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HR Chief Diversity Officer- Diversity and Compliance: York College/CUNY

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Job Title                HR Chief Diversity Officer- Diversity and Compliance: York College/CUNY

Job ID                   24746

Location                York College

Regular/Temporary      Regular


York College, founded in 1966, is a center of academic excellence in the heart of Jamaica, Queens. One of the eleven senior colleges in The City University of New York, the College’s mission is to enrich students' lives by fostering an environment where they’ll grow into passionate and engaged learners.

York’s academic programs are housed in three schools: The School of Arts & Sciences, The School of Business and Information Systems, and The School of Health Sciences and Professional Programs. Over sixty baccalaureate programs from across a variety of disciplines, including accounting, aviation management, business, computer science, journalism, social work, teacher education, a dual BS/MS degree in Occupational Therapy, and one of the top-ranked nursing programs in New York State, provide students with opportunities to study liberal arts, sciences, and professional programs. The College also offers six graduate programs: Aviation Management, Clinical Trials Management, Pharmaceutical Science and Business, Physician Assistant, Social Work and Nursing Education.

Located in Queens, the most ethnically diverse county in New York State, the College enrolls 7,000 students from over 95 nations. Nine out of ten students are members of a racial/ethnic minority group, and more than half of undergraduates are the first in their families to pursue higher education.

The College’s 50-acre campus encompasses seven buildings, including science and computer labs, music and television studios, a Performing Arts Center, and a Health and Physical Education Center. The College recently completed seven major construction projects, with more scheduled for the future. In addition, its neighborhood is at the center of a renaissance fueled by economic revitalization.

York College is committed to fostering integrity, diversity, intellectual discovery, and civic engagement to benefit its students, the community, and the world.

York College/CUNY is seeking candidates to fill the position of Chief Diversity Officer. York College is located in Queens, New York City and is one of 11 senior colleges in the City University of New York system.

The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) reports to the President of York College. The CDO serves as an executive-level strategist and partners with the Cabinet, campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, various committees, and external constituencies and is responsible for guiding efforts and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), educational and employment opportunity, and cultural proficiency. The CDO will proactively develop and implement plans, programs, and activities that educate and motivate members of the College community to hold pluralism and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced and fosters a climate that respects diversity.

The CDO provides strategic oversight, supervision and direction to the Office of Diversity and Compliance which is responsible for promoting DEI programs in support of a working and learning environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The CDO conducts thorough and impartial investigations related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including the principles and compliance requirements of Title IX.

A more detailed description of the position duties includes, but is not limited to the following:

Ensures the College's compliance with federal, state, and city regulations and University mandates. This includes preparing memoranda, reports, and other written material; planning and delivering educational workshops on DEI issues, policies and procedures and working with external administrative agencies.

Aligns the objectives and strategic plans of the Office of Diversity and Compliance with the mission of the College. Serves as Title IX Coordinator and Section 504/ADA Coordinator.

Investigates complaints asserted under Title VI, VII, IX, Section 504, federal, state and local Disability Law, CUNY policy and under any other law that prohibits discrimination based on a protected status.

Provides training/professional development to the college community on diversity and sexual harassment policy.

Oversee the preparation and submission of internal and external reports regarding the College’s equal employment opportunity and action efforts and accomplishments including the federally mandated Affirmative Action Plan.

Ensures that recruitment procedures reduce implicit bias and barriers to the hiring of diverse applicants are reduced and have the power to terminate searches that fail to meet these procedural criteria.

Collaborates with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Legal Affairs to ensure the College's EEO/OFCCP compliance and other applicable matters.

Collaborates with the Office of Student Affairs in the development of diversity related programming and to resolve Work with the Foundation to review and manage the available balances of scholarships student complaints and issues.

Oversees the employment search process including: composition of search committee, discussion of ad placement, coaching committee chairs and training committee members on the use of the University's recruitment tool.

Serves on college committees as appropriate, including the Faculty Diversity Strategic Committee.

Serves as Chief Diversity Office Liaison to the City University of New York (CUNY) and attends meetings of the CUNY Chief Diversity Officers Council.

Manages the operational budget of the Office of Diversity and Compliance.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' relevant experience required.

A successful record of leading and /or facilitating the completion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting is highly preferred.

In addition, the following are also highly preferred qualifications:

Demonstration of in-depth, contemporary knowledge on issues of: DEI, access, multiculturalism and compliance in a large complex organizational setting.

Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a shared governance environment.

Demonstrated record of collecting and using data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and to achieve measurable results. Effective conflict resolution skills and the ability to find mutually acceptable solutions to difficult problems and the ability to build consensus, find support and reconcile competing interests.

Strong communication skills (verbal and written).

Must have active listening skills along with sophisticated relational ability to connect with others across inter-sectional differences.

Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing DEI awareness and high impact programs.


Oversees programs, activities, and initiatives designed to foster a climate that respects pluralism and diversity.

  • Develops effective strategies to promote diversity in faculty and staff hiring and actively participates in building strong networks and recruitment sources
  • Serves as a key recruiting team member, coordinating recruitment plans, advertising, and selection processes
  • Implements the College's Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity policies and ensures compliance with relevant city, state, and federal statutes such as Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, responding to and conducting investigations of non-compliance complaints
  • Collects and analyzes data for College and University reports
  • Develops and presents training programs and disseminates information related to Diversity, EEO, and other compliance at the College
  • Coordinates with University offices to assure consistency of University-wide policies
  • Maintains current knowledge and materials related to laws, rules, regulations, and best practices for advancing EEO/Diversity
  • Performs related duties assigned.


Higher Education Officer




CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well- being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

Salary range for this position is $124,656 to $141,858 - Salary commensurate with education and experience.


In order to be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references (email and telephone). Please upload all materials as ONE DOCUMENT in doc, pdf, or rtf format.

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York College/CUNY is an EEO/AA/IRCA/ADA Employer.


Revised: July 30, 2024


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity.

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