Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence

Lewis and Clark Community College
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 06, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

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Title:    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence            Grade: D62       FLSA: Exempt           
Date:    March 2021                                                                        Reports to: College President


Scope of Role


The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence reports directly to the College President.


The director will advance and promote an organizational culture and climate of diversity, equity and inclusion throughout institutional operations, policy, process, and interaction. 

The director will collaborate with all campus team members and students on diversity-related planning and responsibilities that are specific to the development and implementation of a Lewis and Clark Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Blueprint. 

The individual serving as director provides important linkages with other functional areas such as marketing, legal, athletics, and HR.

Key Measurable Expectations (KME)


The following KMEs are normal for this position and not exclusive or all-inclusive.  Other duties may be required or assigned.


  • Plans, guides and advises President and executive team on diversity, equity, and affirmative action matters. Collaborates with broader College leadership including faculty leadership to create and integrate best practices
  • Designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, and all campus team members.
  • Develop, in collaboration with campus leadership, a comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Blueprint to guide collective campus work on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Serve as co-leader of the campus Diversity Council.
  • Participate in the review of institutional and Board policy to assure that policies reflect consistency in their inclusivity and value.
  • Serve as the primary College resource for multicultural and international students needing assistance or information;
  • Organize and implement tools, techniques, training and workshops for all team members to continually build competence around diversity & inclusion;
  • Plan, support and promote Diversity & Inclusion activities, such as heritage and celebration months, club activities, receptions, social outings, and campus programming;
  • Act as primary institutional representative for the Illinois Consortium for International Studies and Programs (ICISP);
  • In partnership with student affairs, organize and implement programs that promote success and retention of ethnic minority students, international, LGBTQIA students, and any underrepresented student population.
  • Align with mover teams and departments on campus-wide programs and initiatives focused on student retention and success;
  • Participates in and advises the College’s recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups.
  • Monitors, evaluates, and assesses adequacy of diversity of candidates in the hiring and screening process. Works with Human Resources to develop recruitment strategies that attract underrepresented candidates.
  • Assist with the development of programming and events by student activities, TRiO programs, athletics, and the Diversity Council;
  • Co-coordinate and serve on the Minority Affairs Committee;
  • Monitor for grant proposals and submit grants if deemed appropriate;
  • Develop relationships with Board members, faculty, non-faculty, students and prospective students; parents of potential students, alumni, and business and community partners;
  • Serves as the College’s Title IX coordinator. Oversees and ensures compliance with applicable laws and regulations and develops policies, procedures, and training.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Training and Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions


  • Bachelor’s degree in speech communication, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management or another related field. 
  • Master’s degree preferred


  • Must have thorough knowledge of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws. Knowledge of training, conflict resolution and mediation methods.
  • Prior experience working with people of economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and minority students
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator and relationship builder, with strong interpersonal skills and ability to build coalitions and collaborative working relationships with a broad range of diverse individuals and groups, including senior executives, to achieve results
  • Strong track record in managing change with an understanding of the contexts, cultures and politics within institutions that impact the implementation of effective diversity change efforts
  • Demonstrated cultural awareness and agility and ability to build trust, credibility and navigate a complex landscape
  • Demonstrated success in identifying and implementing best practices of diversity and inclusion and an excellent command of modern diversity and inclusion concepts and issues in higher education
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively to develop and implement recruitment and retention strategies focused on building a diverse workforce
  • Demonstrated success in partnering with faculty in curriculum development efforts that advance diversity, inclusion and social justice
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills with experience in multiple communication modes, including social media, with the ability to articulate the importance of inclusion and diversity to the broader educational mission of higher education institutions
  • Knowledge of laws, regulations and guidelines related to diversity, inclusion and nondiscrimination in higher education, including Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Clery Act, ADEA, ADA, and Section 504
  • Proven analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for assessments related to campus climate, diversity, and inclusion
  • History of effective leadership in a culture of shared governance
  • Appreciation and knowledge of diverse cultural groups and experiences


Lewis and Clark Community College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer.  In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, L&C will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.  It is also the policy of the College to prohibit and form of harassment based on an individual’s protected status, such as gender, color, race, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, citizenship status, sexual orientation or other protected group status as defined by law. If interested, please contact the Human Resource Department, Erickson Hall – Room 107.