Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Job description

Job no: 493652
Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Elgin, IL
Experience Level: Senior-Level
Categories: Administrator
Role: Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

About ECC:

Elgin Community College serves over 9,000 students at every stage of their educational journeys, including university transfer programs, career and technical education, continuing education classes, and adult basic education. As a community, we pride ourselves on nurturing a welcoming campus where every person—students, staff members, faculty members, and campus visitors—feels valued. The work of each ECC employee is central to the college’s mission, and as an employer, the college fosters a positive environment through professional challenges, excellent benefits, and opportunities for recognition and camaraderie.

Work Schedule:

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Rate of Pay:

Minimum of $89,325

FLSA Status:

Exempt

Grant Funded:

No

Job Summary:

An employee in this classification performs work of considerable difficulty
by leading the development and implementation of proactive equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives in support of the College’s strategic plan to create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. The Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is a senior-level management position reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet. The Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion champions the importance and value of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive college environment and leads the development of a vision and effective strategy to create a culture for equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion actively engages students, faculty, and staff to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support equity, diversity, and inclusion. The Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will collaborate with College stakeholders to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce. The Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will also collaborate with college stakeholders to assess the need for, and recommend training initiatives on, cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws. The Executive Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will be responsible for guiding efforts to communicate to the College community our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (including race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nation origin, citizenship status, disability, socio-economic background, etc.) as an institutional and educational priority by defining, fostering, conceptualizing, and assessing these values. General direction is received from the President.

Required Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Master's degree from an accredited institution in a related area (i.e., social justice, higher education, sociology, human resources, management - organizational diversity & inclusion leadership, public administration or other related field).
  • Five (5) years of successful experience advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and community building in a complex organization or relevant experience in a role directly related to equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all constituents of the institution and with diverse groups/populations.
  • Strong communication (written and oral) and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate a common vision and collaborative culture to achieve institutional goals and values related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to support the college in decision-making that is informed by data, best practices, and emerging knowledge related to equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current research and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.
  • Must possess the flexibility and capacity to oversee, prioritize and execute a variety of strategic partnerships and initiatives and multiple projects concurrently.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Post-graduate terminal degree in a related discipline.
  • Diversity training certification from an accredited institution or organization.
  • Experience in a higher education and/or research setting.
  • Supervisory and management experience, preferably in higher education.
  • Experience as a Faculty member (full or part time).
  • Demonstrated understanding of and competence with the Standards of Professional Practice for CDOs (see http://www.nadohe.org/nadohe-standards).

Essential Duties:

  1. Provides strategic leadership for developing and maintaining Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) policies and plans, in alignment with the college’s strategic plan, to ensure an equitable, diverse and inclusive learning and workplace environment. Partners with campus leaders, faculty, students, staff, and internal and external constituencies to ensure programming supports the college’s values and strategic goals.
  2. Establishes and oversees an equity, diversity, and inclusion taskforce that will guide institutional transformation associated with EDI and assist in the promotion and implementation of related programs, projects, and initiatives; Convene colleagues with designated responsibility for EDI from across all areas of the campus.
  3. Works collaboratively with Teaching, Learning and Student Development and CETL to support inclusive excellence in the curriculum and classroom through the implementation of pedagogy and scholarly activities supporting EDI.
  4. Advises, collaborates, and initiates strategic processes that support the matriculation, persistence, graduation, and success outcomes of students, with a focused interest on increasing the EDI experiences of all students especially for marginalized and disenfranchised students.
  5. Provides vision and support for both structural and programmatic initiatives to integrate EDI practices into institutional employment and workplace practices, including emerging best practices for recruiting and retaining faculty and staff.
  6. Collaborates with various departments on providing strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, building a climate of equity and inclusion, reducing micro-aggressions and implicit bias, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of EDI, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws in collaboration with the Title IX Officer and College stakeholders.
  7. Plans and hosts public events on the subject of equity, diversity and inclusion on campus. This may include the utilization of internal resources, e.g., internal campus speakers, or feature external guests who are invited to campus to broaden the horizon of our stakeholders.
  8. Promotes the College commitment to a climate of equity, diversity, and inclusion through interaction with the Board of Trustees, College President, students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Plan, guide and advise them on EDI matters.
  9. Provide leadership on working groups, committees, and councils, representing the area of EDI, across campus and externally; Assesses, analyzes, prepares reports and provides updates on institutional-wide progress on the creation of an equitable, diverse, and inclusive College environment that is welcoming, affirming and supportive of all students, faculty and staff.
  10. Attends relevant external conferences and captures, shares and manages the knowledge gained that will sustain EDI efforts across the campus.
  11. Manages the department budget, including developing budget proposals, justifying expenses and monitoring accounts.

Other Duties:

1. May perform other duties as assigned

Physical Demands:

Sedentary (up to 10 lbs occasionally, sitting most of the time)

Visual Acuity:

Close visual acuity (e.g. computer, assembly)

Work Environment:

Quiet conditions

Environmental Conditions:

Typical office or administrative

Current SSECCA Union Member Information:

The initial posting date for this position is 01/21/2021. Elgin Community College Support Staff Association (SSECCA) members that apply by 01/28/2021 and meet the posted minimum qualifications will receive full consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.

In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Elgin Community College does not discriminate, or tolerate discrimination, against any member of its community on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender/gender identity, age, religion, disability, pregnancy, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by applicable federal, state or local law in matters of admissions, employment, or in any aspect of the educational programs or activities it offers.In addition, Elgin Community College provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to ensure equal access and equal opportunities with regard to employment practices, educational opportunities, and programs and services. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the College’s EEO/AA Officer. Determinations on request for a reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Advertised: January 21, 2021 Central Standard Time
Applications close: Open until filled

 

 

 

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