Computing and Information Science (CIS) is a college-level unit founded in recognition that computing is an essential tool in almost every scientific and scholarly discipline. It is a community of people committed to tackling some of the world's biggest challenges by working together across multiple colleges and two Cornell campuses. CIS is home to the three academic departments that power the information economy: Computer Science, Information Science and Statistics and Data Science. It is known for bold new ideas expressed in high-impact research and scholarship, inspiring educational contributions, and entrepreneurial and commercial engagement. The synergies among faculty, researchers and students make CIS more than the sum of its parts. Student interest in computing related courses continues to fuel CIS growth in faculty, graduate students and related staffing support. CIS has 275 masters and 280 PhD students, in addition to 1,782 undergraduate majors in the Colleges of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Funding to initiate a CIS Office of Diversity and Inclusion was recently provided through a grant from the Hopper-Dean Foundation. The grant also funds a Hopper-Dean Graduate Scholar program, other initiatives and programs, as well as additional Diversity and Inclusion Office staffing.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, the CIS Director of Diversity and Inclusion will lead an effort to increase diversity and create and sustain a climate of inclusion, focusing on undergraduate and graduate students. The position is responsible for the outreach, recruitment, retention and overall success of all CIS students, but ensures careful and focused attention to the needs of historically underrepresented groups in CIS, including but not limited to underrepresented minorities, women and first-generation college students. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will develop and design a diversity and inclusion strategy, evaluate, assess, and benchmark existing programs, research and propose new initiatives to recruit and retain underrepresented groups and to achieve an inclusive learning environment for all. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion is responsible for the overall administration of the office including managing staff, fundraising, budget and programs. The Director of Diversity and Inclusion will build effective collaborations and partnerships across the broad spectrum of CIS constituents. The Director will also support the Associate Dean's efforts to recruit and retain under-represented faculty.
A Bachelor's degree and three to five years of relevant experience or equivalent combination in the areas of student affairs and academic advising, program development, recruitment and personnel and budget management. The successful candidate will have demonstrated success in developing and implementing targeted recruitment programs as well as programs that support an inclusive learning environment for underrepresented groups in CIS. Program assessment and development, research, implementation, the ability to identify funding sources, and the design of strategies to meet CIS's diversity goals and objectives are required skills for this new role. The Director must possess demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills, organizational and problem-solving skills, and excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. The director must have a deep, proven commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, with a demonstrated capacity to connect with individuals across racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, gender, sexual orientation, ability, and other identities.
A Master's degree in a related field.
Reputation as an outstanding, responsive communicator and an inclusive decision-maker who is successful in being transparent with staff and students.
High emotional intelligence including the ability to recognize and make full use of the field expertise of staff members within the office.
Proficiency in developing annual goals and objectives that are clearly linked to the mission of the CIS diversity office, its college partners and the university.
Proven critical thinking and problem-solving abilities as well as data fluency and ability to apply a data-driven approach to decision-making.
Personal characteristics associated with highly productive and successful professionals, including a vigorous work ethic, sound judgment, integrity, demonstrated initiative, attitude and personality to be effective at fundraising and building relationships with colleagues, senior leaders, students, and other stakeholders.
Visa sponsorship not available with this position.
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