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Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)

Salt Lake Community College
Salt Lake City, Utah
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Job Summary

The Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for providing the vision, leadership, management, and strategic planning for inclusion and equity initiatives across the College. As a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet, this position focuses their work in the following ways:


As Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), this position plays a key role in the development and implementation of College-wide justice, equity, diversity and inclusion policies, practices, professional development opportunities, community events and responses. The CDO will initiate and lead broad ranging approaches designed to enhance the campus climate for faculty, staff, and students of all backgrounds and will represent the President at various community and College events to strengthen the College’s visibility and impact on the diverse communities in Salt Lake County. The CDO will lead the college-wide committee dedicated to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. COMMUNICATION: External: The CDO will serve alongside the Public Information Officer in signaling to the external community the role SLCC is playing in advancing a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment. The CDO will generate and maintain timely websites, press releases, and community messages related to these issues. Internal: The CDO will be responsible for communicating with the internal SLCC community the initiatives and progress being made regarding equity and inclusion strategic goals. The CDO will work alongside other offices to create opportunities for broader college dialogues on the meaning and value of equity, diversity and inclusivity. The CDO will work with the President and Executive Cabinet, the Hate and Bias Incident Team and other appropriate offices to respond to community and college-wide issues and concerns related to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. COLLABORATION: The CDO works alongside Cabinet colleagues and other senior leaders to facilitate implementing and assessing existing strategies designed to strengthen diversity and inclusion on campus. These may include, but are not limited to, student recruitment and outreach, hiring practices, professional development, policy formation and community outreach and engagement. The CDO will represent the College on community-wide initiatives focusing on the equitable access and success of all community members in higher education. This is an at-will position Essential Responsibilities and Duties Responsible for the direction of inclusivity initiatives across the College to ensure increased access and retention for underrepresented students and faculty, a broader college dialogue on the meaning and value of diversity and inclusivity, an enriched campus environment where inclusion is an integral component of all aspects of the college life and activities and strong relationships with diverse community groups. Supports and supervises the CDO office staff, manages budgets. Chairs the college-wide committee on justice, equity, diversity and inclusion. Works closely with the President and Cabinet providing advice and support. Collaborates with Executive Cabinet colleagues and faculty/staff leadership to ensure implementation and assessment of divisional equity and inclusion goals. Leads strategic initiatives and short-term projects across the College to ensure strong communication between the President’s office and faculty and staff groups. Prepares communication briefs and reports from the Chief Diversity Office. When assigned, represents the President when the President is not available. Other duties as assigned. Essential Responsibilities and Duties Continued Preferred Qualifications Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Social Sciences or related field preferred. Experience as a senior level diversity officer in a higher education institution or comparable experience in the private or corporate sectors. Experience serving at a community college. Bi-lingual or multi-lingual communication skills preferred. Minimum Qualifications Master’s degree in Education, Public Administration, or related field. Five years progressively responsible experience in leadership positions within a higher education setting or comparable experience in the private or corporate sectors. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities o Knowledge of and alignment with the College vision, mission, values, and strategic goals. o Knowledge of Salt Lake County demographic trends and emerging communities. o Knowledge of trends and issues facing higher education and resources available to identify best practices and effective responses. o Knowledge of the Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers as articulated by The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. o Administrative leadership skills in the design, implementation, and assessment of a variety of equity and inclusion practices. o Strong project management and assessment skills. o Strong writing, interpersonal communication, and public speaking skills. o Strong leadership and facilitation skills that promote productivity, innovation, and inclusivity. o Equity minded and culturally competent leadership and advocacy skills. o Intentional and strategic relationship-oriented consensus-building skills to work within and across institutional boundaries to achieve equity and inclusion goals. Ability to o Effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community. o Analyze data and create clear and effective written and oral reports. o Work with and honor highly confidential information. o Be flexible and responsive to changing assignments and priorities. o Manage budgets effectively. o Manage conflict and effectively diffuse tense and/or unproductive situations. o Critically examine institutional systems to identify barriers toward achieving and equitable and inclusive environment. o Lead and collaborate initiative to effect institutional change. o Create and foster inclusive and diverse environments. o Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, and ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College. o Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, and ethnic background of community college students, faculty, an staff, including those with disabilities. Non-Essential Responsibilities and Duties Special Instructions More information about Salt Lake Community College benefits: Full consideration will be given to applicants who apply on or before the priority review date indicated above. FLSA Exempt SLCC Information Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.

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