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CUNY Chief Diversity Officer - University Office of Recruitment & Diversity in New York, New York

Job Title: Chief Diversity Officer - University Office of Recruitment & Diversity

Job ID: 22865

Location: Central Office

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


The Office of the Vice Chancellor for University Human Resources (UHR) at The City University of New York oversees the development and administration of policies and standards that guide the Human Resources functions in support of 25 colleges and schools across the five boroughs of New York City. This office is also responsible for strengthening and implementing policies that enhance the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and a diverse workforce. The Office of the Vice Chancellor plays a key role in the ongoing infrastructure efficiency and effectiveness efforts across all HR operational functions, including payroll benefits, time and leave, human resources information systems, project management, HR advisory, civil service support, recruitment and diversity, and professional development and learning.

The University Office for Recruitment and Diversity is responsible for ensuring that equal employment opportunities are afforded to all applicants and employees of the University. The Chief Diversity Officer is responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring the affirmative action and compliance program for Central Office. In this vital role, the Chief Diversity Officer identifies diversity goals and objectives, and implements strategies for achieving them. This position develops new initiatives to promote inclusive environments for all faculty and staff. The Chief Diversity Officer provides guidance to Central Office administration about equal employment opportunity concerns to constituent groups and prepares the annual affirmative action plan. The position reports directly to the Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, or their designee and may be called upon to support University initiatives.

Key responsibilities will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Manages and ensures compliance with Affirmative Action (AA) policies including Affirmative Action Plans, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Title IX, and other applicable regulations as well as federal, state, and city laws and University mandates. This includes preparing memoranda, reports, and other written material; planning and coordinating workshops, meetings, and special events; and working with external administrative agencies compliance audits and initiatives.

  • Oversees EEO and Title IX investigations as a result of claims of discrimination, harassment, assault and other complaints in accordance with University policies and ensures the investigatory process, notification, reporting and documentation complies with all federal, state, city and University regulations and statutes.

  • Serves as Sexual Harassment Prevention Coordinator for Central Office and other issues related to protected class discrimination, harassment and Title IX.

  • Monitors the recruitment, appointment, and retention processes for all Central Office positions in accordance with University Bylaws and federal and state laws pertaining to EEO and AA.

  • Counsels Central Office staff regarding EEO and AA policies, procedures, and compliance issues and fosters the integration of best practices.

  • Conducts and/or facilitates educational and training programs/workshops on EEO issues, policies, and procedures.

  • Prepares internal and external reports regarding the Central Office's EEO and AA efforts and accomplishments.

  • Develops and presents training programs and initiatives on a variety of topics including but not limited to Title IX, EEO, and diversity.

  • Demonstrates commitment to the University's mission, vision, and Diversity Strategic Plans.


Bachelor's Degree and eight years' relevant experience required.


The preferred candidate will have:

  • An advanced degree in public administration, human resources management or other related field.

  • A record of successful leadership in the EEO/diversity arena, including implementation of programs designed to enhance diversity and inclusion, and improve workplace climate and culture.

  • Extensive knowledge and experience related to diversity issues, current trends, and best practices and experience in AA laws and guidelines; experience with New York City, New York State and federal compliance regulations and requirements.

  • Commitment in practice to workplace diversity, accountability and transparency.

  • Ability to forge constructive relationships, build consensus across the institution, and function collaboratively with diverse internal and external stakeholders at all levels and functions.

  • Self-directed, results driven and detail orientation with ability to use sound judgment in decision making, including but not limited to a high degree of personal integrity to maintain confidentiality, as well as professionalism and business acumen to encourage confidence and trust from constituents.

  • Demonstrated experience in investigating claims related to alleged violation of Title VII, Title IX Sexual Harassment Policies, Section 504 and ADA Statutes.

  • Strong written, verbal communication, and interpersonal skills, including the ability to deliver effective presentations, facilitate groups, and mediate the successful resolution of conflicts and complaints.

  • Strong analytical, evaluative, and research skills.

  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to establish plans, launch new initiatives, and manage multiple assignments with conflicting priorities and strict deadlines.

  • Adept at effectively managing change in a dynamic and demanding customer-focused environment.


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.

IMPORTANT BENEFITS NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after July 1, 2019 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after July 1, 2019 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period. If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period.

An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and resume online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

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October 22, 2021


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.