Chief Diversity Officer

Massachusetts, United States
$100,000.00 - $110,000.00
Nov 03, 2020
Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

About North Shore Community College:

North Shore Community College is a diverse, caring, inclusive community that inspires our students to become engaged citizens and to achieve their personal, academic, and career goals through accessible, affordable, rigorous educational opportunities that are aligned with our region's workforce needs and will prepare them for life in a changing world. NSCC is one of 15 Massachusetts community colleges, which serves the 26 cities and towns north of Boston. Since its founding in 1965, NSCC has grown from a single leased building to an urban campus in downtown Lynn and a suburban campus in Danvers, and from five to 80 academic programs of study. Nearly 50,000 students have graduated from NSCC. The college is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).   


Job Description:

Chief Diversity Officer 

Professional Non-Unit Position

The position will initially be mostly remote due to COVID19 but will transition back to campus at a later date.

The Chief Diversity Officer will be a creative, thoughtful thinker and role model for inclusive excellence, with knowledge of innovative emerging practices within the higher education context and demonstrable success in leading meaningful and accountable organizational change. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a deep passion for the work of  current and unanticipated diversity, equity, and inclusion incidences as a strategist, and be an ethical leader, innovator, and change agent. 

The Chief Diversity Officer is a senior-level management position reporting to the President and serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and provides vision, leadership, and oversight to programs, policies, and procedures related to the institution's commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and facilitates the integration of equity and cultural wealth across all aspects of the institution.  The CDO will guide the institution in shaping diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and establishing a sustainable infrastructure around equity initiatives. The CDO oversees activities that seek to affirm the people's unique identities while building a community that strengthens itself from these identities and cultivates leaders who will integrate the value of human diversity to the world. The CDO works to promote an environment free of discrimination and biases through advocacy, education, and the development implementation of programs and campaigns designed to enhance the success, retention, and personal development of NSCCs diverse community. The CDO serves as the College's Affirmative Action Officer and Title IX Coordinator ensuring compliance with The College's Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity.   This position assists with developing diversity activities participates in projects related to increasing the representation and inclusion of underrepresented groups, and coordinates the delivery of diversity, equity, and inclusion resources. The CDO will be critical in helping track successful efforts, highlighting best practices, and identifying areas that need attention across the institution to continuously improve our efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion.


  1. Assessment: Data and Climate Survey
    • Assess, measures, and stays abreast of campus efforts using a climate or similar study to meet diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression goals of the institution and use results to drive strategic planning and stays abreast of the needs and climate of the College in regards to equity, inclusion, and discrimination.
    • Work with Institutional Research, Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs to generate reports and analyses related to retention and graduation rates for all reportable diversity segments, including action steps and an overview of factors contributing to reported results.
    • Actively address immediate anti-racist and training for all leadership team members, including the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff  and students, and engage them in Professional Development and Diversity Programs, Awareness Campaigns, and Events.
  2. Leadership and Advocacy
    • Recommends and modifies policies, procedures, and initiatives as needed to ensure equity and the eradication of discrimination for all members of the college community
    • Guide the development and administration of an Inclusive Diversity Strategic Plan
    • As a member of the President's Cabinet, serves as a strategic leader and a catalyst by providing vision and advocacy to create organizational change leading to a culturally proficient, equitable, inclusive, and anti-oppressive community.
    • Plays a critical role in engaging the broader college community in a dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and inclusion. 
    • Provides counsel, vision, and leadership to the College community in diversity, inclusion, positive campus culture, and organizational change.
  3. Compliance:
    • Serves as the College's Affirmative Action Officer, Title IX Coordinator and 504 Coordinator; work closely with the General Counsel's Office, Dean of Students, Campus Police and Human Resources in receiving, reviewing, investigating and resolving complaints regarding Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Title IX and ADA/Section 504.
    • Implements and ensures compliance with the College's Policy on Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity and Diversity (PAA); Title IX regulations; ADA/Section 504 requirements; and all related state and federal laws and regulations.
    • Develop, coordinate, deliver, track and evaluate college-wide training and educational programs for both staff and students on the College's PAA.
  4. Coordination and Collaboration
    • Leads the Diversity Collaborative with college-wide representation including students, faculty, and staff, charged with crafting recommendations to the President and Cabinet for improving the delivery of institutional and educational services related to diversity and ensuring implementation, assessment, and evaluation of programs and services aimed at enhancing the College's climate and outcomes related to equity, diversity,  and inclusion.
    • Develops, supports, and advocates for college diversity and inclusion working groups.
    • Collaborate with leadership across departments and divisions to ensure that goals and priorities support equity and inclusion. 
    • Consults with Human Resources on effective strategies to identify, recruit, hire, promote, and retain a diverse workforce of faculty and staff through affirmative action and equal opportunity programs
    • Work with the Office of Admission, Enrollment and Recruitment,  and the Student Support and Advising Center and Marketing to recruit and retain students from traditionally marginalized communities.
    • Consults and coordinates with departments, divisions and the Center for Teaching, Learning and Innovation  in developing and implementing programming and training around diversity, equity, inclusion, discrimination, and combat oppression for the college community including staff, faculty, and administrators.



  • Master's or terminal degree required in student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, cultural studies, law, or related field and a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism within a complex organization
  • Experience in conflict mediation and in the investigation of Affirmative Action and Title IX complaints
  • Experience working with and sensitivity to diverse constituencies of various social identities (ethnic, racial, religious, economic, educational backgrounds and abilities, sexual orientation, and gender expression)
  • Ability to provide support and consultation to individuals and groups concerning cultural challenges and conflicts and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and awareness of contemporary issues of inclusion, including the current research,  and best practices that inform and address these issues.
  • Demonstrated experience in report writing and data analysis skills.
  • Demonstrated administrative and leadership skills and a strong ability to develop relationships and work with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Candidates will be required to pass a CORI/SORI and/or a National background check as a condition of employment. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree, certification(s), or advanced training in diversity-related fields.
  • Experience working with traditionally marginalized populations.
  • Strong communication/public speaking skills.



Additional Information:

SALARY: Anticipated salary range is $100,000.00 to $110,000.00 commensurate with education and experience.

Full time benefited employees at North Shore Community College are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package offered through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Click HERE for a highlight of these benefits.


North Shore Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.


Application Instructions:

Resume review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  To be considered, candidates should submit the following documents: 1) a cover letter that addresses the duties and responsibilities and qualifications listed above: 2) a resume.

Candidates selected for an interview will be required to provide: unofficial transcripts or foreign degree evaluations and the name, address, email and telephone number of at least three current professional references.

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