The Seattle Human Services Department (HSD) is seeking a compassionate, innovative and experienced leader to serve as the first director of its new Safe and Thriving Communities Division. The division was created in response to the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and ensuing community advocacy efforts that urged the City to focus on BIPOC communities and shift safety investments into community-based organizations.
An ideal candidate is a servant leader who actively listens to understand and puts the community’s interests first; is unafraid to focus on Black lives; and believes that communities should determine how they are best served.
The Division Director will be responsible for leading and resourcing the new division while working with stakeholders to develop a comprehensive plan for community safety investments. Stakeholders will include people with lived experience, community-based organizations, City colleagues, and other funders.
The Division Director will be responsible for continuously reimagining how the division operates to provide effective service in a changing environment while centering BIPOC communities. This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racial equity. Knowing the core principles of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.
Learn more about this incredible opportunity in the online job description.