Director, Office of Inclusive Excellence
Office of Inclusive Excellence
Chief Diversity Officer
The Office of Inclusive Excellence is deeply committed to creating
an inclusive campus environment for all members of the New Jersey
Institute of Technology community where a sense of belonging is
fostered and sustained. The Office of Inclusive Excellence was
founded at NJIT in the Spring of 2023 under the leadership of the
inaugural Chief Diversity Officer and is well positioned and
resourced to be a valuable contributor to the NJIT campus community
and its external partners. We achieve our mission through the
collaboration and partnership with internal and external
stakeholders to collectively work toward greater equity, inclusion
and belonging for our diverse campus community.
The Office of Inclusive Excellence at New Jersey Institute of
Technology seeks applicants for a Director to join its team The
Director for the Office of Inclusive Excellence works
collaboratively to lead and drive inclusive engagement at New
Jersey Institute of Technology, specifically in the development and
implementation of programs, training, policy, and assessment.
In response to the NJIT Campus Climate Survey in 2022 there is a
critical need to build an office infrastructure and staffing at
NJIT that supports diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
(DEIB) initiatives, programs, and members of our campus community.
The Director role will oversee office initiatives, carrying out all
programmatic DEIB initiatives. The Director will oversee
initiatives such as Courageous Conversations, Heritage Day
Celebration Events, MLK Day of Service and Learning, Annual
Lecture: Distinguished Voices for Equity, student work study
employment, supervision of the Associate Director of Diversity and
Inclusion and the day-to-day operations for the Office of Inclusive
Excellence, while also being a partner to various campus
stakeholders and direct resource to students, serving as a
representative for key university signature events.
The Director for the Office of Inclusive Excellence will help
identify and evaluate strategic priorities and culturally
transformative and sustaining plans, programs, and practices that
foster belonging and promote a climate that is: critically
reflective, authentic, solution-based and advances intercultural
learning and cultural humility while challenging institutional
inequities and barriers to community well-being and
Structurally, the Director is supervised by the Chief Diversity
Officer (CDO) and supervises the Associate Director for the Office
of Inclusive Excellence. The Director will work in partnership with
the CDO to manage the day-to-day operations for the Office of
Inclusive Excellence and work closely with the Chief Diversity
Officer as the CDO leads and fosters institutional diversity,
equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) alignment, strategy and
vision across all University Academic Dean and Cabinet areas and
- Supporting the CDO, Cabinet Members and Academic Deans and
faculty leadership, in a shared governance model, in the
development of a DEIB strategic vision that identifies needs,
advances priorities and strengths and eliminates barriers with
actionable solutions to sustain inclusive excellence and
transformative practice throughout the institution.
- Serving as a leader and facilitator in DEIB training and
development for faculty, students and staff and providing
consultative and collaborative approach to ensure DEIB capacity
among institutional members in the areas such as policy,
assessment, and resources for intentional practices and policies
that specifically promote DEIB and create change on the campus
- Developing, managing, and maintaining a high level of
programming engagement on campus by overseeing and supervising the
Associate Director for the Office of Inclusive Excellence in the
implementation of key programming such as Heritage Month
programming, MLK Day of Service, student leadership retreats,
identity-based pre-commencement ceremonies, and religious
educational programming. In addition, the Director will participate
and engage in campus-wide events and programs such as Convocation,
Commencement, Open House, Homecoming, Alumni Weekend, etc.
- Support the CDO in working closely with faculty to foster
inclusive classroom practices and a redesign toward inclusive
curriculum and pedagogy through training and development, lecture
events, seminars, etc.
- Leverage the 2022 Campus Climate Report to develop a DEIB
dashboard to track data and assess campus climate and being
culturally responsive to the campus climate report
- Providing a broad range of DEIB support, advice, resources, and
direction to all members of the NJIT community to ensure our campus
community moves toward greater equity, inclusion and
- Fostering relationships that influence positive change and
demonstrate a commitment to DEIB, particularly with the academic
colleges and senior leadership.
- Work closely with the Associate Director for the Office of
Inclusive Excellence to create a DEIB peer educator program to
engage students in DEIB efforts on campus and advance DEIB capacity
among our student community.
- Engage with internal and external stakeholders to help ensure
NJIT's vision for DEIB is regionally, nationally, and globally
- Foster a DEIB lens in relationship to STEM and bring a focus on
how to advance DEIB in the STEM discipline, particularly
identifying ways to advance engagement among women and
underrepresented populations in STEM.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- The ideal candidateis expected to have direct higher education
experience in DEIB programming, engagement, assessment, process,
and policy with the skillset to achieve DEIB program goals and
objectives; ensures DEIB recommendations are aligned to
institutional DEIB strategic priorities and plans and reflect
current best practices; ability to track and leverage data to
inform best practices and make recommendations to improve campus
climate; the leadership capacity to suggests changes and implements
approved changes to the DEIB programs. The candidate will have
experience and knowledge of DEIB concepts and ability to convey
DEIB concepts to others and will demonstrate the capacity to be a
change agent for culture and belonging at NJIT.
- Candidate will hold a master's degree in higher education or
appropriately related field that is directly connected to DEIB with
at least 5 years' experience in a DEIB role. Skills and abilities
in DEIB that are acquired through a combination of education,
training, and experience; or a combination of education, training
and experience which would lead to the competencies required for
successful performance of the position's essential duties.
- Candidate must possess proven ability to effectively work with a
culturally, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student
community. They are expected to have excellent oral, written and
cross-cultural communication skills along with strong information
technology literacy skills in areas such as Microsoft Office (Word,
Excel, Outlook, Teams etc.).
- At the university's discretion, the education and experience
prerequisites may be exempted where the candidate can demonstrate
to the satisfaction of the university, an equivalent combination of
education and experience specifically preparing the candidate for
success in the position.
- Demonstrated success in leading campus climate surveys.
- Demonstrated success leading DEI and campus climate initiatives,
particularly ones that foster a sense of belonging for members of
the campus community.
- Experience working in a high paced campus environment.
- Strong background in interpersonal conflict resolution or
- Familiarity with current DEI research literature.
As an EEO employer, NJIT is committed to building a diverse and
inclusive teaching, research, and working environment and strongly
encourages applications from individuals with disabilities,
minorities, veterans, and women.
As a Minority Serving Institution and Asian-American and Native
American Pacific Islander Serving Institution, diversity is a core
value of NJIT and we are committed to make diversity, equity,
inclusion, and belonging, part of everything we do. We celebrate
the diversity of our university community and recognize the
cultural and personal differences each member of the community
brings to NJIT. We strive to cultivate an inclusive campus culture
that promotes excellence among our faculty, staff and students.
Building a robust and diverse community is critical to NJIT’s
continuing status as a premier institution of higher education and
a leading polytechnic university.
To apply, visit https://njit.csod.com/ux/ats/careersite/1/home/requisition/5424?c=njit