, and measurements to achieve REDI at an interpersonal level, organizational level, and community engagement level. This individual will lead all assigned efforts to ensure that racial equity and inclusion are addressed in all existing policies, programs and practices and a part of decision-making processes within Valley Water going forward. They may also assist in efforts to collaborate with external committees and groups for continuous learning and providing recommendations on improving Valley Water programs and for expanding racial equity and inclusion within the communities Valley Water serves. This individual will lead efforts to collect program data, analyze the information and report out to help measure program outcomes. The SMA will conduct research and analysis as needed, and use the information to make solid recommendations, as well as develop and implement solutions that will improve Valley Water's efforts to achieve racial equity and inclusion. This individual will also help coordinate the unit's budget efforts such as monthly budget monitoring, tracking, regular invoicing and development support, and assist in providing program support to Valley Water's Employee Resource Groups.

Our ideal candidate is an experienced analyst with a demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion. They have impeccable project management, communication and customer service skills and a track record of taking initiative and delivering results.

Key Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide management and implementation support for all REDI office programs and initiatives and special assignments as assigned.
  • Research and analyze pertinent racial equity and justice policies internally within Valley Water as well externally on regional, local, state, national level for best practices for program implementation.
  • Prepare and produce written reports and recommendations for Board, Committees, Executive Management, and other functional areas.
  • Support Employee Resource Groups (ERG) Leadership and all Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging efforts.
  • Coordinate and organize completion of an annual employee survey on racial equity as well as other surveys, including development, analysis and presentations.
  • Support staff with working with assigned business areas (e.g. Watersheds, Water Utilities) to develop Racial Equity Action Plans to align with organizational goals while addressing unique issues/needs of each business area.
  • Assist with collaboration of improving HR recruitment and internship program outreach efforts to ensure diversification of workforce.
  • Support Employee Resource Groups with virtual their virtual offerings and events.
  • Promote racially equitable and economic and workforce development practices.
  • Serve in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under the Public Information Officer (PIO) branch in the Lead PIO function and participate in required PIO trainings as required.
  • Ability to work long hours, including evening and weekend after-hours as necessary.
  • Provide budget and general staff support for unit.

Ideal Candidate's Background Includes:
Applicants whose experience and background best match the ideal experience, knowledge, skills, abilities and education are considered ideal candidates for the position. To determine the top candidates, each applicant will be assessed based on the ideal candidate criteria listed below.

Ideal Experience:

  • Five (5) years of experience performing administrative, operational, or management analysis of complex issues.
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity and inclusion.

Ideal Skills and Abilities:

  • Analyze, identify options, and make recommendations for the solution of budgetary, procedural, and general management problems and program needs.
  • Prepare a variety of administrative, financial, statistical, and analytical reports.
  • Recommend, gain stakeholder buy-in, and implement modifications to existing programs, projects, systems, policies, and procedures.
  • Collect, interpret, and evaluate highly complex and diverse information and data.
  • Manage ambiguity, quantitative or qualitative, to prepare clarity for decision-making.
  • Research, analyze, and evaluate new service delivery methods and techniques.
  • Research, analyze, and review the project plan for assigned projects and determine work-flow needs.
  • Research, analyze, and propose integration of legislative and regulatory matters into current area of responsibility.
  • Interact with political acumen with elected officials and executive staff.
  • Administer and monitor assigned contracts and budgeting documents.
  • Use common desktop applications and software.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Ideal Knowledge:

  • Principles and practices of program development and administration.
  • Principles of budget preparation, analysis, forecasting and control.
  • Methods and techniques of contract administration.
  • Government agency programs such as, but not limited to, finance, budgeting, procurement, human resources, government relations, legal, water utility and watershed operations and management, and/or other related programs.
  • Methods and techniques used to analyze business processes and recommend solutions for existing problems.
  • Methods and techniques used to collect and analyze data and prepare reports based on findings.

Ideal Training and Education:
Equivalent to graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in public or business administration, ethnic studies, ethics justice and policy, public health or health science, human resources, mass communications, political science or international relations, psychology, organization development, sociology, behavioral sciences, social services, or a related field. Directly related experience may be substituted for the college requirement on the basis of one and one-half years of experience for one year of education to a maximum of four years.

Required License or Certificate

Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate, valid California driver's license. Individuals who do not meet the driver's license requirement due to a disability will be considered for a reasonable accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

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Selection Process

(1) The selection process may include one or more of the following:application review, application assessment, performance exercise, written exercise and/or interview.
(2) The Employment Application, Qualifying Information Questions and/or Supplemental Questions will be evaluated based on the ideal candidate criteria listed above.Resumes are highly recommended.

NOTE:Position and start date is subject to availability of funds. Valley Water retains the right to repost this position as deemed necessary.
Consideration may be given to existing applicant pools within the same classification.

Valley Water's Equal Opportunity Non-Discrimination Policy is available for review upon request.

Valley Water will make reasonable efforts in the examination process to accommodate persons with disabilities.Please advise the Office of Talent and Inclusion in advance of any special needs by calling 1-408-630-2260.

Please be aware that once submitted all application materials become the property of Valley Water and will not be returned.The Office of Talent and Inclusion staff are not authorized to make copies of application materials for applicants.
Closing Date/Time: 10/13/2020 11:59 PM Pacific

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