Job Description Summary:
The Chief Diversity Officer, reports to the president and serves as the university's executive level diversity and inclusion strategist. Engages the campus and surrounding community to help define, enable, and foster an inclusive campus culture that embraces the diversity of identities, ideas, and values that embody Oakland University. Works with senior university leaders, faculty and staff, and collaborates with departments across the institution to achieve the diversity mission of the university. Develops and implement strategies to aid in the recruitment and retention of diverse faculty, staff and students. Engages with senior administrators and the campus community to ensure diversity is embedded in the campus culture. Leads and oversees staff responsible for investigating, reporting and training in the following areas: Equal Opportunity, Title IX, Affirmative Action, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Master’s degree with a minimum of 10 years of diversity or diversity-related experience in the public university environment and/or complex non-profit or corporate environment or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A demonstrated commitment to valuing and respecting diversity. Strong personal integrity and character. Specific experience creating and maintaining collaborative relationships with various key groups within the organization. Demonstrated leadership in creating an overarching strategic Diversity and Inclusion Strategy and vision for the organization including organizational talent, recruitment and retention of underrepresented faculty, staff, and students of all statuses. Excellent organizational, analytical, oral and written communication skills. Track record of achieving goals to align and implement initiatives, programs, workgroup and synergies into a clear and focused strategic direction. Dynamic, influential leader with ability to drive culture change through people focused on future goals and directives in support of the vision of Oakland University. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact with staff, faculty and students at all levels and cultures, with a demonstrated record of building collaborative partnerships with various community leaders in order to strengthen employment diversity and cultural competence. An excellent communicator, verbally and in writing, with polished presentation skills.