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Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion/Chief Diversity Officer
Westchester Community College in Valhalla, New York
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Date Posted 02/04/2020
Employment Type fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

About Westchester Community College:

Westchester Community College was founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in White Plains. In 1957, the County of Westchester bought the 360-acre John Hartford estate in Valhalla and designated 218 acres for the community college. Westchester Community College is more than just the county's largest educational institution. It is a living, breathing part of Westchester that goes beyond the influence of a typical college and affects the lives of all who enter its doors.

Job Description:

Under the direction of the President of Westchester Community College, the Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)/Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) serves as a senior member of the campus administration and is responsible for coordinating, guiding, supporting, and promoting all efforts related to establishing diversity, equity and inclusion excellence throughout the college community.  The CDO partners and works collaboratively with campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, various committees, and external constituencies to promote and support the implementation and evaluation of best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion in such areas as:

  • Awareness and competencies within and throughout the college culture;

  • Recruitment and retention of diverse groups of employees and students;

  • Curriculum and pedagogy for learning and student success.

The CDO works proactively to coordinate the various diversity-oriented programs and initiatives, including the implementation and evaluation of the college's strategic plan for diversity in support of SUNY's inclusion goals and aligned with the college's overall strategic goals. The CDO also serves as part of a system-wide network of CDOs to support SUNY's overall diversity goals.  The Associate Dean of DEI/CDO will:

  • Liaise with all committees that work on the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The CDO will co-chair, along with a faculty member, the college-wide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee;

  • Collaborate with the Office of Human Resources, as well as Legal Counsel, to ensure compliance with the EEO and OFCCP as well as other applicable issues;

  • Work with the Office of Human Resources in search-related processes such as reviewing the composition of search committees, conducting affirmation action charges, recommending ad placements, and reviewing the applicant pool;

  • Prepare and submit internal and external reports;

  • Serve at the College's Affirmative Action Officer;

  • Serve as the Chief Diversity Office liaison to SUNY's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion;

  • Serve as the College's Title IX Coordinator and oversees the Deputy Title IX coordinators ensuring compliance with federal, state and local laws pertaining to non-discrimination and affirmative action, as well as related College policies;

  • Respond to reports of bias-related incidents in collaboration with appropriate College officials;

  • Other duties as assigned by the President.


A minimum of a Master's degree and 7 years of related experience, including three years of experience in an administrative supervisory position, required.  A minimum of two years of prior experience working in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting is also required.  The successful candidate must have held a leadership role directly related to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and/or civil rights compliance.  They must also have demonstrated the ability to work collaboratively and effectively with faculty, students and staff across many departments, schools, and the community.   Strong organizational skills and excellent written, verbal, communication, and interpersonal skills are also required. All candidates must have evidence of responsiveness to and an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students, as these factors relate to the need for equity-minded practice in all college policies, practices, and personnel.

Additional Information:

POSITION EFFECTIVE: Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled.

SALARY & BENEFITS: The starting salary is $113,111.  Excellent benefits include comprehensive health coverage, the choice of a defined benefit or a defined contribution pension plan, generous leave benefits, and access to tax shelter annuities and a deferred compensation plans.

Application Instructions:

TO APPLY:    Candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States at the time of hire. Please send a resume, cover letter, and three (3) letters of recommendation. Priority will be given to applications received by: August 16, 2019.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Westchester Community College provides accessible, high quality and affordable education to meet the needs of our diverse community. We are committed to student success, academic excellence, workforce development, economic development and lifelong learning.  Westchester Community College is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer.

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