Director of the Diversity Center

  • Job posted by California State University, Stanislaus

Job Type

Part Time




United States


Director of the Diversity Center

The Director of the Diversity Center is a full-time, 12 month, MPP (Management Personnel Plan) position and reports directly to the Associate Vice President, Student Affairs/Dean of Students.

In consultation and coordination with the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students (AVP/DOS) and in support of students and the University's mission with respect to diversity and inclusion, the Director for the Diversity Center will establish and develop a new Diversity Center on campus. The incumbent will provide leadership, vision, and advocacy in the development of what will become a comprehensive range of activities, programs, and strategies that advance diversity, equity, social justice, and inclusive excellence with students, faculty, and staff at Stanislaus State University.

The Director leads innovative efforts to provide an integrated approach to identify, implement, and evaluate programs and practices directed to addressing/impacting diversity-related issues on the campus and in the community. The Director provides creative leadership regarding the role the Diversity Center plays in support of the academic and public service missions of Stanislaus State University. Diversity is inclusive of a broad range of identities and their intersections (i.e. gender, race/ethnicity, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nation of origin, religion/spirituality, veterans, age, etc.).

Director works broadly across the university to establish and nurture campus-wide collaborations to educate and promote understanding and awareness of diversity issues. The Director acts as an information conduit, establishing effective communications between the administration and the campus community to help leverage diversity initiatives and fuel the diversity change process.

Working with the Center's Advisory Board (comprised of students, faculty, and staff) the Director develops strategic plans and objectives for the unit. The incumbent also oversees the Center's operations, including budget development and human resources management; development and implementation of outreach programs, and development of training opportunities that incorporate understanding of student development and leadership principles in the day-to-day operation of the Center.

The Director works closely with the AVP/DOS to perform a variety of responsibilities, research-oriented tasks encompassing a broad array of very complex issues. Under general direction, the Director the Diversity center plans, organizes, and implements special studies or reports; drafts compelling written documentation in support of various strategic initiatives; and prepares case studies/statements, and letters that clearly and concisely document the facts and propose options for implementation or resolution.

The Director also reviews proposals or reports from other sources (internal and external) and prepares an analysis for the Director's review and use with University divisions, boards, campus constituent groups, the California State University system, and external constituencies, as appropriate.

At the direction of the AVP/DOS, the Director may also engage in special studies or research projects that include an assessment of the impact on both University and CSU system-wide policies or programs, with proposed options or recommendations that are based on a thorough analyses and presentation of the facts.

To effectively carry out these tasks, the Director will interface with various individuals/departments on campus, as well as individuals at the Office of the Chancellor of the CSU, other campuses within the CSU, and external entities, agencies, and individuals, as appropriate.

Qualifications and Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The successful candidate must have the ability to maintain confidentiality; manage complex issues simultaneously; develop appropriate recommendations based on the evaluation of the campus climate; gather, organize and analyze complex data for reporting purposes; prepare clear and understandable reports and/or presentations; communicate clearly and concisely (orally and in writing); establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with individuals/groups contacted in the course of work, including all individuals/groups within a diverse, multicultural community.) expertise in developing interactive and dynamic presentations; the ability to synthesize complex issues for both expert and non-expert audiences; and strong organizational and interpersonal skills.)
Knowledge of diversity and social justice issues including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual-orientation, religious, and class background.
Proven strong political acumen skills and ability to apply in diverse, complex organization. Proven ability to apply high ethical standards to business practices and decision-making.
Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in creating a climate of trust and respect and in aligning strategic initiatives and operational goals with the mission, values and business needs of the Diversity Center.
Demonstrated ability to provide leadership that motivates and develops staff and creates a positive work environment.
Demonstrated extensive work experience in the development, interpretation and recommendation of complex protocols and guidelines. Demonstrated outstanding ability to design, adapt, implement and evaluate new protocols, guidelines and reports.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact tactfully and diplomatically with all segments of the campus and community; skill in resolving conflict situations and in recognizing politically sensitive situations.
Knowledge of the mission, strategy, structure, and systems of CSU and Stanislaus State and application to functional area leadership and implementation of campus wide programs and initiatives.
Management experience to utilize resources effectively in achieving maximum benefit for the Center and the University.
Proven ability to use key business skills, including thinking and planning strategically, applying business acumen, analyzing needs, and proposing solutions, using financial and organizational measurement and other data, applying process redesign methods and practices, and influencing stakeholders.
Knowledge of the concepts of business and financial management principles.
Ability to understand, analyze, and interpret financial information and to identify necessary action plans.
Knowledge of University policies and procedures and Student Affairs protocols and guidelines pertaining to financial management and payroll/personnel administration.

Minimum Qualifications:
The candidate minimally will have an equivalent to graduation from a four-year college or university in a related field, plus upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing and job related conflict resolutions.
Equivalent to four years of progressively responsible professional student services and/or social justice related work experience which includes experience in advising students individually and in groups, and in analysis and resolution of complex student services problems. (A master's degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Ethic Studies, Gender Studies, Social Justice or a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience.)

Preferred Qualifications:
Master's Degree in Multi-Cultural and/or Ethnic Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, LGBTIQ+ studies, Disability Studies, Student Affairs, Student Development, Higher Education Administration or other relevant field.
5 years increasingly responsible administrative experience in multi-cultural programs, diversity programs, educational equity programs or the equivalent combination of related experiences and education.
Salary Range: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. This is a 12-month, full-time, CSU Management Personnel Plan (MPP) position with an excellent benefits package. For detailed information on management benefits please refer to the following benefit web page:

Anticipated Starting Date and Application Procedure: The position will remain open until filled. Initial screening of candidates will begin the week of November 1, 2018. The successful candidate will be eligible to start in the position January 2, 2019 or as soon as possible.

In addition to submitting a standard CSU Stanislaus employment application (download electronic application at, applicants should submit a resume with a cover letter addressing qualifications, as well as names and contact information for five professional references using one of the following methods:


California State University, Stanislaus
Attention: Human Resources
One University Circle, MSR 320
Turlock, CA 95382

(209) 664-7011

For questions, please call Neisha Rhodes at (209) 667-3609 or email

THE UNIVERSITY: California State University, Stanislaus serves the San Joaquin Valley and is a critical educational resource for a six county region of approximately 1.5 million people. Widely recognized for its quality academic programs, the University has 10 nationally accredited programs and approximately 400 full-time faculty. Over eighty percent of full time faculty holds doctorates or terminal degrees in their fields. The University offers 41 undergraduate majors, 24 master's programs, 7 post-graduate credentials, and a doctorate in education serving 8,900 students. New instructional facilities have been built for the unique pedagogy of professional programs, laboratory sciences, and performing arts.

CSU Stanislaus continues to receive national recognition with its ranking as one of the best 373 colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The University was one of 12 public universities in the nation to be recognized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for demonstrating exceptional performance in retention and graduation rates. In addition, U.S. News and World Report ranks CSU Stanislaus as one of 'The Top Public Universities-Master's' institutions in the West in its America's Best Colleges ratings. CSU Stanislaus also is recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. Additional information is available at the University's Web site:
Information contained in this announcement is subject to change with or without notice.

Applicants requiring necessary accommodations to the application process may contact the Human Resources Department at (209) 667-3351. California Relay Service is available at (800) 735-2922 voice and (800) 735-2929 TDD. As a federal contractor, we are committed to attracting a diverse applicant pool. Please consider completing the Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability form (your response will not be shared with the search committee) at:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Annual Security Report (ASR), is now available for viewing at The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Stanislaus State for the previous three years. A paper copy of the ASR is available upon request by contacting the Office of the Clery Director located at One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382, or by calling 209-667-3572.

The university is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply. CSU Stanislaus hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. 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.

Satisfactory completion of a background check (which includes checks of employment records, education records, criminal records, civil records; and may include motor vehicle records, professional licenses, and sex offender registries, as position requires) 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. In addition, this position may be designated under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code and, if so, will be subject to filing the Fair Political Practices Commission Form 700.<img src=";image=pixel"/>


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree