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Job Title: Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
Location: Utica, NY United States
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 11/20/2019
Expire Date: 01/20/2020
Job Categories: Collegiate Faculty, Staff, Administration
Job Description
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
Utica College, a small comprehensive college in Upstate New York, is seeking applications for a Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer. This is a senior-level staff member who supports and directly reports to the President, and also provides leadership in matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion across the entire Utica College community. The Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion ensures that Utica College’s core values are embedded in all aspects of the college through a systems-wide approach to the development, management of and strategic planning for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at Utica College. The Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is responsible for helping the President, the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Senior Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment with the administration, management, and planning of the College’s policies, programs and services. The Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion works with partners across the College and in the Utica community to develop programs and initiatives that promote a thriving diverse, multicultural, equitable, ethical, and inclusive College community where students succeed, knowledge is advanced, and community and global engagement are championed. To that end, they build an organizational culture that sets clear expectations, holds everyone responsible for diversity, equity and inclusion, provides appropriate support and ensures accessibility for students, faculty and staff at all levels of the organization. This role is highly visible and requires executive presence and strong planning, execution, and collaborative skills. The role also requires the ability to bring about the institutional change that will create more diverse curricular and co-curricular experiences, embrace a diverse student body, faculty and staff, and ensure a more equitable and inclusive educational and workplace environment.

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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:

The major responsibilities of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion position include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides equitable, ethical, and inclusive leadership on behalf of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the Office of the President and promotes a shared vision for the College.
  • Works closely with the President, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Senior Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment and other members of the Cabinet in affirming the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion through the implementation of College-wide diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that align with the College’s strategic plan.
  • Supports fellow Cabinet members in decision-making that is informed by data, best practices, and emerging knowledge related to equity and inclusion.
  • Acts knowledgeably and expertly with regard to required federal and state laws and regulations, College procedures, and policies related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Communicates professionally, sensitively, concisely, and eloquently the College’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and articulates a clear link between diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and the impact on the College’s overall performance.
  • Partners with the Offices of Institutional Effectiveness and Institutional Research to initiate, facilitate, and oversee periodic assessments, utilizing the resulting data to inform plans and decisions, illuminate strengths, challenges and gaps in the advancement of an equitable, inclusive climate; and establish a system of accountability through identifying and implementing metrics for decision-making and evaluation.
  • Identifies short and long-term institutional needs in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion and works diligently and collaboratively to create and execute plans to address those needs.
  • Partners with the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and other members of academic leadership to design and implement strategies for creating diverse and inclusive educational experiences in the classroom.
  • Serves as an expert resource to faculty and staff seeking advice on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Works closely with the Office of Human Resources, the Office of Academic Affairs, and other key offices on efforts to improve workforce diversity through the design and implementation of proactive recruitment and retention strategies.
  • Exhibits innovation in proactively responding to present-day and future requirements that are the result of demographic and cultural change.
  • Promotes a cooperative work environment within the division/area and a collaborative relationship with all constituencies in the College community (students, faculty, staff, etc.) and with the wider community.
  • Works closely with and is advised by work groups, task forces, or organizations within the College community that are focused on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion (e.g. Diversity Committee, Strategic Advisory Committee for Diversity and Inclusion).
  • Serves as a member of the campus response team to address incidents on campus and coordinate response, support and communication efforts, leading swift, effective responses to bias-motivated incidents.
  • Develops and implements operational goals for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion that support departmental success.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Works with institutional partners to:
  • Provide assistance to faculty on weaving diversity, equity and inclusion into curriculum.
  • Design frequent, high quality opportunities for students of different backgrounds and perspectives to come together and engage respectfully in dialogue and activities.
  • Design programs and interventions to improve the culture of equity and inclusion, and to strengthen College-wide functions, policies and communications.
  • Identify and plan diversity, equity and inclusion training programs to raise awareness and develop best practices to cultivate a culture of civility, respect and ethical behavior.
  • Identify and work with the grants office to apply for grant opportunities focused on enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.
  • Provide oversight for, facilitate implementation, and communicate outcomes of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion operational plan and related initiatives supporting the College strategic plan.

Qualifications & Requirements
Doctoral degree or terminal degree, or a Master’s degree with at least 10 years of experience in the area. Evidence of progressive administrative and management experience in the area (or a similar area) is required. Preferred qualifications include experience in the field of diversity, equity and inclusion, and an academic, scholarly record in the applicant’s field.

Application Information:

To apply, submit a cover letter, resume, and a diversity statement. 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 by clicking the Apply Now link or button below.

For full consideration, complete applications must be received by December 31, 2019. 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.
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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.
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