Director of Inclusion & Diversity

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Director of Inclusion & Diversity
Susquehanna University

About Susquehanna
As a living, learning and working community, Susquehanna University affirms its commitment to being an engaged, culturally inclusive campus. As we seek to embody the rich diversity of the human community, we commit ourselves to the full participation of persons who represent the breadth of human difference. The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, dynamic and interdependent world. Its more than 2,200 undergraduates come from 35 states and 22 countries, and all students study away through Susquehanna's unique Global Opportunities program. Susquehanna University's 325 acre campus, noted for its beauty, is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley, about a three hour drive from Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City. For more information, please visit

Position Summary
The Director of Inclusion & Diversity is a reimagined position, designed intentionally to focus on helping Susquehanna become a more inclusive community as we seek to continue to support and retain our faculty, staff and students. This position will report to the Assistant Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer and will have strong partnerships with campus and community leaders, including the President.

At Susquehanna, we are data-driven and results oriented and success in the first year includes: 1.) Synergizing our inclusion and diversity efforts by creating and leading the development of an inclusion and diversity plan which will tie directly into and drive the university's strategic plan 2.) Implement a Diversity Advisory Board which will report progress to the President and Senior Leadership Team on a quarterly basis. 3.) Provide training and create resources for faculty and staff in order to cultivate an inclusive culture and integrate inclusion and diversity into our recruitment and retention initiatives.

As we plan for the future, we are ready to infuse inclusion and diversity initiatives into the DNA of Susquehanna. We are clear that inclusion and diversity work is not the work of one person or one office. The position is housed in Human Resources for that very reason - to further integrate our collective work throughout the university with clear accountability standards for all. Susquehanna requires all operating units to develop an annual inclusion and diversity plan and all supervisors must develop and report on inclusion and diversity goals.

Job Summary
Reporting to the Assistant Vice President & Chief Human Resource Officer, this position has operational responsibility for developing, implementing and monitoring programs and processes that promote and sustain inclusion and diversity initiatives in support of the university's strategic plan.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Lead and synergize inclusion and diversity efforts for faculty, staff and students by creating a strategic plan in partnership with inclusion and diversity professionals in Student Life and in the Faculty. This plan will be presented to the Senior Leadership Team and Diversity Advisory Board and include clear outcomes with accountability standards.

  • Re-establish a Diversity Advisory Board comprised of faculty, staff and students to report on inclusion and diversity strategic plan goals, collect feedback, plan events, and develop programs. Progress will be reported quarterly to the President and the Senior Leadership team.

  • Assist with the continuous improvement of inclusion and diversity initiatives. These initiatives may include but are not limited to talent attraction/development programs, faculty and staff resource groups, work climate/engagement surveys, diversity focused events, and partnerships/outreach with local, regional, and nationwide organizations.

  • Develop and implement strategies to advance institutional change, foster a positive and inclusive work environment, and ensure that inclusion and diversity considerations are incorporated into the everyday work of the institution.

  • Create and implement tools to enable staff and faculty to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies into their work and professional relationships colleagues.

  • Conduct faculty and staff investigations in consultation with the Chief Human Resource Officer.

  • Enhance inclusion and diversity competence through the development of policies, procedures and training opportunities that are guided by the principles of equity, diversity, inclusion and transparency. Ensure processes are in place to maintain compliance with FLSA law, ADA, Title VII, FMLA and other federal and state laws.

  • Provide subject-matter expertise related to emerging inclusion and diversity issues throughout the university and local communities.

  • Identify, develop, foster, and maintain active partnerships with university community groups and various civic and professional organizations.

  • Responsible for assisting the university in diversifying the faculty and staff by developing a more robust recruitment, onboarding and training program.

  • Create and implement regular reports, statistics and assessment data related to inclusion and diversity matters and initiatives on campus. Present this information regularly to senior leadership and campus community as appropriate.

    Required Qualifications
    Master's degree in related field required.

    7 years of experience in human resources, inclusion & diversity, or other related area required. Experience with Title VII, ADA, EEO/AA preferred.

    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
    Knowledge of inclusion, diversity and equity best practices; Ability to handle sensitive and confidential employment information; Skilled at conducting investigations; Skilled at addressing issues of racial justice, ethnic and religious bias, gender and LGBTQ equity, disability rights, and other facets of social justice; Skilled at written and verbal communication, including formal presentation to groups; Knowledge of English language including meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar; Ability to set priorities and advocate team concepts; work collaboratively with faculty and staff; Skilled at active listening, giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made and asking questions as appropriate; Ability to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems; Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem; Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    Physical Demand
    Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time. Position requires the ability to move about the campus. Must be able to travel long distances if needed, by airplane and by automobile. Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction. Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach. Position requires occasional stooping, crouching and bending. Position requires the ability to occasionally lift up to 10 pounds. Working conditions are indoor.

    Special Instructions to the Applicant
    Please address the following questions in your Diversity & Inclusion Statement:

    1.)What is your strategic vision for inclusion and diversity work and how have you communicated that vision in the past?
    2.)Briefly describe how you have utilized your own cultural competence to elevate the cultural competence of other offices/departments/groups?
    3.)Please describe how you have engaged others in the recruitment and onboarding process which increased the diversity of the candidate pool and provided an inclusive experience upon hire?

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    Job No:
    Posted: 11/1/2018
    Application Due: 12/11/2018
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