Chief Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
equity and inclusion have always been part of Duquesne University. Duquesne's
Catholic Spiritan founders have always believed in welcoming all and excluding
none. The University’s founding in 1878 took place because recent immigrants
and their families, working in the steel mills and factories, were being
systematically denied opportunity in Pittsburgh’s growing economic and societal
network. Today, Duquesne continues to have a strong commitment to DEI. It is
seen every day in our community’s nearly 9,000 students representing 48 states,
75 countries and a broad range of diverse backgrounds and experiences. DEI is
essential to advancing the University's mission.
under the leadership of President Ken Gormley, Duquesne has shown a greater and
more visible level of commitment to DEI efforts. In 2018, the University
launched its five-year strategic plan with DEI as a key imperative of that
plan. As noted in the plan, “[a]s Duquesne has become more complex and has
drawn people from around the nation and the world, the strategic plan
necessitates that the University commit to vibrancy and a climate to foster
achievement.” Since then, the University has taken many important actions to
boost its commitment to DEI including the formation of the President's Advisory
Council for Diversity and Inclusion. At President Ken Gormley’s request in Fall
2020, the University began engaging in a comprehensive process with the goal of
creating a more diverse, inclusive and equitable campus community which has
already resulted in tangible outcomes such as a framework for a DEI Action
Planning process, the creation of a bias and education response team, and new
space for the University’s student-facing Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
The Position and a Summary of Duties:
Diversity Officer and Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion (the “CDO”) will be a member of the President’s cabinet and a
visible, accessible, knowledgeable, and trusted diversity, equity and inclusion
(“DEI”) leader. The CDO will champion
the importance and value of a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment and
lead the development of effective strategies to create, support and advance a
culture of respect where all individuals are able to thrive and engage fully in
Duquesne’s academic, intellectual, social, and spiritual life. The CDO will be responsible for overseeing
the coordination and development of DEI initiatives across campus in support of
a learning and working environment where all have an opportunity to
Duties and Responsibilities:
Serve as an innovative,
collaborative and persuasive leader as the University’s inaugural CDO.
Advise the President and senior
leaders on issues relating to University DEI strategy and develop and present
an array of innovative ideas and program concepts for consideration, selection
and implementation by the President and the appropriate University unit.
Develop or coordinate strategies, programs
and initiatives that enhance the University’s efforts to foster and increase
diversity, improve equity, and cultivate inclusion for all students, faculty
Serve as a key collaborator with
the Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, the Title IX office, the
Disability Resources office, the Center for Excellence in Diversity and Student
Inclusion, faculty DEI leadership within the Provost’s office and in DEI
committees, and other University units that are focused on equity, diversity
and inclusion (collectively “Key Campus Partners”).
and advance DEI by working proactively, strategically and collaboratively with
units across the entire Duquesne community.
with Key Campus Partners, actively engage and connect with students, faculty
and staff to establish trust, using effective cross-cultural skills to
collaborate, motivate, partner and facilitate productive dialog.
or coordinate educational opportunities for University community members on issues
of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Serve as the coordinator of the President’s
Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Participate as an active member of
the President’s Cabinet and collaborate with Cabinet leaders to ensure that
their functional work areas, communications and decisions are aligned with
diversity, equity and inclusion strategies.
Develop agreed means to measure
and provide internal progress reporting of DEI initiatives.
Provide input with respect to
institutional planning, assessment, resource allocation and budgeting processes
as requested to help ensure that the University’s goals are achieved.
Demonstrate a commitment to
continuous quality improvement, outstanding service to stakeholders, and a
standard of professionalism and leadership that reflects the University’s
vision, mission, values, strategic priorities and goals as a Catholic and
Adhere to compliance with
applicable rules and regulations.
with Key Campus Partners, grow and sustain relationships among external
organizations that support the University’s DEI strategies and goals, including
coordination of DEI initiatives within the external community through
conversation, training, curricula and/or programming.
duties as assigned.
Experience, Skills and Abilities:
of six years’ experience in higher education or a related organization with DEI
teaching, coaching and program development experience.
implementation and assessment of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and
experience in consulting with internal and external constituents.
competencies, including strong emotional intelligence and the ability to engage
and build relationships with constituencies.
in communication (both written and oral) and a proven track record of
facilitating conversations and mediating diverse opinions.
organizational and leadership skills.
to quality, integrity and confidentiality.
to impact organizational change.
of DEI policy, research and practice.
Education and Certifications:
Degree or other advanced degree required
PhD or other terminal degree preferred