Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer

Maine, United States
Salary Not specified
Aug 20, 2020
Position Type
Jobs Outside Academe
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Part Time
This is a .5 FTE position that will report to the Office of the Provost. The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in support of the University's efforts at create a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to succeed. The Officer will also collaborate with university stakeholders to ensure a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of all races, ethnicity, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, sexuality, abilities, religions and other identities. They will recommend training initiatives designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws. The primary areas of accountability include compliance, advocacy and education. The individual in this role serves as advisor and resource person for management and staff in the areas of diversity, inclusion, equity and intake and reviews concerns across the University that pertains to discrimination or harassment in conjunction with individuals overseeing Employment, Student Code of Conduct and Title IX.DUTIES & RESPOSIBILITIES

•Plans, guides and advises staff on diversity, equity, inclusion and affirmative action matters. Collaborates with University management to create, implement and monitor programs designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty and staff.
• Partners with campus leaders, faculty, students, staff, and internal and external constituencies to ensure programing supports the university's values and strategic goals.
• Provides strategic direction 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.
• Represents the University to external community, organizations, and agencies and serves as a liaison with external agencies on matters of inclusion and diversity.
• Works with Institutional Research for purposes of assessing and reporting on the University's culture, climate, and environment with respect to diversity and inclusion. Provides period reports on the same.
• Serves as the central resource for student, faculty, staff and the Husson 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, Student Life, Title IX, and Safety and Security 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.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.


A Master's degree in social justice, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management or other related field. Experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis. Five years of experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a complex organization; three years of experience working in an affirmative action and EEO compliance function; and including two years of management or supervisory experience.


Knowledge of:

• Leadership, strategic and managerial, program and development, as well as public relations principles;
• Diversity, equity and inclusion best practices
• Policy and procedure development and administration principles and practices;
• Applicable local, state and federal laws, codes, rules, and regulations;
• Higher education principles and practices;
• Training methods and best practices;

Skill in:

• Working with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds of community university students and staff;
• Collaboration and consensus building;
• Managing change and sensitive topics;
• Offering viable solutions for problem solving;
• Communicating effectively through oral and written mediums;
• Managing multiple priorities simultaneously;

Able to:

• Understand, be sensitive to, and respect the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disabilities and sexual orientation of students, faculty, administrators, and staff;
• Develop policy and procedure related to program initiatives;
• Effectively communicate both in writing and verbally;
• Maintain a professional demeanor during emotionally charged, difficult, or high pressure situations;
• Defuse anger and establish or restore harmony.