Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Red Rocks Community College
Lakewood, California
Jul 27, 2021
Aug 10, 2021
Position Type
Executive / President
Full Time
Organization Type
Position Title: Executive Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Position Information Executive Director DEI Information

Position Title Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Position Number 100195

Primary Physical Work


13300 West Sixth Avenue

Salary $90,659.77/annual

Starting Pay Rate Starting Salary is not negotiable

Anticipated Start Date Fall 2021

FLSA Status Exempt, this position is not eligible for overtime.

Closing Date Sunday August 15, 2021 by 11:59 p.m.

Job Type Full Time

Benefits RRCC offers a range of benefit choices (Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance, Supplemental Retirement

Plans, PERA, Disability Benefits, and more). For

additional information, please visit the CCCS Employee

Retirement The Colorado Public Employees' Retirement Association (PERA) provides retirement and other benefits to

employees of the State of Colorado.

Time Off • Leave Accruals (Leave prorated for appointments

under 100%)

• (Over 12 months, based on full time appointment accruals)

• Other Leave

• Administrative Leave for Academic and

Volunteer Activities: (18 hours per fiscal year)

• Four Holidays are observed on an alternate

Luther King Jr. Day, and President's Day). RRCC

observes these holidays between Christmas Day

and New Year's Day, resulting in campus being

closed from Christmas Day through New Year's

Day, with eligible employees on Holiday Leave

• Military Leave

Online Application Click Here to Begin Your Application

Position Announcement:

Red Rocks Community College is seeking applications for a full-time Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion to join our Executive Leadership team!

Red Rocks Community College exemplifies extraordinary. We are dedicated to our Vision and Mission, which promote student achievement, staff empowerment, and community engagement. We live our values: Integrity, Collaboration, Learning, Inclusiveness, and Communication. We encourage applications from individuals whose background and interests align with our commitment to inclusiveness and welcome you to visit the RRCC Inclusion & Diversity webpage for additional information.

With an unrivaled reputation grounded in our Values, we stand out as a cutting-edge model in higher education. We are one of the first community colleges in the country to offer both Bachelor's and Master's degree programs. Our continued pursuit of excellence is instilled in our employees and has inspired a dynamic and passionate culture.

Summary of Position:

The Executive Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) serves as the principal diversity officer at the College. In support of the college's mission, vision, strategic plan, and core values, the Executive Director of DEI is responsible for leading the college's Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion with oversight that encompasses several areas within the college that address student and employee academic engagement, climate, access, and equity. In addition, the Executive Director of DEI as member of the Executive Cabinet works with the Cabinet to ensure a coordinated and cohesive institutional approach to diversity, equity, inclusion and organizational excellence.

Required Qualifications:

• A Master's degree in social justice, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management or another related field.

o Experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.

• Five Years progressive administrative and management leadership experience in a higher educational setting.

• One (1) year experience working with executive and administrative staff

• Demonstrated sustained, inclusive and decisive leadership in higher education.

• Additional job-related education may substitute for required experience on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience in creating and establishing an Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

• Five Years Community College management experience.

• College teaching experience with curriculum development.

• Membership in or experience working in diverse communities and supporting the success of students and staff from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in the College.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

• Verbal and written communication skills including the ability to give and receive information accurately, present information to groups and in public settings and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.

• The understanding of student development theories through a critical lens.

Description of Position

Access and Equity

• Provide vision and leadership through strategic planning and process development in order to transition the College to a fully accepting and inclusive community of learners.

• Improve college DEI performance metrics surrounding employees and students by evaluating institutional and community data. Establish an internal audit process and reporting system to allow for effective measurement of College diversity and equity efforts and produce reports to the College community.

• Assist the college in strengthening pipelines that actively work to recruit, retain and promote the success of underrepresented faculty, staff and students. Work closely with the Dean of Enrollment Management in the recruitment of a diverse student body and Human Resources in the pursuit of a more diverse faculty and staff.

• Collaborate with K-12 and college partners to facilitate increased educational attainment for students from marginalized communities.

• Identify and develop strategies to remove barriers faced by under-served students and employees.

• Oversee periodic assessments of the campus climate and use results to design programs and interventions to improve culture.

• Exhibit innovation in responding to present-day requirements while proactively preparing for the future demographic and innovative shifts for the college.

• Lead RRCC in the annual review of college policies and procedures with an equity and diversity framework. Assist Human Resources in the review of policies and procedures for recruitment, onboarding and continuous development of employees.

Academic Engagement

• Assist faculty to provide culturally responsive pedagogical approaches by integrating diversity, equity and inclusion into curriculum development, instructional strategies and service.

• Collaborate with Student Success in co-curricular engagement including highimpact practices that serve a diverse student body.

• Manage the recognition of community-engaged learning and services of employees who engage in formal or informal forms of mentorship with other faculty, staff and/or students from underrepresented backgrounds.

• Work to achieve cross-unit objectives in support of institutional efforts.


• Lead the identification, planning, implementation and assessment of educational programming and training to make the College a more equitable, inclusive community and a sense of belonging for students and employees.

• Cultivate a psychological and behavioral environment supportive of all faculty, staff and students inclusive of all intersecting identities through mechanisms to assess and mitigate harassment.

• Build strong relationships and establish collaborative partnerships across the college with students, faculty, and staff as well as with other divisions, department and units.

• Serve in a consultant role to informally and formally investigate complaints and attempt to resolve them, usually through recommendations or mediation. Work to resolve Civil Rights Incident Reports in collaboration with Human Resources.

• Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion programming into broader structures for creating a welcoming and supportive campus community (Affirmative Action, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act, etc.).

• Provide oversight for all campus diversity and inclusion compliance efforts for students, faculty, and staff, including Title IX, Title VII and Section 504. Serve as Deputy Title IX Coordinator and work to achieve Title IX application throughout the College.

• Serve as a member of the campus response team, as appropriate.

• Serve as a liaison to outside agencies. Lead a college/community advisory group to involve local citizens and alumni for diversity and inclusion efforts.

• Assist Campus Police/Public Safety with concerns, policies affecting campus climate.

How to Apply:

Complete applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Sunday August 15, 2021. To apply for this position, click here to begin your application, including the following:

1. A cover letter describing your professional experiences and addressing the required and preferred qualifications.

2. A resume.

4. Please provide a statement addressing the following three subjects: 1.) Your knowledge about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 2.) Your track record in advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and, 3.) Your plans for advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Additional upload sections are available in the application to include optional attachments.

Please note the following prior to beginning your application:

• Your application progress cannot be saved. If you exit prior to submitting your materials, you will need to restart the application.

• As a part of the application process, you will be asked to provide the name, phone number, and email address of three professional references. References will only be contacted for candidates at the second level interview stage.

• You will be required to attach a cover letter, resume, and transcripts. Your cover letter should describe your professional experiences and address the required and preferred qualifications.

• Once you submit your application, you will no longer have an opportunity to review or make changes.

• You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been received.

RRCC offers a range of benefit choices (Medical, Dental, Vision, FSA, Life Insurance, Supplemental Retirement Plans, PERA, Disability Benefits, and more). For additional information, please visit the CCCS Employee Benefit Website.

The Assessment Process:

Red Rocks Community College utilizes selection and/or search committees in the hiring process for vacant positions. All applications received by the closing deadline listed on this announcement will be reviewed to determine if applicants meet required qualifications. All applicants meeting the required qualifications will be considered for an interview with the department.

Be sure your application materials specifically address your qualifications, experience, work products, and accomplishments, as they relate to the position responsibilities, required qualifications, and preferred qualifications sections of this announcement.

Upload additional documents, if necessary, to fully explain your experience and qualifications as they relate to this position. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions and apply by the listed submission deadline, may result in your application not being accepted for this position, and may affect your inclusion as a qualified candidate at any stage in the search/selection process for this position.

Transcripts Required:

An unofficial copy of transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.

Assessment is required for Transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States for U.S. equivalency by a NACES educational credential evaluation service. This documentation is the responsibility of the applicant and must be included as part of your application materials. Failure to provide a transcript or credential evaluation report may result in the rejection of your application and you will not be continued in the search/selection process for this position announcement. If selected as the finalist for the position, official transcripts are required as a condition of employment.

Necessary Special Requirements:

Must submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment background check as a condition of hire. Felony convictions or conviction of crimes of moral turpitude or convictions of misdemeanors related to job duties may disqualify you from consideration for this position. Should your background check reveal any charges and convictions, it is your responsibility to provide RRCC Office of Human Resources with an official disposition of the charges.

Note: Former employees of the Colorado Community College System or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this within your application materials.

Red Rocks Community College is committed to diversity in its people and programs.

The College is an equal opportunity educational institution and does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex/gender, sexual orientation gender identity, religion, age, national/ ethnic origin, pregnancy status, veteran's status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or any other category protected by applicable law, in its employment practices or educational programs and activities.

RRCC has designated the Executive Director of Human Resources as its Affirmative Action Officer/Equal Opportunity Administrator/Title IX Administrator with the responsibility to coordinate its civil rights compliance activities and grievance procedures. For information, contact Executive Director of Human Resources, Title IX Coordinator, Title VII/Equal Opportunity Coordinator, ADA/Sec 504 Coordinator, 13300 West Sixth Avenue, Lakewood, CO 80228. 303-914-6298.

Reasonable accommodation will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities.

If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in the application process, please notify Human Resources at 303-914-6570.

RRCC conducts pre-employment background checks on all employment finalists to determine or verify background information, including criminal history, references from previous employment, qualifications, and, when applicable, driving history. Employment offers are contingent upon receiving a satisfactory report.

For information regarding Red Rocks Community College Security, including crime statistics for the Red Rocks Community College Lakewood and Arvada campuses, please see the Red Rocks Community College campus security website at http://www.rrcc.edu/police/. For a hard copy report, please contact 303.914.6494.

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