Academic/Faculty, Education, International Affairs/Studies
About Menlo College
Menlo College is a diverse and tight-knit community of exceptional, involved people. Our mission is to: “…ignite potential and educate students to make meaningful contributions in the innovation economy.” We attract students from all over the world who are committed to learning, playing intercollegiate sports, starting and leading organizations, and making an impact in their communities.
Continuing an unbroken streak for more than a decade, Menlo College was named to The Princeton Review “2021 Best Colleges” list, recognition given to only 12% of all colleges and universities in the U.S. In 2020, Menlo College was also ranked #11 in Money for Best Business Colleges in the U.S. Menlo College is designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American, Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). Only 1% of all colleges and universities in the U.S. achieve this dual recognition.
Our campus is located 30 miles south of San Francisco, in Silicon Valley – one of the world’s most entrepreneurial and innovative locations. Silicon Valley is renowned as an innovation incubator with exceptional opportunities for experience-based learning.
Menlo College seeks a creative and collaborative leader for the role of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI). The DDEI will also be appointed as a Lecturer. The DDEI is a senior-level position that will report directly to the Provost. A newly established position, the DDEI will promote an institutional culture that values and supports social justice at Menlo College, and lead efforts to grow, integrate and sustain the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The DDEI will be charged with leveraging existing best and promising practices, as well as developing and introducing new practices, educational programs, and resources. The goal of this work is to propel the College by strengthening a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment where all are treated with compassion and respect. The appointment will have 50% effort dedicated to the role of DDEI, and 50% effort allocated to the role of Lecturer with teaching duties.
Expectations of the Ideal Candidate
Listen actively, coach, and mentor others
Develop collaborative relationships with leaders and managers to generate energy and commitment to transformative change
Practice nonviolent communication, and possess the ability, courage, and patience to name and help others transcend toxic and harmful practices
Demonstrate a personal and professional commitment to equity, justice, and transparency
Utilize conflict management and dispute resolution skills, including restorative justice
Possess highly developed emotional intelligence, a collaborative mindset, and negotiation skills
Exhibit exceptional strategic thinking
Be resourceful and have a strong ability to operationalize collectively developed and agreed-upon strategic goals
Provide vision, leadership, and coordination to design and guide the implementation of an institution-wide framework to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect for all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors
Partner with stakeholders across the College to build meaningful experiences that foster knowledge, awareness, skills, and accountability in staff, faculty, and leaders to increase inclusion, diversity, and equity on campus
Develop and implement policies, programs, and educational opportunities which actively foster and maintain an equitable learning, research, and work environment for faculty, staff, and students
Work closely with student life and advising personnel to establish and optimize practices for inclusion and equity to enhance students’ sense of belonging
Teach two courses each semester and serve on academic committees
Chair the Social Justice Task Force and advance existing social justice initiatives
Serve as a lead day-to-day point-person and ombudsperson for relevant issues and concerns raised by students, faculty, leaders, and staff
Collaborate with human resources to develop strategies to recruit and retain a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and leaders, and to promote a culture of thriving and institutional commitment to inclusivity
Advise the President, Provost, and other senior College leaders on DEI issues and restorative justice
Serve on cross-functional committees, such as marketing and strategic planning
Identify, develop, foster, and maintain strong internal and external relationships for integrating diversity and inclusion initiatives that advance diversity-building partnerships in the community
Work closely with local law enforcement to ensure BIPOC students, faculty, and staff are safe both on and off-campus
Proactively identify, plan, and implement additional diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging initiatives, as needed
Other duties as assigned by the Provost or President
Required Education, Skills, and Experience
Master's in student affairs, multicultural education, international education, cross-cultural studies, counseling, or related field required; doctorate preferred
5+ years of experience at a college or university with diverse learning programs preferred
Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at the college level
Knowledge of federal, state, and local legislation related to the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972, and the American Disability Act of 1990
An excellent command of contemporary diversity, equity, inclusion, and restorative justice concepts and issues in higher education
Working knowledge of historical events and causes of social injustice and specific challenges faced by Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC groups)
Demonstrated ability to research, identify, and implement effective diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in academic settings; change management expertise preferred
Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially within a complex, highly engaged college with a wide range of constituencies both on and off-campus
Demonstrated ability to utilize data to help drive positive institutional changes
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Successful record of leading and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
Ability to respond well to politically charged or politically sensitive situations through a restorative justice lens
Interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter via email to:
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
All prospective Menlo College employees are required to satisfy a criminal background check.
Menlo College is committed to a firm policy of equal employment opportunity
All employees that operate a motor vehicle on behalf of Menlo College must be cleared annually using Department of Motor Vehicle records
Internal Number: Director DEI & Lecturer
About Menlo College
Menlo College is a four-year private, coeducational, independent college centrally located between San Jose and San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. We have approximately 700 students; 80% live on campus creating a distinct community made up of students from 23 different countries with an array of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.Our education affords the students the environment to prosper in a highly personalized setting where the student to teacher ratio is 15:1. Also, students can extend learning outside the classroom through our exciting internship opportunities. Students flourish with our emphasis on experiential classroom learning and ?real world? exposure.Recently, Menlo College was reestablished as a business school with a mission "to develop future leaders through a liberal arts-based business education that integrates academic study and fieldwork in a Silicon Valley environment unmatched in its potential for innovation."Menlo College is a four-year private, coeducational, independent college centrally located between San Jose and San Francisco in the heart of Silicon Valley. We have approximately 700 students; 80% live on campus creating a distinct community... made up of students from 23 different countries with an array of ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.Our education affords the students the environment to prosper in a highly personalized setting where the student to teacher ratio is 15:1. Also, students can extend learning outside the classroom through our exciting internship opportunities. Students flourish with our emphasis on experiential classroom learning and ?real world? exposure.Recently, Menlo College was reestablished as a business school with a mission "to develop future leaders through a liberal arts-based business education that integrates academic study and fieldwork in a Silicon Valley environment unmatched in its potential for innovation."