Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation's leading liberal arts institutions. A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition.
Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspective, talents and passion that each employee contributes to its learning community. To work at the College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members--students, faculty and staff. The College's commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education. Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility. We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness. Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Chief Diversity Officer/Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CDO/Dean), the Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) will provide advanced, complex, and varied leadership in the development, planning, implementation, and execution of programs and events to promote the College's overall diversity and inclusion strategic objectives for faculty and staff. Responsibilities include identifying training needs, emerging trends, and best practices in the area of diversity and inclusion. The successful candidate will design and implement educational efforts primarily targeted for faculty and staff and will do the work by building collegial relationships with other college offices, departments and personnel. This position is structured to provide incremental mentorship and experiences to prepare for a Chief Diversity Officer position in the future.
Office Structure & Collaborations:
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion resides within the Provost's area and is primarily responsible for working with faculty and staff. The work of the office is deeply rooted in the College's Mission with a focus on social justice. Candidates are encouraged to read the mission statement before preparing their materials. The Office collaborates with other campus offices for larger institutional projects and objectives, including:
The Office of Multicultural Education, which is primarily charged with serving students
The Chaplains Office, which serves all constituents
Human Resources on diversity and mission related initiatives & policy/practice issues
The Office of Alumni Relations, which primarily serves alumni
The Office of Assessment and Research
The (Academic) Dean's Office, including the Office of Class Deans
Major Areas of Responsibility:
in consultation with the CDO/Dean, establish scope and priority for diversity education; develop work plans and identify resources; coordinate and monitor completion (e.g. skills building trainings, diversity ambassadors program for staff searches, etc.)
provide cultural expertise within an academic context; develop and communicate knowledge base of national trends in diversity education; utilize research to establish program standards and objectives; keep current with best practices
in conjunction with the CDO/Dean, continue to develop meaningful partnership with faculty and academic offices to increase visibility of diversity initiatives; provide academic departments and individual faculty with training, consulting, and resources on diversity matters
build and manage relationships with key constituents; execute and evaluate diversity education and training programs to ensure that the diversity and inclusion frameworks positively impact campus climate and human relations and provides measurable outcomes; research and identify relevant speakers, curriculum, conferences, programs, and events
develop and implement trainings and programming that more directly educate majority community members in order to build capacity for social justice allyship
manage program and event logistics (in conjunction with the Executive Assistant to the Deans)
Campus & External Collaborations
acts as a critical campus resource and triages pressing diversity-related matters, including addressing social justice and equity themed national crises, current events and campus concerns
provides insight and guidance for sensitive matters to key campus partners
advises HR on best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining a diverse staff, as well as how to handle employee relations
collaborates with the College's Title IX coordinator on educational initiatives
serves on searches & meets with candidates for staff searches (as requested by the CDO/Dean)
serves on key campus committees, and provides feedback and resources for campus policies
maintains active membership in appropriate professional organizations, and commits to one's own professional development by setting annual growth goals in consultation with the CDO/Dean
acts as ambassador to external Holy Cross constituents
co-supervises student employees with the Executive Assistant to the Deans
maintains and revises the College's diversity and inclusion website: establish priorities, assess content and update regularly, monitor flow of information, review links, respond to inquiries received from the website, assist with developing and publishing new content
assessment: in collaboration with Office of Assessment & Research, support efforts to develop and implement strategies for assessing diversity efforts and measuring success of programs
manages office budget (in consultation with the CDO/Dean)
assists the CDO/Dean with other duties and projects, as assigned
Masters degree in relevant field (Higher Education, Student Affairs, Counseling, Education, Social Justice Education, etc.) is required
3-5 years experience in diversity education with a higher education context is strongly preferred.
Experience with the Intergroup Dialogue Program (or comparable curriculum) is strongly preferred
Presentation & Training/Workshop experience is essential
Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates excellent interpersonal skills to develop and maintain effective working relationships with faculty, colleagues, students, and external constituencies to share information, establish partnerships, and utilize expertise
Problem Solving, Innovation and Creativity: Seeks to identify, analyze and resolve problems effectively; demonstrates initiative, creativity, and talent for problem-solving and implementation of objectives; exercises good judgment and makes effective, sound, timely and informed decisions
Issue Resolution: Must have a sense of urgency when advising on critical issues. Able to manage sensitive issues of a confidential manner and escalate to CDO/Dean when appropriate
Project Management Skills: Ability to multi-task and to balance multiple priorities in a changing environment. The ability to work independently and lead teams is preferred
Written and Verbal Communication: Exhibits ability to choose the most effective and meaningful form to express ideas and information; adapts content, tone, style, and form based on the needs of the reader, the subject, and the purpose of the communication; facilitates open communication; uses discretion and demonstrates sensitivity to confidentiality concerns
Strong Teamwork and Team Facilitation: Fosters friendly and collaborative relationships; shares knowledge and mentors staff; works to develop others' knowledge as well as own; gives and shares credit as appropriate; thinks strategically, operates tactically, collaborates effectively with staff and leaders across the College community as well as external partners
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Understands, values and respects diversity as a broad and intersectional concept. Previous experience working on equity and inclusion projects is strongly preferred.
This is a full time, exempt level position. Some evening and weekend work will be required. The College provides several opportunities for employees to maintain work-life balance and wellness. Candidates with transferable skills are highly encouraged to apply.
The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace. The College maintains a robust written and procedural commitment to non-discrimination. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org) .
In addition to a resume, please include a cover letter. In your cover letter please address your previous experience working with diverse student, faculty and staff constituents, and how your prior experience might have contributed to equity and inclusion efforts. For full consideration, please submit all materials by February 24, 2019. Questions about the search may be directed to Amit Taneja, CDO/Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Should you be a candidate for further consideration after search committee review, you will be contacted by a human resources representative to schedule a skype interview (anticipated in mid-March).
The College of the Holy Cross is a highly selective Catholic liberal arts college in the Jesuit tradition. It enrolls about 3,000 students and is located in a medium-sized city 45 miles west of Boston. The College seeks faculty members whose scholarship, teaching, advising, and on- and off-campus service demonstrate commitment to the educational benefits of a richly diverse community. Holy Cross aspires to meet the needs of dual-career couples, in part through its membership in Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (http://www.heccma.org) and the New England Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (https://new-england.hercjobs.org/)
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Holy Cross is a highly selective, four-year college of approximately 2,900 students. One of the nation's leading liberal arts institutions, Holy Cross offers an academically rigorous, personalized education in the Jesuit tradition. Exclusively devoted to teaching undergraduates, Holy Cross promotes close ties between students and faculty. In this active, friendly campus community, individual interests? from athletics to the arts, from campus ministry to student government? are pursued with intensity and passion. Graduates go on to prominent academic and professional programs and pursue their individual talents in many careers and service activities. Holy Cross is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, a centrally-located New England city of 175,000. The 174-acre hillside campus provides inspiring views, an inviting mix of historic and contemporary buildings, beautiful landscaping, and first-rate facilities. With a tradition of academic excellence that dates to its founding in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has grown increasingly diverse in the last decade. Holy Cross graduates become members of a loyal alumni family; equipped with the resources and perspective to respond as thoughtful leaders in business, professional and civic life.