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DEI Program Manager Seattle Aquarium

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Seattle Aquarium

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The Seattle Aquarium is hiring a DEI Program Manager to join their team in Seattle!  The Seattle Aquarium is a leading marine conservation organization with a global reputation. Our S.A.L.I.S.H. values, developed in conjunction with our staff, include a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. The DEI Program Manager will be a thought leader, implementing initiatives and priorities identified through the 2022–2025 DEI strategic plan developed by the DEI Council. If making this direct impact on employees, volunteers, and guests of the Aquarium excites you, learn more and apply today! 

Description: What you'll be doing

Another Source’s client, the Seattle Aquarium, is recruiting a DEI Program Manager to join their team, (internally this role is called a Senior Equity Initiatives Program Manager).This is a newly created role for the growing team. 
This role is based out of Seattle and will likely offer a hybrid weekly working schedule once the team returns to the office. 


About the Seattle Aquarium:  

We’re noted for our collaborative, communicative and team-oriented working environment. Our S.A.L.I.S.H. values, developed in conjunction with our staff, include a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), commitments to adopting and promoting sustainable practices, creating awe-inspiring experiences, constantly learning and improving, fostering an inclusive community, maintaining scientific credibility through evidence-based practices, and honoring our unique place by using our location and history for a broader understanding of the communities surrounding Puget Sound.  


Proudly accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, we’re the eighth-largest aquarium in the U.S. by attendance and, during non-pandemic times, we welcome over 850,000 people through our front doors each year. Guided by our mission, Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, we have developed a master plan to substantially increase in size and impact by opening a new habitat building, the Ocean Pavilion. Our current annual budget is $20 million.  


See the Seattle Aquarium in action: 

Octopus release   

Ocean Pavilion 

Live sea otter cam 

News and more 


About The role:  

The DEI Program Manager (PM) will be responsible for overseeing the implementation, integration and advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice throughout all of the Aquarium’s systems and operations. The DEI Program Manager will be a thought leader, implementing initiatives and priorities identified through the 20222025 DEI strategic plan developed by the DEI Council.  

The DEI Program Manager will have specific duties that impact the Aquarium both internally and externally. The individual in this position will be a strong partner to the DEI Council, executive leadership team, board, staff, community members, guests and all other stakeholders. The equity initiatives PM will report to the director of people & culture. This individual will be committed to creating an equitable and safe work environment for employees and community members. 


We are looking for someone who is: 

  • Committed and passionate about justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. 
  • Experienced in navigating difficult conversations around sensitive subjects such as systemic oppression, institutional racism and workplace bias. 
  • Able to earn trust quickly across all levels, disciplines and teams. 
  • Able to connect with and inspire people to drive effective teamwork, communication, collaboration and commitment across multiple groups with competing priorities. 
  • Highly aware and introspective of their own biases, and dedicated to continuous self-awareness and reflection.  
  • Curious, open-minded, empathetic, compassionate, non-judgmental, creative and solutions-oriented. 
  • Aware, accepting and adaptive to all cultures and social identities. 
  • Collaborative and empowering, and demonstrates strong leadership skills. 
  • Detail-oriented, organized and focused on quality over quantity. 
  • Comfortable with instructional design and producing marketing materials from an equitable and inclusive lens.  
  • A strong, effective, and timely communicator to a variety of audiences. 


A day in the life of a DEI Program Manager will include: 

Internal culture (50%) 

  • Dedication to employee success, safety, engagement, belonging and inclusion. 
  • Serve as an advisor, support system, partner and resource to the DEI Council, staff, executive leadership team and board. 
  • Partner with the DEI team and business leaders to develop training that fosters a more inclusive environment. 
  • Create a workplace that feels welcoming, inclusive and equitable for all social identities.  
  • Provide project management for DEI institutional initiatives and objectives.  
  • Gather and analyze quantitative and qualitative data around DEI. 
  • Implement and manage an annual employee satisfaction survey to consistently gather direct employee feedback on their feelings of inclusion, and make recommendations on actions and conditions that make them feel included. 
  • Formally launch and manage affinity groups if interest exists to form them. 
  • Set, drive and track equity-based outcomes and metrics to measure progress and success. 
  • Organize events or education opportunities to advance the goals of the DEI strategic plan and/or enhance DEI efforts. 
  • Manage, coordinate and track DEI Council meetings and membership. 
  • Facilitate internal communication in regard to DEI, updates and resources. 
  • Partner with external DEI consultant and other subject matter experts. 

Staff and community recruitment, retention and engagement (50%) 

  • Prioritize and identify areas of improvement for equitable hiring, retention, promotion and recognition/award practices.  
  • Foster and drive DEI recruiting strategies at all levels from university to senior leadership. 
  • Leverage mechanisms to regularly update the business leaders on progress and business impact of all DEI initiatives. 
  • Build community relationships to deepen the talent pool for more diverse candidates. 
  • Develop and maintain outreach reports and their impact on candidate flow. 
  • Provide support on planning and coordinating staff diversity hiring workshops. 
  • Develop and implement a DEI training program for all employees and volunteers throughout the Aquarium, maintaining records of staff and volunteer participation.  
  • Work to retain and develop a diverse community of leaders, staff and volunteers.  
  • Partner with DEI Council to support grass-roots employee resource groups. 



  • Demonstrated commitment and passion to DEI programs and initiatives, and contributions toward an inclusive working and learning environment. 
  • Professional background in diversity-related programs and initiatives OR equivalent experience. 
  • Ability to work effectively with people of all backgrounds including but not limited to race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, religion, socio-economic background, immigration status, physical ability and neurodivergence.  
  • Ability to identify, assess, track and mitigate issues and risks at multiple levels. 
  • Effective and equitable communication and writing skills. 
  • Highly collaborative, empathetic and a team player who values trust and accountability. 
  • Organizational skills/experience with the ability to coordinate and manage projects and responsibilities.  
  • Ability to lead, plan, manage and implement change. 



  • Experience in event planning, instructional design, internal communication or being part of a DEI Council/ERG. 
  • Facilitation and/or training experience.  
  • Demonstrated proficiency in MS Office Suite. 
  • Project management experience. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or certification in psychology, education, organizational development, sociology, racial equity, HR or related fields. 
  • Nonprofit or conservation experience.  


Salary and benefits:  

This is an exempt role. The targeted salary range for this role is $70,000$80,000, dependent on experience. Includes the Seattle Aquarium’s comprehensive benefits package: medical, vision, dental (subsidized dependent coverage also available), HRA, FSA, life insurance, long-term disability, 403b retirement fund with employer match, subsidized transit (ORCA) pass, Aquarium Family Plus membership and generous paid time off.  


The Seattle Aquarium is a progressive, equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. One of our core values is fostering an inclusive community and we want our staff to reflect our community. We encourage diverse candidates to apply, including but not limited to Black, Indigenous and People of Color applicants. Application review will begin immediately.  


Note: Candidate must pass a background check upon job offer to be eligible for this position.  

The Seattle Aquarium has partnered with Another Source, an external recruiting firm, to assist in the hiring process for this position. Another Source works with their clients, on a retained project basis, to maximize the breadth of the recruiting process.  


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