CUNY Chief Diversity Officer in New York, New York


Stella and Charles Guttman Community College is seeking to fill the position of Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Reporting to the Chief of Staff, the CDO is responsible for developing, implementing, evaluating, and monitoring the affirmative action and compliance program for the College and aligning the objectives and strategic plans of the Office of Diversity and Compliance with the mission of the college. The CDO will conduct thorough and impartial investigations 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. The CDO proactively develops and implements plans, programs, and activities that educate and motivate the college community to hold pluralism and inclusion as core values and fosters a climate that respects diversity. This position serves as a member of Guttman’s Administrative Cabinet and the Leadership Council, and works closely with Special Legal Counsel, Human Resources, Office of Academic Affairs, administrators and partners with campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, various committees, and external constituencies.

Specific responsibilities include, but are 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 coordinating educational and training workshops on EEO issues, policies and procedures, and working with external administrative agencies, compliance audits and initiatives.

  • Responsible for implementation of the College Affirmative Action Plan through issuance of guidelines for College officials, administration, and supervisory personnel. Analyzes Affirmative Action data, prepares the annual Affirmative Action Plan and updates the status of the EEO/AAP program at the end of each year, and provides recommendations for improvement.

  • Collaborates with Human Resources in the recruitment process, including reviewing vacancy postings and advertisements, overseeing search committees in the implementation of the Affirmative Action program regulations, providing orientations to search committees regarding recruitment efforts for a diverse faculty and staff, providing information on under-utilization for relevant constituencies and monitoring employee recruitment and selection to ensure compliance with EEO/AAP policies and plan.

  • Oversees the investigation of discrimination complaints involving faculty, students, and staff in accordance with the University’s Non-Discrimination Policy and ensures College compliance with all laws, rules and regulations, including but not limited to Title VII, ADA, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.

  • Serves as Title IX Coordinator and ensures College compliance with the University’s Sexual Misconduct Policy, including but not limited to implementation of policy, investigation of complaints, and other related matters. Collaborates with the Deputy Title IX Coordinator to ensure implementation of Title IX policies for students throughout the campus community.

  • Prepares internal and external reports as needed and serves as the College liaison between the Central Office of the University and federal, state and city enforcement agencies in conducting and responding to audit requests.

  • Collaborates with administrative units to promote diversity and align compliance objectives; collaborates with the Academic Executive Officer to evaluate and align the equity and diversity goals and initiatives within the Office of Academic Affairs and Office of Student Engagement

  • Counsels the college's administration, faculty, and staff regarding equal employment opportunity (EEO), affirmative action, and related compliance procedures.

  • Serves as the Section 504/ADA Coordinator and works closely with Human Resources and Office of Student Engagement in ADA/Reasonable Accommodation requests.

  • Manages trainings provided to the college community on diversity and sexual misconduct policies; as well as coordinate with Human Resources in providing compliance-related information to all employees.

  • Serves as the liaison between Guttman Community College and the Central Office of the University on compliance and diversity related matters; attends meetings of the Chief Diversity Officers Council as well as other college committees.

Located in Manhattan, Guttman Community College admitted the first cohort of 300 students in the summer of 2012. The centerpiece of the new College's educational model is an integrated first-year curriculum that builds the skills necessary for success in college-level work. Features of the academic program include using New York City as a context for learning in and out of the classroom, a first-year core set within learning communities, a full-time attendance requirement in the first year, and a limited set of majors. To complement an innovative approach to learning, the College will build a comprehensive set of integrated supports with financial counseling, mandatory advising, and a required pre-college summer program. At full capacity, the college will enroll 3,000 to 5,000 students.


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

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a related field

  • A record of successful leadership in the equal employment opportunity (EEO)/compliance/affirmative action/diversity arena, including implementation of programs designed to enhance diversity and inclusion, and improve workplace climate and culture.

  • 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 and detail orientation with ability to use sound judgment in decision-making.

  • High degree of personal integrity to maintain confidentiality, as well as professionalism and business acumen to encourage confidence and trust from constituents.

  • Strong written and 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.

  • Proficiency using computers and standard office applications, including Microsoft Office, and familiarity with PeopleSoft.


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.


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November 1, 2018 (Correction)


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Job Title: Chief Diversity Officer

Job ID: 19504

Location: Guttman Community College

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular