Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist

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DescriptionPosition Summary:
The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) at the University of Colorado’s (CU) System Administration is dedicated to aligning the University’s diversity efforts with its overall mission and strategic plan. ODEI facilitates the development and oversight of system-wide policies and initiatives that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) by collaborating with institutional administrators to identify best practices and programs to attract and retain a diverse population of students, faculty, and staff. Furthermore, the department works in conjunction with CU’s four campuses and various external entities to promote a university-wide culture of belonging.

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist works in conjunction with System Administration’s Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) to promote an environment free of discrimination through advocacy, education, and the development and implementation of programs and campaigns designed to enhance the success, retention, and personal development of CU’s diverse community. This position assists with developing diversity activities, participates in projects related to increasing the representation and inclusion of underrepresented groups, and coordinates the delivery of DE&I resources and campaigns. The DE&I Specialist is critical in helping track successful efforts, highlighting best practices, and identifying areas that need attention across the system to continuously improve our organization’s efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This position reports to the Chief Diversity Officer and is funded for one year.

Duties and responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: 

  • Develops and manages university-wide diversity and inclusion working groups
  • Reviews and responds to general inbox emails for the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; distributes items to the appropriate parties, as necessary 
  • Develops and maintains up-to-date knowledge in the field of diversity and inclusion by researching trends and best practices, attending conferences, and communicating with other professionals inside and outside the organization
  • Maintains a high level of knowledge and subject matter expertise regarding current ODEI programs, meetings, presentations, and campaigns 
  • Represents the CDO in meetings in order respond to questions regarding departmental and system-wide initiatives  
  • Receives, reviews, and responds to meeting requests from campus partners regarding the presentation of DE&I topics to campus departments
  • Researches, creates, designs, and delivers presentations regarding a multitude of diversity and inclusion topics
  • Recruits a diverse group of consultants who can present and assist with the development of focused training, professional development, and seminar series related to relevant DE&I topics
  • Maintains an online (website, social media, electronic newsletters, etc.) presence for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; works with the CDO to develop content for ODEI’s media and communications presence
  • In collaboration with the CDO, works with the Learning and Development team to design, update, and implement system-wide courses related to diversity and inclusion
  • In coordination with the CDO, collaborates with campus departments to ensure alignment of diversity and inclusion topics, programs, and presentations
  • Assists the CDO with generating reports and analyses related to retention and graduation rates for all reportable diversity segments including action steps and an overview of factors contributing to reported results
  • Participates in efforts to ensure diversity is effectively represented in system-wide strategic and annual planning
  • Assists in the delivery of an annual university climate survey that identifies areas of need in addressing climate for each campus and compared against other universities
  • Supports the CDO in various initiatives, including engaging in outreach to diverse communities and groups, managing CU’s Diversity Advisory Council, and developing diversity and inclusion best practices that foster a better and engaged workforce at System Administration
  • In Coordination with Employee Services, coordinates and implement educational cultural events, dialogues, and programs for System Administration staff 
  • Assesses initiatives, programs, and campaigns to determine success, outcomes, and lessons learned 
  • Performs other duties and special projects, as assigned
Who we are: System Administration, which also houses the Office of the President, is located in the uptown neighborhood of Denver with an office in Broomfield and a few smaller offices located on the campuses.  However, this position is located in Denver.  Many of our departments support the educational and research missions of the four University of Colorado campuses, but System Administration is not considered a campus. We provide diverse opportunities for professional development, innovation, and collaboration with talented staff and faculty.  Learn more about CU System Administration

The University of Colorado has been proactive in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can visit our COVID-19 webpage for more information.

What we offer:
Salary: The hiring salary range has been established as $65,000-$72,000 a year, and is paid on a monthly basis.  This position is funded for one year. 

The University of Colorado has been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and has issued furloughs for select employee groups. This position may be subject to furlough. You can visit our furlough FAQ for more information.

Benefits: The University of Colorado offers an excellent benefits package including:

  • Medical: Multiple plan options
  • Dental: Multiple plan options
  • Additional Insurance: Disability, Life, Vision and Wellness 
  • Retirement 401(a) Plan: Employer contributes 10% of your gross pay
  • Paid Time Off: Accruals over the year
    • Vacation Days: 22
    • Sick Days: 15
    • Holiday Days: 10
  • Tuition Benefit: System employees have the benefit on all campuses  
  • ECO Pass: RTD Bus and light rail service
  • Additional Perks & Programs: Click here to access a few more Perks and Programs 
Click here to access our Total Compensation Calculator to see what your total rewards could be at CU. This position is a University Staff position.

More information on benefits programs, including eligibility, is available at www.cu.edu/employee-services/.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Knowledge of diversity and inclusion concepts and best practices
  • Knowledge of the importance of creating and maintaining an environment that fosters diversity and inclusivity
  • Oral, written, and listening communication skills, including the ability to accurately interpret what others are saying and convey messages, information, concepts, and details clearly
  • Interpersonal skills, including the ability to facilitate interaction, communication, and teamwork between others
  • Collaboration skills, including the ability to work with others from different areas and backgrounds to reach a common goal by sharing knowledge and strategy and maintaining constant communication
  • Leadership skills, including the ability to effectively manage various personalities and persuade others to take particular courses of action 
  • Organizational skills, including the ability to set and meet goals and deadlines, manage appointments, create schedules, coordinate and facilitate meetings, and make decisions 
  • Computer skills, including the ability to utilize Microsoft Office programs (i.e. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc.) and lean and experiment with new software and systems
  • Ability to communicate and work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and ages
  • Ability to provide equal opportunities for all employees to enable them to contribute their full potential

QualificationsMinimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional experience (professional experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis)
  • Three (3) years’ experience working in the field of diversity and inclusion, which includes:
    • Experience working with multicultural/diverse populations
Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s or post-baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education in education, sociology, diversity and inclusion, gender and identity, multicultural studies, or related field
  • Five (5) years’ experience working in the field of diversity and inclusion, as indicated above, and may include one or more of the following:
    • Experience planning, implementing and evaluating collaborative programs
    • Experience in planning, implementing, and assessing an organization-wide strategy for attainment of diversity, inclusion, and equity goals
  • Experience working with or in government or an institution of higher education

Job Category: Academic Services
Primary Location: Denver
Schedule: Full-time
Posting Date: Aug 28, 2020
Unposting Date: Ongoing




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Posted: 8/29/2020
Application Due: 9/18/2020
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