Becoming A Strategic Direction Action Team Member or Agency Racial Equity Trainer
Thank you for your interest in applying to become a Strategic Direction Action Team Member and/or an Agency Racial Equity Trainer. We are so excited for your participation!
Over the past year, the Transformation Team has been hard at work preparing for their critical role in guiding and overseeing the implementation of the agency’s Racial Equity Policy. Members have been deeply committed to strengthening their racial equity lens, conducting an agency-wide ARMCO assessment, utilizing the data to revise the Racial Equity Policy and Implementation Plan, engaging in relationship-building with Cabinet, and caucusing.
Now that the foundation has been created, the Transformation Team is ready to recruit committed, passionate and action-oriented staff from across the agency who are ready to implement the policy. You are invited to apply for a position on one of the five Strategic Direction Action Teams by submitting a Letter of Intent.
In addition to recruiting members for the Strategic Direction action teams, we are also seeking staff members who are interested in becoming Agency Racial Equity Trainers. Agency Racial Equity Trainers will help provide professional learning to our internal ESD staff and possibly to external partners to support the agency’s efforts to become an Antiracist Multicultural Organization (This is a key part of Strategic Direction 1). If you are interested in learning more about the role of Agency Racial Equity Trainers, please scroll down the page to find the Racial Equity Trainer FAQ’s.
We will be receiving LOI’s beginning September 15th through September 30th. To be clear, you can apply to be both a Strategic Direction Action Team Member and and Agency Trainer if you want. Please see details below for more information and use the buttons on the sidebar to apply.
Strategic Direction Action Team FAQs
What is a Strategic Direction Action Team?Answer
- A Strategic Direction Action Team is a team consisting of agency staff, parents and community members responsible for implementing the activities under each of the five Strategic Directions outlined in the Racial Equity Implementation Plan. These five strategic directions correspond with the agency’s Racial Equity Policy. As you can see from the diagram, each Strategic Direction Action Team is connected to the Transformation Team.
The five Strategic Direction Action Teams are:
- SD 1: Assure the cultural proficiency and antiracist leadership skills of each staff member (led by Heather Kawamoto )
- SD 2 Workforce Equity: Eliminate barriers in Hiring, Advancement, and Retention of a Racially Diverse and Responsive Workforce (led by Denise Altheimer and Eileen Yoshina)
- SD 3 Provide Equity Leadership and High-Impact Services with Educational Partners (led by Nikum Pon and LaWonda Smith)
- SD 4Authentically engage with Stakeholders on an Equity Agenda (led by Mathew Gulbranson and Lori Pittman)
- SD 5 Deeply Embed Equity Strategies into PSESD’s Organizational Culture and Hold Agency Leaders Accountable for Progress towards Goals (led by Marques Gittens and Melia LaCour)
What is my role as an SDAT member?Answer
As an SDAT member, your role will be to work with the Strategic Action Leads and your Action Team to design action plans and to implement the strategies listed in each Strategic Direction. Each SDAT will receive professional development to support the implementation of their Strategic Direction. Professional development will be provided by Whitty Services, a consultant group who specializes in Adaptive Leadership.
Although dates and times have not been confirmed you should expect to attend at least:
- One, two-hour SDAT meeting per month
- 1 full-day professional development day in December
- Four, three-hour professional development days in January, March, May and June.
Who should apply?Answer
We encourage staff from all departments and programs, and positions to apply! We believe that membership for each SDAT should be reflective of the wide range of rich diversity in our agency.
We also know that reaching our goal to become an Antiracist Multicultural Organization requires the work of both white staff and people of color. We strongly encourage our white allies to join an SDAT.
How do I apply?Answer
Please complete the Letter of Intent (LOI) linked to this page. You will notice that the LOI asks you to identify your first and second choice. We will do our best to make sure you receive your first choice.
What is the criteria to participate?Answer
SD 1 = Antiracist leadership and culturally proficient skills; committed and passionate about the work; uses a racial equity lens
SD 2 = Commitment and passion for workforce equity; uses a racial equity lens
SD 3 = Current work in education aligns with SD 3; facilitation skills; uses a racial equity lens
SD 4 = Community members and staff have personal approach/commitment to racial equity; *Organization focuses on racial equity or is willing to focus on racial equity. Committed and passionate about the work of SD 5; uses a racial equity lens
SD 5 = Committed and passionate about the work of SD 5; uses a racial equity lens
How many members per SDAT?Answer
Each SDAT, except for Strategic Direction Four, will be comprised of 10 to 15 people. Since Strategic Direction Four will be mostly comprised of community based organizations and partners, we are extending the number of participants so that there is also room for PSESD staff members.
How long is the commitment to participate once I join a team?Answer
We expect that each member will commit for at least 18 months. This allows members to be part of at least one full implementation cycle with the hope that most will want to continue after the first cycle.
How will you select SDAT members?Answer
We will begin receiving LOI’s beginning September 15th and ending September 30th. Once all LOI’s have been received, the SDAT Leadership will go sort candidates by first and second choice so that we can determine who will be placed on which team.
Strategic Directions #1, #3 and #4 will hold interviews for their potential candidates. Interviews are only required for these Strategic Directions because they are seeking candidates with more specific skills (see criteria). Strategic Directions #2 and #5 will not conduct interviews and will make decisions based on content of the LOIs submitted.
When you will you choose participants?Answer
The following outlines the timeline for selection:
- Letters of Intent (LOI) from September 15th
- LOIs due September 30th.
- SDAT Leads review LOI’s October 5th
- Interviews conducted – October 9th – 27th
- Selection Announcements – November 3rd
Agency Racial Equity Trainer FAQ’s
What is the role of the Agency Racial Equity Trainer?Answer
- Provide professional learning to our internal ESD staff and possibly to external partners to support the agency’s efforts to become an Antiracist Multicultural Organization
- For agency professional learning, Trainers typically co-train with another Agency Racial Equity Trainer to provide high quality learning opportunities.
- Trainers provide training and support conversations about becoming an antiracist multicultural organization, reaching our End of success for each child, eliminate the Opportunity Gap by leading with racial equity, etc.
What makes a person a good Agency Racial Equity Trainer?Answer
PSESD Agency Racial Equity Trainers are people who:
- Are already skilled trainers and effectively respond in difficult conversations on race
- Have experience leading and supporting conversations about race
- Are reflective and aware of their own hooks/triggers and have skills to respond effectively when hooked
- Show sensitivity and comfort in working with others who are racially and culturally different than themselves
- Are committed to creating an AntiRacist Multicultural Organization
- Demonstrate professional maturity
- Practice the Principles That Guide Our Culture
Why is the Equity in Education Program and Transformation Team recruiting Trainers?Answer
Our Agency Racial Equity Trainers are an integral part of supporting the agency’s goal to create an Antiracist Multicultural Organization, eliminate the Opportunity Gap, success for each child by leading with racial equity. The Equity in Education Program and the Transformation Team, specifically Strategic Direction 1, is charged with creating and sustaining an internal professional development system to address antiracist leadership practices, cultural proficiency, and staff knowledge, skills, and taking action as we work to reach toward our agency goals.
Additionally, the PSESD’s Equity in Education Department continues to receive an increase in professional learning requests from our regional districts and educational partners. In order to meet the needs of our partners and to ensure we are working to eliminate Opportunity Gaps, we are expanding the number of PSESD Racial Equity Trainers to provide these services.
How will Agency Racial Equity Trainers be selected?Answer
Agency Racial Equity Trainers will be selected based on the following process:
PSESD Racial Equity Trainers are already skilled trainers and effectively respond to difficult conversations on race, have experience leading and supporting conversations about race, are reflective and aware of their own hooks/triggers and have skills to respond effectively when hooked, show sensitivity and comfort in working with others who are racially and culturally different than themselves, are committed to creating an Antiracist Multicultural Organization, demonstrate professional maturity, and practice the Principles That Guide Our Culture.
Applicants will submit a Letter of Intent that describes why you would like to participate as a Trainer. The selection committee will screen the applicants. Those who meet the criteria will be scheduled for an interview (October 9th -17th 2017). Successful interviewees will attend a 2-day Systemic Racism Training by Crossroads (November 13th and 14th 2017) and all successful interviewees will attend a 1-day Trainer of Trainers by Crossroads (November 15th). Once the training is completed, candidates will receive notification about becoming an Agency Racial Equity Trainer.
How much time will providing the trainings take?Answer
Training sessions vary and may range from 1-day to 2-day trainings. Trainers meet as a group to participate in a “Train the Trainer” for each session for approximately 3-4 hours. Trainers meet with their Co-Trainer to discuss training details; this time varies per training team (~1-3 hrs). Trainers meet as a group to give input and gain support during the school year as well. Trainers spend approximately 1 day a month during the school year in Agency Racial Equity Trainer activities. Trainers should anticipate provided at least 4 trainings per year.
Will I be reimbursed for mileage?Answer
The Agency Racial Equity Trainers will not be reimbursed from the Equity in Education Program for mileage to/from Racial Equity Trainer meetings or trainings; however, as this time is considered part of your job, the program you work in may reimburse mileage depending on its mileage reimbursement policy/procedures.
If you provide a fee-for-service training to a school district or other external educational partners, then your mileage and time will be reimbursed. Services provided to our external partners are contracted fee for service and will therefore cover your expenses.
When will training take place?Answer
Training typically occurs during the traditional work day, although there could be possible situations where training might extend or begin outside of that time frame. As a reminder, there is no flex time or overtime pay for this service so you should schedule Co-Trainer meetings during your typical work day.