A member of the President's Cabinet, reporting to President Brian W. Casey, the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is a core member of the senior leadership team, providing leadership, oversight, and strategic vision for policies and initiatives to promote an inclusive and equitable learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff. The CDO will oversee the Office of Equity and Diversity, which currently guides hiring practices, Title IX cases, ADA concerns, affirmative action/equal opportunity, and the University's non-discrimination and anti-harassment processes. There are currently four direct reports.
The CDO will ensure that the strategic planning and vision for inclusion at Colgate is well integrated into overall institutional planning and will bring visibility and organizational focus to campuswide DEI efforts.
The CDO functions as an integrator and connector, collaborating with staff, faculty, and academic leadership to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within and across the institution.
While Colgate has made progress in areas such as student recruitment and student support, the University acknowledges its ongoing challenge of creating an inclusive campus environment in which diverse faculty, staff, and students feel welcome, supported, and successful. There is tremendous enthusiasm and receptivity for bringing in a leader who can help all parts of the University address these important issues, but also recognition that change always brings a level of discomfort. The Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer will be a leader and partner with the rest of the campus community for the creation and sustenance of a diverse and inclusive campus.
Colgate's aspirations for a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community require a CDO who can bring together broad-based coalitions and alliances with the aim of making the University's intellectual environment, community, and student experiences richer, more robust, and more inclusive; who can identify gaps in access, equity, and support across the institution and work collaboratively with University leaders to address them; and who can work with others to make diversity, equity, and inclusion a shared responsibility.
The CDO will also serve as a visible participant in Colgate's rigorous academic culture, one that demands inquiry and debate. In such a way, the CDO will also serve as a champion of Colgate's faculty-endorsed commitment to academic freedom and freedom of speech as detailed in the university's statement on these matters.
Colgate features a rich legacy, committed alumni base, long institutional history, and distinctive culture. The successful CDO will understand that these characteristics are both strengths and challenges, assets and liabilities. The CDO will develop an understanding of Colgate's institutional pillars and work in that context — deploying sensitivity, diplomacy, and tact — to overcome the hesitancy to question tradition and retire unsustainable practices.
- At least seven years of leadership experience including a strong record of accomplishment in developing, implementing, and championing strategic diversity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting. - Understanding of and ability to navigate within a private liberal arts university. - Demonstrated leadership ability with a proven record of success in working with all levels of leadership. Team-oriented/collaborative leadership style; the ability to make connections and build partnerships. - Outstanding written and verbal communication skills with the ability to communicate persuasively and effectively to convey complex information to a wide array of audiences. - Proficiency at navigating a university's political landscape with the ability to respond to politically charged or sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy. Strives to propose win-win solutions to difficult problems that build consensus and reconcile competing interests. - Ability to engage with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other community stakeholders, and be committed to working collaboratively with other senior colleagues to craft a common vision and direction. - Sophisticated relational abilities and influencing skills, strong emotional intelligence, and experience working across a wide range of constituencies with a high degree of diplomacy (e.g., students, faculty, administrative colleagues, parents, community residents, alumni, etc.). - A record of progressive leadership with a keen sense of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Demonstrated ability to apply best practices of diversity, inclusion, and equity. - Demonstrated track record exercising leadership, in partnership with others, in building diversity and inclusion teams, initiatives, and programs. - A track record of building bridges and partnerships and credibility with a diverse set of faculty, students, and staff. - Sensitivity to and understanding of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
A terminal degree is preferred, but not required.
It is the policy of Colgate University not to discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment on the basis of their race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, pregnancy, national origin, marital status, disability, protected Veterans status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, being or having been victims of domestic violence or stalking, familial status, or any other categories covered by law. Colgate is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups, women, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.
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