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Dean of Access Equity and Diversity (DAED-24)

Oakton College
Des Plaines, IL

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Category:: Administrators
Department:: Student Affairs
Locations:: Des Plaines, IL
Posted:: Jan 19, 2024
Closes:: Mar 1, 2024 - 11:59 PM EST
Type:: Administrators
Position ID:: 171873

About Oakton College :

Oakton College, a caring community of educators dedicated to excellence and learning, invites applications for the Dean of Access Equity and Diversity (DAED-24)

A premier comprehensive community college, Oakton is 17 miles from downtown Chicago. Oakton serves the near northern suburbs of Chicago with campuses in Des Plaines and Skokie with buildings totaling over 700,000 square feet of space resting on 192 acres. These campuses serve almost 10,000 students annually that are enrolled in over 82,000 credit hours of instruction. The College's Operating Funds' budget (Education and Operations & Maintenance Funds) for the academic year ending on June 30, 2023 amounts to $77.1 million.

The College is known for its academic innovations, commitment to serving students, solid financial position, and supportive environment for both students and employees.

Candidates with a commitment to working in a culturally competent environment are especially valued at Oakton.

We encourage applications from candidates who reflect the increasing diversity of Oakton's student body and community, enhance and promote engagement with other cultures, and have demonstrated a commitment to working with and as part of a multicultural faculty and diverse student body and community.

Job Description:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

Reporting to the vice president for student affairs, the Dean is a senior member of the student affairs leadership team. The Dean is charged with providing overall leadership and direction for developing, implementing and monitoring critical programs and processes for staff and students within the Division of Student Affairs that promote and sustain access, equity, diversity, and respect throughout Oakton College. The Dean oversees important college processes that include student conduct and Title IX and is instrumental to supporting the development of student engagement programs that increase the involvement, leadership development, and overall sense of belonging for Oakton students. The role currently provides leadership and supervision to four critical departments/offices. The role also requires collaboration with various College departments, administrators, faculty, and staff to promote an organizational culture that provides support and engenders respect for the diversity of cultural background, national origin, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, and ability among Oakton's student body and overall community.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a senior member of the student affairs leadership team. This includes supporting the leadership, planning, advising, and assessment of Student Affairs divisional activities and priorities. Engage in active collaboration with other college leaders (i.e. VPs, Deans, Directors, and Student Leaders) to carry out strategic initiatives that support student success outcomes.
  • Supervise and evaluate departments, staff members, and major college events assigned to the Dean. These currently include Student Conduct & Title IX, the Office of Student Life and Campus Inclusion, Athletics, TRIO/Student Support Services, Equity Coordinators, and Commencement.
  • Actively serve on Oakton's leadership council and identified committees established to oversee diversity, equity, and inclusive practices throughout the College. This includes assisting with initiatives identified within the Oakton Equity Plan, as well as investigating and managing student concerns, complaints, and helping to resolve conflicts in compliance with college policies and legal practices. In addition, assist with implementing strategies designed to improve institutional-wide progress toward creating a diverse and equitable learning environment for students and college staff. When appropriate, provide advice, coaching, and consultation to individuals and groups regarding cross-cultural conflicts and disputes.
  • Oversee the College's administration of the Code of Student Conduct. Monitor, and when necessary, update policies and procedures to assure due process and equity is afforded to all students engaged in the College's conduct process, which support educational resolutions through a restorative justice lens.
  • Actively oversee and support the College's effective administration of (and compliance with) Title IX. This includes directing staff, conducting investigations, and training assigned staff on the policy and practices that are in alignment with federal guidelines.
  • Initiate and support activities that are in alignment with Oakton strategic plans and goals. Advise, collaborate, and initiate strategic processes that support the matriculation, persistence, graduation, and success of Oakton students, with a focused interest in increasing the equity experiences and success outcomes of underrepresented students and those most under-served by the college.
  • Provide consultation in designing and implementing student-centered changes that fosters and increases the values of diversity, equity and respect for students and all members within the Oakton community.
  • With the goal of supporting "The Oakton Student Experience", implement and evaluate workshops, presentations, learning modules and other strategic initiatives that actively promote and increase student access, diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • As directed, assess student affairs departments and programs. Produce and contribute to written reports and updates (quarterly and annually). On behalf of the College, prepare reports and related correspondence required by state and federal agencies that support access, equity and diversity.
  • Develop and monitor all operating budgets for the areas of responsibilities assigned to the Dean.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the vice president for student affairs.


Qualifications and Working Conditions:

  • Master's degree in counseling, student personnel administration, higher education or closely related area is required. Doctorate strongly preferred.
  • Five years successful college level counseling/teaching/administrative experience including three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in higher education, and demonstrated experience working with a culturally diverse student population are required.
  • Three years of administrative experience including supervision of exempt professional staff. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and provide leadership in organizational change.
  • General experience supporting state and federal grants.
  • Excellent interpersonal, cross-cultural communication, diversity, organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Clear understanding of cross-cultural, international and diversity communication theory.

Additional Information:

Supervision Received:

General direction is received from the vice president for student affairs.

Supervision Exercised:

Administrative and functional supervision exercised over assigned departments and staff members.

Salary Range: $104,000 - $124,000

Based on the needs of the college and with Administrator approval, some positions at the college may have hybrid schedule options available after 30 working days.

Oakton is accessible by public transportation.

Application Instructions:

To become an applicant, interested individuals must complete the online application linked from the posting found on the Oakton website. Electronic copies of a cover letter, resume/cv, list of three (3) references with contact information and transcripts must be submitted by the applicant via uploading to the Oakton employment website. Please indicate the position code (DAED-24) on the cover letter. Uploaded documents need to be under 2 MB in size and in either .doc, .txt, or .pdf format. A total of 8 separate documents may be uploaded to an application file that has been successfully submitted to the College.


Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.

An UNOFFICIAL copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application by the applicant.

***Official transcripts for all degrees earned are only required prior to appointment.*** Official transcripts or a placement/credential file should be e-mailed to

Official transcripts or placement/credential files sent by postal mail should be sent to:

Oakton College
Dean of Access, Equity and Diversity (DAED- 24)
c/o Human Resources Department
1600 East Golf Road
Des Plaines, IL 60016

Oakton College is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, committed to employing competent, qualified individuals. Oakton College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability, age, marital status, military status, socioeconomic status, sex or gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation in admission to and participation in its educational programs, college activities and services, or in its employment practices.

Posted positions may be removed from the Oakton website without notice when it is determined that no additional applicants are required.



Working at Oakton

Inspiring and supporting the growth and education of students is a lifelong commitment. Oakton’s commitment to its students starts with a dedicated team of skilled and passionate professionals like you. A team of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints can help unlock a student’s passion in life, giving them the tools to think critically and support their community.

From faculty and staff to service and maintenance roles, we have many positions available at both the Des Plaines and Skokie campuses so you can share your skills and passion in an inclusive community that inspires generations of students.

As you support generations of students, Oakton offers generous benefits including medical, dental and employer-provided life insurance. In addition, you will enjoy an accommodating work schedule that allows you to balance an engaging career with a fulfilling home and personal life.


Company info
1600 E Golf Rd
Des Plaines / Skokie

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