The CDO reports to the President and is a member of the President's Cabinet. This position chairs the Campus Climate Team and works collaboratively, through many constituents and structures, to advance the University's Strategic Framework and Diversity Plan and to help shape a campus-wide culture of equity and inclusive excellence as one of the university's core values.
Primary Responsibilities :
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Track and report progress toward diversity goals as outlined in the University Diversity Plan
Create a method to coordinate inclusion efforts into campus planning processes.
Coordinate and oversee university programs to assure compliance with applicable policies, procedures, processes, best practices and training in compliance with anti-discrimination legislation and regulations, including Title VII, Title IX, VAWA, ADEA, ADA and Section 504.
Ensure thorough and prompt investigation and resolution of discrimination and harassment complaints from students and employees.
Coordinate and direct the investigatory process in cases that implicate Title IX or other allegations that impact inclusivity. Oversee the investigators in the Office of Title IX.
Serve as university's Title IX Coordinator.
Coordinate development of comprehensive Title IX training, education and awareness programs.
Monitor developments in law and best practices and recommend changes to university policies and practices related to diversity, equity, equal employment, Title IX and inclusion.
Identify and develop opportunities for diversity programming and training.
Work with units to assist in marketing and communicating diversity-related goals and activities.
Serve as NKU's representative to the Committee on Equal Opportunity at the Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) and as the Chair of the President's Campus Climate Team.
Leadership Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership for Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence efforts across the university.
As a university leader, you are expected to ensure that students who interact with you and those in your division have a high-quality experience that supports the vision of the institution
Provide dynamic leadership in all areas that implicate Title IX compliance and equity
Provide leadership to enhance faculty and staff Inclusive Excellence initiatives, including through collaboration with Human Resources to strengthen recruitment programs for faculty and staff; and supporting and contributing to studies of institutional needs and trends in areas related to faculty and staff inclusivity and disseminating findings to inform our efforts.
Lead the design and deployment of faculty and staff development and mentoring programs that foster retention and career progression, institutional support structures for members of under-represented groups, and awareness of issues of equity and access.
Communication Duties and Responsibilities
Working collaboratively across campus, develop a core set of cultural competencies that will be ingrained in the campus environment, including but not limited to curricular and co-curricular activities.
Collaborate with the Affirmative Action Officer and Deputy Title IX Coordinators as an advisor for equal employment opportunity efforts, Title IX and compliance.
Collaborate with the leaders of the Offices for African American, Latino, LGBTQ, Veterans, Disability Services, International Education and other student groups to integrate and enhance curricular and co-curricular opportunities.
Collaborate with faculty in the development and assessment of curriculum related to Equity, Diversity and Inclusive Excellence learning goals.
Outstanding interpersonal listening and communication skills with proven ability to foster communication among faculty, students, staff, and the president
Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with all levels of university administration
Ability to facilitate a civil discourse around challenging issues relative to core values of the University
Proven ability to interpret policies, analyze data and make recommendations and decisions
Successful record of collaboration and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders and ability to foster relationships with associations and others engaged in the work of diversity and inclusion
Significant experience with communicating a vision fostering equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in a higher education environment
Exceptional planning, analytical, and organizational skills
Knowledge of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues and trends in higher education and experience in designing and leading efforts related to institutional access, diversity, inclusion, multiculturalism and equity
Successful record of experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence at a higher education institution or other major organization
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusiveness among faculty, staff, and students
A record of exemplary personal and professional integrity and demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team in a collaborative, collegial environment
Laws and Regulations
Understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and knowledge of applicable federal and state laws, policies, and procedures related to federal/state laws, policies, and procedures such as Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act, Title VII and Title IX of the Civil Rights Act
Master's degree is required in appropriate field. Terminal degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
Minimum ten (10) years' experience. Demonstrated record of successful senior administrative experience in higher education or within a large complex organization.
Program development experience that demonstrates a recognition and promotion of diversity in an inclusive way is preferred.
Minimum Education: Master's Degree
Minimum Experience: 10 years
Quick Link: 8701
Internal Number: 8701
About Northern Kentucky University
NKU is a growing metropolitan university of more than 14,000 students served by more than 2,000 faculty and staff on a thriving suburban campus near Cincinnati.
Located in the quiet suburb of Highland Heights, Kentucky—just seven miles southeast of Cincinnati—we have become a leader in Greater Cincinnati and Kentucky by providing a private school education for a fraction of the cost.
While we are one of the fastest growing universities in Kentucky, our professors still know our students' names.