Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Job Title: Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Reports To: President
Status: Full-time Exempt
Mount Saint Mary College (MSMC) invites inquiries and nominations for the position of Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. MSMC seeks an innovative leader, collaborative campus partner, and proven administrator with a strong track record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to serve in this role. Reporting directly to the President, serving on the College's leadership team, and overseeing the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Assistant Vice President will be a highly influential leader with the ability to empower others to collectively deepen MSMC's ongoing efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for everyone at the College. The Assistant Vice President will lead a College-wide effort to evaluate existing programs, policies, and practices currently in effect, making recommendations leading to a more cohesive and welcoming campus. The appointee is expected to assume the position on or before July 1, 2022.
Reflecting the traditions and tenets of its founding Dominican Sisters, MSMC is proud of the diverse community of Newburgh - and is committed to cultivating and strengthening an inclusive, tolerant, and welcoming campus with equal opportunity for all. By encouraging and celebrating difference, MSMC aims to create an environment that promotes freedom of thought and academic excellence. To that end, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will provide guidance and resources to the campus community about creating, fostering, and maintaining a community that acknowledges and embraces diverse backgrounds and experiences and affirms the dignity of every individual.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
- Collaborate with the College community to create, implement and monitor programs, events and initiatives designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty and staff.
- Be an approachable community builder who puts the education, safety, growth and well-being of students as their top priority.
- Serve as a liaison to all College stakeholders to address issues of oppression, bias, and exclusion.
- Conduct assessments of diversity, equity and inclusion on campus, and utilize results to demonstrate issues, opportunities, and successes. Advocate for changes necessary to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Manage compliance with federal and state regulations related to equity and inclusion.
- Coordinate processes to collect reports of discrimination, harassment, etc., support for reporters, and opportunities for accountability and learning for students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
- Collaborate with college stakeholders to increase the diverse representation of staff, faculty, and administrators.
- Consult on the design and implementation of inclusive recruiting strategies to cultivate a more diverse class of students.
- Design and coordinate educational and experiential opportunities for students, faculty, staff and administrators to cultivate inclusive leadership skills and multi-cultural competency.
- Collaborate with Academic Affairs on curriculum evaluation and revision to promote effective pedagogical approaches addressing inherent bias or oppression, ensuring equity and inclusion.
- Oversee allocation of resources, including area budget preparation and overall financial management of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
- Contribute to institutional goals through membership on standing committees and Strategic Plan Implementation Teams.
- Graduate Degree
- 4 - 6 years as a higher education administrator including at least two years in a capacity directly related to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Knowledge of issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
- Research in the development of a positive and inclusive campus climate that leads to a population that is more diverse, equitable, inclusive and has a greater sense of belonging.
- Knowledge of applicable laws and regulations governing risk management.
- Experience integrating inclusive, anti-racist pedagogy and educational practices into curricular design and course content.
- Knowledge/awareness of programs addressing first generation and/or underserved communities (recruitment/retention).
- Experiencefostering campus and community partnerships.
- Experience addressing practices of inequity and bias and advocating for institutional change.
- Conflict-resolution skills.
- Ability to navigate and resolve socially and politically-charged situations.
- Ability to problem solve, build consensus and reconcile competing interests.
- Demonstrated success designing student, faculty and staff programs/training workshops.