Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer, the Assistant Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion and Title IX Officer (AVP) works collaboratively with offices across the campus to promote inclusiveness and implement best practices related to diversity, equity and inclusion in such areas as recruitment and retention of students, senior administrators, faculty and staff. AVP also assists in coordination of diversity-oriented programs and initiatives, including the development and implementation of the strategic plan for diversity in support of SUNY’s inclusion goals and aligned with the University’s strategic plan. The Title IX Officer is institutionally responsible for oversight and compliance with Title IX, including the 2014 SUNY uniform sexual assault prevention policies and the negotiated settlement agreement between SUNY and the U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Monitors Downstate handling of claims or concerns regarding sex or gender based harassment, discrimination, misconduct or violence; serves as a liaison with external agencies such as the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE ABOVE POSITION DESCRIPTION
- Advanced Degree with at least five years of professional experience as a diversity practitioner is required.
- Experience in a leadership role direly related to diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice and civil rights compliance, required. Experience in a university or academic medical center setting preferred.
- Possess current and historical knowledge related to issues of nondiscrimination, access and equity in institutions of higher learning and health care environments.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively across many departments, divisions, and the community.
- Demonstrated leadership in the cooperative creation and delivery of organization wide diversity, equity and cultural competency training programs.
- Proven ability to establish effective partnerships with community members, organizations and government entities.
- Experience interacting with and incorporating the voices of students and student groups, particularly students of color and other marginalized student groups.
- The ability to effectively connect the institution to emerging best practices in increasing diversity an equity as well as support appropriate translation to local circumstances as possible and relevant.
- Knowledge of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to affirmative action, Title IX and civil rights enforcement preferred.
- Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Ability to analyze statistical data for reporting and planning purposes.
- Ability to set and observe project and reporting deadlines.
- Ability to establish community-based contact network to enhance Affirmative Action goal achievement.