Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer

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Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer
Susquehanna University

About Susquehanna
Susquehanna University is a small liberal arts college based in beautiful, rural Pennsylvania. The campus is located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, approximately 50 miles north of Harrisburg in the scenic Susquehanna River Valley and is about a three-hour drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York City. The three-county region of the Greater Susquehanna Valley has
a population of 180,000 and is characterized by small towns and a hilly rural landscape.

The University was founded in 1858 and from its opening offered a classical liberal arts curriculum. They pioneered coeducation with the admission of women in 1873 and were renamed as a university in 1895. They have offered degree programs in the liberal arts, business, and music since 1900. The University is well known for its beautiful 325-acre campus and Georgian architecture. Two of the more than 80 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.

For most of its history, Susquehanna was modest in size and in the scope of its academic program, with a student body of around 500. In the early 1960s, the University grew to around 1,200 students and significantly expanded its liberal arts component. Today, Susquehanna University is nationally known as a comprehensive, selective, private residential university enrolling 2,250 students. Boasting a strong liberal arts curriculum enhanced by equally robust professional programs, the University enrolls students in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Sigmund Weis School of Business. Degrees offered include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science. Susquehanna offers more than 60 majors and minors, plus preprofessional programs and an interdisciplinary honors program.

Susquehanna University is committed to providing access to students from all economic backgrounds and to producing citizen leaders who will contribute to the betterment of society. In 2014, the New York Times recognized Susquehanna as #9 out of 100 “Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges.” This supports their current strategic initiatives to build a more diverse and global campus and optimize student success. The entire article may be found here. Susquehanna's long history of serving students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds, including substantial first-generation and Pell-eligible populations, aligns with the University Mission to educate students for productive, creative, and reflective lives of achievement, leadership, and service in a diverse, dynamic, and interdependent world.

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Position Summary
Susquehanna University, located in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, seeks an innovative leader for the position of Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer (CIDO). The CIDO will be responsible for the advancement and implementation of a strategic vision and initiatives that demonstrate the University's commitment to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the University's senior leadership team, deans, department chairs, faculty, staff, student groups, and other key campus and community partners to meet the University's goals of inclusion, equity, diversity, and compliance; to sustain a community in which individuals from all racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and national backgrounds are welcome; and where people of all gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, age, and ability can flourish.

As Susquehanna plans for the future, they are ready to infuse inclusion and diversity initiatives into the DNA of the university. They are clear that this work is not the work of one person or one office. Having a dual reporting structure, the CIDO will report to both the President and the Vice President of Human Resources. This innovative dual reporting structure will provide the CIDO an opportunity to work in close partnership with two University leaders who bring unique perspectives and valuable skill sets in responding to an increasingly complex higher education environment. This forward leaning structure will afford the new CIDO an opportunity to join leaders who are passionate about working collaboratively with stakeholders across the campus to ensure the implementation of new ideas are done so compassionately, effectively, and timely.

Leadership at Susquehanna:

Jonathan D. Green is the president of Susquehanna University. Previously, he served as provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University for six years, which included chairing the University's Diversity Council. Prior to that he spent 15 years at Sweet Briar College, the last eight years of that service as Dean of the College and Vice President for Academic Affairs. He has received institution-wide awards for teaching and advising. He is an award-winning composer of over 150 musical works and the author of eight music reference books. He has conducted a wide variety of collegiate and church choirs and collegiate and regional orchestras.

Jennifer Bucher is the Vice President of Human Resources for Susquehanna University and is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive human resources strategy that supports the mission of the university. Providing a proactive HR delivery model, the Human Resources team supports and fosters a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment that enables all employees to contribute to the institution at their fullest potential.

Jennifer joined Susquehanna in May 2013 and was invited to serve as a member of the president's senior leadership team in March 2019. Prior to Susquehanna, she served for 10 years in Human Resources at Susquehanna Health, a non-profit multihospital system with 4,000 employees including 120 physicians and advance practice professionals.

The Position:
Reporting directly to the President and the Vice President of Human Resources, The Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer will be a collaborative leader, mentor, and developer of strong cross-functional teams, and have a commitment to advocating for an environment that is safe and welcoming for all, across all lines of difference. The university is strongly committed to academic excellence and views inclusion and diversity as being essential to its success in providing outstanding academic experiences that equip students for life.

The Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer has an influential and critical role in helping the university to realize its vision. The CIDO will lead efforts to encourage all members of the university community to develop an abiding respect for human dignity and difference as manifested through race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, or ability.

The Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer will proactively address the following opportunities and goals:

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;
Advise and collaborate with the President, Provost, Senior Leaders, Academic Deans, Staff, Directors, and leadership groups regarding the development and implementation of initiatives designed to support the university's diversity efforts;
Define key areas in need of attention and/or support and recommend policy changes;
Lead and synergize inclusion and diversity initiatives for faculty, staff and students by creating a strategic plan in partnership with the Provost, professionals in Student Life and in the Faculty;
Coordinate and support the work of campus departments and students that advance social justice and foster cultural and historical awareness;
Create a strong partnership with the Provost, Academic Deans, and Faculty to advance the university's efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty;
Develop and review recruitment, hiring and retention practices throughout the university to support inclusion and diversity; initiate and organize ongoing instruction on matters of inclusion and diversity for faculty, students, and staff;
Establish a Diversity Advisory Board and develop an inclusion and diversity strategic plan that will encourage and foster an inclusive, discrimination and harassment-free environment for the university community;
Stay current on effective practices locally and nationally. Publicize and promote diversity and inclusion both at Susquehanna and externally by establishing a wide range of networks;
Remain knowledgeable of changes in federal and state law and regulations, and trends within higher education to ensure the integration of best practices and compliance for Susquehanna and its culture;
Track and report diversity metrics on faculty, staff, and students and provide reports appropriately;
Conduct faculty and staff investigations in consultation with the Vice President of Human Resources; and
Provide subject-matter expertise related to emerging inclusion and diversity issues throughout the university and local communities.

Required Qualifications
Qualifications and Experience:
The successful candidate will be a strategic, innovative, and visionary leader with proven experience in leading diversity and inclusion initiatives. The CIDO will have a successful record of advancing implementation strategies that demonstrate commitment to promoting a welcoming, safe, and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Candidates should also have:

Deep understanding of and passion for the work of inclusion and diversity; a willingness to be a leader, ambassador, and catalyst for change in a complex and dynamic environment, respecting all constituent groups using current and proven best practices for efficient and successful results;
Strong administrative ability to articulate and realize concrete measures for implementing the strategic vision;
Knowledge of current diversity issues with a clear understanding of the importance of an inclusive and diverse environment in a comprehensive university or similar setting;
Ability to lead with both a decisive and consultative style, foster open communications, and proactively build positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and diverse constituencies;
Experience in working collaboratively and effectively with various constituencies on strategies around inclusion and diversity;
Well-organized and self-directed individual who exhibits a high level of integrity that inspires trust and confidence;
A strong and confident listener and communicator who brings a calm presence, establishes credibility with many and varied constituencies, builds consensus and engenders trust based on integrity, critical thinking, and excellent interpersonal skills and transparency;
Experienced mediator with well-developed conflict resolution skills who has the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information and conduct investigations of unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation involving faculty, staff, students, and contractors;
Demonstrated understanding of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement.

Preferred Qualifications
Qualifications and Experience:
An advanced degree and experience with Title VII, ADA, EEO/AA are preferred; and
Preference will be given to those with experience in higher education.

Special Instructions to the Applicant
This search is being led by Mo Lashendock and supported by Josyanne Roche of Koya Leadership Partners. To express your interest in this role, please submit your materials, including your letter of interest and resume at All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

The university encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply. Susquehanna University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Koya Leadership Partners:
Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with mission-driven organizations, institutions of higher education and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information, visit

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Posted: 7/25/2019
Application Due: 9/24/2019
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