Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence

New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Apr 19, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Posting Details

Job # 036955 Department Code 22601-4401 Department University College Job Title Director of Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Location Syracuse, NY Pay Range Commensurate with Experience Staff Level S6 FLSA Status Exempt Hours

Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

Reporting to the Dean of University College, a Director of Diversity and Inclusive Excellence is required to lead, develop, and implement strategies to align Syracuse University Global’s mission and bring equity, inclusion and diversity into the organization’s strategic planning process and academic initiatives.


• Ph.D. required ( ABD candidates with appropriate experience will be considered).

• Four (4) plus years of professional work, research, teaching and/or experience in the field of diversity and inclusion, social justice advocacy and education, student development, student advising, student organization advising, and/or campus-wide programming.

• Additional professional training, education and certifications are strongly desired.

• Experience in higher education administration and foundations of cultural awareness, specifically in a university system, is highly desirable.

• Experience and demonstrated effectiveness leading diversity and inclusion related initiatives and programs is required.

• Excellent analytical and organizational skills.

• Excellent presentation and facilitation skills, dialogue circles and similar engagements is highly desirable.

• Strong interpersonal and written communication skills.

Job Specific Qualifications

• Knowledge of tracking and recording methods to inform institutional change and skill in developing vision and strategies that inspire others.

• Demonstrated knowledge of how to structure programs to best serve non-/post-traditional student educational goals while meeting federal and state legal requirements.

• Understanding of University policies and procedures, and associated policies, laws, and practices, including but not limited to knowledge of issues related to Title VII and equal employment opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ required Affirmative Action Plans.

• Demonstrated knowledge of how to lead diversity, inclusion, and organizational change initiatives.

• Team player with empathy, respect for others, a collaborative approach, and a sense of humor.

• Ability to respectfully lead and guide others, while also being a good listener who is open to new ideas.

• Understanding, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds, disabilities and sexual orientation of students, faculty, administrators, and staff; fostering collaboration and consensus building.


• Lead Syracuse University Global strategic equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives.
• Partner with campus leaders, faculty, students, and staff to ensure programming supports Syracuse University values and strategic goals.
• Work closely with senior leaders and campus partners to advance a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion by providing strategic planning and support for the recruitment, retention, and engagement of diverse Syracuse University Global faculty, students and staff.
• Act as a Global campus-wide ambassador for diversity, equity, and inclusion and work to engage and inspire members of the internal and external community by raising awareness and illustrating the importance of these principles.
• Lead the Syracuse University Global Diversity and Inclusion Committee; build synergy in programming and share best practices across the college and thereby throughout Syracuse University Global.
• Develop and share best practice in assessment, including the development of matrices for measuring equity, and inclusion awareness and competencies as it relates to job performance goals.

Training and Development:
• Provide strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural competency, racial diversity, gender differences, disability, 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 Syracuse University stakeholders.
• Develop and implement initiatives that build and support proactive, diverse, inclusive, and equitable practices.
• Provide support related to diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.
• Collaborate with departments throughout Syracuse University Global to leverage diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.
• Administer diversity and inclusion policy and program development.
• Work with Human Resources to ensure appropriate integration of diversity, inclusion and equity goals.
• Consult with Syracuse University Title IX partners with to ensure that Syracuse University Global is in full compliance with required state and federal guidelines.

• Collaborate with Dean of the College of Professional Studies, Syracuse University Provost, and Human Resources to expand the diversity of the candidates for Syracuse University Global faculty and staff positions and student applicants, through outreach and recruitment.
• This role will consult and partner with University departments to advance efforts across the Syracuse University Global campus to provide a welcoming and affirming environment for all.
• Promote a culture of engagement and belonging by providing leadership in an environment that actively promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion and possess a deep commitment to these values and demonstrate action and accountability in advancing strategies to support them at all levels of the organization and University.
• Assist in prioritizing diversity and equity initiatives and communicate to the broader community to support and encourage actionable efforts that advance inclusiveness.
• Provide solutions to shared obstacles, coordinating resources, and sharing expertise in best practices.
• Design, develop, and champion initiatives that build, expand, and support inclusive employee and student populations collaboratively throughout Syracuse University Global while removing obstacles to achieve success in these areas.

Curriculum and Teaching:
• Accepted appointment as Assistant Teaching Professor with the College of Professional Studies.
• Lead and coordinate all Syracuse University Global efforts related to the University’s required first-year seminar.
• Align seminar curriculum with specified learning outcomes.
• Facilitate training and coordination of seminar instructors and associated student support efforts.
• Design, develop and teach curriculum and online, hybrid, and residential courses for non-/post-traditional students attending Syracuse University.
• Design teaching methodologies and materials, and training other faculty in instructional methods and design of courses informed by and grounded in values of diversity, inclusion and equity.
• Participate in routine service to the College and the University.
• Take an active role in the governance of the College faculty specific to diversity, inclusion and equity awareness, policies and protocols.

Reporting and Assessment:
• Establish and maintain survey and data collection processes, and an internal audit and reporting system to allow for effective measurement of diversity, inclusion and equity program outcomes.
• Assess and monitor program effectiveness and keeps college, campus and university leadership informed of equal opportunity progress and issues through periodic reports.
• Monitor metrics related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Ensure that ongoing, comprehensive, and research-based planning and assessment occurs, to include the establishment and review of goals and outcomes with the mission of the school, regular assessment of the accomplishment of goals and outcomes, timely completion of annual planning and assessment reports.
• Work with communications office to ensure continued visibility of diversity programming and initiatives.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and nearly 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors and 100 minors offered through 13 schools and colleges; nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit

About the Syracuse area

Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

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