Principal Specialist, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This is an exciting time to join Portland General Electric. As Oregon’s largest electric utility, Portland General Electric is leading an energy transformation that will harness the power of clean and renewable resources. Our vision for a clean energy future relies on three interrelated and overarching strategies: de-carbonize through investing in clean and reliable energy; modernize through a smarter more resilient grid; and empower our customers in their energy technology choices.


We’re searching for innovative, customer and results-obsessed leaders to help power our mission and lead the way in championing the world’s clean energy future!


Principal Specialist, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

For more than 130 years, we have been powering our community, and we will continue bringing innovative solutions to ensure a bright energy future for Oregonians.

We know, however, that disparities exist in delivering electric service that are shaped by regulatory policy, legislative policy, and institutional procedures. We cannot ignore the historical barriers and biases affecting low-income households, communities of color, people with disabilities and other historically underserved communities. Nor can we ignore the societal inequities that make it harder for these groups to access renewable energy programs, technologies, and jobs.

Addressing disparities is now part of our job at PGE, and our commitment to supporting the success of communities we serve runs deep. That’s why we invite the voices of people and communities that experience these disadvantages to help shape PGE’s clean energy future. As a Principal Specialist on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team you will have the opportunity to help shape and move our diversity initiatives forward.

Our ideal candidate will have experience with being a liaison across different departments applying and embedding equity and diversity in functional areas. A successful Principal Specialist on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusions team will develop and administer programs designed to increase the effectiveness of the organization and creating, managing, and cultivating the employer-employee relationships, work closely with Human Resources team, Managers, and Vice President on occasion as well as meeting with clients on and off-site. These meetings are to assist with understanding policy reports that promotes strategy programs, advancements, and retention.

You should be someone with effective communication and collaborating skills, can consult with the business using a diversity and equity lens, and manage multiple projects successfully.

Note: This role is in Portland, Oregon. The work will be a hybrid model with some days working from home and some days in the office for in person collaboration opportunities.

Team summary: Diversity and Inclusion Develops and administers programs designed to increase the effectiveness of the organization and creating, managing, and cultivating the employer-employee relationship.

You will be responsible for:

DEI Training Program Management Proactively anticipates needs and develops and implements diversity- and inclusion-related initiatives, events and programs. Designs learning objectives, and solutions to address learner gaps; Aligns training initiatives to the HR and business strategy. Develops program metrics and monitors program performance.  

Reporting and Compliance Completes required reports (for example, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity and Veterans information). Uses data and analytics to plan and inform program development. Reviews new laws and regulations. Analyzes potential impacts. Leads cross-functional projects to ensure compliance with appropriate laws and regulations.

Consultation Ensures strategic alignment between diversity and inclusion, customer experience and employee experience. Serves as a subject matter expert on diversity- and inclusion-related topics. Collaborates with others in HR to provide comprehensive, aligned guidance and coaching to managers. Proactively develops information, materials and educational materials and events for employees, managers, senior management and others in HR.

Community Engagement In collaboration with others, develops and implements community partner strategy. Leads initiatives and projects to serve unique customer and community populations.

Communications – Designs and implement DEI communication strategies and ensures alignment to corporate plans.

You should be someone with: Effective communication skills, both verbal and written and the interpersonal skills necessary to interface at all levels of the organization. Provides face-to-face, online and outreach coaching and performance management to serve as an expert resource to the team while engaging closely with areas and venues accessed by the targeted community for the purpose of the program promotion and enrollment.


Education Typically a bachelor’s degree in business, psychology, sociology, finance, human resources or other related field or equivalent experience.

Experience Typically eight or more years in human resources with at least two years in the area of discipline or equivalent.

Competencies (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities):

Functional Competencies

  • Advanced knowledge of employment laws related to area of discipline

  • Advanced knowledge of PGE’s policies, procedures and plans

  • Advanced knowledge of industry best practices related to area of discipline

  • Advanced skills in project management

  • Advanced skills in facilitation and presentations

  • Advanced skills in systems and programs used in functional area, including data retrieval

  • Advanced knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion principles as they relate to training

  • Intermediate knowledge of principles and practices in communications

General Competencies

  • Advanced customer focus skills Advanced safety leadership skills Advanced skills in change leadership

  • Advanced skills in analytical thinking Expert skills in problem solving Advanced risk management skills

  • Advanced oral and written communication skills Expert interpersonal skills Advanced decision-making skills

  • Advanced organization and prioritization skills

  • Advanced knowledge of business process interrelationships

  • Advanced business acumen skills

Physical and Cognitive Demands:

Cognitive Level Substantial: Consistent use of logic or scientific thinking to define problems, collect information, establish facts and draw valid conclusions (for example, engineer, HR director, plant manager, etc.).

  • Cognitive Ability to adhere to set response times, deadlines and time-sensitive tasks

  • Ability to follow accuracy standards

  • Ability to follow through on decision-making tasks

  • Ability to interact effectively and collaboratively within a team environment Ability to communicate and problem solve when under stress

  • Ability to respond and adapt to frequent change

  • Ability to accept and demonstrate self-awareness when provided constructive feedback

  • Ability to discern feedback and acknowledge ownership of areas of improvement

  • Ability to avoid future mistakes by applying reasonable skills to new but similar work situations or tasks

  • Ability to successfully collaborate with peers, managers and others within the organization Demonstrates sound memory

  • Ability to process new information to be applied consistently to work tasks


  • Ability to work long hours

  • Ability to work a variable schedule

  • Ability to report to work and perform work during periods of severe inclement weather

  • Ability to consistently meet attendance standards for regular, reliable, predictable, full-time attendance

Physical Capabilities

  • Driving/travel/commute: Daily within service territory – Occasionally (one to two times a month or less)

  • Computer use (use computer regularly for entire work shift)

Environment – Indoor:

  • Hybrid: Office/work from home



Join us today and power your potential!

To be considered for this position, please complete the following employment application by the posting close date. A cover letter may be needed with your application to be considered for this position. Only applications made directly through our PGE Careers site will be considered.–Diversity–Equity–and-Inclusion_R2924-2?_ga=2.171955552.1950202177.1636493595-1851697661.1608050380

PGE believes in rewarding strong performance. We provide a total compensation package that is designed to reward your contributions to the company, and, at the same time, support your well-being and professional development, both now and into the future.

PGE is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. PGE will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, protected veteran status, or other characteristics protected by law.

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