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Executive Director & Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belo...

Bay Path University
Longmeadow, MA

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
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Four-Year Institution

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Category:: Administrative / Staff
Department:: 01-53-5320-President's Dept
Locations:: Longmeadow, MA
Posted:: Oct 19, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-Time Salaried (Exempt)
Position ID:: 168998

About Bay Path University:

When Bay Path opened its doors to students in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to prepare students to not only meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities but to also thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the start them on the road of success. That spirit and philosophy is best reflected in our shared vision, "At Bay Path, every learner's dreams of a better career, a richer life, and a brighter future will be realized."

Recognizing that our learners come first, we know it is equally important that we develop, cultivate, and sustain a culture that binds us together as a community. As part of the University's ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, we draw upon our eight Core Values-beliefs that provide the internal framework and a moral compass for how we work and interact with each other.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges and Graduate Programs by The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA, and a satellite location in East Longmeadow, MA, Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

For 125 years, we have been committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or We Empower Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change. Be Bay Path.

We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

Supervisor: University President
Position Code: EDSAPDEIB
Status: Full Time
Hours: 8:30am to 5:00pm,occasional nights and weekends required
Job Location: Longmeadow/Hybrid
Exempt (Yes/No): Yes

The Executive Director & Special Assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) will report directly to the President, be a member of the President's executive team, and serve as a trusted advisor to the President on DEIB matters. In this capacity, the Executive Director will actively contribute to the development and presentation of DEIB strategies to the President, aligning with best practices to foster an inclusive and equitable university environment. Under the direction of the President, the Executive Director will play a crucial role in translating these strategies into actionable plans and initiatives at the operational level. They will work closely with various university departments and stakeholders to ensure the successful execution and implementation of DEIB initiatives. By collaborating with key teams, the Executive Director will drive the integration of DEIB principles across all aspects of the university, creating a cohesive and inclusive approach.


  • Developing and Implementing DEIB Strategies: Collaborate with various stakeholders to ensure the integration of DEIB initiatives across all aspects of the university. Support the President's vision for DEIB and implement strategies accordingly.
  • Advocacy: Provide support and assistance to senior leadership, faculty, and staff in promoting DEIB efforts in their respective areas. Assist in advocating for DEIB matters throughout the university.
  • Chairing the DEIB Community Council: Chairing the DEIB Community Council as the designated leader, while operating under the executive sponsorship of the President. In this role, actively lead the council's activities, fostering collaboration, and facilitating constructive dialogue among its members.
  • Cultivating an Inclusive Campus Culture: Foster a welcoming and inclusive campus culture that values diversity and encourages respectful dialogue. Contribute to creating an environment where all individuals feel valued, heard, and respected.
  • Training and Education: Develop and implement training programs and workshops on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging to enhance awareness and understanding across the university community.
  • Recruitment and Retention Initiatives: Collaborate with HR, Academic Affairs, Admissions, Advising, Student Engagement and others to develop strategies that attract and retain diverse faculty, staff, and students. Monitor progress and assess the effectiveness of these initiatives.
  • Data Collection and Analysis: Collaborate in overseeing data collection and analysis related to diversity, equity, and inclusion metrics. Assist in using this data to assess the university's progress and identify areas for improvement.
  • Community Engagement: Foster positive relationships with external organizations and community groups that promote diversity and inclusion.
  • Resource Management: Manage the budget and resources allocated for DEIB initiatives. Allocate resources effectively to support various diversity programs and events.
  • Partnerships with Academic Programs: Collaborate with academic departments to integrate diversity and inclusion into the curriculum and academic experience.
  • Assessment and Reporting: Regularly assess the impact of DEIB initiatives and provide reports to the university leadership and stakeholders.
  • Staying Informed: Stay up-to-date with current trends and best practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in higher education.
  • Attend trainings as required.
  • Perform any other duties or tasks as assigned by the University.


If you operate a University owned, leased or personal vehicle at any time while performing your duties you must follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Operations Manual. You must have a valid driver's license and must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter. Additionally, you must report any driving offense, on or off company time, which causes a loss, suspension, or any other change in your license status. You must report this change within one business day of the offense. You can report this change to the Human Resource Department or your direct supervisor. Failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including terminations.

This list of essential job functions and other responsibilities is representative of those duties and responsibilities that are required of this position. However, the list is not to be considered as all-inclusive. A supervisor or director may assign other duties and/or other duties at alternate locations to meet mission requirements of the University and cooperation of all personnel is expected to carry out the mission.


Interim Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs
Graduate Assistant


  • A master's degree from an accredited college or university and 3 to 5 years of combined E&I leadership, education, and training experiences with progressive responsibilities; a master's degree is preferred.
  • Experience working in higher education is preferred, demonstrating a deeper understanding of the unique challenges and opportunities within the academic environment.
  • A proven track record of leadership in developing and implementing DEIB initiatives in an educational or similar environment for five or more years.
  • Proven expertise in enhancing curriculum from a DEIB perspective, infusing diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging principles into academic programs and learning experiences.
  • Experience with developing and administering DEIB training programs and workshops, enhancing awareness and understanding across the university community.
  • Proven experience as a change agent, driving impactful transformation within an organizational context. Inclusive leadership style, effectively engaging diverse stakeholders and fostering a shared commitment to DEIB principles.
  • Demonstrated adaptability, creativity, and strategic thinking, with the ability to navigate challenges and opportunities with resilience and innovative solutions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to engage with diverse stakeholders effectively.
  • Knowledge of relevant laws, regulations, and best practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Expertise in policy development is desired.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and use it to inform decision-making and strategic planning.
  • Successful background in collaborating with external partners, fostering meaningful relationships, and advancing DEIB efforts beyond the university's borders.
  • Valid U.S. driver's license.
  • Must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course (within 15 days of hire) and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter
  • Ability to adhere to University policies and procedures.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and within FERPA and HIPAA guidelines.
  • All new employees must complete the FERPA, Anti-Harassment, and any other required online trainings within 15 days of employment.
  • Should be committed to a culture of diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.

Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures equity, respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter, resume / curriculum vitae, and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy. Please apply online. Faxes and emails will not be accepted.

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds. An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff.

Bay Path University is a smoke and tobacco-free community.

All offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory background checking.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if you have a disability and require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a position please email us at or call 413-565-1157.


Working At Bay Path University

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and a member of the Women’s College Coalition. With a main campus and four satellite locations, Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate, (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

Mission Statement:

A Bay Path University education empowers undergraduate women and graduate women and men to become leaders in their careers and communities with an innovative approach to learning that prepares students to flourish in a constantly changing world.

The Bay Path experience is nothing less than transformational. Our women-only undergraduate programs and our coeducational graduate programs are offered both on campus and online, providing a flexible, 21st-century education for learners at all stages of life and career. Bay Path students find a supportive and diverse community, close mentoring, and rigorous preparation for success in a complex and globally interdependent society. Students graduate with the applied knowledge, portable skillset, and confidence to thrive in their professions, identify and realize their dreams, and make a lasting difference in the world. 

Established: 1897

Enrollment: Over 3,300 students

Alumni: Approximately 15,000 alumni around the world.

Athletics: Eight teams compete at the NCAA Division III level, in the New England Collegiate Conference.

University Motto: Carpe Diem, Latin for "Seize the Day"


  • Longmeadow, MA - Home to our Residential College, for high school, transfer and International young women; One Day A Week College, for adult women with classes on Saturday; and Graduate College for men and women. 
  • Concord, MA - Our Concord location is home to our graduate programs in Education and Psychology for men and women.
  • Sturbridge, MA - Our Sturbridge teaching site opened in 2003 and offers our One Day A Week College, for adult women with classes on Saturday and select graduate programs for men and women. This teaching location provides students with all of the support services of our main campus including access to library services, administrative and academic deans, student financial services, and the Registrar’s Office. 
  • East Longmeadow, MA - The Philip H. Ryan Health Science Center is located on our East Longmeadow site. This state-of-the-art facility houses our Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies and our Master of Occupational Therapy Bridge programs.  

Residential College

Offers classes on-ground Monday through Friday.

At Bay Path University, we welcome students (commuters and residents), just like you, from across the country and around the world who are smart, capable young women who want to make a difference and be successful.

Here, you join a small, highly personal community that empowers you to take ownership of your life through:

  • Highly relevant majors and minors that give you practical knowledge, a global viewpoint, and the unique perspectives that make connections between subject areas and current topics.
  • Leadership opportunities that focus on your strengths, encouraging you to find your voice and act on your convictions.
  • Real-world experience balanced with career counseling that gives you a distinct advantage for graduate school or that rewarding first job.
  • More important, our admission counselors are here to help you and your family, guiding you through the admissions and financial aid process by taking your questions and connecting you with the right resources.

Why it pays to be a Bay Path woman:

  • Significant Financial Support. All of our full-time students receive a merit scholarship from Bay Path University, and more than 96% of our students receive additional financial aid that included grants, scholarships and loans. 
  • Close Attention from Faculty. With a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, you'll form close relationships with your professors that will lead to research, internship and networking opportunities. 
  • Thoughtful and Intentional Career Planning for Life. Our Sullivan Career and Life Planning Center (SCLP) is one of the best of its kind. As a Bay Path student, you will have lifetime access to the SCLP and the services it provides, including one-on-one career coaching and mentoring.

Undergraduate Study

A Place Where Knowledge Is Gained and Shared

If you ask a Bay Path woman graduate to define her academic experience, it would be one word: transformational. There is no other way to describe it.

Yes, we have majors in neurobiology, cybersecurity, and business analytics, as well as minors and concentrations that deepen your knowledge in a specific area. But we also educate the whole person, giving you the courage and confidence to be your best self, to help you get where you have to go, and to take on more in your life. It’s why women’s education still matters. 

American Women’s College

Are you one of the 76 million American women who has accomplished many things in her life yet still lacks a bachelor's degree? You are not alone. At The American Women's College, we understand the reasons that women pause their education early in life: 

  • Maybe going to college wasn’t right for you at the time
  • Maybe you started college and decided it wasn't a good fit
  • And then there other competing factors like family, work, and day-to-day pressures

Looking back, do you still wish you had earned a college degree?  Now you can—with The American Women’s College Online. We offer:

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