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Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

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Colgate University
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Hamilton, New York
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Colgate University
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Colgate University seeks a strategic advocate and collaborative partner to fill the newly elevated position of Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer.  Colgate is a distinctive, leading American university known for its intellectual rigor, world-class professors, campus of stunning beauty, and alumni famously loyal to their alma mater.  Founded in 1819, Colgate enrolls 3,002 students, has 337 full-time faculty members, and approximately 650 staff members.  Located in Hamilton, New York, the 600-acre Colgate campus is composed of more than 125 buildings, constructed between 1827 to 2019. The University is known for the beauty of its campus, thanks to careful preservation of its architecture and stewardship of its grounds.

Reporting to President Brian W. Casey, the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is a core member of the president’s cabinet and senior leadership team, providing leadership, oversight, and strategic vision for policies and initiatives to promote an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff. The CDO will oversee the Office of Equity and Diversity, which currently guides hiring practices, Title IX cases, ADA concerns, affirmative action/equal opportunity, and the University’s non-discrimination and anti-harassment processes. There are currently four direct reports.

The CDO will ensure that the strategic planning and vision for inclusion at Colgate is well integrated into overall institutional planning and will bring visibility and organizational focus to campus-wide DEI efforts. The CDO functions as an integrator and connector, collaborating with staff, faculty, and academic leadership to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within and across the institution.

Colgate’s aspirations for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community require a CDO who can bring together broad-based coalitions and alliances with the aim of making the University’s intellectual environment, community, and student experiences richer, more robust, and more inclusive; who can identify gaps in access, equity, and support across the institution and work collaboratively with University leaders to address them; and who can work with others to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a shared responsibility.

The CDO will also serve as a visible participant in Colgate’s rigorous academic culture, one that demands inquiry and debate. In such a way, the CDO will also serve as a champion of Colgate’s faculty-endorsed commitment to academic freedom and freedom of speech as detailed in the university’s statement on these matters.

The successful candidate will be a collaborative and team-oriented professional with at least seven years of leadership experience including a strong record of accomplishment in developing, implementing, and championing strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting.  A terminal degree is preferred, but not required.  Individuals with an understanding of and ability to navigate within a private liberal arts university and a proven record of success working with all levels of leadership are being sought for this opportunity.  The full Leadership Profile and additional information about Colgate University can be viewed at:  https://www.colgate.edu/about/diversity-anti-racism-initiatives/chief-diversity-officer-leadership-profile.

Diversified Search has been retained by Colgate University to assist in this search process.  Initial screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications, nominations, and further inquiries should be directed to Euris Belle at [email protected].  For best consideration, materials should be received by May 31, 2021.

It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Colgate is a nationally recognized liberal arts college set on a beautiful campus in central New York.

Some 2,900 undergraduates are enrolled in 54 programs, taking advantage of the university's award-winning curriculumoff-campus study program, and numerous research opportunities.

Students enjoy small class sizes taught by expert faculty members -- not teaching assistants.

The university’s strategic plan offers a blueprint for turning today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders, joining the scores of alumni already playing major roles in a variety of fields. The Center for Career Services is a key player as students make this transition.

Colgate hums with activity. It is a place where the arts thrive. Student-athletes compete at the very highest level of NCAA Division I sports. There are dozens of club and intramural sports programs, and the college’s outdoor education program is second to none.

Above all, Colgate is about academic excellence. It is a tradition forged in 1819 and honed through the years by each class of select students.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

Colgate University is a highly selective residential liberal arts institution distinguished by academic excellence and interdisciplinary inquiry. Located on a beautiful campus in upstate New York, Colgate takes pride in the active engagement of its students, staff, and faculty in local, national, and global communities. At Colgate, we feel that a diverse and inclusive community is a cornerstone of educational excellence.

The Office of Equity and Diversity at Colgate is charged with fostering a diverse and collaborative community by increasing understanding, respect and inclusion. It is the mission of the office to support campus diversity initiatives with the goal of increasing understanding, respect and inclusion, and to ensure compliance with policies relating to affirmative action, discrimination, and harassment.  The university’s strong commitment to equal opportunity and inclusivity is clearly articulated in the diversity mission statement found here.  The university strives to provide an environment where everyone in our community can learn about, appreciate, and celebrate our diverse cultures and gain understanding, knowledge and skills to be engaged citizens locally as well as globally.

Colgate University fully subscribes to all federal and state civil rights laws banning discrimination in private institutions of higher education. Colgate will not discriminate against any student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, or any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, including protections for those opposing discrimination or participating in any complaint process at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or other human rights agencies. This nondiscrimination policy covers both employment and access to educational opportunities.  It is the policy of the university to provide equal opportunity in employment and not to discriminate against any individuals with disabilities who are qualified for employment in the positions for which they apply. Reasonable accommodations will be provided in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

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