Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Staff

Employer:Colorado College
City:Colorado Springs

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Position Description:Founded in 1874, Colorado College is an independent, coeducational, liberal arts and sciences college of bold ideas, located in the beautiful city of Colorado Springs on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains at the foot of Pikes Peak. Ranked among the top 30 National Liberal Arts Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Colorado College enjoys an unequivocal mission: to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. What makes Colorado College distinct is its inimitable combination of program, place, and people. Colorado College is a unique institution in terms of geography and pedagogy. Set in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado College is the only selective liberal arts college in the region and enrolls just over 2,000 undergraduate students. Through 37 academic departments, faculty engage students directly and prepare them for leadership in the 21st century. The College’s signature academic program, the “Block Plan,” is an intensive academic schedule that allows students to immerse themselves in a single subject for three and a half weeks, rather than balancing several courses over a semester. One example of the College’s innovative work is the integration with the world-renowned Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center (now the Fine Arts Center at Colorado College), which has greatly expanded arts programming and sparked new interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Students at Colorado College learn more than theoretical approaches; they learn to embrace the importance of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints and appreciate how diversity enriches their understanding of the world.

Reporting to the Associate Vice President of Human Resources, the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Staff coordinates the diversity, inclusion, and equity (DEI) strategy for staff programming, processes, policies, and procedures. The Director is a key member of the Office of Human Resources leadership and works closely with departments across campus to provide foundational principles and practices around diversity and inclusion, educating and cultivating an environment that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director serves as a member of a three-person leadership team, along with the Senior Associate Dean for Equity, Inclusion and Faculty Development and the Senior Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion for Students/Director of the Butler Center. Together, this team will work collaboratively to strategically lead the design, delivery, implementation, and analysis initiatives that support Colorado College’s DEI efforts. In addition, the Director coordinates and supports central efforts to improve inclusion, diversity, and equity services and programs related to talent acquisition for staff, strategic planning and change management, learning and development, policies and procedures, and staff engagement, including but not limited to development and oversight for employee resource groups. The Director will develop and lead implementation of policies and programs to attract, retain, and promote a diverse workforce; serve as a partner with the Talent Acquisition Manager and the Dean’s office to ensure equitable and inclusive searches for faculty and staff; and, recommend new initiatives, approaches, policies and procedures to staff retention, ensuring the onboarding and tenuring of staff, is welcoming, inclusive, and supportive of all backgrounds and positionalities. Further, the Director will co-lead the development and implementation of DEI education and training initiatives, ensuring complementary messaging across student, faculty, and staff initiatives; act as a subject matter expert to internal and external partners on DEI programming, offering trainings and consulting to staff through Excel@CC, ad hoc requests, and community engagement; and, serve as a primary resource for the college’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Board.

Candidates must possess a master’s degree from an accredited university and five to seven years of demonstrable experience leading DEI initiatives and programming. Qualified candidates possessing a doctoral degree, DEI and/or training and development certification(s), and/or advanced training in diversity related fields are strongly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate must demonstrate emotional intelligence and experience with, as well as a personal orientation towards, a collaborative approach to work and the ability to influence an outcome through a consultative methodology; an ability to work independently and to work effectively as leader or member in teams, on taskforces, and committees; and, a strong commitment to client focused, relationship-based service. Further, the candidate must possess strong interpersonal and relationship-building skills coupled with the ability to navigate conflict effectively and to influence without authority across all levels of an organization. In addition, the candidate must possess excellent business writing and communication skills, and strong platform and presentation skills. Desired qualities also include discretion, good judgment, and the ability to handle confidential information appropriately and with tact; commitment to the value that diverse perspectives and cultures bring to an organization; demonstrated ability to deal with ambiguity and confidentiality; the ability to effectively navigate formal and informal networks; and, political savvy and professionalism.

Review of applications will begin April 17, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.

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Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.

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