The College at Brockport — Chief Diversity Officer

Diversity: The College at Brockport

The Office of the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) guides efforts to communicate to The College at Brockport community our commitment to diversity and equity; develops and monitors The College’s Diversity Plan; prepares and analyzes reports to monitor our success; and conceptualizes and cultivates diversity as an institutional and educational priority.

Position Summary
As we embark upon our new strategic plan–focused on being a great place to learn, a college engaged with its community, a sustainable institution and a great place to work–we are putting equity, diversity and inclusion at the heart of what we do. Reporting to the President, the CDO will program, plan and promote a variety of collaborative events and resources necessary to achieve the sustainability and ongoing delivery of The College’s diversity and inclusion agenda. The CDO will work collaboratively with divisions, offices and individuals across campus, including, but not limited to the following: Academic Affairs; Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, including Admissions, Advising, Title IX and Retention; Administration and Finance, including Facilities, Human Resources and Affirmative Action; Advancement; and College Communications. The CDO will be responsible for policy development and for communicating the merits of diversity, inclusion and equity to the campus and its stakeholders. The CDO will serve the campus and the region and ensure that The College acts as a community of best practices in diversity, a clearinghouse of knowledge to share and an agent for positive change in the community. The CDO must be results-oriented and committed to infusing diversity into the most important academic issues of the College.

Position Description

  • Develop, implement, and provide strategic leadership for The College at Brockport’s diversity policies and plans, to ensure a learning and workplace environment that is welcoming, supportive and inclusive for all students, faculty and staff. In addition, act as an ombudsperson for individuals requiring advice and guidance, including working with the College Bias Incident Reporting Process.
  • Maintain, review, report on and update as required the College’s Strategic Plan for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, which is intended to build and sustain a healthy campus climate. This strategic plan will be in alignment with State University of New York (SUNY) plans and reviewed and updated regularly.
  • Provide leadership in the cooperative creation and delivery of College-wide diversity, equity and cultural competency training programs.
  • Plan and host public events on the subject of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus. This may include the utilization of internal resources, e.g., internal campus speakers, or feature external guests who are invited to campus to broaden the horizon of our stakeholders.
  • Provide leadership for the President’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion as well as the annual Diversity Conference.
  • Work with the Academic Leadership Team and College Senate to address diversity items related to pedagogy, scholarly activities and classroom climate.
  • Serve as part of a SUNY system-wide network of CDOs to support SUNY’s overall diversity goals.
  • Connect The College with emerging best practices in increasing diversity and equity, and supporting appropriate translation of those best practices to local circumstances, as appropriate.
  • Supervise one staff assistant and 1-2 graduate fellows and/or undergraduate student workers.
  • Prepare budget plans and maintain fiscal responsibility for the office. This may include grant writing.
  • Provide leadership on committees, representing the Office of the Diversity across campus and externally; capture and manage knowledge that will sustain diversity efforts across the campus and in the region.
  • Attend relevant external conferences and share the knowledge gained.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in a related area.
  • Relevant and progressively responsible experience in a role directly related to diversity, inclusion, and equity efforts.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and oral) to and with a variety of constituencies.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to cultivate a common vision and collaborative culture to achieve institutional goals.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current research and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate in a related field (PhD, EdD, JD).
  • Diversity training certification.
  • Experience in a university setting.
  • Supervisory and management experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and competence with the Standards of Professional Practice for CDOs (see http://www.nadohe.org/nadohe-standards).

Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and excellent benefits package provided.

Application Instructions
Please visit www.brockportrecruit.org to complete an application including a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2017. Preference will be given to application materials received by April 1, 2017. Employment at The College at Brockport is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check and final budgetary approval.

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


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