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Director of Diversity and Compliance

Dutchess Community College (SUNY)
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Date posted
Mar 22, 2024

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

Director of Diversity and Compliance

Category: Administration
Posted: Feb 13, 2024
Closes: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Position ID: 172598

About Dutchess Community College:

Located in the heart of New York's beautiful and historic mid-Hudson Valley, just 90 minutes north of New York City, Dutchess Community College (DCC) is one of 64 colleges within the State University of New York, the largest comprehensive public higher education system in the country.

DCC's strategic direction is guided by four lenses through which we view our work: Students. Learning. Community. Growth. We are committed to respecting individuality, embracing diversity, being "student-ready," partnering with and serving our community inclusively. The College welcomes and seeks to grow pools of prospective employees who share and are anxious to support the institution's core values: Excellence. Collaboration. Engagement. Equity. Innovation.

Job Description:

General Functions

Dutchess Community College is committed to preventing harassment and discrimination while fostering a culture to support diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. The Director of Diversity and Compliance is the college's Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and Title IX Coordinator. As a member of the college's senior leadership team they report to the office of the president. They work collaboratively to foster, promote and enhance inclusion and a sense of belonging across the campus community. The CDO works with the president, cabinet and college's diversity council to explore, recommend, and/or implement diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice (DEISJ) best practices. They also coordinate the college's non-discrimination compliance activities in accordance with federal, state and SUNY laws, regulations and/or policies related to Title IX, sexual misconduct, affirmative action, equal employment opportunity, ADA Section 504, and non-discrimination. The incumbent will also serve as a member of the system-wide network of CDOs that support SUNY's overall DEI goals.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Advance DEISJ initiatives and meet regularly with the President and the Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness to assess campus climate and progress on inclusion initiatives.
  • Develop a DEISJ strategic plan that advances the college's DEI and non-discrimination values and that maps into the overall institutional strategic plan.
  • Ensure that the College is meeting its diversity and inclusion commitments and that activities designed within the overall plan are achieving their intended outcomes.
  • Work with relevant campus departments, councils, and cabinet members to modify policies and practices that create barriers to access, retention and success for students from underrepresented groups, including neuro-diverse individuals.
  • Take a leadership role in conjunction with the Office of Human Resources to help the institution meet its stated Key Performance Indicator(s) regarding DEISJ and the college workforce.
  • Advance practices that mitigate barriers to talent acquisition and employee retention to increase diversity among administrative, faculty and support staff.
  • Recommend and implement mentoring/succession planning and affinity group models, tailored to the needs of under-represented groups of faculty and staff.
  • Introduce or expand cultural competency and empathy programming as a central aspect of the College's orientation program for new employees, and as a regular program for all continuing employees.
  • Manage the College's annual mandatory and recommended compliance trainings to ensure full and timely completion.
  • Work with the office of institutional research to conduct regular college-wide climate surveys and assessment that inform the ongoing work to enhance cross-cultural awareness and the sense of belonging among employees and students.
  • Oversee coordination of special events and initiatives including days of service, cultural celebrations, 'safe space' and 'ally' trainings
  • Establish partnerships within the greater area/regional community to share and benefit from shared resources.
  • Collaborate with various groups on campus to spearhead the development of new workshops and seminars on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Education to increase student, faculty and staff awareness values, ethics and diverse perspectives.
  • Work with grants development to identify and coordinate applications for relevant grant opportunities.
  • Serve as an ombudsperson receiving and listening to student and employee complaints; counsel and advocate for students and employees on compliance matters, including disciplinary actions, sexual harassment complaints, and implementation of grievance resolutions related to Title IX and protected statuses; coordinate legal matters with the College's legal counsel as directed.
  • Lead college efforts related to Title IX and other non-discrimination training, compliance, and reporting to SUNY and the Office of Civil Rights (OCR).
  • Collaborate with student affairs, human resources, and campus safety to coordinate all campus efforts, including record maintenance and retention, regarding all Title IX cases or claims from in-take to resolution.
  • Participate in regular SUNY-wide and other Title IX, DEISJ, and other non-discrimination compliance training to maintain knowledge currency.
  • Develop and ensure accuracy of print and online guides and information related to diversity and compliance.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications
  • Bachelor's degree in a relevant field from an accredited four-year college or university.
  • At least four years (full-time equivalent) of recent progressively responsible experience in a similar role.
  • A combination of education and equivalent experience may be considered.
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to meeting the needs of individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, and ethnic backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master's degree in a relevant field from an accredited university is strongly preferred.
  • Related experience in a higher education environment.
  • Experience within an institution that serves underrepresented populations.
  • Thorough knowledge of current Title IX regulations.

Knowledge and Skills
  • The position requires professional knowledge of: DEISJ in higher education; Compliance in higher education;, and Title IX in higher education.
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to meeting the needs of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability and ethnic background of student, community, and employee populations.
  • Theories, principles, practices, and procedures associated with diversity and compliance or related public service.
  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and governing laws and procedures, U.S. Code.
  • Title VII and Title IX requirements and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements.
  • Principles and practices in public agency higher education recruitment and employment.
  • Labor relations in higher education or public service.
  • Pertinent federal and state laws and regulations.
  • Mission of the community college.

Additional Information:

Salary Range and Classification
  • $90,000 to $100,000, commensurate with education and experience
  • Management Confidential

All applicants are subject to a background check to include criminal, employment, and education.

Dutchess Community College is an AA/EOE employer. As part of the State University of New York (SUNY), in its continuing effort to seek equity in education and employment, and in support of federal and state anti-discrimination legislation, has adopted a policy to provide an educational and employment environment free from unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, domestic violence victim status, or criminal conviction.

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