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Chief Diversity Officer

Hartwick College
Oneonta, NY

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Job Details

Date: February 28, 2022

Description: Hartwick College is pleased to welcome applications for the role of the Chief Diversity Officer who will provide collaborative, strategic, and results-oriented leadership for institutional-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The CDO will champion the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. The CDO will serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet to help ensure that diversity, equity, and inclusion remain integral to all dimensions of the College.

The CDO will have a successful, evidence based record of advancing strategies that demonstrate a commitment to promoting a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff and visitors. The CDO must have a deep understanding and passion for the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and demonstrate a willingness to be a leader, innovator, ambassador, and catalyst for change while working in a collaborative manner with others throughout the College.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Develop and implement strategies and tactics that foster a positive and inclusive work environment
  • Ensure that diversity and inclusion initiatives are implemented in an integrated manner throughout the College and that these initiatives are regularly assessed
  • Assess the College’s programs, policies, procedures and practices to identify gaps and barriers that limit progress in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Recommend to the Senior Leadership Team of the College changes in practice that will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion
    • Research and recommend improvements to the bias response and intervention structure based on best practices and work with campus leaders to develop and facilitate efforts related to prevention, education, and intervention
  • Develop a strategic plan for advancing diversity and inclusion that complements and strengthens the College’s current strategic direction
    • Define comprehensive definitions of diversity, equity and inclusion for use by all constituents at the College and lead efforts to encourage all members of the Hartwick community to develop an abiding respect for human differences
    • Monitor, provide operational oversight for, and measure the College's progress toward meeting its diversity goals
    • Establish and maintain an internal audit, assessment, and reporting system to allow for effective measurement of College programs in diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts with periodic reporting of progress to the President
    • Recommend, provide, and facilitate/deliver professional development on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, social justice, socioeconomics, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of diversity, equity, and inclusion values
    • Work with campus committees, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, and other College constituents to ensure commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in the College’s mission, vision, and values
  • Serve as an advocate, mentor, and resource in support of underrepresented students and employees
  • Partner with other College leaders, students, employees and committees to ensure programming and initiatives support the College’s diversity values and goals
  • Create a strong partnership with all members of the Senior Leadership Team to advance the recruitment, support for and retention of employees from diverse backgrounds
    • Work closely with and support the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty to advance the College's efforts to recruit, support, and retain diverse faculty and offer a curriculum that reflects the values of diversity, equity and inclusion
    • Collaborate with stakeholders to assess potential obstacles and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse workforce
  • Lead and support highly visible educational and awareness events and activities throughout the year to develop and strengthen cultural competency
  • Establish a partnership with Student Experience, campus departments, and students that advances awareness and understanding of diversity, inclusion and social justice
  • Facilitate community-building and identify allies to support a safe, vibrant, welcoming, and inclusive campus climate for all students, faculty and staff both on campus and off campus
  • In consultation with the Chief Human Resource Officer, the CDO will conduct investigations of discrimination claims in compliance with regulations and statutes
  • Comply with all applicable College, federal, state, local and associational laws, rules and regulations
  • Participate in significant campus activities, such as but not limited to; Welcome Weekend, True Blue Weekend, and Commencement Weekend
  • As a representative of the College, comport oneself in a professional manner at all times, both on and off campus


The successful candidate will be an excellent oral and written communicator with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. The CDO should have strong knowledge and understanding of DEI issues and best practices in higher education. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience related to diversity, equity and inclusion. An advanced degree is preferred. The position requires experience in working collaboratively and effectively with various constituencies on strategies around inclusion, equity, and diversity. Must have knowledge of and familiarity with Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, ADA, and EEO/AA.

  • Well-organized and self-directed individual who exhibits a high level of integrity that inspires trust and confidence
  • Ability to respond with equanimity to crisis and highly sensitive situations
  • Genuine desire, willingness and ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong administrative ability to articulate and realize concrete measures for implementing the work of a strategic vision
  • Knowledge of current diversity issues with a clear understanding of the importance of an inclusive and diverse environment in a comprehensive higher education or similar setting
  • Evidence of success in promoting and advancing organizational diversity goals
  • Ability to foster open transparent communications and proactively build positive relationships with faculty, staff, students, and diverse constituencies
  • Well-developed conflict resolution skills and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information
  • Ability to conduct investigations of unlawful harassment, discrimination, and retaliation
  • Demonstrated understanding of federal, state and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to civil rights and equal opportunity
  • Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner to a variety of audiences

All employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the start of their employment.

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1,200 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority, and seeks to recruit, retain and promote a diverse workforce. The College features a Liberal Arts in Practice general education curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.”

Hartwick operates as a community of learners where there is a very real sense of belonging and connection. By joining Hartwick, you become part of a group of people who work together, share in our successes, and a celebrate our accomplishments. All positions at Hartwick contribute to the education and development of students with the opportunity to see the impact on future leaders—what you do at Hartwick really matters.

Our beautiful 425-acre campus is located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, New York—a charming town near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick offers health benefits to domestic partners of employees, flexible scheduling, opportunities to engage in athletic and cultural events (concerts, exhibits, and lectures) and tuition benefits for eligible employees and their dependents.

Hartwick College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation/preference and gender identity/expression and is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to broadening “the understanding, awareness, and appreciation of diversity among all members of the Hartwick community.” Women, minorities, and other underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Hartwick College is committed to providing a safe and secure educational and employment environment. Employment at Hartwick College is therefore contingent upon a successful background check on every new employee. Candidates to whom an offer of employment is made will be required to sign a Release of Information Form authorizing the College to conduct a thorough background check.

Hartwick College is committed to a diverse candidate pool, values an inclusive workforce and workplace environment, and wishes to minimize or eliminate the impact of implicit bias during the search and hiring process.

All applicants are asked to submit the following materials with their online applications:

  • A cover letter;
  • A resume;
  • A Diversity Statement that addresses how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity will support Hartwick College’s Diversity Statement (; and
  • The names and contact information for three references, with annotation regarding how the reference is related to you and your work (at least one of your references must be from a current and/or previous supervisor).

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.


Working at Hartwick College 

An independent, residential liberal arts college enrolling approximately 1500 full-time undergraduates, Hartwick embraces the teacher-scholar model, with teaching excellence as the first priority.  Located in the scenic Susquehanna River valley in Oneonta, NY, near the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains, the College has adopted a Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum and aspires to “be the best at melding liberal arts education with experiential learning.” 

Our Mission
Hartwick College, an engaged community, integrates a liberal arts education with experiential learning to inspire curiosity, critical thinking, creativity, personal courage and an enduring passion for learning.

Our Purpose
Our purpose as a college of the liberal arts and sciences is to educate people who will thrive in and contribute to the world of the future; people who are prepared to meet the personal, intellectual, and social challenges of a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world.

Hartwick graduates will be noted as being able to thrive in a world of global interdependence in which people of the broadest range of national, ethnic, social, and personal backgrounds will interact personally and technologically.

To thrive in this context will require that Hartwick students learn to: understand the world from a variety of perspectives; work constructively with people from a variety of backgrounds and life experiences; be avid learners and critical thinkers; communicate effectively and have a well-developed personal presence; be purposeful in their actions and value-based in their decisions; and know how to use information technology resources as a routine tool to enhance effectiveness.

Our Values
We are:

  • a college of the liberal arts and sciences, focusing on the development of the disciplines of thinking, learning, analyzing, communicating, and values-based judgment;
  • a relationship college, focusing on the development of a 24 hour per day, seven day per week, residential educational experience characterized by personal responsibility and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, and staff; and
  • a future-directed college, focusing on educating people in ways that will make them effective and contributing citizens to the world of their future.

Our Character:
By being intentional in fulfilling our values—taking those actions that help us better be what we believe we should be—we are a college of both quality and distinctiveness. We are a future-directed community of learners where students, faculty, and staff are mutually engaged in intellectual, social, and personal learning inside and outside of the classroom. Our curricular and co-curricular educational experience emphasizes: shared and interdependent learning; a balance of challenge and support; a caring commitment to the individual; intellectual, social, and individual rigor; the development of personal responsibility; and approaches that link theory and practice, what we term "The Liberal Arts in Practice." 

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