Executive Director of Institutional Equity/Chief Diversity Officer (Administrator) - Graduate Center

CUNY Graduate Center   New York City, NY   Full-time     Management
Posted on November 21, 2022
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Position Title: Executive Director of Institutional Equity/Chief Diversity Officer (Administrator) - Graduate Center

Job ID: 25226

Compensation: $160,000-$175,000/year. Salary commensurate with education and experience

Closing Date: Open until filled


Position Details:

The CUNY Graduate Center is the focal point for advanced teaching and research at The City University of New York (CUNY), the nation's largest urban public university. With nearly 50 doctoral and master’s programs of the highest caliber, the Graduate Center (GC) fosters pioneering research and scholarship in the arts and sciences and prepares students for careers in universities and the private, nonprofit, and government sectors. The Graduate Center’s commitment to research and scholarship for the public good is exemplified by its more than 30 centers, institutes, and initiatives, including its Advanced Science Research Center, a 200,000 square-foot facility in upper Manhattan, designed to promote collaboration among scientists in five areas of global research and innovation: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences.


The GC benefits from highly ambitious and diverse students and alumni—who in turn teach hundreds of thousands of undergraduates throughout CUNY every year. Through its public programs, the Graduate Center enhances New York City’s intellectual and cultural life.


The Executive Director of Institutional Equity/Administrator (EDIE), who serves as the Chief Diversity Officer at the GC, leads the development, implementation and administration of policies and procedures that promote compliance with Federal and State laws and CUNY regulations, with particular emphasis on patterns or systemic problems of student and employee discrimination, harassment, academic access and workplace diversity. The EDIE oversees the implementation of University’s policies relating to affirmative action and equal opportunity and ensures compliance with relevant city, state, and federal statutes , including Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The EDIE’s responsibilities include reviewing complaints and conducting inquiries and investigations related to Title VI, VII and IX for the GC and the Macaulay Honors College (MHC), which is part of the CUNY Graduate School and University Center (GSUC); participating in campus education and training related to civil rights, workplace violence, and related trainings that may be mandated by the GC or University; and developing campus training materials on prevention and intervention. The incumbent will advise the GC community on the application of CUNY equal opportunity policies and provide educational programming on this and other compliance topics.


The position includes the Title IX designation for the GC and MHC and liaising with CUNY Central on compliance related policies and procedures. The incumbent will also serve as the Ethics Officer for GC, MHC, and SOJ.


The EDIE manages the operations of GC Office of Compliance and Diversity. Reporting to the President, the EDIE will consult regularly with campus legal and labor designee, and with staff in Student Affairs, Human Resources, Public Safety and the Office of the Provost. The EDIE will regularly inform the President about all matters requiring investigation or compliance activity within the GC and MHC. The EDIE will be expected to collaborate frequently with colleagues to resolve case- related challenges.


Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Serves as the Title VI, VII and IX Investigator for the GC and MHC.
  • Counsels members of the GC community (staff, faculty, and students) on equal opportunity and affirmative action issues.
  • Receives and evaluates complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, retaliation, conflicts of interest and related matters, and reports findings in accordance with applicable CUNY policies, conducting inquiries and investigations as appropriate;
  • Advises on and monitors managerial responses to issues and incidents of concern related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Participates in policy development and oversight of the GC approach to the prevention of and response to discriminatory behaviors.
  • Working with the Office of Human Resources, ensures compliance with mandatory training requirements.
  • Assists in the development and supervision of on-going training, education materials, resource guides and communications related to Title IX, Title VII, Title VI and related policies and procedures.
  • Develops and presents educational programs about discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, equal opportunity, diversity, ethics and related topics;
  • Oversees search committees in the implementation of affirmative action program regulations, directs search committees regarding recruitment and hiring efforts for diverse faculty and staff, interprets information on under-representation for relevant constituencies, reviews recruitment plans and documentation, monitors employee recruitment and selection and retention processes to ensure compliance with EEO/AAP policies and plan.
  • Develops and implements proactive and integrative strategies and practices that lead to a more inclusive and diverse culture and regularly communicates with the campus community on efforts and progress;
  • Researches, develops, recommends, and executes creative strategies to promote the organization’s diversity goals; Reviews current practices , and policies analyzing the extent to which they support or hinder the college’s diversity goals.
  • Collects and analyzes statistical data (e.g., college demographics, recruitment and retention, outcomes from DEI initiatives, etc.) to evaluate the college population in accordance with diversity standards and goals.
  • Participates in new initiatives to improve services, including updates to compliance-related websites, and communications to educate employees and students on policies and compliance mandates, etc.
  • Serves on committees as needed.
  • Recruits, sets performance/productivity standards and goals, supervises, and develops staff.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law.


Until further notice, this is a hybrid position, eligible to work remotely and work in the office. All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to their campus.



This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan.  All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.


A preferred candidate should have:

  • JD from an accredited law school.
  • Knowledge of discrimination, harassment and equal opportunity laws; experience applying discrimination laws.
  • Experience conducting investigations of legal or policy violations, e.g., employee or student misconduct.
  • Ability to counsel the campus community on equal opportunity issues and investigate or otherwise address complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, retaliation, nepotism and other student or staff misconduct.
  • Experience presenting educational materials to adult learners; experience developing and presenting educational programs on discrimination, harassment, equal opportunity or related topics.
  • Experience in, and a demonstrated ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities.
  • Experience in higher education.
  • Previous experience supervising staff.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; strong writing and analytical skills.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage and work with conflict.
  • Ability and desire to work actively, collaboratively and creatively as part of a team.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to manage and work with conflict.
  • Ability and desire to work actively, collaboratively and creatively as part of a team.



CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development.  We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off.  Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.


After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.


If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.


How to Apply:

Go to https://www.cuny.edu/employment/ and search for Job ID 25226.


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Equal Employment Opportunity:

CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.  At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups.  Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.