About SUNY Schenectady County Community College:
SUNY Schenectady County Community College (SUNY Schenectady) is one of the State University of New York's finest two-year colleges located in upstate New York's vibrant and growing Capital Region, with easy access to Boston, NYC, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains, Montreal and scenic Hudson Valley, all of which are just a few hours away. SUNY Schenectady is a premier college that provides quality, comprehensive education for transfer, career, training and workforce development to a diverse population in a student centered environment. The College offers more than 50 transfer and career programs in science, aviation, culinary, music, and liberal arts, and serves more than 5,000 students. SUNY Schenectady County Community College offers an excellent benefit package including health care with dental and vision coverage, a choice of retirement systems, a deferred compensation benefit, an on-site child care program and Montessori School, professional development opportunities, and health club membership. We take pride in being an urban campus with a small town feel.
SUNY Schenectady is dedicated to cultivating an environment that celebrates diversity, prioritizes inclusion, and insists on equitable access. Diversity, equity, and inclusion is central to our vision and mission; we know that to foster a sense of belonging and preserve connectedness, we must create and maintain working and learning spaces that welcome, respect, and appreciate difference. SUNY Schenectady provides equal opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic disposition, neurodiversity, disability, veteran status or any other protected category under federal, state and local law. Applications from minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged.
SUNY Schenectady County Community College's Office of Human Resources is seeking a full-time Recruitment Specialist and Chief Diversity Officer. The Recruitment Specialist and Chief Diversity Officer (RS/CDO) reports dually to the Executive Director for Human Resources and the President or a designee and is appointed as a member of the President's Council. The RS/CDO will work collaboratively with all sectors of the college community to elevate inclusiveness and implement best practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The RS/CDO will also coordinate full-cycle recruitment of faculty and non-civil service staff positions to include posting job vacancies, coordinating search committee efforts and new employee appointment process. In addition, the RS/CDO will serve as part of a SUNY-wide network of CDS to support SUNY's overall diversity goals. This position requires working collaboratively with all campus offices, including but not limited to Academic Affairs, Administration, Human Resources, Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Workforce Development, Athletics and Admissions to elevate inclusiveness and implement best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion in such areas as recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff.
The Recruitment Specialist and Chief Diversity Officer (RS/CDO) is responsible for the full-cycle recruitment of faculty and non-civil service staff positions throughout the College. This includes the following duties:
- Maintain job vacancy and recruitment database that records recruitment activity for the professional and Union staff vacancies. Writes and posts classified ads in places appropriate to the open position.
- Coordinates the search committee process for all searches
- Conducts search committee trainings on appropriate hiring procedures, best interviewing practices and maintains accurate and complete recruitment files.
- Coordinates, with confidential secretary, the new employee appointment process to include, but not limited to: drafting required communications, establishing and conducting orientations, completing background checks, creating new employee personnel files.
- Acts as liaison with area employment agencies, prepare and liaise with advertising agencies, process and check advertising agency billings, complete employment verifications and references.
- Continuously improve campus efforts to increase diversity and inclusion in recruitment, hiring and decision-making for campus leadership, faculty and staff through cooperative work with appropriate department heads to develop an employee recruitment and retention strategy.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Recruitment Specialist and Chief Diversity Officer (RS/CDO) is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic diversity and inclusion plans at SUNY Schenectady County Community College. This includes the following duties:
- Work with department heads to develop and implement strategic diversity and inclusion plans based on the foundation of the College's Diversity Task Force Report and Chair of the College's Diversity Council.
- Develop a student and employee recruitment strategy in partnership with campus departments that includes programs and activities to foster changes in student and employee populations that are increasingly representative of the diversity of the college's primary service region and New York State as a whole.
- Maintain and update content for the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Webpage
- Collaborate with Student Affairs on development of student retention and completion strategies with the goal of increasing the rate of completion for all students and closing the gaps where appropriate; thereby addressing the challenges of students in transition (i.e., transfer, stop-out, or international student acclimation, etc.)
- Develop and implement best-practice mentoring plans and strategies tailored to the needs of diverse campus groups of faculty and staff in partnership with appropriate campus departments.
- Develop, implement, and assess a strategic diversity and inclusion plan which will foster a community in which individuals are encouraged to succeed, regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic background, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, political affiliation, or age.
- Maintain statistical data on the composition of the college workforce in compliance with the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
- Serve as the College's Equal Opportunity Officer.
- Collaborate with SUNY Administration to create and provide cultural competency programming as a central aspect of the orientation program for new employees and as a regular aspect of professional development for all continuing employees.
- Lead team efforts to develop and implement an evaluation component to ensure that the campus is meeting its diversity and inclusion commitments and activities designed with the overall plan are achieving their intended outcomes as aligned with the campus planning and resource allocation process.
- Remain current on leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion theory and practice.
- Attend training on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion topics and transfer this knowledge into policies, procedures and practice.
- Ensure compliance with SUNY's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Policy.
- Collaborate with the Office of Human Resources to provide EEO/AA and diversity and inclusion-related training.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Master's Degree in Human Resources Management, Social/Behavioral Science or related field.
- Work experience in developing and leading cultural and policy change efforts related to institutional access, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism, or education and employment equity, including fluency with current best practices in these areas.
- Work history which demonstrates personal initiative in and ownership of assigned areas of responsibility.
- Five years of experience in a leadership role directly related to diversity, inclusion, equity and social justice.
- Previous experience in recruitment and staffing
- Excellent administrative, oral, written and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of best practices in human resources, effective HR principles and practices, and employment and labor laws and regulations.
- Commitment to promoting and fostering an inclusive environment that is supportive of individuals from diverse backgrounds.
- Ability to proactively implement change, as needed.
- Ability to work effectively in a high stress environment and handle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
- Excellent skills in public speaking and written communications
- Ability to present ideas in a group setting
- Strong ability to interact and develop relationships with a variety of internal and external contacts
- Strong interpersonal and analytical skills
- Clear understanding of the broad community college mission
- Excellent organizational and time-management skills
- Community college experience and/or work experience in a higher education institution
- Ability to understand and support the philosophy of the community college environment
- VISA sponsorship is not available for this position
- Offers of employment will be conditional based on the successful completion of a background check and verification of official college transcripts
Applications Due By: Applications accepted until position is filled.
Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for this position:
- Cover letter
- Completed SUNY Schenectady Employment Application
- Diversity Statement: Please include a diversity statement that addresses your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and highlights how your prior experience will support your contributions to the goals outlined by pillar one of the current SUNY Schenectady Strategic Plan.
- References: Please provide three professional references which include name, title, and contact information
CAMPUS SAFETY REPORT
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, mandates that all Title IV institutions, without exception, prepare, publish and distribute an Annual Security Report. This report consists of two basic parts: disclosure of the College's crime statistics for the past three years; and the availability regarding the College's current campus security policies. SUNY Schenectady County Community College's Annual Security Report is available here.
SUNY Schenectady is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United Stated and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.