Chief Diversity Executive - Mount Wachusett Community College
Mount Wachusett Community College
Location: Gardner, Massachusetts
Internal Number: 135943
Location: Gardner, MA Category: Administrative Posted On: Thu Aug 26 2021 Job Description:
General Statement of Duties
The Chief Diversity Executive will be a creative, thoughtful thinker, and role model for inclusivity, with knowledge of innovative emerging practices within the higher education context and demonstrated success in leading meaningful and accountable organizational change. The executive serves as a member of the President's Leadership Team and provides vision, leadership, and oversight to programs, policies, and procedures related to the institution's commitment to social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and facilitates the integration of equity and cultural appreciation across all aspects of the institution. The diversity executive will guide the institution in shaping diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies and establishing a sustainable infrastructure around equity initiatives. The diversity executive oversees activities that seek to affirm all people's unique identities while building a community that strengthens itself from these identities and cultivates leaders who will integrate the value of human diversity in the world. The diversity executive works to promote an environment free of discrimination and biases through advocacy, education, and the development and implementation of programs and campaigns designed to increase the success, retention, and personal development of MWCC's diverse faculty, staff, and students.
The diversity executive's work helps support the attraction, recruitment, retention, academic and professional development of underrepresented students, faculty and staff including, but not limited to, BIPOC, first generation, and LGBTQIA+ individuals. The diversity executive leads the collaborative effort to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment committed to the success of MWCC students, faculty and staff in order to create a shared sense of belonging. This position assists with developing multi-cultural and diversity programming, participates in projects related to cultivating and supporting underrepresented groups, and coordinates the delivery of diversity, equity, and inclusion resources in partnership with colleagues across all departments of the College. The diversity executive will be critical in helping track successful efforts, highlighting best practices, and identifying areas that need attention to continuously improve our efforts to infuse diversity, equity and inclusion principles into the professional, co-curricular and student life experiences of the entire MWCC community.
As the most senior executive dedicated to creating a more inclusive and diverse environment at MWCC, the diversity executive will:
Actively participate in driving institution-wide Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) strategy, programming and initiatives.
Collaborate with Human Resources and the Affirmative Action officer to implement, monitor and update the Affirmative Action plan.
Collaborate with Academic & Student Affairs to provide ongoing professional development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students related to DEI.
Partner with the DEI Team to develop multicultural programming and determine staffing needs for the International Center for the Promotion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Participate in the Leading for Change Racial Equity & Justice Institute (REJI) Higher Education consortium.
Work directly and collaboratively with every member of the Leadership Team to implement DEI strategies and objectives for their divisions and departments.
Be accountable to the President and Leadership Team on commitments to the advancement of diversity and inclusive practices and representation, campus wide.
Work with Institutional Research, Academic & Student Affairs, and other necessary personnel/departments to generate assessments for faculty staff and students to gauge current climate regarding diversity, equity and inclusion at the College within six months of hire.
Utilize climate assessments to drive campus efforts to create diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-oppression goals of the institution and to drive strategic planning and create action steps to increase retention and graduation rates for all reportable diversity segments recognizing the unique needs of individuals and sub-populations within each segment.
Implement anti-racist training for all Leadership Team members, the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students, and engage them in Professional Development and Diversity Programs, Awareness Campaigns, and Events.
Collaborate with Academic & Student Affairs to create one new diversity elective per academic division for inclusion in the fall 2022 catalog, and to implement culturally competent curriculum across all courses offered by the College. ?
Work with the DEI Team to develop a preliminary plan for the staffing of the International Center for the Promotion of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and to create and implement multicultural programming for the Center. The Center works with and advocates for underrepresented students and employees who are marginalized due to sex, race, ethnicity, national origin, language, religion, age, gender identity and expression, ability, sexual orientation, marital status, etc.
Develop and implement campus wide and supportive programs that help retain underrepresented students and employees and celebrate diversity, such as Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Women's History Month, and LGBTQIA+ History Month.
Manage budget for the promotion, implementation and delivery of multicultural programming, training, and initiatives for the MWCC community.
Work proactively with the Affirmative Action officer and Human Resources Division to create policies, rubrics, guidelines and timelines to increase hiring of faculty and staff who are underrepresented, bi-or multi-lingual and/or of color.
Identify professional organizations, institutions, etc. with diverse populations of higher education faculty and staff to target recruitment from those groups.
Collaborate with relevant departments to recruit and retain students from traditionally marginalized communities.
Implement a permanent staffing plan for the International Center for the Promotion of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Create opportunities for multicultural or multilingual faculty, staff and students to connect with each other on an ongoing basis.
Collaborate with Human Resources, Dean of Admissions and Enrollment, and Director of Advising to recruit additional bi- or multi-lingual advisors and/or advisors from underrepresented backgrounds.
Ensure the Board of Trustees receives a regular report from the DEI Executive/DEI Team of activities and initiatives aimed to increase diversity, equity and inclusion at the College.
Master's degree required in student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, ethnic studies, law, or a diversity-related field and (5) years of higher education experience leading diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism within a complex organization.
Experience working with diverse constituencies of various social identities (ethnic, racial, religious, economic, educational backgrounds and abilities, sexual orientation, and gender expression) in an empathetic and culturally sensitive manner.
REQUIRED SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND APTITUDES:
Ability to identify and establish strategic priorities.
Ability to provide support and consultation to individuals and groups concerning cultural challenges and conflicts and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and awareness of contemporary issues of inclusion, including the current research, and best practices that inform and address these issues.
Demonstrated experience in report writing and data analysis skills.
Demonstrated administrative and leadership skills and a strong ability to develop relationships and work with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Strong communication and public speaking skills.
PhD or equivalent degree, certification(s), or advanced training in student personnel, higher education administration, counseling, ethnic studies, law, or a diversity-related field.
Equivalency Statement Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.
Salary: $90,000.00- $100,000.00 Employee Status: Full Time Benefits: Yes Hours per Week: 37.5 Number of Weeks: 52
Mount Wachusett Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action and/or Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.
We are an innovative institution for teaching and learning excellence. Students and faculty are at the center of everything we do. If you are looking for the opportunity to come to work every day and help students achieve their dreams, Mount Wachusett Community College is the place for you. Our faculty, staff, and administration forge the direction of the college together - from governance to defining our mission. We understand that for our institution to remain relevant we must continually examine and refine the ways we serve our students. We strive to create an environment where students, faculty and staff feel comfortable and where new ideas and perspectives are encouraged and rewarded. We respect and honor our differences and make them work toward the advantage of all. The college is committed to attracting the best faculty and staff for our students, regardless of race, color, religious creed, age, physical or mental disability, sex, national origin or ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, genetic information or veteran status. About the College Mount Wachusett Community College is an accredited, public two-year institution serving 29 cities and towns in North Central ...Massachusetts. The picturesque269-acre main campus is located in Gardner, Massachusetts; satellite sites are located in Leominster, Fitchburg, and Devens. The college offers over 45 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as adult basic education and high school equivalency programs, education and training for business and industry, and noncredit professional and personal enrichment programs. MWCC is on the forefront of state and national civic engagement and service learning initiatives and is nationally recognized as a veteran- friendly school. MWCC is in the process of constructing a $42 million science and technology building to support growing STEM programs. The college community enjoys many resources including the East Wing Art Gallery; the 555-seat Theatre at the Mount which hosts a variety of productions annually; the Fitness and Wellness Center, which offers a wide assortment of fitness classes, exercise equipment and an Olympic-size swimming pool; a complete library with access to thousands of on-line publications and data bases, as well as electronic classrooms. In addition, through its membership in the CWMARS regional library system, access is available to all other public and academic libraries in the region. Our Green Commitment In addition, if sustainability is important to you, Mount Wachusett Community College offers the chance to work at one of the greenest colleges in the nation. We are the largest greenhouse gas reducer of any Massachusetts state college, university, or agency, as recognized by the 2011 Leading By Example Award from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. We have also been nationally recognized with a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the supporting organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment, and several other organizations. Our Gardner campus features two 1.65 MW Vestas V82 wind turbines that are propelling us to near-carbon neutrality for campus operations. With the college's biomass and solar technologies incorporated into the mix, coupled with significant efficiency improvements, MWCC generates nearly all of its energy on-site to operate as a near-zero net energy campus. About our benefitsOur full-time faculty and staff enjoy a liberal benefits package, including generous retirement plans, eleven health insurance options, dental care, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. In addition, we offer a tuition remission program which provides education benefits at Massachusetts state colleges, community colleges, and University of Massachusetts Colleges for full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children. Education and lifelong learning are valued here. Additionally, sabbatical opportunities and other professional development opportunities are possible. About the regionMount Wachusett Community College is located a few hours from the stunning beaches of the Cape Cod National Seashore, an hour's drive from the cultural attractions and big city lights of Boston, and forty-minutes from the county seat of Worcester, with museums, a thriving restaurant scene, and excellent amenities. A wide variety of state and national parks, including the Appalachian Trail, the White Mountains, the Berkshires and the Green Mountains are all a day-trip away. The best that New England has to offer is here: quaint villages, bustling cities, and beautiful vistas. The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Worcester Art Museum and the Fitchburg Art Museum offer incredible collections. There are opportunities for great shopping in area cities, towns, and nearby outlet malls. North Central Massachusetts is home to excellent public, charter and private schools as well as an affordable lifestyle. Hiking, biking, and walking trails are spread throughout the region as well, for those seeking to maintain an active outdoor lifestyle. We hope you will consider applying for one of our open positions, and discover all that Mount Wachusett Community College and the North Central Massachusetts region have to offer.