Utica College — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator

Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communications and Community Engagement Coordinator to be responsible for leading and coordinating diversity, equity, and inclusion communications, marketing, and engagement efforts throughout various aspects of the Utica College community. The coordinator ensures that engagement occurs via events and activities amongst stakeholders (Students, Faculty and Staff, Alumni and Employers) on and off campus, while leveraging communication strategies, branding, data collection/analytics, web and social media marketing techniques to optimize campus engagement in diversity equity and inclusion initiatives that supports successful achievement of the DE&I Operational Plan in concert with the Utica Colleges Strategic Goals. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Communications and Engagement Coordinator reports directly to VP for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Student Transitions/Chief Diversity Officer and works collaboratively with Executive Director for DE&I/Coordinator for Community Relations, Director for Center for Career and Professional Development as well as, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Project/Program Manager.

In deciding whether to apply for a position at Utica College, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the UC mission and culture to help determine their potential success at http://www.utica.edu/instadvance/marketingcomm/about/. Our Mission and Values Statement includes a commitment to fostering diversity in background, perspective, and experience within an environment that is dedicated to the freedom of expression and the open sharing of ideas. At UC, diversity means that we are a community that represents a range of human experience and makes conscious choices to appreciate, respect, and learn from each other. Utica College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Works with external and internal agencies and departments to create and update web content relevant to the Division for DE&I, The DE&I Collaborative, and the Strategic Advisory Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Oversees the research, creation, and production of new marketing collateral for DE&I.
  • Creates and executes plan to rollout new initiatives, programs, and DEI related policies.
  • Researches and writes press releases in collaboration with marketing and communications on a wide range of issues in service of the work in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, including training initiatives, campus cultural celebrations, and legacy programs.
  • Maintains a steady stream of compelling and relevant social media posting, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn.
  • Researches and writes the DE&I Annual Report. Researches, writes and posts the quarterly e-newsletter for the Division.
  • Works with all program and initiative committees with in the Collaborative to engage the Utica College Community via meaningful and intentional marketing and communication strategies.
  • Works with the Bias Response and Referral Network (BRRN) to Coordinate Bias Incidents reporting.
  • Works collaboratively with student clubs and organizations, along with the Student Government Association (SGA) and Student, Living, and College Engagement (SLCE)
  • Participate and engage in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives and programs at least once per semester, including but not limited to serving on DEI committees, serving as a diversity advocate or community liaison for a job search, advising a club, facilitating DEI-related training, and attendance at DEI programming.
  • Coordinates activities and programs with The Center for Career and Professional Development as well as The Center for Student Success, to help connect Utica College students to their goal of persistence to graduation.
  • Serves as a Deputy Title IX Coordinator in the event that the College’s Title IX Coordinator requires backup assistance. This will require the incumbent to participate in regular Title IX administrator training to prepare them to take reports of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct from students, faculty or staff and to provide resources and supportive measures to involved parties. This responsibility may occasionally involve Title IX case coordination
  • Works with supervisor to develop specific goals that support Utica College’s operational plans. This is done at least annually through the annual performance evaluation process, however review of goals will occur throughout the year.
  • May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s preferred and/or relevant professional training
  • Demonstrated experience creating and maintaining collaborative working relationships with administrators, faculty, staff, students and external partners.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three years’ experience with demonstrated success in communications, marketing, and community engagement in industries such as, corporate, higher education, and non-profit or a related field preferred.
  • Experience in working collaboratively on Justice, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives preferred.
  • Experience serving on a bias response team in a higher education setting or other similar bias act investigating/reporting group in a professional setting preferred.

Utica College:

Founded in 1946, Utica College is a private comprehensive institution distinguished for its integration of liberal and professional study. Our dedicated faculty and staff have built a tradition of excellence in teaching and learning with particular emphasis on providing individual attention to students. The College enrolls approximately 3,700 students – approximately 2,700 undergraduates and 1,000 graduate students.

A city of approximately 60,000, Utica is located at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the Mohawk Valley region of upstate New York. The area offers easy access to a broad variety of cultural attractions, including the historic Stanley Performing Arts Center and renowned Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, as well as four-season recreation.

Application Information:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, student centered statement, and a diversity statement. For the student center statement please describe how you will incorporate Utica College’s student-centered approach into this role. All positions at Utica College support the College’s mission and values in part by being active members of an inclusive environment. Please describe in your diversity statement how you would see yourself incorporating this into this role.

In line with the College’s Affirmative Action Policy, there is no requirement or expectation that a candidate disclose their identity or membership in any protected class or group, either in the diversity statement or in other application documents submitted to the search committee. For additional information on what to provide in your diversity statement please reference the diversity statement guide at the following link: https://www.utica.edu/hr/media/Diversity_Statement_Guide.pdf

All application materials must be submitted online at the following link: https://uc.peopleadmin.com/postings/3105

Active consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. References will be checked for candidates invited to campus.

Utica College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We encourage applications from under-represented groups as well as individuals who have experience with diverse populations.