In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. Westfield State University is committed to a policy of non-discrimination, equal opportunity, diversity and affirmative action. We are dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.
Westfield State is the most residential of the state universities in Massachusetts, with over 60% of our 5600 full-time undergraduate students living on campus. The campus is ideally situated on the edge of the Berkshire Mountains in western Massachusetts just 30 minutes from the thriving cultural centers of Northampton and Amherst, and 1.5 hours from both Boston and Albany.
Campus Title: Diversity and Inclusion Generalist State Job Title: Staff Associate Department: Office of Human Resources, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Job Code: HA5310 FLSA Status: Exempt Funding: 7115-0100 Bargaining Unit: NUP Job Type: Full-Time Permanent Timeframe: 52 Weeks Shift: 9 a.m. -5 p.m. (occasional nights and weekends) Regular Days Off: Saturday and Sunday Supervision Received: The Diversity Generalist reports to the Executive Director of Diversity Supervision Exercised: The Diversity and Inclusion Generalist may supervise assigned student staff, interns and others as deemed appropriate. Salary: Salary will commensurate w/experience
General Statement of Duties: The position is designed to collaborate with internal partners to drive alignment of our diversity and inclusion goals with Westfield State University's student body. Assisting in the efforts toward building and sustaining a diverse and culturally vibrant campus, which fosters a pluralistic learning environment and supports student diversity and inclusion success and retention. This position serves as a co-investigator of student and employee complaints that fall within the Equal Opportunity, Diversity and Affirmative Action Plan (EO Plan), including Title IX, and performs relevant tasks, duties, and assignments that are supported for functions in this role. The position directly assists and acts in a confidential capacity to the Diversity Officer within the Office of Human Resources, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, and will have access and exposure to confidential information concerning personnel administration. Duties and Responsibilities: Duties include but not limited to: Essential:
Assists the Diversity Officer in carrying out highly visible programs and projects by analyzing, evaluating, designing, developing, and delivering/implementing diversity and inclusion programs, projects and initiatives.
Provides support for campus-wide diverse talent management programs.
Conducts investigations as a co-investigator of complaints of sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, gender-related violence including stalking and intimate partner violence, and protected class discrimination and harassment and related retaliation in a timely, fair, impartial and thorough manner.
Maintains and has regular access to highly confidential employee records as needed to conduct and handle sensitive matters to carry out the duties and responsibilities of the Office of Human Resources. Has significant access and exposure to confidential information concerning labor relations matters and management's position on personnel matters.
Works closely with students/student leadership, and other University constituents to plan and produce educational, social, and cultural activities for the campus.
Gathers and analyzes data and produces reports that provide progress against diversity metrics and action plans.
Collaborates with campus communication resources to ensure targeted-diverse communication campaigns are focused and effective.
Supports the Diversity Officer with the creation and facilitation of presentation of resources, and diversity and inclusion materials to leadership.
Acts as liaison, and provides support to student body infinity and network groups.
As designated by the Diversity Officer, may serve as a member of the University's Advisory Committee for the Equal Opportunity, Diversity, and Affirmative Action Plan, which is responsible for assessing campus climate and the development and implementation of a comprehensive diversity plan for the University.
Assists Human Resources in coordinating and/or facilitating workshops and trainings on topics such as inclusion, diversity/equity, and social justice for faculty, staff, student leaders, and student employees.
Assists in the development of programs and initiatives focused on student success for diverse student groups.
Researches and analyzes best practices, national trends, and campus community needs in the areas related to diversity and inclusion.
Coordinates and develops a peer educator working group that focuses on diverse student leadership training opportunities.
Serve, as determined by Diversity Officer, as a co-chair for Sankofa; may manage the organization's budget, and assist with the Safe Zone Committee.
Provides assistance and serves as a resource for student organizations as directed.
Assists the office in the development and implementation of effective publicity and promotion for programs and activities.
Assist with student leadership programming with various offices on campus.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree with relative experience in diversity and inclusion, preferably in Higher-Ed.
Master's degree in Student Personnel, Counseling, Higher Education Administration, or closely related field preferred.
Four (4) years of full-time, professional experience in student activities, multicultural affairs or closely related field.
Experience in student complaints and investigation, preferred.
Ability to sustain communication with diverse groups, anticipate problems, reconcile conflicts, and maintain a strong philosophical base for diversity, inclusion, and student activities.
Experience in diversity programming, student programming and in advising student groups.
High level of energy, enthusiasm, creativity and demonstrated sensitivity in the presence of colleagues and students.
Active participation in NASPA and NCORE or related professional association preferred.
Knowledge of risk management as it relates to student activities.
Proven ability to relate well with students and other campus constituents.
Strong computer skills, proficiency with social media, and publication experience including writing and editing.
Strong organizational skills and the ability to set priorities and work independently.
Willingness to work nights and weekends on an as needed basis.
Disability Accommodations: Westfield State University understands that persons with disabilities may need assistance with the job application process and/or with the interview process. For confidential assistance regarding disability accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Resources at (413) 572-8106.
Background Check: Employment at Westfield State University is contingent upon a background check that is satisfactory to the University. Failure to provide written authorization for a background check will nullify the offer of employment.
An on-line application is required. The successful candidate must submit an official transcript at the time of hire. Interested candidates should electronically attach the following documents:
Contact information for three references *
Copy of unofficial transcript of highest degree
* Provide the contact information for reference providers in the reference section of the online application.
Deadline: The job posting will be open a minimum of ten days and, if needed, will remain open until finalists have been selected. .
NOTE: If you need assistance completing your application please contact our online Help Desk. The link to the help desk can be found at the top of the page via Contact Us. Westfield State University provides equal access to employment opportunities for all applicants, regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, age, disability or veteran status in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and policies.
In 1839, Horace Mann founded Westfield State University as the first public higher education institution without barrier to race, gender or economic class. The University is dedicated to providing educational, working and living environments that value the diverse backgrounds of all people including minorities, women, veterans, individuals with disabilities and other protected persons, or individuals with diverse cultural backgrounds.