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Special Assistant to the President, CDO (Chief Diversity Officer)
Salt Lake Community College in Salt Lake City, Utah
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Date Posted 05/16/2019
Executive-President and Chancellor
Salary Based on qualifications -  
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Title

Special Assistant to the President, CDO (Chief Diversity Officer)

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Job Summary

The Special Assistant to the President/Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for providing the vision, leadership, management, and strategic planning for inclusion and equity initiatives across the College. As a member of the President’s Executive Cabinet, this position works alongside Cabinet colleagues and other senior leaders to facilitate the implementation and assessment of existing strategies designed to strengthen diversity and inclusion on campus. These may include, but are not limited to, student recruitment and outreach, hiring practices, professional development, policy formation and community outreach and engagement. As Chief Diversity Officer, this position plays a key role in the development and implementation of College-wide diversity training, building a culture of inclusion, the design of educational materials, and other initiatives designed to enhance the campus climate for faculty, staff, and students of all backgrounds. As Assistant to the President, this Cabinet member may be called upon to represent the President at various community and College events to strengthen the College’s visibility and impact on the diverse communities in Salt Lake County.
This is an at-will position.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties

Responsible for the direction of inclusivity initiatives across the College to ensure increased access and retention for underrepresented students and faculty, a broader college dialogue on the meaning and value of diversity and inclusivity, an enriched campus environment where inclusion is an integral component of all aspects of the college life and activities and strong relationships with diverse community groups. Chair the President’s Committee for Inclusivity and Equity.
Works closely with the President and Cabinet providing advice and support in all aspects of the President’s work. Leads strategic initiatives and short-term projects across the College to ensure strong communication between the President’s office and faculty and staff groups. Prepares communication briefs and reports from the President’s office. When assigned, represents the President when the President is not available.
Other duties as assigned.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in Social Sciences or related field preferred.
Experience as a senior level diversity officer in a higher education institution or comparable experience in the private or corporate sectors.
Experience serving at a community college.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Education, Public Administration or related field.
Five years progressively responsible experience in leadership positions within a higher education setting.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of and alignment with the College vision, mission, values and strategic goals
Knowledge of Salt Lake County demographic trends and emerging communities.
Knowledge of trends and issues facing higher education and resources available to identify best practices and effective responses.
Knowledge of the Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers as articulated by The National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education.
Administrative leadership skills in the design, implementation and assessment of a variety of equity and inclusion practices.
Strong project management and assessment skills.
Strong writing, interpersonal communication and public speaking skills.
Strong leadership and facilitation skills that promote productivity, innovation and inclusivity.
Equity minded and culturally competent leadership and advocacy skills.
Intentional and strategic relationship-oriented consensus-building skills to work within and across institutional boundaries to achieve equity and inclusion goals.
Ability to effectively communicate with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse community.
Analyze data and create clear and effective written and oral reports.
Work with and honor highly confidential information.
Be flexible and responsive to changing assignments and priorities.
Manage budgets effectively.
Manage conflict and effectively diffuse tense and/or unproductive situations.
Critically examining institutional systems to identify barriers toward achieving an equitable and inclusive environment.
Lead and collaborate initiative to effect institutional change.
Create and foster inclusive and diverse environments.
Ability to communicate effectively with a broad range of diverse people, ability, culture, ethnic background, to maintain good working relationships across the College. Ability to work with all groups in a diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic background of community college students, faculty and staff, including those with disabilities.

Special Instructions

More information about Salt Lake Community College benefits:
*Please indicate on your resume if your work experience is full-time or part-time.

Job postings can only convey so much. If you would like to discuss this opportunity please reach out to the position liaison Jen Seltzer Stitt. Jen is not part of the search committee and can provide more information about the college and what it’s like to live and work in Utah. All conversations will be confidential and will not be part of the candidate evaluation process. Jen may be contacted at: or directly at 801-957-4753.



SLCC Information

Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) is fully committed to policies of equal employment and nondiscrimination. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, disability, religion, protected veteran status, expression of political or personal beliefs outside of the workplace, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.

SLCC is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”).

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check.

*Please mention to employers when applying for this job*
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