Chief Diversity Officer

ESF College of Env. Science & Forestry   Syracuse, NY   Full-time     Administration / Clerical
Posted on November 11, 2022
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Chief Diversity Officer

State University of New York

College of Environmental Science and Forestry

1 Forestry Drive, Syracuse, New York 13210-2778

Campus Title: Chief Diversity Officer

Unit: Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

Professional Rank and Salary Range:  Management/Confidential - Salary commensurate with qualifications

Location: Syracuse, NY

Founded in 1911, ESF is the nation's oldest and one of the most respected academic institutions dedicated to building a sustainable future and the study of the environment. The College's main campus is in Syracuse, New York and it has regional campuses and field stations throughout Central New York, and in New York's Thousand Islands and Adirondack Mountain regions. ESF consistently earns high academic, research, and sustainability rankings in Forbes, Peterson's Guide, The Princeton Review, The Washington Monthly, US News and World Report, and other national college ratings and guidebooks.

Description of Duties: 

The CDO is responsible for all aspects of promoting and advancing ESF's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) goals and objectives; primarily, the creation of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. The CDO oversees the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity and recommends initiatives, programs, and services targeted toward enhancing the recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from diverse and under-represented populations. The CDO also serves as ESF's Affirmative Action Officer and Deputy Title IX Coordinator. As required under Federal affirmative action regulations, the CDO has the authority, resources, support of, and access to ESF management and senior leadership to ensure the effective implementation of affirmative action initiatives.

Primary Duties:

  • Develop and implement a DEI strategic plan consistent with goals and objectives as established by the College and its Board of Trustees and DEI Committee, SUNY, and the State of New York. The plan and initiatives should include, but are not limited to:
  • Developing an employee and student diversity recruitment and retention plan (collaborating with the College's Enrollment Management and Human Resources teams)
  • Co-defining the ESF Board of Trustees DEI Committee engagement and appropriate role supporting the CDO and College's DEI efforts
  • Creating educational, enforcement, mentoring, and outreach programs
  • Identifying and leading training and professional development efforts
  • Crafting strategies to address ongoing equity gaps and/or other emerging issues related to diversity
  • Enhancing affirmative action programs
  • Developing associated policies and procedures
  • Investigate discrimination complaints regarding affirmative action, bias, and other discriminatory matters from employees and students, and lead related grievance procedures, including facilitating resolution to complaints (collaborating with the College's Title IX Coordinator, and human resources, legal, and student affairs teams)
  • Play a leadership role as a member of the President's Executive Cabinet; Chair of the College's DEI Committee; member of, and primary staff liaison to the ESF Board of Trustees DEI committee; and within the SUNY-wide network of CDOs
  • Monitor progress in complying with laws concerning discrimination and affirmative action
  • Assist with accessibility improvements and disability issues
  • Assess and report on compliance related to accessibility/ADA, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, non-discrimination, and veterans' requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • At least 5 years of related experience and a strong record of progressively increasing responsibility
  • A proven track record and administrative skills in developing and implementing DEI, affirmative action plans and programs, and the resolution of grievances and complaints
  • Knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations, and guidelines related to affirmative action and civil rights enforcement
  • Excellent communication and public speaking skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's or Doctoral degree
  • Experience in a higher education setting
  • Ten or more years of related experience

Application Procedure: Application materials are required to be submitted on-line at Please provide Cover Letter, Resume, and at least three references (we will not contact references without prior permission).

Application Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by December 15, 2022 to insure optimal consideration.

SUNY-ESF is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.