Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Programs
Department: Student Affairs (140000)
College/Division: Student Affairs
Salary Range: Salary commensurate with background and experience of the individual selected.
***THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED***
The Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Programs reports to, and partners with, the Vice President for Student Affairs to develop the vision, direction and actualization of inclusive co-curricular learning environments. The Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Programs serves on the Student Affairs Senior Leadership Team and acts as the senior diversity officer for Student Affairs by providing consultation and guidance across all Student Affairs departments (including auxiliaries) concerning services and policies to ensure that they promote an inclusive out-of-class learning environment. Through ongoing analysis of the educational environment, the Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Programs shall have the authority to exercise leadership in creating new programs, initiatives, and policies that advance Cal Poly's values around diversity and inclusion. The Assistant Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Programs also provides a matrix of support to campus-wide diversity and inclusion efforts in consultation with the Vice President and Chief Officer of Diversity and Inclusion and leadership of the Office of University Diversity and Inclusivity. Consequently, the incumbent is required to interact at the highest levels within the University organization, as well as with high-level city and county officials, often in highly-sensitive, interpersonal situations.
Learn by Doing is the core philosophy of Cal Poly, built on more than 100 years of hands-on learning and experiences that prepare students for meaningful careers and life-long aspirations. Cal Poly is home to more than 21,000 students, 42,000 parents and supporters, and 185,000 alumni. Student Affairs delivers innovative co-curricular learning experiences that directly impact student recruitment, retention, and graduation from Cal Poly. As one of the largest divisions on campus, it is committed to the active engagement, wellbeing, inclusion, and success of all students. In 2017, Student Affairs was named a Promising Place to Work by Diverse Issues in Higher Education for its leadership in employee diversity, staffing practices and workplace environment.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs (VPSA) provides the divisional leadership, support and oversight of the following units: Alumni Relations, Associated Students, Inc. (student government, Recreation Center, University Union) Intercollegiate Athletics, Academic Support (orientation programs, academic services, disability resources, testing services), Campus Health and Wellbeing, Career Services, Commencement, Dean of Students (clubs and organizations, Greek Life, Safer, leadership, community service, cross cultural centers, student rights and responsibilities, student crisis management, off-campus programs), Parent and Family Programs and University Housing. In addition, the VPSA oversees divisional strategic planning, assessment, marketing, fund development, dining programming, and advocates to community, policy-makers, and the Chancellor's Office for all student engagement and programming outside of the classroom.
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Minimum Qualifications (Staff Only):
Master's degree and/or equivalent progressively responsible professional experience in the area of diversity and inclusivity, and at least 10 years' experience.
Working knowledge of and ability to identify, collect and analyze appropriate data in order to assess institutional climate and develop key strategies and effective programs.
Skilled at conceptualizing, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating educational issues, policies, and regulations.
Working knowledge of diversity and inclusivity issues, including state and federal legal and regulatory policies.
Skilled at encouraging, learning from, and utilizing diverse perspectives, ideas, and approaches to inform diversity and inclusivity strategies.
Knowledge of concepts, theory, and scholarship on race, class, gender, sexuality, and privilege.
Knowledge of the various laws, regulations, and policies related to equity and diversity in higher education.
Ability to exercise sound judgment and effectively organize, prioritize and perform multiple job functions and conflicting priorities, meet established deadlines with short turn-around times, and manage changing situations.
Knowledge of, and ability to effectively manage, budget and finances for a department.
Ability to use tact and diplomacy to effectively handle a broad range of high-level and sensitive interpersonal situations with diverse personalities, and to respond appropriately to conflicts and problems.
Ability to launch and maintain diversity and inclusivity initiatives in complex environments with a proven track record of success.
Knowledge of campus/organization climate assessments/surveys and successful use cases that resulted in positive change.
Ability to champion and move forward efforts inside and outside Student Affairs despite roadblocks or setbacks.
Ability to understand, anticipate, and balance the needs of multiple constituencies when making decisions and taking action.
Courageous and Collaborative Communicator
Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate information in a clear and understandable manner, both verbally and in writing; thorough knowledge of English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with faculty, students, staff, leaders, and external constituents through dialogue.
Highly skilled at presenting, writing about, and discussing difficult or controversial topics with diverse audiences in a way that promotes productive interactions and positive outcomes.
Able to envision, conceptualize, and communicate the diversity mission of the university through a broad and inclusive definition of diversity.
Demonstrated ability to maintain a high degree of confidentiality.
Excellent organizational and time management skills with the ability to set own priorities to coordinate multiple assignments with fluctuating and time-sensitive deadlines.
Excellent computer skills and proficiency with a variety of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, databases, on-line systems, Internet as well as online calendaring and email.
Demonstrated skills in an institutional/educational environment utilizing a customer-oriented and service-centered attitude.
***THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED***
Must be willing to travel and attend training programs off-site for occasional professional development.
Must be able to work overtime, occasional holidays, and adjust working hours to meet special jobs. May be called back periodically to perform work as needed on an emergency basis.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.
This position classification has been defined as "Exempt" and is not subject to the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Retired CalPERS members selected for this vacancy must request and be approved for reinstatement from retirement prior to the start date. Employment of retired CalPERS members will typically be for 90 days or less and must be for work requiring specialized skills or for a bona fide emergency to prevent stoppage of business.
May be required to complete a Supplemental Employment Application Questionnaire, which contains questions pertaining to conviction history, and submit it when requested by Cal Poly. This disclosure is confidential and will not necessarily preclude applicants from employment.
Full-time MPP employees are required to disclose outside employment at time of hire or within 30 days of taking additional outside employment subsequent to time of hire.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.
Please note: Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Cal Poly has designated as sensitive. Sensitive positions are those requiring heightened scrutiny of individuals holding the position based on potential for harm to children, concerns for the safety and security of people, animals, or property, or heightened risk of financial loss to Cal Poly or individuals in the university community.
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Requisition Number: 104394
To Apply: All applicants must apply online at: https://www.calpolyjobs.org.
Cal Poly is a nationally ranked, four-year, comprehensive public university. Founded in 1901, the 6,000-acre campus is nestled in the foothills of San Luis Obispo, along California's scenic central coast and midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. With a budget of $168.5 million, the university has a student enrollment exceeding 17,000 students and employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members. Cal Poly is part of the 23-campus California State University system.
At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly's values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
Cal Poly's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
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