Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusive Excellence
The Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Science at Binghamton University (SUNY) seeks a dynamic leader to serve as Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusive Excellence. In serving as the college’s Chief Diversity Officer, the Assistant Dean for Academic Diversity and Inclusive Excellence is the principal architect of the strategy that ensures the college’s academic climate reflects its values. The Assistant Dean will be a visible, accessible, knowledgeable, and strong advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) within the college and will serve the college as a trusted, and responsive subject matter expert on diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Assistant Dean will lead the college’s efforts to build on current programs and develop new programs and activities to ensure future growth, working collaboratively with a broad range of constituents across the college and university communities. The Assistant Dean will be a source of support for faculty, staff, college leadership, and undergraduate and graduate students.
The Watson College is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment. Potential applicants who share our goals, especially underrepresented minorities, women and persons with disabilities, who have a demonstrated track record of achievement and success, are strongly encouraged to apply.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Lead the development of a strategic vision for the future of DEI in the Watson College
- Expand and regularize DEI training and education programs for faculty, staff, and students within the college
- Collaboratively develop strategies for addressing recruitment challenges impacting faculty, staff, and student diversity within the college
- Work with academic leadership within the Watson College in the development and implementation of department-level DEI plans
- Interface with industry leaders, alumni, and friends of the college in pursuit of donations to support DEI initiatives
- Oversee the success of the college’s new signature initiative, the Watson Scholars Program, in support of the college’s access and social mobility goals
- Pursue and secure sponsored funds to support DEI programs
- Serve as Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI of the Watson College’s grant-funded programs and other programs that attract, support, and retain low-income, first-generation-to-college, and underrepresented K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students to STEM programs at Binghamton University.
- Attend to all applicable grant program related matters, e.g., teach courses, recruit participants, provide student support/guidance, manage budgets, complete required reports, hire and supervise staff, and coordinate summer programs.
- Conduct focus groups and surveys to regularly monitor college climate, identify areas for improvement, and assess progress
- Serve on the Watson College’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, and work collaboratively with faculty to set and carry out the agenda for the committee’s activities
- Liaise with campus leadership and the community of DEI officials across the campus
- Serve as campus representative to the GEM Consortium
- Develop and maintain effective professional networks
Binghamton University is an equal opportunity employer which bases its employment decisions without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex, age, physical, mental or sensory disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service or any other status protected by the laws of the State of New York. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.
Supervised by: Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Administration
Requirements / Qualifications (maximum of 2,000 characters):
- Master’s degree required, Ph.D., Ed.D., or J.D. preferred
- Demonstrated commitment to the mission of diversity, inclusion, and equity
- Minimum 5 years of successful related professional experience, with progressive levels of responsibility
- Understanding of, and sensitivity to, diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds
- Sophisticated understanding of the national conversation around DEI in higher education and a keen sense of best practices and emerging issues
- Proactive, detail-oriented, with ability to juggle a complex set of responsibilities
- A demonstrated commitment to program innovation, assessment and metrics-based management
- Ability to quickly build relationships of trust and shared purpose with faculty, students, staff, administrators, alumni, donors, and industry leaders
- Demonstrated ability to supervise others and to work successfully as part of a team
- Experience developing and managing budgets
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to travel and to work evenings/weekends