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Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

School of Visual Arts
New York City, New York
Up to $135,000
Date posted
Oct 4, 2023

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Department: Office of Academic Affairs
Reports To: Provost

Position Overview: School of Visual Arts seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and innovative leader to serve as the Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Reporting to the Provost, the Director will engage instructional staff, faculty, and students to foster a culture of inclusivity at the College. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will provide strategic leadership and guidance toward implementing the goals of the Strategic Sub-plan on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in the development and implementation of an equity framework for the College which will include short and long-term goals, objectives and strategies for campus-wide diversity, equity and inclusion and ensure alignment with college mission, values and strategic directions and other college plans.
  • Work collaboratively with the President, Executive Vice President, Provost and executive leadership team of the College to set and advance strategic priorities and policies related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Promote the College’s commitment to the organization’s diversity initiatives through ongoing discussions with the Board of Directors, executives, supervisors, staff, faculty, students, and the broader community.
  • Collaborate with the Office of Learning Technologies, instructional departments, and other appropriate departments to support the infusion of culturally relevant pedagogy and practices into the college curricula and programs.
  • Lead and support highly visible educational events and activities for the college community and the public to foster a culture of openness and dialogue with respect to prominent issues relating to the intersection of diversity, equity and inclusion within the fields of art and design.
  • Advise College student groups, Chair the DEI Taskforce, and participate in key meetings
  • Ex across the campus.
  • Supervise the work of the department coordinator.
  • Manage departmental budgets including development of a yearly budget and managing operational expenses.
  • In collaboration with HR, consult and advise department chairs on approaches to increase diversity in faculty hiring and broaden representation within the curriculum;
  • Meet one-on-one and in groups with students to address issues of concern and serve as a resource for faculty and staff on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Maintain a regular schedule of ongoing small-group workshops for faculty and administration;
  • Foster community relationships and create access pathways for local, traditionally underrepresented groups;
  • Expand upon institutional partnerships that advance the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion goals of our Strategic Plan.
  • Maintain metrics and prepare reports for leadership for assessment of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives. Direct the development of survey tools to measure community response to initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Provost and HR to develop coaching strategies, implement dialogue that addresses specific concerns and issues, and oversee resolution of conflicts/disputes relating to diversity.


  • Master’s Degree required, Doctorate preferred.
  • 5-7 years of progressively responsible diversity, equity and inclusion related leadership experience in higher education and/or fields of art and design preferred.
  • Experience developing programming and engaging with international students
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal and written communication skills;
  • Experience with online education, teaching and learning.
  • Experience with the development and implementation of training programs for faculty, staff and students.
  • Ability to set benchmarks, analyze data, and assess progress towards institutional priorities.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong leadership skills.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and to delegate them when appropriate.


School of Visual Arts has been a leader in the education of artists, designers, and creative professionals for more than seven decades. With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, a dynamic curriculum, and an emphasis on critical thinking, SVA is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Comprising over 7,000 students at its Manhattan campus and over 41,000 alumni from 128 countries, SVA also represents one of the most influential artistic communities in the world. For more information about the College’s 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs and

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The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer. Diversity and inclusion is a core principle of the College. SVA enjoys a community that represents a significant number of historically underrepresented communities, ethnic and religious backgrounds, gender identities, diverse abilities, and foreign countries, and all are encouraged to apply.

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