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Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Institutional & Business Affairs, Diversity & Inclusion
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Category:: Professional
Department:: Watson Office , Excellence in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: May 3, 2024
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 44001
Position ID:: 175317

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a premier public R1 research institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by our mission, outstanding academics, facilities, and community life - promotes extraordinary student success, research, and service; Binghamton University is where our students, faculty and staff thrive.

Working at Binghamton University is more than about having a great job - it is about having the opportunity to flourish in an exciting, engaging environment. Our faculty and staff appreciate Binghamton's collegial and inclusive culture and its commitment to excellence, education, innovation and civic engagement. Our diverse campus community contributes to our success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty, exceptional staff, and ultramodern facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000+ students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration, and community service.

We are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and in keeping with this commitment, we welcome all to apply, including veterans and persons with disabilities.

Job Description:

Budget Title: Senior Staff Assistant (SL-3)

Salary: $65,000 - $68,000

The Assistant Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion works within the Thomas J. Watson College of Engineering and Applied Sciences and will play a critical role in advancing DEI principles, values, and practices throughout Watson College. Reporting to the Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Assistant Director will support the overall mission and activities of the office, as well as specifically attends to programs that support the recruitment and retention and overall success of women and under-represented student populations. The Assistant Director will engage in recruitment activities to increase underrepresented student populations at Watson College (undergraduate and graduate), develop partnerships with colleges and universities, specifically minority-serving institutions (MSls), and assist the Assistant Dean with developing DEI training for faculty and staff.

Duties of the Assistant Director include:

  • Serve as liaison with Binghamton University undergraduate admissions office to develop recruiting activities to increase the number of qualified applicants to Watson College
  • Serve as liaison with Watson Graduate Recruitment and Admissions and Office of Graduate Recruitment (OGR) to support diverse recruiting activities
  • Develop and maintain robust partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions (MSls) (i.e., HBCUs and HSIs); assist faculty in coordinating meaningful activities and interactions
  • Responsible for college's participation in GEM Consortium; administer GEM-related activities (i.e., GRAD Labs, Information sessions, application advising)
  • Provide oversight of academic success programs (e.g., Watson College Scholars, LSAMP, etc.) and advise students
  • Represent Watson College at national venues (i.e., SHPE and NSBE conferences)
  • Supervise student assistants as needed
  • Develop and administer faculty/staff DEI training short courses, certificate programs, and other professional development initiatives.
  • Develop and administer DEI curriculum and workshops for Watson College students
  • Support strategic planning activities within the office and work with the director to evaluate and revise priorities
  • Develop and monitor key performance metrics for the office; conduct assessment and evaluation activities
  • Generate Watson Office for Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WEDEI) annual report
  • Provide front line of support and advising to students
  • Tracking and monitoring the budget
  • Oversees day-to-day operations of WEDEI office
  • Supervises Watson Diversity Office staff as needed
  • Grant experience is a plus (seeks grant money, foundation money)

The approximate allocation of time is

  • 50% Programming and Student Engagement
  • 25% Travel
  • 15% Administration
  • 10% Training development


Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

  • Bachelor's degree and three or more years of professional-related experience
  • Experience in cultural humility, diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
  • Event planning and programming experience
  • Commitment to program innovation, assessment, and metrics-based management
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent oral, written, presentation and communication skills with both internal and external constituents through phone, email, and video conference platforms, and in-person
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with individuals from different nationalities, cultures, and a wide range of experience and backgrounds
  • Proactive, detail-oriented, and excellent organizational/time management skills to manage multiple projects and priorities
  • Demonstrated initiative and the ability to work both independently and within a team environment
  • Proficiency in analytical and computer skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Zoom, Canva, Google Workspace, and other common office software)
  • Ability to work evenings or weekends to support programming
  • Ability to travel nationally and internationally


  • Master's degree
  • 2 or more years of higher education experience
  • Experience teaching classes and designing curriculum for courses

Additional Information:

Offers of employment may be contingent upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check and verification of degree(s) and credentials.

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Payroll information can be found on our website

Cover letters may be addressed "To the Search Committee."

Postings active on the website, accept applications until closure.

For information on the Dual Career Program, please visit:

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by Title IX and its implementing regulations Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Application Instructions:

All applicants must apply via Interview Exchange:

Deadline for Internal Applicants:

Deadline for External Applicants: Open until filled

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the vacancy is filled.

Persons interested in this position should apply online.

Please submit:

  1. Resume,
  2. Cover letter, and
  3. Contact information for three professional references

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Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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