Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

Apr 14, 2021
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

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This is your chance to make an impact at Cal Poly Pomona! Join them as their Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Cal Poly Pomona is proud to be placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor's degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Reporting to the President and serving as a member of the President's cabinet you will collaboratively plan, catalyze, facilitate and evaluate institutional and organizational change to assure that equity, diversity, and inclusion are authentically reflected in campus practices, policies, community, culture and measures of excellence.

Description: What you'll be doing
Another Source's client, Cal Poly Pomona, is recruiting a Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer to join their team reporting directly to the University President and serving as a member of the President's Cabinet.

*Internally this position is titled Presidential Associate for Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

Cal Poly Pomona is one of two polytechnic universities in the 23-campus California State University system and among 11 such institutions nationwide. Since its founding in 1938, the university has offered a unique education steeped in experiential learning. With a variety of degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, engineering, and professional disciplines, the university is well known for it's learn-by-doing philosophy. The university is noted for its scenic and historic 1,400-acre campus, which was once the winter ranch of cereal magnate W.K. Kellogg. The university's nearly 28,000 students are taught and mentored by the campus's more than 1,400 faculty as part of 54 baccalaureate and 29 master's degree programs, 11 credential and certificate programs, and a doctorate in educational leadership.  
Highly regarded among its peer institutions, Cal Poly Pomona is No. 2 in the U.S. News and World Report rankings of top public regional universities in the west and was named the No. 15 best value college in the nation by Money Magazine. Cal Poly Pomona is a Hispanic-Serving Institution, stands as a national leader in promoting social mobility, and was placed among the 25 top institutions in the country in awarding bachelor's degrees to minoritized students by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.  California residents comprise the majority (96%) of applicants to undergraduate programs at Cal Poly Pomona – nearly half (49%) of new students were transfers in Fall 2020.  58% of Cal Poly Pomona students are first generation, 70% receive financial aid, and 44% qualify as Pell-eligible.  The university enrolls a diverse student body that identifies as 49% Latinx, 21% Asian, 15% White, 3% Black, 5% International 3% two or more races, 3% unknown and less than 1% Native Hawaiian or Native Pacific Islander and less than 1% Native American Indigenous. 39% of the student body were STEM majors with the top enrolled programs including psychology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering, biology and computer science. 
The Cal Poly Pomona campus is nestled in the beautiful San Gabriel Valley less than 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles at the intersection of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. It is within an hour's drive of beaches, mountains and deserts. For additional information about the university, please visit 

The Presidential Associate for Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer (Presidential Associate) reports directly to the University President and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet to ensure that elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are embedded throughout the implementation of the institutional mission, vision, and strategic plan. The Presidential Associate will be a DEI leader, working to catalyze, facilitate, and evaluate institutional and organizational change initiatives. The incumbent leads and collaborates with senior campus administrators in a range of efforts to assure that diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of campus practices, policies, community, culture and measures of excellence. The Presidential Associate will function as an active collaborator, bringing together members of the university community to build coalitions, facilitate dialogues and promote essential competency development that advances and sustains equity minded institutional change.

Specific responsibilities include:  
Deepen the campus community's investment in the institutional values of diversity, equity and inclusion by identifying and creating meaningful opportunities for university wide participation and collaboration in this shared work.   
Inventory and expand existing initiatives to implement processes and strategies that effectively communicate Cal Poly Pomona's plans and policies on diversity; and the importance and merits of a culture that welcomes, values, supports, and affirms each member of its community. 
Direct efforts to develop and augment existing tools for monitoring progress, ensuring compliance with policies, maintaining accountability, setting goals, and surveying and measuring the success of inclusion and diversity efforts beyond compliance.    
Engage with the key committees of governance to partner with students, faculty, and staff in shaping their contributions to equity and inclusion work. 
Collaborate with campus leadership to implement strategies to increase recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students across multiple dimensions of identity.  
Support and contribute to the development of an academic culture that embraces excellence and diversity through faculty research, scholarship and creative work; collaborate with the Provost and Deans to support faculty in their development of a more inclusive curricula across the disciplines and Colleges. 
Identify existing campus efforts aimed at advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion, developing necessary strategic investments including applying to external grants and effectively managing resources.   
Chair and develop the capacity of the Inclusive Excellence Council.  
Partner with the Office of Equity and Compliance (OEC) to identify systemic issues related to equity, inclusion and campus climate that arise under CSU Executive Orders 1095/1096/1097.  

Preferred Qualifications and Characteristics: 

The successful candidate will bring most, if not all, of the following professional qualifications, characteristics, skills, experiences, and personal qualities: 
Earned doctorate or equivalent terminal degree.
Success as a thought leader and intellectual catalyst on diversity and thorough knowledge of research and best practices around promoting equity and inclusion in a higher education setting.
Experience in policy development and in leading substantive change in culture, practices, and policies, preferably in a public university setting.
Experience in leading institutional equity-based initiatives, building programs with impact, working with faculty, staff, and students within university shared governance and collective bargaining environments.
Experience establishing new organizational units/functions with clear and well-defined goals and performance indicators for success. 
Adept at data collection and data analysis to support equity driven decision making.
Proven ability to provide visionary strategic leadership; experience guiding the implementation of a strategic plan, establishing metrics, measuring progress, and adapting as necessary. 
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to inspire and influence others.
Ability to serve as a bridge between divisions within the University and facilitate constructive conversations around DEI, unconscious bias, allyship, and concepts of power and privilege among a range of internal and external constituencies.
Exceptional collaboration skills and ability to participate in consultative processes with faculty, student, and staff groups to achieve equity-based outcomes across the institution.  
Cultural awareness, agility, and emotional intelligence; ability to build trust and credibility, collaborate with a wide variety of stakeholders. 
Dedication to the mission of the California State University (CSU) system, which is one of the most ethnically and racially diverse university systems in the U.S., and a commitment to coordination and collaboration among campuses.

Minimum requirements include: 
Master's degree in a related field.  
At least five to ten years of progressively responsible leadership experience supervising the work of others,
Demonstrate through previous positions held, a track record of building programs and partnerships and specific experience in addressing intersecting dimensions of diversity including racial and ethnic, physical ability, age, socioeconomic class, religious, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. 
Must be able to demonstrate through past positions held, extensive knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion best practices and Title IX, Title II, Title VII, and other federal legislation concerning equity, and the capacity to engage with the specific legal requirements of the State of California. 

California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. The university seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of California, to maintain the excellence of the university, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing. Cal Poly Pomona subscribes to all state and federal regulations and prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity/gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, genetic information, medical condition, and covered veteran status. The university hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. As required by the Clery Disclosure Act, the university's annual security report is available at

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