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Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (Administrator IV)

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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Dominguez Hills
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time

Position Information     

This is a full-time, permanent (probationary) position.

This is a full-time management (MPP) position.  MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President.  MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

WittKieffer is supporting California State University-Dominguez Hills in this recruitment. All applications, nominations and inquiries are invited. Applications should include, as separate documents, a CV or resume and a letter of interest addressing the themes in the leadership profile. For full consideration, applicant materials should be received by January 10, 2022. Application materials should be submitted using WittKieffer’s candidate portal.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to: Charlene Aguilar and Christine Pendleton at

Conditions of Employment         

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required.  Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment.  CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Application Deadline & Salary Information         

Review of applications will begin 01/10/2022, and the position will remain Open until Filled.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

Major Duties

The CDEIO is a visionary and transformational leader who develops and operationalize a plan for diversity and inclusive excellence for the campus. Reporting to the President, the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO) is responsible for developing and implementing proactive strategies to advance diversity and inclusive excellence as core values throughout all aspects of the university community, business practices and programming in support of the California State University, Dominguez Hills’ commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action. In collaboration with the appropriate stakeholders, the CDEIO will embrace CSUDH’s inclusive, evolving definition of diversity that includes but is not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religious and spiritual identity, nationality, veteran status, physical and cognitive ability, mental health, social and economic status, and political and ideological perspectives.

The CDEIO will lead efforts to develop and implement a strategic plan for diversity and inclusion aligned with the university’s strategic plan; shape campus policies around equity and inclusion; develop methods and infrastructure for data collection and communication around equity, diversity and inclusion efforts; develop recruitment and retention programs for diverse faculty and staff; and foster community partnerships. The position oversees the Office of Equity and Inclusion which includes Title IX and Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (DHR).


Master's degree is required.

A minimum of eight (8) years of successful and progressive experience in a leadership and supervisory role directly related to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

Proven experience facilitating and leading diversity and inclusion efforts in a diverse university setting.

Proven experiences as an organizational leader and program builder, specifically around initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access and inclusion in a professional environment.

Doctorate or equivalent terminal degree is preferred.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 

Demonstrated ability as a strategic and innovative visionary, ability to be unbiased, strategic; a creative thinker and active listener who can mediate diverse opinions to address shared needs.

Thorough knowledge of assessment, research and best practices around campus diversity, its benefits, and the conditions that must be in place to achieve inclusive excellence.

Demonstrated track record and deep commitment to developing effective diversity and inclusion initiatives; proven institutional leader, building programs, managing high performing teams, and promoting diversity in a complex organizational setting.

Ability to understand the needs and expectations of the university by working collaboratively with students, faculty, staff, administrators, community partners and other stakeholders;

Thorough knowledge regarding research, scholarship, and rigorous assessment practices that address campus diversity, its benefits, and the conditions that must be in place to achieve those benefits

Demonstrated skills with collecting tracking, managing, and using data to provide transparency on issues of diversity, to assess program outcomes, and to increase shared accountability;

Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the area of strategic diversity leadership at an organizational level, working through both the formal networks of institutional governance and the informal networks of campus culture and co-curricular activities.

Demonstrated skill in communication and conflict-resolution needed to navigate politically-charged situations to resolve problems, build consensus, and reconcile competing interests.

Ability to be unbiased, strategic; a creative thinker and active listener who can mediate diverse opinions to address shared needs;

Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the area of anti-bias / anti-oppression work at an organizational level.

Certification: Valid Drivers License 


50% - Formulate and articulate a shared vision and contemporary definition of equity, diversity and inclusion within the context of a diverse institution and provide leadership, concrete steps, counsel and advocacy.

• Design and implement programs to foster a culture of inclusion and engagement policies, procedures, programs, and initiatives.

• Develop and implement proactive strategies to monitor and evaluate institution-wide progress toward creating diverse, inclusive and equitable programs

• Establish continuous monitoring of the campus environment which includes regular assessment and evaluation of the campus climate.

• In collaboration with other campus leaders, the CDEIO will identify policies and practices that may have an adverse impact on a particular demographic; and develop policies that promote an equitable campus community.

• Develop methods and infrastructure for data collection and communication around equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.

• Develop a sustainable framework for the continued promotion of inclusive practices. Analyze data and collect any additional data needed to support decision making.

• Assist with the creation and implementation of communication strategies and content management for training, web resources (internal and external audiences), and print materials to support diversity and related initiatives.

• Consult with appropriate University Officials regarding complaints of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation, focusing on CSU policies and procedures on legally protected statuses.

• Enhance programs and training regarding on-campus bias and ensure the appropriate University response for the community or communities involved.

• Design and implement programmatic initiatives that help to change the culture of the campus. 

30% -  Engage with diverse stakeholders around the community to establish and increase inclusive excellence.

• Lead initiatives to drive inclusion-related messages campus-wide, to increase diversity and inclusion awareness and create a common understanding of expectations, resources, and efforts to support inclusion and belonging

• Provide coaching and consultation to individuals and groups regarding cross-cultural conflicts and disputes.

• Lead the implementation of forums, develop, implement, evaluate appropriate training, workshops, presentations, learning modules and other strategies that promote diversity, equity and inclusion to enhance the quality of the University’s workforce through educational and training opportunities.

• Interact with the broader student community to explore ways to positively impact climate issues on campus.  

15% - Consult senior leaders to integrate diversity and equity practices into institutional employment and workplace practices, including business practices and programming in support of the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action.

• Assess climate surveys and conceptualize retention programs.

• Ensure compliance with applicable federal/state laws, policies, and procedures (e.g., Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity). Assist with preparing a variety of reports and correspondence, including but not limited to employment, equity, diversity, and inclusion activities required by state and federal agencies.

• Collaborate with faculty and staff in Faculty Affairs and Human Resources Management to develop strategies for recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff; assess efforts to achieve the university’s equity hiring and retention goals.

• Navigate the terrain of academic affairs and collaborate with Deans, department chairs, and faculty to develop and implement diversity goals in faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention

5% - Other duties as assigned. 

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.   For more information or definition of these terms, please visit:

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at , or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639. Upon appointment, all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free.  Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property.  Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9

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