At Frederick Community College (FCC), our aim is transformation through education. The skills, training, competencies, and education we provide ensure that our graduates are able to equitably participate in our society, our economy, and our democracy. The BIG goal is to help students live the lives they want to lead. The impact we make is profound and extends beyond the individuals we serve, reaching families, the larger community, the state, and the world. It all starts with having the right people, in the right positions, with the right skills and abilities, doing the right things right.
The Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (VPDEIB) is the College’s chief diversity officer, reporting directly to and serving as strategic thought partner to the President. The VPDEIB is a contributing member of the College's Senior Leadership Team.
The VPDEIB will provide guidance and leadership related to these areas:
- Providing vision and direction in goal setting, planning, and development for employees and students related to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
- Leading policy and strategy development to advance organizational objectives and the optimal fulfillment of the College’s comprehensive mission.
- Supporting others in nurturing a campus culture and climate where all employees and students, especially those whose identities have historically been “othered,” feel safe, seen, heard, and welcome.
REQUIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
- An earned master's degree appropriate to the candidate's field from an accredited institution.
- 10+ years designing and implementing organizational change initiatives grounded in DEIB practices.
- Experience working with diverse communities, particularly communities of color.
- Ability to facilitate courageous and difficult intergroup dialogues and conversations around race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and other intersecting dimensions of identity and/or complex social issues.
- Experience in planning, effective delivery, and assessment of cultural competence training programs.
- Experience in curriculum development, organizational development and change, and employee development.
- Experience in planning, implementing, and assessing an organization-wide strategy for attainment of diversity goals.
- Experience taking the strategic plan and working independently to develop an implementation, accountability, and benchmarking strategy.
- Ability to use innovative problem-solving skills that address complex issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
- Knowledge of human resource practices, procedures, and laws that relate to equal employment opportunity.
- Knowledge of adult learning principles and ability to provide creative experiential training for adults.
- Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize multiple, competing tasks.
- Ability to forge strategic alliances within the College and in the community to further the institution’s diversity goals and objectives.
- Experience in mediation and conflict resolution grounded in the principles of equity and justice.
- Experience with intercultural communication.
- Ability to use varying styles, approaches, skills, and techniques that reflect an understanding and acceptance of the role of culture in a diverse, multicultural workplace.
- Experience in composing executive-level written reports.
- Strong analytical skills and ability to translate metrics, research, and trends into strategy in accordance with diversity standards and goals.
- Experience partnering with regional or national organizations to analyze current practices and support the implementation of initiatives to enhance equity and inclusivity at the College.
- Experience leading DEI survey design, implementation, data analysis, and reflection.
- Experience serving as the main resource for students and staff on protected class discrimination, harassment, and Title IX issues.
- Experience with budget Demonstrated experience in the planning and implementation of instructional programs (credit and non-credit), workforce development, academic support services, and course and program assessment, adapted to the needs of 21st-century learners.
CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE
- The successful candidate will engage as a transformational and innovative member of a high-performing executive team that fosters high aspirations within a campus culture where disciplined thought regarding external (and sometimes harsh) realities facing the College is routine and standard, and where disciplined action is taken based on those realities; the truth is actively solicited and heard; failure is a normal and expected part of the learning process and is thoughtfully examined in a manner that does not cast blame but unearths new information and provides insight, and is an accelerant for growth, innovation, and the quest toward excellence.
- The successful candidate will have a proven record of success in navigating change, uncertainty, and ambiguity; the ability to collaborate with employees and students in strengthening diversity initiatives, policy/practice review, and programs; and experience supporting faculty in infusing cultural consciousness, responsiveness, and competence into the curriculum and facilitate the engagement in best practices (such as culturally responsive teaching) through instructional design and pedagogy.
- Understanding that the quality of an institution is based upon the talent of its people, the successful candidate will have a positive record of determining scope and nature of community trends that enhance the ability of the College to anticipate the needs of all students and employees as well as the demonstrated expertise to provide diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging leadership guidance to all areas of the College in the form of cultural fluency training and other strategies to support learning and growth for all employees and students.
The anticipated start date for this position is April 1, 2024. Applications should be submitted as PDF documents and should consist of a substantive cover letter, a CV, and a list of five professional references with full contact information. No references will be contacted without the explicit permission of the candidate.
Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted electronically, and in confidence, by completing the VPDEIB Candidate Application Form at frederick.edu/vpdeib-application.
The position will remain open until filled but only applications received by December 1, 2023, will be assured of full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Dr. Bridgette N. Cofield, Vice President for Talent and Culture, Frederick Community College, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information about Frederick Community College is available at https://www.frederick.edu/about-fcc.aspx.