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CUNY Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in New York, New York

Job Title: Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Job ID: 19241

Location: CUNY School of Medicine

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The CUNY School of Medicine (CSOM) at The City College of New York (CCNY) located in the heart of Harlem, is the only medical school in the City University of New York system. Building upon more than 40 years of the success as the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, we offer a BS/MD degree and a Physician Assistant Master’s Degree. True to its legacy of access, opportunity and community transformation, the newly-accredited CSOM’s mission remains to recruit highly talented students as diverse as the city itself. CSOM places a special emphasis on recruitment of those who are underrepresented in the field of medicine, and on training high quality, culturally competent clinicians equipped meet the healthcare needs of New York’s medically under-served communities. As a major priority, CSOM seeks to enhance the recruitment and retention of senior leadership, faculty and staff to more closely reflect the diversity of our student body.

CSOM is looking for an inspiring, creative and experienced leader to serve in the newly created position of Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion (ADDI). The Assistant Dean will serve as the School’s chief equity, diversity and inclusion officer, focused on inclusive excellence amongst all students, faculty and staff. The ADDI will provide leadership, vision and integrity to the overall diversity and inclusion efforts of the CSOM, and will lead the effort in developing and implementing programs, policies and initiatives that align with and advance the School’s mission and goals related to diversity, equity and inclusion. The ADDI will cultivate and communicate a common vision aimed at supporting, strengthening and expanding the core mission of the School and creating a welcoming and supportive environment for all the members of the CSOM community.

Reporting to the Dean, the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion will serve on the School’s senior leadership team, and will:

• Lead and inspire the School’s Inclusive Excellence Council (IEC).

• Execute and advance, with the IEC and other colleagues, a strategic diversity plan to enhance the recruitment, retention and advancement of students, faculty, staff and senior administrators from populations historically underrepresented in medicine.

• Utilizing best practices, provide guidance and serve as a resource to administrators, department chairs and search committees on the implementation of effective strategies and initiatives to increase the diversity of faculty and senior leadership to more closely reflect our student body.

• Partner with the IEC, faculty, staff, students and affinity groups to cultivate a learning and workplace climate that embraces and sustains diversity and inclusion.

• Develop, cultivate and provide visionary leadership for strategic initiatives and activities to advance the recommendations of the School’s 2018 External Panel Reviewer Report with regard to diversity, equity and inclusion.

• Provide expertise for the effective integration of culturally competent learning objectives and content where relevant throughout the pre-clinical and clinical years curricula, and for the implementation of para-curricular initiatives are culturally responsive and celebrate diversity.

• In collaboration with the Department of Medical Education, develop and co-sponsor faculty development experiences focused on: maintaining a supportive learning environment for our diverse student body; building the capacity of culturally competent teachers; and teaching and learning (instruction and pedagogy) on issues of identity, privilege, race, gender/gender identity, implicit bias, cultural competence, health equity, social justice, and related topics.

• Identify, develop and implement assessment methodologies to evaluate the outcomes of strategic goals, objectives, program policies and special initiatives in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion. Develop and refine strategic action plans informed by these assessments.

• Identify and pursue extramural funding and scholarship opportunities related to diversity initiatives and medical education; engage in scholarly work in the area of diversity, medical education and/or related discipline

• In collaboration with the Department of Medical Education, identify best practices and strategies to support student success, with special focus on students from populations historically underrepresented in medicine.

• Serve as an advocate, mentor, resource and support to students, faculty and staff from underrepresented populations.

• Collaborate with the College’s Office of Diversity and Compliance and relevant school and university entities in responding to incidents and challenges related to bias, discrimination and harassment, and in identifying appropriate interventions and follow-up. Identify and provide appropriate and culturally and structurally sensitive support to CSOM students or employees experiencing bias and discrimination.

• Ensure CSOM’S compliance with the accreditation standards of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), and with relevant state and federal laws, and university policies as they relate to diversity and inclusion.

• Represent the senior leadership on departmental, college-wide and university committees.


This position is in CUNY's Executive Compensation Plan. All executive positions require a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and eight years' related experience.


• Preferred candidates will have a doctorate degree (MD degree preferred) and a record of academic achievement in the individual’s discipline meriting appointment as an Associate or Full Professor; and successful experience promoting a mission of diversity and inclusion in other academic institutions, preferably in a medical school, of which no less than five years’ experience is in a senior-level capacity.

• Proven record of success in leading institution-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives, including strategies and activities to recruit and retain a diverse complement of students, administrators and faculty.

• Proven ability to engage and collaborate effectively with diverse students, faculty and leadership to bring about transformational change. Demonstrated experience in fostering positive intergroup and interpersonal relationships and community building.

• Knowledge of best practices, innovations, emerging trends and leading issues in higher education and in the national discussion of diversity, equity and inclusion.

• Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion, and demonstrate a high level of personal integrity.

• Experience working with underrepresented students and faculty in health-related or STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields highly desirable.


Assistant Dean


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.



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Open until filled, with resume review to begin on September 4, 2018


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