Position Title:Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Equal Opportunity
Purpose of Position
The Chief Diversity Officer and Director of Equal Opportunity is responsible for developing and implementing the university-wide faculty and staff recruitment plan., ensuring that Texas A&M University-Commerce remains in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, requirements of federal and state governing agencies, and applicable Texas A&M University System policies and regulations regarding Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.
- Develops objectives and engages in strategic planning consistent with the university’s mission and vision; provides leadership, strategic direction, and coordination for all aspects of the university’s commitment to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff.
- Serves as chief spokesperson for the university related to recruitment, diversity, inclusion, and equity.
- Develops and implements a coordinated and comprehensive diversity plan.
- Provides counsel to the President and the Provost on strategies for attracting and retaining culturally diverse students, faculty, and staff to Texas A&M University-Commerce, and to strengthen, sustain, and promote diversity efforts.
- Provides counsel to Deans, Department Heads, and members of search committees regarding the initiation and conduct of faculty and staff searches in order to achieve the goal of attracting a culturally diverse faculty and staff to Texas A & M University-Commerce.
- Monitors the process of recruitment, screening, and placement university wide. Ensures these processes are in compliance with current laws, policies, and regulations. Maintains records of applicant flow to determine results of recruitment and selections practices in accordance with university AA/EEO objectives and applicable employment regulations.
- Supervises the university’s compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Pay Act, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, Title IX of the Education Amendments, and Sections 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
- Keeps abreast of pertinent legislation, rules, regulations, and court decisions relating to employment; interprets and ensures compliance with Federal and state laws and regulations relating to Affirmative Action and EEO.
- Assists in the interpretation and implementation of the philosophy, vision, values, and mission of the university.
- Develops and administers the annual budgets for the Office of Diversity and Equal Opportunity program areas; monitors and approves expenditures and recommends necessary adjustments.
- Maintains a proactive approach to employee relations by conducting exit interviews to determine reasons for separations.
Contributes to the effective team management of all relevant problems, issues and opportunities.
This job description shall include, but is not necessarily limited to, the above duties. May temporarily perform other duties assigned to maintain operations and services.
Marginal Functions will vary with the specific assignment and depend on the particular unit or function for which the person is responsible. Consideration will be given on a case by case basis and reassignment of marginal duties will be made when appropriate.
Knowledge & Skill Requirements
Requires an MBA or MasterÔ??s in a related field. Six years of professional administration, knowledge of applicable federal and state employment law, employee relations practices and dispute resolution skills, and the ability to relate sensitively to persons of diverse backgrounds and ability levels; strong oral and written communication skills, previous supervisory experience. Two years of previous higher education experience in recruitment of faculty and staff. Ph.D. and fluency in English and Spanish preferred.