Pace University — Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides.

From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains.

Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
New York City Campus

Consistent with Pace’s commitment to the value of inclusivity, affirmed in its recently developed Strategic Plan, the University seeks an accomplished professional to serve as its Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion. Reporting to the Chief of Staff within the President’s Office, the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion will serve as a member of the President’s Senior Leadership Team (Operations Committee), providing leadership and strategic direction in creating and nurturing a diverse, equitable and inclusive University community. The Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion will shape the vision and direction of diversity, inclusion and affirmative action programs across all campuses at the University.

Position Duties

  • Provides leadership to the recently formed Office of the Chief Diversity Officer and direction to cross-functional teams working on diversity initiatives. Raises the visibility of University’s diversity efforts using effective marketing and communication strategies.
  • Collaborates with units across the University to implement best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion, including those pertaining to recruitment and retention of personnel and students. Works to increase the number, and improve the success of students, faculty and staff from underrepresented groups.
  • Leads the implementation, assessment, and revision as needed of the University’s Strategic Diversity Plan. Identifies and pursues opportunities to expand the University’s resources for initiatives consistent with that plan. Clarifies and assesses progress towards diversity goals.
  • Leads the development of campus policy and programming pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion. Develops and delivers training programs to enhance diversity awareness, promote cultural competency and improve responsiveness to diversity issues throughout the university.
  • Oversees and, as appropriate, responds to reports of bias-related incidents in collaboration with appropriate University officials. Supports the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator in ensuring the University’s compliance with federal, state and local laws pertaining to non-discrimination and affirmative action, as well as related university policies.
  • Collaborates with Enrollment Management on recruitment initiatives aimed at enhancing diversity in the student body. Works closely with Student Affairs to maintain a welcoming campus environment for all students.
  • Ensures ongoing attentiveness to the University’s value of inclusivity through active participation in campus initiatives and on shared governance entities, including the University’s Operations Committee. Monitors campus climate and national trends relevant to diversity and provides responsive leadership.
  • Prepares reports and narrative materials relevant to the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion activities. Identifies appropriate metrics for evaluating the success of these activities and effectively communicates outcomes to the University community.
  • Strong understanding of shared governance and the ability to work collaboratively across the institution to advance diversity, equity and inclusion as core components of the University’s mission.
  • Performs other such duties as may be assigned from time to time.

Position Qualifications

  • An advanced or terminal degree from an accredited higher education institution.
  • A minimum of five years of experience in diversity, equity and inclusion, preferably in higher education.
  • Demonstrated expertise in best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Documented knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and guidance relevant to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education, including Title IX, and Affirmative Action/EEO.
  • Proven ability to initiate and oversee major initiatives and programs in diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Strong understanding of shared governance and the ability to function effectively in a higher education environment.
  • Exemplary communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to facilitate, mediate and train in area specific topics.
  • Strong leadership and management abilities, as well as conflict management and advocacy skills.
  • Ability to effectively handle information that is confidential and/or sensitive.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and delivering relevant professional development programs.

Work Hours

  • Monday-Friday, 9AM to 5PM with additional evening and weekend hours as required.
  • This position is based in New York City, but has university-wide responsibility for diversity and inclusion activities on all campuses (Pleasantville, White Plains, Midtown, and Downtown New York City).

Pace University offers a competitive total rewards package including tuition benefits for employees & their family, and generous time off.

To apply, please visit
https://careers.pace.edu/postings/10572

Pace University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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