Chief Diversity Officer
Chief Diversity Officer
Reporting to the President, the CDO is responsible for providing
vision, leadership and strategic
direction for KSU's Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence,
while infusing DEI mindfulness across
all aspects of university life. This is a high-impact position for
a talented and resourceful professional
who is eager to contribute, is ready to be a leader on campus and
to external communities, and will
bring strategic direction and support to the respective areas and
to the university as a whole. This
position is open to both practicing administrative leaders and
tenured (or tenurable) faculty of the
rank of Associate Professor and above.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Further refine a long-term DEI Action Plan and establish clear,
measurable goals and metrics to measure and
monitor success, and the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion
- Advise University leadership team on issues related to DEI at
- Partner with university administrators to provide guidance on
recruitment, appointment and retention processes for all faculty
and staff positions in accordance with USG, state and federal laws
pertaining to equal employment opportunity and affirmative
- Identify, assess, and provide ongoing monitoring of campus
climate issues and associated actions to ensure students, faculty,
and staff are welcomed, respected, valued and supported.
- Collaborate with other units on campus (Academic Affairs, Human
Resources, Student Affairs) to implement purposeful and sustainable
programming and assistance related to KSU needs regarding DEI for
faculty, staff and students.
- Oversee and meet monthly with diversity liaisons of each
- Provide strategic direction for training initiatives on
cultural competency, gender differences, disability, and other
topics designed to increase awareness and understanding of DEI
issues and maintaining compliance.
- Manage the institution's Workforce Analysis and oversee
compliance with the Affirmative Action Plan.
- Provide oversight and supervision of the staff within the
Division of Diverse and Inclusive Excellence.
- Manage the department budget, including developing budget
proposals, justifying expenses and monitoring accounts.
- Develop and maintain relationships with regional, national and
international external partners.
Expectations for Leadership
- Provide leadership in DEI to the KSU community: The campus
community seeks in this CDO a strategic partner who can communicate
a strategic vision for DEI and will build bridges, serve as mentor
and guide, and engage with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the
broader network connected to the university. Key areas of
opportunity include continuing to breakdown silos and institutional
barriers, building an inclusive culture of accountability and
helping faculty, staff, and students around the mindset of DEI,
working to create and sustain a welcoming and inclusive campus
culture; and implementation of purposeful, and sustainable DEI
- Assess and determine the structure to meet the goals of DEI:
The new CDO will be asked to work in partnership with the senior
leadership team, students, faculty and staff to further build
comprehensive DEI efforts at the university. The CDO will be
expected to assess KSU's current programs and - based on previous
experiences, knowledge of best practice, and diversity
literature/scholarship - determine what is needed for KSU to
further achieve the DEI goals of its strategic plan.
- Lead and support data collection and analysis for
decision-making around DEI efforts: An important priority for the
leader is to use data to understand the climate and make
appropriate interventions throughout the institution. The CDO will
create a culture of continuous improvement through planning and
assessment for DEI initiatives and leverage existing employee and
student engagement surveys, as well as develop other tools to
assess the climate of DEI. The leader will measure the impact of
initiatives quantitatively and qualitatively, use
that data to support informed and collaborative decision making,
and report these efforts to develop a culture of
- Serve as an ambassador on campus and beyond: KSU is committed
to diversity, access and affordability. As an institutional leader
in promoting and embracing cultural diversity and cultural
competence in a community dedicated to honesty, civility and
integrity, the CDO will actively engage and help strengthen
linkages with the community essential to the success of the
institution as a member of the University System of Georgia.
Education & Experience
- Graduate degree required.
- Demonstrated experience working in a DEI role in higher
education, or an equivalent combination of relevant skills and
- Minimum of three 3-5 years of supervisory
- Record of success in building strategic coalitions and serving
as a connector across organizational and cultural
- P&L budgetary experience preferred, but not
- Meets the standards of professional practice as outlined by the
National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher
Leadership Skills & Competencies
- The ability to lead with vision, purposefulness, and optimism
while keeping an eye to new possibilities and emerging
- Strength in interacting with a diverse array of people and
perspectives, and the ability to see the world from other lenses
- The ability to engage in data informed strategic analysis of
opportunities and challenges and assess the effectiveness of
diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs in achieving
- The ability to shape the narrative of members of the KSU
community to promote DEI by creating a shared understanding of how
DEI is defined and bolstered in mission and goals.
- Problem and conflict resolution skills and ability to mediate
controversy and build consensus to reconcile competing
- Qualities of creativity, resourcefulness, resiliency, and
- Fosters open and respectful communication that contribute to
addressing complex issues that
encourage and sustain a campus community that values and
- Operates as an organizational change agent for DEI.
- Contributes to a learning environment that is
inclusive/welcoming, collegial, and collaborative for faculty,
staff, administrators, and students, and fosters a climate that
encourages respect for diversity.
- Excellent analytical skills and ability to think strategically
and problem solve effectively.
- Excellent written, oral, interpersonal, and collaborative
- Demonstrated ability to facilitate group meetings, work
collaboratively with a commitment to providing support, advice and
consultation across KSU to enhance DEI and access.
- Knowledge of the everchanging landscape of DEI topics, issues,
and associated trends and it's impact in higher education (or a
comparable complex organization), including but not limited to
awareness of and the ability to communicate and act on issues of
intersectionality, unconscious bias, and
- Motivation, professionalism, integrity, and drive to advance
KSU's DEI initiatives.
- Strong leadership skills.
- Demonstrated ability to navigate different
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic action
- Demonstrated ability to foster relationships and develop
partnerships within a local community, businesses and
organizations, and serve as a voice within the community.
Interested parties should direct all communications to the
consultants supporting this search, John McFarland and Jan Thrapp,
via email to KSUCDO@odgersberndtson.com
To apply, please visit: https://www.kennesaw.edu/cdosearch/
To apply, visit https://www.kennesaw.edu/cdosearch/