Chief Diversity Officer

Arnold, Anne Arundel County
Jan 06, 2014
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) invites applications for the newly created position of Chief Diversity Officer. The Chief Diversity Officer, reporting to the President, provides leadership and strategic direction in creating and nurturing a college climate that is welcoming, inclusive, respectful and free from discrimination, intolerance and harassment. This position advocates for change and embraces the value of equity, diversity and inclusion. The Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for developing and delivering activities that promote an inclusive environment for all students, staff, and faculty. This includes advising the college administration on matters affecting recruitment, selection and education of the college community for the purpose of creating an inclusive climate. The Chief Diversity Officer supports a curriculum that focuses on diversity and addresses the social construction of difference as well as the causes and effects of structured inequality. In addition, the Chief Diversity Officer encourages the use of pedagogical strategies that support and affirm different student backgrounds and learning styles and develop strong critical thinking skills. With learning as its central mission, Anne Arundel Community College has responded to the needs of a diverse community for more than 50 years by offering high quality, affordable and accessible learning opportunities. Established in 1961, AACC is a fully-accredited, public two-year institution that offers national and regional studies that can lead to a degree or certificate, industry credential, transfer to a four-year institution, or career enhancement, personal enrichment and lifelong learning. The college’s nationally recognized and award-winning programs have helped its more than 53,000 students annually achieve their academic, professional and personal goals. Recently, the college’s seat on the League for Innovation in Community College’s board of directors - one of only 18 community colleges in the nation - was reaffirmed. A member of this elite organization since 2004, AACC was unanimously selected for its innovative programs and services, commitment to learning-centered education and dedication to serving students and the community. In 2009, AACC launched Student Success 2020, a college-wide call to action and strategic plan to help more of its students be more successful in achieving their educational goals. Located in Anne Arundel County in Maryland near historic Annapolis - home to the U.S. Naval Academy – AACC is conveniently located just minutes from Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and downtown Baltimore and is not far from Washington, D.C. Also bordering the beautiful Chesapeake Bay, the county has 437 miles of waterfront. The Chief Diversity Officer must possess a Master’s degree in a related field and a minimum of five (5) years experience in an organizational leadership position with responsibility for diversity and inclusion initiatives and activities. Demonstrated experience managing a comprehensive diversity program, including curriculum development, organizational development and change is required. Demonstrated ability to lead a mediated and productive discussion between faculty and staff is essential. Knowledge of human resources practices, procedures, and state and federal laws and regulations related to equal employment opportunity and higher education is also required. Candidate screening will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications should be completed by January 31, 2014 and must be submitted electronically to Candidates should submit a letter describing relevant experiences and interest in the position and a resume. AACC is an equal opportunity employer who values the power of diversity and the strength it brings to the workplace. For more information or to apply, please visit AACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or disability. We are committed to the power of diversity and the strength it brings to the workplace.