Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion

Poughkeepsie, New York
Apr 09, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Special Assistant to the President for Diversity & Inclusion

Reporting directly to the President, the Special Assistant for Diversity and Inclusion provides strategic direction to the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts, with particular attention to the institution’s policies, practices, structures, climate, and culture.  Working collaboratively with the College’s Director of Academic Diversity and Inclusion; the Director of Equity, Inclusion and Compliance; and other key stakeholders, this position directs initiatives designed to foster a welcoming and inclusive campus environment for all constituents, with a particular focus on students, staff, and alumni.

The ideal candidate will possess a minimum of five years’ experience in a similar role at a higher education institution or in an equivalent field.  A successful track record of initiating institution-wide strategies, programs, and projects advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.  Demonstrated ability to work independently to meet stated objectives while maintaining collaborative relationships.  Strong communication and presentation skills.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution is required and a Master’s degree is preferred.

The essential duties and responsibilities of the Special Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion includes:

  • Leads stakeholder engagement efforts in the development and implementation of a College-wide plan for diversity and inclusion.
  • Serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet, partnering with College’s leadership and management team on all matters pertaining to diversity and inclusion and recommending solutions, as appropriate.
  • Provides leadership for a number of presidential priorities, including the College’s participation in the American Talent Initiative, the management of an Alumni Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board, and the College’s Diversity Council.
  • Maintains knowledge of current industry trends in diversity & inclusion through reading, classes, webinars, and/or seminars and coordinates with Human Resources and College Counsel, as appropriate.
  • Participates in departmental and College committees.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

About Marist

Located on the banks of the historic Hudson River, in midtown Manhattan, and at its Florence, Italy campus, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts. Its mission is to “help students develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.” Marist is consistently recognized for excellence by The Princeton Review (Colleges That Create Futures and The Best 384 Colleges), U.S. News & World Report (8th Best Regional University/North, 2nd Most Innovative School/North), Kiplinger’s Personal Finance (“Best College Values”), and others. The College is top-ranked for long-term study abroad (#7 in the U.S.) by the U.S. State Department’s Open Doors report. Marist educates more than 5,000 traditional-age undergraduate students and 1,400 adult and graduate students in 47 undergraduate majors and numerous graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees. Pending accreditation approval, the College plans to open the Marist Health Quest School of Medicine in 2022. www.marist.edu

Marist employees also enjoy a highly competitive benefits and compensation package. We provide comprehensive benefits to eligible employees, their family members, and retirees. Benefits may include tuition, reimbursement, rich health insurance plans (medical, dental, vision), life and long-term disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, and generous retirement savings plans. Other benefits include discount programs, ample opportunity for community involvement, and local volunteer opportunities with foundations and non-profit organizations.


To learn more or to apply, please visit http://www.marist.edu/careers. Only online applications are accepted.

Marist College is strongly committed to the principle of diversity and is especially interested in receiving applications from members of ethnic and racial minority groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and persons from other under-represented groups.


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