Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Coppin State University   Baltimore, MD   Full-time     Education
Posted on January 10, 2023
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Job Summary:
Coppin State University ( CSU) is seeking a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion ( DEI). The candidate will report to the AVP for Planning and Assessment. The candidate will support the Division of Academic Affairs interfacing and working closely with the university's Provost and President to integrate DEI principles throughout the organization. The successful candidate must have out-of-the-box/critical thinking skills, a proactive/take-initiative attitude, a willingness to learn, contribute, speak internally and externally to build consensus among diverse stakeholders working in multidisciplinary partnerships. The position is a founding director position responsible for building the university's first Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to align with all Federal and State regulations, including those of the Middle States Accreditation body. CSU is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate against any individual because of race, color, sec, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, marital status, physical or mental disability, status as a Disabled Veteran, Recently Separated Veteran, Active-Duty Wartime or Campaign Badge Veteran, Armed Forces Services Medal or any other characteristic protected by law.
It is expected that the Director of DEI will build upon these ideals of the university and contribute to an environment that is inclusive of differences for any students, faculty, or staff member. The incumbent will work closely with faculty and other campus constituents to conduct programs, build an inclusive culture, and create a welcoming campus that advances knowledge through research and supports the mission of the university.

Essential Responsibilities:
Monitor Federal and State policies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Coordinate the annual evaluation process of institutional progress toward their equal educational opportunity goals. Coordinate an annual symposium for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Develop university-wide cultural competence standards. Facilitate meetings for the university's Diversity Committee. Coordinate initiatives that ensure all students succeed at the same rate, regardless of race or income. Incumbent must be deliberate with programming related to DEI and should incorporate best practices from research.
Oversee numerous programming and projects that require an abundance of research, coordination, planning, and follow-up. Analyze institutional diversity plans for best practices as they relate to the university's diversity policies. Coordinate logistics for and attend Equal Opportunity meetings, and follow-up on actions and decision identified. Must also monitor Middle States Requirements and those of the University System of Maryland.
Craft communications about agency and institutional diversity efforts to feature 25% in our campus newsletter and website. Assist in developing a diversity, equity,
and inclusion action plan. Provide administrative support, as needed. Work closely with the administration, faculty, and staff to drive, develop and lead our institution in an open and diverse manner consistent with all federal and state guidelines and those of the Middle States Commission of Higher Education. Guide our employees by promoting, attending, orchestrating efforts to ensure a thriving diverse environment. Partner with our administrators, faculty, and staff to create an environment where all members and their unique cultures, holidays, customs, and workstyles are recognized and embraced.
Work with our Information Technology Division ( ITD) partners to create data 10% dashboards to inform of efforts related to recruiting initiatives, pay equity, and general events. Make data driven recommendations about sponsorship events. Work with our campus leadership team to identify an action plan around key themes that come out of key employee and student feedback instruments such as engagement surveys, exit interview, and employee focus groups (unions).

Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Social Science, Political Science, Education or related field, communications, business, or similar field or equivalent work experience.

5-7 years of progressive experience as a DEI project manager, or public relations/events specialist for an underserved population or nonprofit organization especially in a higher education environment. Ability to determine and develop metrics that inform progress towards DEI efforts. Proven experience leading projects from concept to implementation/conclusion. Proficiency in Microsoft Office 365 particularly Excel with manipulation and analysis of people data. Proficiency in PowerPoint with an eye for compelling presentation design. Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative role, success will be dependent on your ability to connect at all levels and with all functions of the University.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Previous experience working to develop and sustain successful culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Proclivity for results and action. A background of active involvement in the community, leadership roles a plus. Make have strong organizational, time management, and problem-solving skills. Must manage day-to-day project activities, and proactively identify potential problems in a fast-paced environment. Knowledge of culturally competent and responsive practices. Knowledge of current and emerging trends in diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Ability to meet deadlines. Ability to multi-task on numerous projects simultaneously. Exceptional time management and organizational skills. Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills. Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality and professionalism in all matters. Ability to work well within a team as well as independently. Desire to learn and expand knowledge base. Must be able to make sense of data and provide guidance on metrics to demonstrate progress to external constituents.
Physical Demands of Position:
Sedentary work that primarily involves sitting/standing. Alternate sit/stand or walk at will inside an office environment. Constant operation of a computer and other office productivity machinery such as a copy machine or office printer. Repeated motions that may include wrists, hands, and/or fingers.

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