Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Oswego, New York
Mar 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The President’s Office at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications for a Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) position.

Posting Date: March 9, 2017

Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. In addition, the State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package.  For more information on benefits for full-time Management/ Confidential staff visit  or

Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.

Description of Responsibilities:

The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (CDIO) position requires an experienced and dynamic individual who has a deep understanding of the complexity and multiple dimensions of diversity, inclusion, and equity, including – but not limited to – age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual identity, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.

SUNY Oswego’s Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer will have a passion for working directly with students so they can grow as learners and be prepared for success in an increasingly diverse and globalized world.  The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer will provide leadership for engaging faculty and staff in new efforts that cultivate, enhance and promote an environment of inclusiveness and a climate of equity in which all students and employees may work productively and thrive.  Will present evidence of strategies employed and results achieved in implementing the college’s strategic diversity and inclusion goals. 

The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer will report directly to the President of the College, is a member of the President’s Council and provides counsel on all matters pertaining to diversity and inclusive excellence. The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer provides executive leadership and vision in the administration of a comprehensive range of services, policies and procedures related to diversity and inclusive excellence.   The CDIO participates in all aspects of institutional planning in support of the mission and goals of the College, including meeting the needs of our diverse student, faculty, and staff populations and creating a learning and working environment where all have the opportunity to succeed.

The Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer’s responsibilities also include:

  • Establishing a protocol of educating and engaging the campus community;
  • Assessing campus needs related to diversity and inclusive excellence;
  • Implementing best practices, programs and processes to address the campus needs;
  • Providing executive-level leadership, strategic planning, and oversight for institutional diversity and inclusion in the areas of programming, human resources, facilities, community building, health & safety, assessment, and fiscal resource management;
  • Implementing and coordinating training for faculty, staff, and students related to diversity and inclusive excellence;
  • Developing and leading a sustainable process to implement and continuously assess and adapt the College’s goals related to diversity and inclusive excellence;
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative studies to monitor campus climate;
  • Supporting the College’s efforts to improve access and college retention of qualified, historically underrepresented students to the College;
  • Enhancing the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and staff;
  • Collaborating with the Career Services office to ensure employers recruiting on campus are utilizing effective practices to diversify their workforces;
  • Engaging faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members in issues related to diversity and inclusive excellence at the College and the national level;
  • Engaging in and supporting diversity-related research and incorporate that knowledge into College practices and programming;
  • Ensuring that all College programs and services comply with relevant state and federal laws, State University of New York regulations, and college policies as they relate to diversity and inclusion; and
  • Actively engaging in relevant SUNY system-wide initiatives and meetings

Required Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership in the creation and delivery of campus-wide and community-wide diversity, inclusion and intercultural competency training programs;
  • Proven ability to work with sensitive and confidential information;
  • Strong leadership and an ability to cultivate a common vision and collaborative culture to achieve institutional goals;
  • Experience in employing effective problem solving and leadership skills to bring about transformational change;
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and demonstrated commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues;
  • Successful record of influence, community building, networking, and deploying effective programs for diversity and inclusion;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication skills, at all levels of the university, with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents including alumni and potential donors;
  • Experienced-based knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement;
  • Master’s degree

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in a relevant field and diversity training certification;
  • A minimum of five years of experience leading diversity work with evidence of increasing responsibility.

To Apply:  Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of unofficial transcripts, resume, and contact information for three professional references to:

If you have any questions about the position, please e-mail:

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Files must be complete to be considered.

Visa sponsorship not available for this position.

Description of Department:

With a student body of nearly 8,000 students, we are large enough to offer more than 110 programs of study yet small enough for students to form quality relationships with each other and caring faculty.

We stress quality education and experience inside and outside the classroom on our scenic, 690-acre lakeside campus. Students pursue bright futures through programs in our College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; School of Business; School of Communication, Media and the Arts; and School of Education — as well as innovative interdisciplinary programs that cross traditional boundaries. Oswego opens doors to the future with internships and study-abroad opportunities that rate among the highest in the SUNY system.

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News “America’s Best Colleges” in 2010, a Kiplinger's “Best College Value” for 2015, and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8000 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in the arts and sciences, business, communications, and teacher education. The College’s success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to a liberal arts and sciences foundation, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research and creative projects is evidenced by Quest, a daylong symposium spotlighting original student research; a stipend program for students engaged in research and creative work; and the Global Laboratory, a STEM-based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and is actively engaged in recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff and students.  We encourage applications from qualified applicants regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim SUNY status, or criminal conviction. Please see our full non-discrimination policy,

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office by calling 315-312-2230 or emailing  

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