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Posted 5 months ago

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Chief Diversity Officer

Office of the President

Reports To:
President of NJIT

Position Type:

Position Summary:
Reporting to the President, and a member of the President’s Cabinet, the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) will work in collaboration with university leaders, faculty, students, and staff, to support an academic environment in which the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are centrally embedded in institutional frameworks. The CDO will be responsible for creating, revising, and implementing DEI policies; overseeing programing; and fostering an inclusive campus climate in which every member of the community can thrive. The CDO is a subject matter expert and will bring to their work expert knowledge of, and experience with, the many facets of DEI work, including relevant federal and state policies and regulations, as well as nationally recognized best practices. The CDO will have oversight of the Murray Center for Women in Technology. The Associate Director, Diversity & Inclusion in the Office of Student Life will have a dotted line reporting relationship to the CDO

Essential Functions:

  • Partners with campus leaders, faculty, students, staff, and internal and external constituencies to ensure programming supports the university’s values and strategic goals.
  • Plans, guides and advises on diversity, equity, inclusion and affirmative action matters. Oversee the development of the university Affirmative Action Plan. Collaborates with university stakeholders to create, implement and monitor programs designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty and staff.
  • Assess and monitor all relevant data relating to employee and student populations. Works to increase year-over-year diversity and representation metrics in line with specific goals defined in the NJIT 2025 strategic plan, and positively impact engagement and retention in measurable ways.
  • Provides guidance to develop recruitment, advertising, and selection strategies that target women and underrepresented minorities; provides strategic input on internal career development and mobility framework to ensure inclusivity and equal opportunity.
  • Provides strategic direction and oversight for training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws, in collaboration with university stakeholders.
  • Works with stakeholders for purposes of assessing and reporting on the University’s culture, climate, and environment with respect to diversity and inclusion. Serves as the central resource for students, faculty, staff and the NJIT community on matters of diversity and inclusion.
  • Provides analysis of legislation and regulations related to equity and affirmative action and works in conjunction with the Human Resources, and Student Life to assist in regulatory compliance matters pertaining to inclusion and diversity.
  • Gathers, researches and analyzes data for use in statistical calculations and reporting in order to meet federal and state requirements.

Prerequisite Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in social justice, sociology, public administration, or related field
  • At least five years advancing DEI in a complex organization
  • Track record of: successfully executing projects with multidisciplinary teams; acting upon tactical opportunities in a fast-paced environment; delivering diplomatic yet firm communications
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully addressing diversity /inclusion goals in the context of an institution of higher education or other complex organization
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills. Highly effective communicator, able to clearly and concisely articulate ideas

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or other terminal degree
  • Passionate about the role DEI can play in the development of a successful institution, and the drive to make a difference
  • Experience in a STEM-focused, higher education environment
  • Experience in Title IX compliance
  • DEI experience in developing, articulating, implementing, and measuring strategic programs in higher education
  • Program Management experience; demonstrated ability to design and deliver programs for a wide audience, ideally demonstrating experience in organizational behavior change
  • Demonstrated success in metrics-driven environment; experience with data analytics preferred

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Special Instructions to Applicants:
Diversified Search Group has been retained by the New Jersey Institute of Technology to assist in this recruitment process. Applications, nominations, and further inquiries should be submitted electronically and in confidence to: [email protected]

  • As an EEO employer NJIT is committed to building a diverse and inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women.
  • Diversity is a core value of NJIT and we are committed to make diversity, equity and inclusion, part of everything we do. We celebrate the diversity of our university community and
    recognize the cultural and personal differences. We strive to cultivate an inclusive campus culture that promotes excellence among
    our faculty, staff and students. Building a robust and diverse community is critical to NJIT’s continuing status as a premier institution
    of higher education and a leading polytechnic university.
  • Employment at NJIT is subject to the provisions of New Jersey First Act which mandates new employees, who are not NJ residents, to establish primary residence in New Jersey within one year of their appointment to certain positions. The law does not apply to any individual employed at NJIT on a temporary or per semester basis as a visiting or adjunct professor, teacher, lecturer, researcher or administrator. For more information on the act
  • If special accommodations are needed in applying for a position, please visit the Department of Human Resources located in Fenster Hall, Room 500, University Heights, Newark, NJ 07102 or call (973) 596-3140. If you have questions, please email the Human Resources Department at [email protected]
  • Information regarding NJIT campus security, personal safety, and fire safety including topics such as, disciplinary procedures, crime prevention, NJIT Police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, and crime statistics for the most recent three year period is available on the NJIT Department of Public Safety website. If you would like to obtain a copy of NJIT’s Annual Security Report containing this information, you may contact the NJIT Department of Public Safety, 154 Summit Street, Newark NJ or by phone at 973-596-3120.

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