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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at SIIA

Alone we are smart, but together we are genius.

SIIA members are united by a shared belief that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are critical core values for society and our individual organizations. We believe achieving greater advancement in DEI is not only the morally correct course of action, but also research proves diverse organizations provide better business results. Embracing a diversity of perspectives fuels innovation while connecting us closer to our customers and the communities we serve.

For too long, underlying inequalities, racial biases, and discrimination have plagued the United States and communities around the world, denying too many the ability to contribute to and reap the benefits of the innovation economy. Removing these barriers to elevate opportunities for all individuals to participate will lead to the creation of new businesses and foster economic growth.

As business leaders, we recognize our responsibility to contribute to the betterment of society not only through the information, products, and services we provide but also as good citizens. We also recognize that while DEI is rooted in the need to address historic social inequities, we strive to create workplaces that reflect the communities in which we work, live, and serve our customers and where everyone feels empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work. This means promoting a workplace culture that welcomes a diversity of ethnicity, gender, identity, nation of origin, and thought.

SIIA is committed to work with our members and within our organization to improve DEI performance for the benefit of our employees, the industry segments we represent, our nation and our world. Our efforts include:

  • Organizational Policy. Ensure that we are an organization making progressive change toward diversity, equity, and inclusion through our hiring practices, culture, operations, and offerings.
  • Member Experience. Assist our members in improving DEI outcomes through our content and knowledge offerings as well as by our example as a membership organization.
  • Promoting diversity in our internal staffing, among our volunteer leadership, our speakers, and presenters, as well as our vendors and partners.

This includes but is not specifically limited to:

  • Ensure the representation of diverse speakers at all SIIA events.
  • Ensure diverse representation across SIIA boards, committees, councils, and working groups.
  • Strengthen leadership and staff accountability and capabilities for inclusion and diversity.
  • Enable equality of opportunity across our organization through fairness and transparency.
  • Promote openness and tackle microaggressions.
  • Foster belonging through support for multivariate diversity.

Promoting DEI is not just about words. It is about action. SIIA will seek to advance our diversity goals in 2021 by:

  • Compiling data to identify metrics. We cannot know how to address inequities until we know what they are. We will capture data on demographics within the SIIA workforce and among speakers across our events to help us understand the diversity of our employees and speaker rosters and identify any areas of concern or
  • Setting a specific metric by which to measure speaker diversity at our events. Once we collect data to establish a baseline, we will set a goal to measure our success in improving outcomes.
  • Conduct a membership survey to help identify their needs as related to DEI and lead to the development of programming, and/or content to help
  • Leverage our content channels to help educate and share solutions. Integrate DEI topics across SIIA content channels, including events, and our digital and print publications. Seek to include one DEI-related story per week/month for newsletters and per issue for Signature magazine, one of our flagship publications.
  • Develop an award to recognize contributions to DEI by SIIA members. Award will be integrated into existing award
  • Review our RFP and contracting processes to ensure we are providing partnership and vendor opportunities for minority-owned and operated businesses and organizations.
  • Revitalize SIIA DEI Staff Committee. Task the committee with conducting an equity audit of our organization and develop specific metrics including questions to examine and hold us accountable in:
    • Organizational success in meeting stated
    • Our recruitment and hiring practices.
    • Ensuring diverse representation across our management and volunteer
    • Provide regular updates and reports to SIIA leadership and help support reports to volunteer
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SIIA Hiring Education Technology Policy Manager

LOCATION: Remote for the next few months and then based in Washington, DC
ORGANIZATION: Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA)

POSITION TITLE: Education Technology Policy Manager
DURATION: Full Time

Overview:

The Organization. The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is looking to add a new person to its Government Affairs team working to make a difference in developing and advancing technology policy, with a primary focus on issues related to education and health technology. SIIA is the only trade association representing the education technology industry and is dedicated to creating an environment that enables high quality educational experiences for learners with a focus on equity, privacy, and improving student outcomes.

 

In this job, you will:

  • Collaborate with SIIA colleagues to understand and advocate for public policy that aligns with SIIA’s mission.
  • Work directly with SIIA’s industry-leading members to advance common priorities through SIIA advocacy materials and activities.
  • Develop relationships with people on Capitol Hill and in relevant government bodies to advance SIIA policy interests.
  • Write public-facing collateral on issues of interest to the education technology industry.
  • Collaborate with other education and health advocates on relevant policy issues like equity, privacy, and improving student outcomes.

Qualifications:

  • Experience working with the federal legislative, executive, and policymaking bodies.
  • Experience working for the U.S. House of Representatives or the United States Senate is preferred.
  • Experience in education, health, or technology policy.
  • Ability to navigate complex political and policy issues and distill key messages for a business audience.
  • Self-starter that likes to learn and is open to hearing multiple perspectives on different issues.
  • Ability to register as a lobbyist.
  • Undergraduate degree (or equivalent) preferred. Law degree not required but appreciated.

Benefits:

  • Competitive Salary & Growth Potential
  • Paid Annual & Sick Leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • Health/Vision/Dental Coverage
  • 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan

What We Love About You:

  • You are thoughtful, energetic, innovative, results-oriented and a resourceful self-starter.
  • You have a tenacious work ethic, dedicated to exceeding expectations.
  • You have a “customer first” mindset and are obsessive about building and maximizing value for our members.
  • You are collaborative and accountable, and committed to integrity.
  • You embrace the diverse perspectives of all people and honor them with dignity and respect.
  • You find time to laugh and strive to “make people’s day” in all your interactions.

Please submit a resume to rabraham@siia.net with “Education and Health Technology Policy Manager” in the subject line.

SIIA believes a diversity of voices leads to better outcomes for our members, our employees, our products and our communities. We are proudly committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, political persuasion or Veteran status. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation, please let us know.