Senior Director for Caltech Center for Diversity

California Institute of Technology in California

Date Posted July 31, 2015
Type Administrative
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Senior Director for Caltech Center for Diversity


Job Category: Fulltime Regular

Job Summary:
Caltech is a destination for the best and brightest scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. The best science happens in a community of diverse thinkers who bring different perspectives to hard questions; diversity is essential to achieving Caltech's mission. To this end, the Institute seeks to create a position that will act as an advisor, strategist, and implementer for diversity efforts, programs, and services.
Under the auspices of the Office of the Provost, the Senior Director for the Caltech Center for Diversity reports directly to the Vice Provost and Chief Diversity Officer. In this role, the incumbent will work in concert with the lnstitute's Chief Diversity Officer to implement strategic diversity goals and directing the programs and activities of the Caltech Center for Diversity. The mission of the Caltech Center for Diversity is to provide leadership and outreach, and policy and programming support for the campus wide equity initiatives associated with faculty, postdoctoral scholars, students, and staff.

Job Duties:
• Direct all activities, programs, and services of the Caltech Center for Diversity.
• Manage of a staff of 3 professional staff with focus in the areas of underserved populations, LGBTQ, and women.
• Under the direction of the Chief Diversity Officer, work on best practices, research, services and programs that promote Institute diversity at all academic levels, including faculty, postdoc, graduate and undergraduate.
• Provide resources, best practices and diversity strategies for the Deans, Student Affairs Directors, and faculty.
• Create and manage programs that provide academic guidance and personal support for underrepresented minority, LGBTQ, and women students. These programs should include, but are not limited to advising, academic excellence, mentoring programs, seminars, and workshops.
• Collect and analyze data on student academic progress in order to identify and respond to retention concerns and needs.
• Serve as Institute representative with national multicultural organizations and with parallel programs at other colleges and universities.
• Develop pipeline strategies and opportunities to attract underserved, LGBTQ, and women faculty and student populations. Collaborate with the Admissions Office in its outreach and secondary school relations efforts.
• Work in partnership with Development to assist in generating program funding.
• Work with Graduate Office to develop outreach and pipeline strategies.
• Develop and provide educational programming for faculty and staff regarding recognizing and eliminating unconscious bias.
• Work in concert with the Caltech Center for Teaching Learning and Outreach as well as assist with campus programs that target underserved students at the college and high school levels.
• Provide leadership and partnership with Institute administrators, faculty, students, alumni, and friends of Caltech to recognize and strengthen the climate for diversity at the Institute and to offer opportunities for minority students to develop their academic, social, and career potential.

Basic Qualifications:
• A Master’s degree with demonstrated knowledge of or experience in administering and managing multicultural, LGBTQ, and women programs and services in higher education.
• A knowledge of underserved student issues in higher education and issues facing diverse students in science is required.
• Strong interpersonal skills, including the demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively with other staff and faculty.
• Demonstrated ability to assess, design and implement effective programs and policies that address issues of diversity in higher education, preferably in science, engineering and math.
• Excellent oral and written communication abilities.
• Demonstrated management experience is required.
• Ability to articulate vision and exhibit leadership characteristics
• Demonstrated success in promoting a strong commitment to diversity programs and issues.
• Financial management experience in developing departmental budgets and tracking and projecting expenditures.

Preferred Qualifications:

• PhD is strongly preferred
• An ongoing interest in science and knowledge about many of the scientific and technical topics that are regularly covered at Caltech

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