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Chief Officer for Culture, Belonging, and Community Building

Delta College
Michigan, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 3, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions

The successful candidate must demonstrate experience, skills, and commitment to fostering an environment of belonging, diversity, equity and inclusion.

Reporting directly to the President, the Chief Officer for Culture, Belonging, and Community Building will play a pivotal role in situating Delta College as a national leader in using education as a means to transform social and systemic inequities. In conjunction with the President, the Cabinet, and the community at large, the COCBC will develop a Center for Action in Equity and Belonging that will support and document strategic and tactical initiatives toward transformational change with Belonging, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at its center.

The COCBC will also be charged with establishing and maintaining strong relationships with community leaders and members. The purpose of these relationships will be to support Delta’s mission, it’s students and employees – as the College implements its strong agenda in eradicating opportunity gaps for all students and establishing a culture of belonging for all of the communities that Delta College has and serves.

Delta College has already established that Belonging, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will be the center of its vision for the future. The COCBC will assist in ensuring the alignment of initiatives and build a sense of shared accountability to this work – empowering others to implement meaningful and impactful change while fostering a culture of trust, transparency, and openness.

Required Qualifications

  • At least five years experience of progressively transformational supervisory leadership and program building, particularly with initiatives that promote belonging, equity, diversity and inclusivity.
  • Advanced degree (master's or doctorate/terminal) in public administration, human resource management, sociology, social anthropology, psychology, higher education, social work, or other related field; strong commitment to the liberal arts and public higher education.
  • Firm theoretical understanding of the intersectional nature of identity and demonstrated application of this knowledge based on past, present and future outcomes.
  • Exceptionally strong interpersonal communication and conflict-resolution skills, ability to empathetically listen, build consensus, and reconcile competing interests among diverse stakeholders.
  • Sophisticated perspective toward organizational change, and a proven ability to foster relationships across campus and communicate with different audiences.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with the culture of higher education, including the understanding of shared governance and an in-depth knowledge of policy and legal/compliance issues (affirmative action, ADA, equal opportunity, discrimination and harassment).

Salary Information

Starting Salary $96,167 – $108,705: Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience

Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete an online application and attach a cover letter with position title, resume, statement on philosophy/ideology of Belonging Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Community Colleges, three current names of professional references, copies of transcripts (official transcripts required upon hire) and/or certifications and licenses.

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