Chief Diversity Officer
Chief Diversity Officer
SUNY Brockport, located in Brockport, NY, invites applications and nominations for the position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). The CDO is a cabinet-level position and reports to the President. In collaboration with college leaders, faculty, students, and staff, the CDO supports an academic environment in which the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) are centrally embedded in institutional frameworks. The CDO will be responsible for creating, revising, and implementing EDI 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 EDI work, including relevant federal and state policies and regulations, as well as nationally recognized best practices.
Founded in 1835, SUNY Brockport is a nationally recognized comprehensive public college focused on student success. The College is part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system and is located in Brockport, NY, a college town of 8,100 residents on the scenic and historic Erie Canal. The 464-acre campus is near downtown Rochester, a city known for philanthropy, high technology, and intellectual capital. The College is proud of its Brockport Promise “to engage our students each day in cultivating their capacity for intellectual, physical, and creative accomplishment.” Brockport's vision is: “Building meaningful lives and vibrant communities.”
SUNY Brockport is an inclusive learning community that inspires excellence through growth, engagement, and transformation. The College enrolls approximately 7,700 students including nearly 6,400 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students. Brockport offers nearly 50 undergraduate majors and more than 50 master's programs, teacher certification programs and advanced graduate certificates. The College employs approximately 1,350 faculty and staff members. Of the 328 full-time faculty, 88% hold a doctorate or other terminal degree.
The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is a cabinet-level position and reports to the President. The CDO will oversee the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, and work collaboratively with divisions, offices and individuals across campus, including Academic Affairs, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (EMSA), Administration and Finance, Advancement, and College Communications. The CDO will be responsible for communicating the value and vital importance of equity, diversity, and inclusion to the campus and its stakeholders. The CDO must be results-oriented and committed to infusing equity, diversity, and inclusion into all aspects of the College.
- Master's degree by time of appointment from a college or
university accredited by the U.S. Department of Education or an
internationally recognized college or university.
- Relevant and progressively responsible experience in a role
directly related to equity, diversity, and inclusion
- The broad institutional perspective expected of a CDO,
including a collaborative spirit, the ability to cultivate a common
vision and the capacity to contribute to discussions on a wide
range of college issues.
- The ability to build relationships of trust and shared purpose
with faculty, students, staff, and administrators on campus as well
as key community partners in the surrounding area.
- Excellent management, supervisory, interpersonal, and
- Demonstrated skill in conflict resolution and a track record of
creativity and innovation in approaching complex and/or difficult
conversations and interactions with diplomacy, insight, and
- Experience setting and achieving long-term goals and objectives
to respond effectively to pressing issues as they arise.
- Exceptionally strong communications skills, including the
ability to present data in a credible fashion both orally and in
writing to a wide range of audiences.
- Demonstrated knowledge, skills, awareness of and commitment to
contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity,
access, and equity, including the current research and pedagogical
approaches that inform and address these issues.
- A sophisticated understanding of the national conversation
around equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education and a
keen sense of best practices and emerging issues.
- Strong track record in initiating and managing change with an
understanding of the contexts, cultures and politics within
institutions that impact the success of effective diversity change
- Experience supervising and managing staff directly.
- Proven analytical skills and ability to develop and implement
data-informed strategies related to campus climate, diversity, and
inclusion. A genuine intellectual curiosity about and commitment to
the College's mission.
- Terminal degree from a college or university accredited by the
U.S. Department of Education or an internationally recognized
college or university.
- Five or more years of experience in a complex college or
university setting, working toward the implementation of strategic
initiatives to advance equity, diversity and inclusion.
- Experience writing high level research reports.
- History of effective leadership in a culture of shared
The Application Process
The position will remain open until filled. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the criteria listed above, a resume/curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five professional references. Applications, nominations, and requests for the position profile should be sent in confidence to:
Steve Leo, Partner
Sherry Coleman, Partner
Alyssa Perez, Senior Associate
Storbeck Search & Associates
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We are part of an academic community committed to fostering integrity, civility, and justice. We affirm that the dignity of our Brockport community is protected when free speech, academic freedom, and individual rights are expressed within a climate of civility and mutual respect. Striving to learn from each other, we value human diversity because it enriches our lives and it is fundamental to the College's commitment to teaching, learning, scholarship, and service leading to student success.
SUNY Brockport, is an AA/EEO/ADA employer. The College actively seeks applications from women, veterans, individuals with a disability, members of underrepresented groups, or anyone that would enrich the diversity of the College.