Position Description: The Associate Vice President/Campus Diversity Officer (AVP/CDO) provides innovative leadership to Southwest Minnesota State University to create a diverse educational community characterized by equity, inclusion, and respect for all people. This position collaborates to ensure equity and inclusion are valued and integrated into University policies, practices, and culture. This role actively participates in the implementation of the University's Strategic Plan, partners with others to assess and monitor progress toward attaining strategic goals and objectives related to diversity and inclusion, and designs and implements programs and processes to further those goals. The AVP/CDO, along with the Human Resources Officer, ensures compliance with Title IX and other harassment and discrimination-related laws and regulations. The AVP/CDO is a member of the President's Cabinet; maintains strong collaborative working relationships with administration, faculty, staff, students and external constituents; and serves as a team builder. This position also represents the University by engaging with community, regional, and state partners on matters related to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Responsible for staffing and managing the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to include all facets of normal supervision. Ensure the office is fully staffed to meet the needs of the campus community, particularly student needs. Evaluate employee performance; reward or discipline employees; and effectively recommend promotion, suspension, discharge, or change of status according to performance.
Collaborate with faculty, staff and students to create and deliver programs and training that engage, support and educate the University community on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Collect data related to the diversity climate on campus and oversee a reporting system to monitor, analyze, and benchmark progress.
Participate in the implementation of the University's Strategic Plan, partner with others to assess and monitor progress toward attaining strategic goals and objectives related to diversity and inclusion, and design and implement programs and processes to further those goals.
Collaborate to provide leadership and strategic direction in creating and nurturing an environment that is welcoming, inclusive, respectful, and free from discrimination, intolerance and harassment. Responsible for coordinating and guiding plans, programs, and initiatives that promote an inclusive environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Recommend policies and procedures to ensure inclusivity and equity across all constituencies of the University.
Collaborate appropriately to develop innovative strategies to assist in the successful recruitment of diverse students. Collaborate with Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and others to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, and success-oriented environment for all students. Support initiatives to improve retention, persistence, and completion for under-represented or at-risk students. Support and participate in student-driven events and activities. Utilize data to identify where the University can support students inside and outside the classroom to ensure equity in student success.
Provide leadership and partner with the Provost, Academic Deans, faculty, and University instructional entities to address and embed best practices in the development of equitable and inclusive pedagogical practice.
Represent the interests and concerns of the University by serving on relevant committees and councils and at conferences in the Minnesota State system, and at the state and national level. Serve on relevant University committees to develop strategies that promote the University as a place of inclusion, equity, and multiculturalism.
Engage with community, regional, and state partners on matters related to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Develop relationships with influential community members responsible for the design and execution of equity-based initiatives with the goal of establishing mutually beneficial objectives around equity and inclusion.
Serve as the University's Title IX Coordinator, including the coordination of training, education, communications, and administration of the sex discrimination complaint procedures for all members of the University community.
Provide leadership for and coordinate the development of a campus-wide affirmative action plan as well as ensure compliance with the system's federal and state compliance obligations, including Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity and Americans with Disabilities statues and regulations.
Oversee and coordinate response to complaints alleging violations of EEO, ADA, Title IX, Sexual Violence, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and conduct investigations, coordinate investigations, or hire outside investigators when necessary.
Master's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
Three years of relevant, successful and progressive experience in an organizational leadership position with responsibility for diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs.
Demonstrated experience managing a comprehensive diversity program, including curriculum development, organizational development and institutional changes.
Excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion and multiculturalism theories and issues, especially as they apply to higher education.
Demonstrated ability to serve as an internal resource and consultant, working collaboratively with multiple constituents.
Demonstrated experience facilitating training in areas of focus, such as diversity, equity, inclusion, sexual violence prevention, or sexual harassment prevention.
Demonstrated excellence and experience with oral and written communication.
PH.D. or other terminal degree from a regionally accredited university.
Three years of relevant, successful and progressive experience in a higher education leadership position with responsibility for diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs.
Demonstrated understanding of how institutional programming and training can be used to enhance the inclusion and equity mission of higher education institutions for faculty, students, staff, and administrators.
Knowledge of Affirmative Action, Title IX and other applicable state and federal labor and employment laws.
Knowledge of and ability to apply the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Standards of Professional Practice for Chief Diversity Officers.
Demonstrated understanding of the importance of equity, inclusion, and diversity to the broader educational mission of higher education institutions.
Demonstrated deep knowledge of both theoretical and practical frameworks of equity and inclusion sufficient to lead implementation of interventions related to issues of nondiscrimination, access, and equity in higher education.
Association with national diversity and equity organizations.
Experience working in a union environment.
Southwest Minnesota State University is one of seven universities in the Minnesota State system. SMSU gives highest priority to excellence in teaching and preparing students to be lifelong learners through quality undergraduate teaching/advising and close student/faculty relationships. Its mission, dating back to 1967, provides access to university-level programs in liberal arts & professional studies. The University has a special commitment to the educational needs of the people in its service region reflected through its curricula, cultural programs, diversity of staff and students, cooperative relationships with the public and private sectors, and regional institutions. The 216-acre campus encompasses 24 modern, interconnected, and accessible buildings. Marshall (pop. 13,000) is the hub of a rich agricultural area and offers a variety of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The position is an opportunity to be part of a vibrant, dynamic and growing institution that is searching for exceptionally talented people.
Our benefits aim to balance four key elements that make life and work meaningful: health and wellness, financial well-being, professional development, and work/life harmony. As an employee, your benefits may include:
Programs, resources and benefits eligibility varies based on type of employment, agency, funding availability, union/collective bargaining agreement, location, and length of service with the State of Minnesota.
Southwest Minnesota State University is a four-year public university offering a high quality education in the liberal arts and professions to prepare students for a life that is successful both personally and professionally. SMSU has grown into a university of choice with high national rankings, producing scholars who become the leaders, thinkers, and entrepreneurs of the future. Students and faculty alike come here to engage in the rich "Southwest Experience," which starts with strong academics, fulfilling social opportunities and support from fellow Mustangs.