Skidmore College — Center Director / Deputy Chief Diversity Officer

The Center Director and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer will collaboratively assist the VP for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity on campus-wide efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The Center Director aspect of the job manages the Center (official name to be determined). This work involves further defining the larger vision of the space as well as collaboratively determining the regular mission.  The candidate will serve on the College’s diversity leadership team in an effort to create an even more diverse, engaged and dynamic educational community.  This is a pan-institutional position that will engage students, staff, faculty, alumni and local community members.  Primary partners in the work includes members of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Human Resources with direct synergy with the Office of Student Diversity Programs.  The position will combine skill sets ranging from organizing programming to strengthening institutional inclusive practices. The Center Director and Deputy Chief Diversity Office will play an integral role on the campus diversity committee, work with the divisional representatives, and support affinity groups.

Key characteristics of the Center Director and Deputy Chief Diversity Officer include:

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and independent discretion.
  • Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting.
  • Experience running a comparable center, creating intercultural curriculum, or teaching diversity, equity and inclusion material.
  • Facility in written and oral communication, including appropriate attention to detail, and the ability to meet tight deadlines, and re-prioritize as needs require.
  • Fluency with technology and ability the manage the specific technology used to facilitate event programs; proficiency with Microsoft Office products is required.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team, collaborating effectively with others in a shared decision-making and planning.
  • Must be able to work with and build/maintain positive relationships of trust with various constituencies.

Minimum Qualifications:  Doctoral degree in a related field preferred.  Master’s Degree plus 5-7 years’ experience in higher education or in a related field required.

Nominations should include a statement of qualifications and description of nominees’ experience.  Applications should include a cover letter, resume, and list of three references who could be contacted by the search committee.  Nominations and applications can be submitted online at  The search committee will begin reviewing applications on November 23, 2020, and the position is open until filled.