Reporting directly to the Chancellor, the CDO leads the team of the Office for Institutional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to advance diversity, inclusion and equity throughout the campus community by administering the daily operations related to Title IX and civil rights initiatives (serving as Title IX Coordinator and ensure compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements) and also leading strategic diversity initiatives aimed at students, faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners.
The Chief Diversity Officer is a senior leader on the Chancellor’s Cabinet, and will supervise the division staff (currently 12 full-time employees) which include investigators, outreach and education coordinators, and ADA, EEO and Affirmative Action professionals. Committed to serving the campus and its communities, this position will work directly with students, campus administrators, faculty, deans, staff, department chairs, directors and the Chancellor’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion to meet campus needs and goals. The individual will also collaborate with the University of Missouri System and other campus CDOs to implement university-wide initiatives at Missouri S&T.
While primarily executing and enforcing equity policies and compliance, this leader also will serve as an advisor, decision-maker, bridge builder, strategic leader and partner in engaging leaders and constituents to improve the institution’s equity and inclusion efforts. It is expected that this person will work collaboratively with stakeholders to foster principles of inclusion in a diverse community by developing innovative solutions to complex issues. The CDO will be a key influencer as the campus looks to promote Missouri S&T as an employer and university of choice by encouraging innovative recruiting methods to ensure a diverse and inclusive workforce by integrating practices of equity and diversity into our local and global communities.
On the campus, the CDO impacts campus initiatives focused on the quality of life and sustaining a supportive inclusive environment for faculty, staff, and students. They will be responsible for the development, application, and compliance management of the University’s Affirmative Action Plan; may serve as the University’s liaison to government and state agencies (EEOC, Department of Labor); lead and coordinate audit responses university policy in relation to civil rights, discrimination, sexual violence, accessibility, and institutional equity.
As the senior equity officer, this person will perform the following key functions for Missouri S&T and its stakeholders:
- Oversee the investigation process of institutional equity complaint cases involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, or retaliation, utilizing highly skilled investigative techniques while ensuring a thorough and timely resolution and process
- Lead the strategic delivery of training and education programs related to Title IX, civil rights, diversity and inclusion.
- Serve as campus Title IX Coordinator to ensure institutional compliance with all related laws and regulations; serve as Deputy ADA Coordinator.
- Collaborate with campus partners to ensure matters involving accessibility or accommodation are addressed appropriately and in a timely, effective, and cost efficient manner.
- Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline.
- Five (5) years of relevant experience.
- Demonstrated ability to foster principles of inclusion in a diverse environment.
- Possesses outstanding communication skills, both written and oral, and listening skills.
- Current knowledge of federal employment laws.
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
- Supervisory experience of small to moderate sized teams
- Master’s or J.D. degree
- Eight (8) plus years of related experience working in an institution of higher education; preferably at an institution with a high level of research.
- Experience investigating civil rights complaints;
- Experience managing an Affirmative Action Plan (AAP);
- Experience managing responses to federal (OCR, EEOC or OFCCP) audits or charges.
OUR COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
Equal opportunity shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without discrimination on the basis of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, and status as Vietnam era veteran.