Director of Equity and Inclusion
The Director of Equity and Inclusion is a cabinet level position within the Office of the President serving as the institution’s Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). In this role s/he will work closely with the President, members of the President’s cabinet (senior leadership), and all members of the college community (faculty, staff, and students) to provide leadership for diversity related initiatives. The CDO will be responsible for working with relevant stakeholders to develop/implement effective diversity policies/practices including, but not limited to, practices that will result in the increased attraction and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students. The CDO will also develop and roll out campus programming that cultivates a welcoming and inclusive campus community. The CDO will serve as the institution’s Title IX compliance officer.
Responsibilities: (1) Engaging appropriate stakeholders, develops, implements, operationalizes, and measures the College’s strategic diversity plan, vision, and related goals. (2) Conducts environmental assessments on a regular basis and develops action plans to address issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. (3) Researches, develops, and delivers training related to diversity and cultural competence to campus constituents; (4) Consults with student affairs to develop student facing diversity related programming for both residential and commuting students. (5) Collaborates with Academic Affairs and faculty representatives to further infuse diversity into the curriculum as appropriate. (6) Works with Human Resources and Disability Services to ensure appropriate access and accommodations for students and staff with disabilities. (7) Forms and cultivates partnerships with community organizations that help further the College’s diversity agenda. (8) In conjunction with Human Resources, proposes, develops, and deploys initiatives that broaden the College’s outreach to diverse, qualified candidates. Proposes and/or develops employee programming, including employee developmental programs that help to cultivate and retain future leaders from diverse backgrounds. Deploys and measures initiatives aimed at the promotion of diversity and cultural competence in the workplace. (9) Serves as a member of the College’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and acts as a liaison with various caucuses on campus that represent constituents from diverse backgrounds. (10) As the Title IX compliance officer, works with the deputy Title IX coordinators to ensure that appropriate policies and protocols for identifying, preventing, and remediating complaints are in place. Ensures that investigations are completed in a thorough and timely manner. Works with stakeholders in Human Resources and Student Affairs to ensure that appropriate training on Title IX is deployed on a regular basis. (11) Remains current on laws, regulations, trends and best practices that relate to diversity, equity, Title IX, and related topics. (12) Performs other related duties as may be assigned from time to time by management.
Organizational Relationships: (1) Reports directly to the Chief of Staff for performance of assigned responsibilities. This position will also have dotted line reporting responsibility to the President and will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The CDO will collaborate with the Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment for student facing initiatives and the Vice President of Academic Affairs for academic programming initiatives. (2) Ability to relate well to people at all levels within the institution to ensure that a collaborative environment is sustained so that issues of common importance are addressed institutionally through teamwork and cooperation. (3) Ability to serve as an ambassador of the College to all constituents, internal as well as external.
(1) Education: Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution required. Doctoral degree/study preferred.
(2) Skills, Knowledge, Abilities: (a) Demonstrated knowledge, through experience, of laws and regulations related to diversity, equal opportunity, Title IX and related matters. (b) Sound and effective communication skills (verbal and written). c) Technology proficiency to include the Microsoft Office Suite, and in particular, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. (d) Ability to forge productive and collaborative relationships with constituents (students, faculty, staff, leadership). (e) Proven track record of success on initiatives that required advanced planning and strategy. (f) Exemplary interpersonal skills that enable collaboration and relationship building.
(3) Experience: (a) At least five (5) years of experience with increasing responsibility in the areas of equity and inclusion required. (b) Prior experience in education, preferably higher education, is highly desired. (c) Proven past experience with successfully influencing senior leaders on matters of strategic significance is required. (d) Prior experience successfully managing projects, developing/implementing/measuring strategies related to diversity, developing programs, and training individuals topics related to diversity and inclusion is required. (e) Past experience developing affirmative action and/or recruitment plans aimed at diversifying the work force is highly desirable. (f) Must have past experience investigating complaints in a confidential and thorough manner. (g) Prior experience in a leadership role is required.