CUNY Chief Diversity Officer--York College/CUNY in Queens, New York


York College/CUNY is seeking candidates to fill the position of Chief Diversity Officer. York College is located in Queens, New York City and is one of 11 senior colleges in the City University of New York system.

The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) reports to the President of York College. The CDO serves as an executive-level strategist and partners with the Cabinet, campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, various committees, and external constituencies and is responsible for guiding efforts and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), educational and employment opportunity, and cultural proficiency. The CDO will proactively develop and implement plans, programs, and activities that educate and motivate members of the College community to hold pluralism and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced and fosters a climate that respects diversity.

The CDO provides strategic oversight, supervision and direction to the Office of Diversity and Compliance which is responsible for promoting DEI programs in support of a working and learning environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation. The CDO conducts thorough and impartial investigations related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including the principles and compliance requirements of Title IX.

A more detailed description of the position duties includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Ensures the College's compliance with federal, state, and city regulations and University mandates. This includes preparing memoranda, reports, and other written material; planning and delivering educational workshops on DEI issues, policies and procedures and working with external administrative agencies.
  • Aligns the objectives and strategic plans of the Office of Diversity and Compliance with the mission of the College.
  • Serves as Title IX Coordinator and Section 504/ADA Coordinator.
  • Investigates complaints asserted under Title VI, VII, IX, Section 504, federal, state and local Disability Law, CUNY policy and under any other law that prohibits discrimination based on a protected status.
  • Provides training to the college community on diversity and sexual harassment policy.
  • Oversee the preparation and submission of internal and external reports regarding the College’s equal employment opportunity and action efforts and accomplishments including the federally mandated Affirmative Action Plan.
  • Ensures that recruitment procedures reduce implicit bias and barriers to the hiring of diverse applicants are reduced and have the power to terminate searches that fail to meet these procedural criteria.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Legal Affairs to ensure the College's EEO/OFCCP compliance and other applicable matters.
  • Collaborates with the Office of Student Affairs on student complaints and issues.
  • Oversees the employment search process including: composition of search committee, discussion of ad placement, coaching committee chairs and training committee members on the use of the University's recruitment tool.
  • Serves on college committees as appropriate, including the Faculty Diversity Strategic Committee.
  • Serves as Chief Diversity Office Liaison to the City University of New York (CUNY) and attends meetings of the CUNY Chief Diversity Officers Council.
  • Manages the operational budget of the Office of Diversity and Compliance.


Candidates for this position are required to hold the Juris Doctor Degree and have eight years of relevant experience. A successful record of leading and /or facilitating the completion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting is highly preferred.

In addition, the following are also highly preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstration of in-depth, contemporary knowledge on issues of: DEI, access, multiculturalism and compliance in a large complex organizational setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a shared governance environment.
  • Demonstrated record of collecting and using data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and to achieve measurable results.
  • Effective conflict resolution skills and the ability to find mutually acceptable solutions to difficult problems and the ability to build consensus, find support and reconcile competing interests.
  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written).
  • Must have active listening skills along with sophisticated relational ability to connect with others across inter-sectional differences.
  • Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing DEI awareness and high impact programs.


Oversees programs, activities, and initiatives designed to foster a climate that respects pluralism and diversity.

  • Develops effective strategies to promote diversity in faculty and staff hiring and actively participates in building strong networks and recruitment sources

  • Serves as a key recruiting team member, coordinating recruitment plans, advertising, and selection processes

  • Implements the College's Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity policies and ensures compliance with relevant city, state, and federal statutes such as Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, responding to and conducting investigations of non-compliance complaints

  • Collects and analyzes data for College and University reports

  • Develops and presents training programs and disseminates information related to Diversity, EEO, and other compliance at the College

  • Coordinates with University offices to assure consistency of University-wide policies

  • Maintains current knowledge and materials related to laws, rules, regulations, and best practices for advancing EEO/Diversity

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Officer




Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY's benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.


Please submit your application online through this job board as follows: *Go to *Select "Apply Now" then create or login to a user account and provide the requested information. *Click on Job Postings on CUNYfirst *Click Search job listings *Click on More search options *Search by Job Opening ID number 15884 *Click on the Apply Now button. You will be prompted to log in or to create an account. *In order to be considered for this position, applicants must include a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (email and telephone). Please upload these as ONE document in doc, rtf, or pdf format. Candidates for this position are required to hold the Juris Doctor Degree and have eight years of relevant experience. A successful record of leading and /or facilitating the completion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting is highly preferred.


Closing Date - January 7, 2017


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.

Location: York College

Job Title: Chief Diversity Officer--York College/CUNY

Job ID: 15884

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular