Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer

New Jersey, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Apr 08, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Felician University is presently seeking a dynamic, visionary and experienced professional to serve as the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer.  The CDEIO ensures the development, implementation and adherence to best practices and resources across the University community in order to promote a culture of inclusion which enables individuals from all racial and ethnic identities, ages, nationalities, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religious, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental abilities to thrive and succeed. S/he actively engages students, faculty, and staff through training as well as intentional programmatic and policy leadership to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support diversity, equity, and inclusion, collaborating with University stakeholders to assess potential barriers and develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse community.

Position Type:

Full-Time, 12-Month, Exempt


Office of the President

Required Education:

Master's degree in related field required, PhD or terminal degree preferred


  • 5+ years’ related experience of progressively responsible leadership working in diversity-related positions in a higher education environment.
  • Demonstrated record of successful experience in the strategic direction of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access efforts.
  • Results-orientated and focused on ensuring that the shared agenda of diversity fulfills the University’s mission and values; proven track record of creating and administering DEI policies, initiatives, and training with a strong knowledge of contemporary discourses, issues, curricular development, practices and principles, student development theory and practice, and survey development; willingness and ability to embrace new technologies and innovative organizational practices.
  • Open-minded, strategic, and creative thought process.
  • Active listener, able to offer alternatives and consider diverse opinions.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current and emerging teaching and research in the areas of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, preparation and oversight of departmental budgets.
  • Proven skill set in advocacy and diplomacy reflective of a deep commitment to equity, fairness, and transparency; superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels throughout the organization, including trustees, executives, faculty, administrators, staff members, students, as well as external constituencies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of federal, state, and local legislation related to harassment and issues related to protected class discrimination, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972.
  • Technical mastery of diversity issues in a complex organizational setting, including experience with recruitment and retention, identity development, access and equity, curriculum diversification, training, ability to assess the educational impact of diversity, assessing campus climate issues, policy and legal dynamics of affirmative action, and strategies designed to foster workplace and workforce diversity.
  • Well-developed problem and conflict resolution skills with the ability to navigate the institution’s political landscape and respond effectively to politically charged or sensitive situations by building consensus and support and reconciling competing interests.
  • Comprehensive understanding of organizational change with experience leading large- scale change projects in a multiple-stakeholder environment.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the culture of higher education, including shared governance, promotion, multiple and competing goals, the nature of campus politics, and the unique needs of different constituencies.

 To Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and 3 professional references electronically to: Director, Human Resources or via USPS to:

 Ms. Virginia Topolski, Director of Human Resources

Felician University

262 South Main Street

Lodi, New Jersey 07644