01/21/22 04:00 PM
Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) District Equity
CCS believes that access to high-quality education in a safe and
inclusive environment is the right of all individuals and
imperative for the continued advancement of a strong democracy and
workforce. We also believe higher education institutions have an
obligation to work toward and demonstrate progress in ensuring
equity amongst their students, faculty, and staff. Equity is
grounded in the principle of fairness. In higher education, equity
refers to ensuring that each student receives what they need to be
successful through the intentional design of the college
Spokane Falls Community College (SFCC) is a beautiful campus
located in the inland Pacific Northwest, on the ancestral home of
the Spokane Tribe, near the Spokane River. Our campus is not far
from the urban center of Spokane, a mid-sized city with a high
quality of life and quick access to the outdoors. More information
about living and working in Spokane available at:
SFCC is one of two accredited community colleges that
comprise the Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS). In addition to
serving the urban and suburban population in greater Spokane,
including students from Fairchild Airforce Base, CCS provides
educational services to rural communities throughout our 12,302
square-mile region in Eastern Washington, including students from
the Spokane and other Eastern Washington tribes.
Serving about 8,200 students, SFCC endeavors to be an educational
leader and a responsive partner with the community and region to
provide access to relevant programs of the highest quality. We
offer a large liberal arts/transfer program (approximately 75% of
total enrollment) as well as state-of-the-art professional
technical programs (about 25%). As reflected in our mission
statement, we strive to “embrace diversity, promote equity, and
foster global awareness” at every level of our college.
Please be aware that this recruitment closes at 4:00 p.m.
PST. The application process will not be available after this time.
To ensure consideration make sure your application is completed and
submitted as soon as possible. Applications will only be accepted
prior to 4:00 p.m. on the closing date.
The Community Colleges of Spokane is seeking a highly motivated
and qualified individual for the position of Dean of Equity,
Diversity and Inclusion in the President's Office.
The Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) provides
college-wide leadership, direction, and support regarding the
development, implementation, and sustainability of Spokane Falls
Community College’s (SFCC) equity and inclusion goals, which are
the heart of our Guided Pathways work. This means examining,
recommending, and leading changes to college-wide practices,
policies, procedures, services, curricular and co-curricular
Reporting to the SFCC President, this dean will serve as a catalyst
to ensure access to education and success for all students,
especially students of color, low-income students, and other
historically underrepresented student populations, and to ensure an
equitable and inclusive environment for both students and
CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES AND
Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI)
Professional Development and Campus Climate
- Provide vision, leadership, and coordination to create an
institution-wide framework to ensure equity, inclusion, and respect
for all students, faculty, and staff. *
- Develop, implement, and oversee a college-wide Equity,
Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) plan, working in coordination with
the Governance Council and Diversity, Equity & Global Awareness
- Lead and oversee equity-minded practices and training within
Guided Pathways Teams.
- Lead campus-wide strategic efforts, in partnership with the
Vice President of Learning and Vice President of Student Affairs,
to close opportunity gaps for all students, especially students of
color, low-income students, and other historically underrepresented
- Partner with stakeholders across the college to build
meaningful experiences to foster knowledge, awareness, skills, and
accountability in staff, faculty, and leaders to maintain a high
standard of inclusion, equity, and belonging on campus. *
- Direct and guide on-going professional development of the
Search Advocate program to ensure equity in recruitment and hiring.
Work with Human Resources to develop recruitment strategies that
attract underrepresented candidates.
- Create and implement EDI programming and professional
development, in collaboration with the Director for the Center of
Engaged Teaching and Learning.
- Coordinate with Student Funded Programs on EDI programming for
students and to sponsor EDI events (speaker events, workshops,
- Supervise personnel of the MOSAIC and LGBTQ+ Centers.
- Collaborate with Dean of Student Support Services on Bias
incident reports and referrals.
- Partner with the President and other college employees in
outreach to the individuals, communities, and organizations the
College serves to build relationships, strengthen connections, and
meet their needs. *
- Represent SFCC at appropriate regional, state, and national EDI
organizations and conferences. *
* Indicates this is an essential
- Participate in and advise the College’s recruitment and
retention of underrepresented student groups. *
- Work in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Research
to gather, research, and analyze data to ensure we are meeting our
EDI goals. *
- Research and share EDI student success related efforts, trends,
innovations, and data to relevant stakeholders to assess and inform
strategic plan goals. *
- Assist with budget development and manage the EDI budgets.
- Assist in identifying and preparing grant proposals that
support equity and inclusion efforts at the College. *
- Supervise professional exempt, classified and part-time
employees (train, schedule, evaluate, discipline and respond to
grievances). Adhere to classified contracts and all district rules
and regulations ensuring efficient operations. *
- Inform and educate staff about behavior and performance
expectations, provide timely and accurate feedback regarding
performance, and ensure performance and behavioral problems are
corrected promptly and effectively. *
- Model professional decorum and mutual respect in all personal
- Complies with district policy, procedures and directives, state
and federal regulations, orders and statute and collective
bargaining agreements. *
- Support and advance the SFCC and CCS strategic plan, and
perform other duties as assigned. *
COMPETENCIES & OTHER REQUIREMENTS:
REQUIRED COMPETENCIES (MINIMUM
PREFERRED COMPETENCIES (DESIRED
The following are not required for application, but may
enhance a candidate’s success:
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
- Commitment to equity and to the community college mission.
- Demonstrated collaborative leadership skills: the ability to
work with multiple stakeholders to advance institutional equity
goals, often complicated by competing perspectives or
- Knowledge of challenges and barriers faced by Black,
Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) groups and best practices
for institutional change.
- Ability to design and implement professional development to
address EDI goals, including curriculum, hiring practices, and
- Ability to manage complex projects to completion.
- Experience using computers and spreadsheets, database and word
- Acceptance of the responsibility to promote the welfare and
best interests of students at all times.
- A demonstrable understanding and acceptance of the mission,
values, goals and objectives of CCS.
- The ability to perform assigned duties in a manner consistent
with applicable laws, regulations and goals of the institution, and
community and technical college system.
- Demonstrated commitment to fostering and supporting a teaching,
learning and working environment that honors diversity, equity and
- Doctorate degree or equivalent from an accredited
- Relevant college coursework in disciplines related to equity,
diversity and inclusion.
- Experience as an effective leader in a culture of shared
- Experience with EDI work.
- Experience or familiarity with higher education culture,
including community college.
- Analytical skills and ability to provide oversight for
assessments related to campus climate, diversity and
- Supervisory skills and/or experience.
- Knowledge of tracking and maintaining budgets.
CONDITIONS/TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Total compensation is
based upon adding the
following amounts together:
- Base compensation, plus
- Current employer-paid health and related benefit contribution
- Median retirement fund contributions.
The actual total will vary depending upon each employee's
Person hired must be able to provide acceptable documentation of
U.S. Citizenship or lawful authorization to work in the United
States. This is an absolute condition of employment. An offer of
employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation
on the part of the District to sponsor an H1-B visa. In addition,
the Community Colleges of Spokane maintains a drug-free work
environment and prohibits all smoking in the college buildings and
state-owned vehicles. Must be able to successfully work in and
promote a multicultural work and education environment.
Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal
record history will be conducted. Information from the
background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will
be considered in determining the applicant’s suitability and
competence to perform in the position. Once an
applicant is chosen for an interview, they are required to complete
and submit a declaration regarding sexual misconduct and
investigation per state law.
Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF
, state employees must be fully vaccinated. For anyone
starting employment after October 18, 2021, your vaccine status
will be verified at New Hire Intake. Please reach out
if you need
information on a medical accommodation or Grace.Leaf@ccs.spokane.edu
if you need
information on a religious exemption.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
- Work is performed in a normal, temperature-controlled office
- Work is sedentary in nature.
- Frequent use of computer and exposure to terminal screens.
- Visual focus and strain.
- Work directly with students/clients.
- Work involves constant interruptions and requirement to answer
on demand questions by phone, in person, or electronically.
- Frequent repetitive hand/wrist motions and finger
- Frequent oral and auditory communication with others.
- Contract 12-month position.
- Position is exempt from Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination.
- Requires local or regional travel. If using personal vehicle
proof of driver's license and car insurance required.
- Criminal background check required.
REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS:
To qualify for consideration, applicants must meet required
competencies and submit a complete application packet, which
includes the following:
- CCS online application.
- Cover letter addressing your qualifications as applied to the
responsibilities of this position. *
- Comprehensive resume. *
- Names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional
- College transcript(s) if applicable - unofficial/copies of
transcripts are acceptable for initial application, official copies
must be submitted upon acceptance of job offer.
All of the above are required to
ensure your consideration for this position. The
item(s) marked with an asterisk are required attachments to your
application prior to submission.
If you require
an accommodation during the application or interview process,
please contact HR at CCS.email@example.com
Community Colleges of Spokane does not discriminate in its
programs, activities and employment on the basis of race, creed,
color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, marital
status, pregnancy, parental status or families with children,
status as a mother breastfeeding her child, AIDS/HIV or hepatitis
C, honorably discharged veteran status, sexual orientation, gender
identity or expression, disability, use of trained guide dog or
service animal by a person with disability, genetic information or
any other legally protected category. Please direct all
inquiries regarding compliance with access, equal opportunity
and/or grievances to the Chief Administration Officer, Community
Colleges of Spokane, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., PO Box 6000, MS 1004,
Spokane WA 99217-6000 or call 509-434-5037; WA Telecommunication
Relay Services (TRS) 1-800-833-6384 or 7-1-1.
Native Land Acknowledgement
We are honored to acknowledge that the Community Colleges of
Spokane, and our main campuses for Spokane Falls and Spokane
Community College, are located on the traditional and sacred
homelands of the Spokane Tribe. We also provide services in a
region that includes the traditional and sacred homelands of the
Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and the Kalispel
Tribe. The CCS Pullman Center operates on the WSU campus and is
located on the ancestral homelands of the Palus people and on the
ceded lands of the Nimíipuu (Nez Perce) Tribe.
We pay our respect to tribal elders both past and present as
well as to all indigenous people today. This land holds their
cultural DNA and we are honored and grateful to be here on their
traditional lands. We give thanks to the legacy of the original
people and their descendants and pledge to honor their stewardship