Director for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action opportunity at Colgate University

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York

Director for Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action

Colgate University, a highly selective liberal arts university in the picturesque central New York village of Hamilton, announces its search for a director for equal opportunity and affirmative action (EEO/AA). Reporting to the associate provost for equity and diversity, the director will shape the vision and direction of affirmative action and diversity programs at the university, and will work collaboratively across the institution to promote efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff.

The director for EEO/AA assists the university in assuring the success of equal employment opportunity and affirmative action programs and objectives, oversees implementation of Colgate’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity plan, and serves as compliance officer for the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The director is also responsible for providing prompt and equitable response to complaints of harassment and discrimination in accordance with institutional policies and procedures. The director provides EEO/AA and harassment prevention trainings for the campus community and partners with departments across the university on matters having to do with equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Technical expertise is required in the area of affirmative action reporting and data analysis. The successful candidate will have experience in workplace investigations and recordkeeping, the ability to work collaboratively with different constituencies across the university, and proven ability to understand, communicate, and promote the strategic use of collected and analyzed data at all levels of management. In addition, the director for EEO/AA will join the university’s diversity leadership team and work closely with the associate provost for equity and diversity, Marilyn Rugg, and the associate dean for multicultural affairs, Thomas Cruz-Soto, to promote a welcoming and inclusive campus community for all. This cross-divisional team will meet regularly with the senior leadership of the university to develop, bolster, and assess integrated initiatives to increase understanding, respect, and inclusion in a coherent and systematic way. Through this partnership, the director will have the opportunity to help shape a culture of openness and inclusion for all faculty, staff, and students.

A bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years of relevant professional experience involving significant responsibilities in EEO/AA, or the equivalent combination of education and experience is required. An advanced degree (master’s degree in a relevant field or J.D.) or professional certification in Human Resources is preferred.

Colgate is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to attracting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student population. We strive to be an inclusive community, one that embraces and explores difference in an environment of mutual respect, communication and engagement. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

Nominations, expressions of interest, and applications (including a cover letter and resume) should be submitted via email to ColgateDEOAA@wittkieffer.com. Recruitment will continue until the position is filled; for fullest consideration, candidates should submit their materials as soon as possible and by no later than July 10.

Confidential inquiries and questions concerning this search may be directed to the Witt/Kieffer consultant supporting this search, Patricia Coleman, through the office of Donna Janulis at (630) 575-6131.


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