Minimum Qualifications: Advanced Degree with at least five years of professional experience as a diversity practitioner required. Must have held a leadership role directly related to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and civil rights compliance required. Experience in a university or academic medical center setting preferred. Possess current and historical knowledge related to issues of nondiscrimination, access and equity in institutions of higher learning and health care environments. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively across many departments, divisions, and the community. Demonstrated leadership in the cooperative creation and delivery of organization wide diversity, equity and cultural competency training programs. Proven ability to establish effective partnerships with community members, organizations and government entities. Experience interacting with and incorporating the voices of students and student groups, particularly students of color and other marginalized student groups. The ability to effectively connect the institution to emerging best practices in increasing diversity an equity as well as support appropriate translation to local circumstances as possible and relevant. Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to affirmative action, Title IX and civil rights enforcement preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Strong organizational skills. Ability to analyze statistical data for reporting and planning purposes. Ability to set and observe project and reporting deadlines. Ability to establish community-based contact network to enhance Affirmative Action goal achievement.
Job Standard / Operational Needs: The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)/Associate Vice President (AVP) is a senior member of the campus administration, reporting directly to the President, and is responsible for coordinating executive level efforts to establish diversity and inclusive excellence as core values throughout the University community. The CDO/AVP works collaboratively with offices across the campus to promote inclusiveness and implement best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion in such areas as recruitment and retention of students, senior administrators, faculty and staff. The CDO/AVP also coordinates diversity-oriented programs and initiatives, including the development and implementation of the strategic plan for diversity in support of SUNY's inclusion goals and aligned with the University's strategic plan, and chairing the President's Diversity Council. As a University leader, the CDO/AVP maintains strong collaborative working relationships among senior executives, faculty, students, staff and external constituents, and serves as a resource, change agent and team builder. The CDO/AVP serves as part of a system-wide network of CDOs to support SUNY's overall diversity goals.
About State University of New York Upstate Medical University
SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, is the only academic medical center in Central New York. It is also the region's largest employer with 9,460 employees. Affiliated with the State University of New York, Upstate's mission is to improve the health of the community through education, biomedical research and health care. Upstate Medical University's educational mission is anchored by i...ts four colleges?Medicine, Nursing, Health Professions and Graduate Studies (biomedical sciences). Since 2006, student enrollment has grown by 30% as Upstate responds to the needs of the region. As a biomedical research enterprise, Upstate focuses on the most prevalent human diseases, including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, nervous system disorders, vision, and infectious diseases. The quest for treatments and cures is built upon expertise in structural, molecular and systems biology. Upstate also offers many clinical trials for patients. The Upstate University Health System serves 1.8 million people, often the most seriously ill and injured, and includes Upstate University Hospital; Upstate University Hospital at Community Campus; Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital, and numerous satellite sites.