Chief Diversity Officer

Job Title: Chief Diversity Officer            

Job ID: 7058

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Job Code: 3306 Administrator III

Job Grade: Range A

Department: Equity & Diversity-8208


CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is strongly committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, active learning and diversity.  Our values include a respect for all people, building alliances with the community and the encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN actively encourages qualified candidates to apply who demonstrate a commitment to serving a diverse student population as well as a commitment to maintaining a respectful and inclusive work environment.


About the University

One of the largest universities in the country, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is an urban, comprehensive university that delivers award-winning undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 40,000 students annually and counts more than 330,000 alumni who elevate Southern California and beyond. Since its founding in 1958, CSUN has made a significant and long-term economic impact on California, generating nearly $1.9 billion in economic impact and more than 11,700 jobs each year. The LAEDC recognized CSUN as its 2015 Eddy Award winner for its positive economic impact. Serving more students on Pell Grants than any other institution in California, CSUN is also a social elevator and one of the most diverse universities in the country. CSUN ranks 13th in awarding bachelor's degrees to underrepresented minority students and seventh in bachelor's degrees to Latino students, serves the 13th largest Jewish student population, and enrolls the largest number of students who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing of any U.S. state university. The journal Nature recently named CSUN a Rising Star for scientific research, and the NSF ranks CSUN in the top five nationally among similar institutions for graduates who go on to earn doctorates in the sciences. CSUN is where individuals rise. And through them, so does Greater Los Angeles and beyond. 




The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) reports to the President and serves as an integrating partner with the Cabinet, campus leaders, faculty, staff, students, various university committees, and external constituencies to proactively develop and implement plans, programs, and activities that educate and motivate members of the University community to hold diversity and inclusion as core values to be collectively practiced in the University. The CDO serves as the university’s executive level strategist responsible for guiding efforts and creating opportunities to define, assess and promote diversity and inclusion, educational and employment opportunity, and cultural proficiency. The CDO serves as the leader of the Commission on Inclusion and Diversity Initiatives and oversees efforts to review and assess the impact and effectiveness of a wide range of diversity and inclusion programs and activities relating to faculty, staff and students. The CDO, in conjunction with senior academic and administrative leaders, makes recommendations on how to maximize institutional strengths and respond to identified needs in order to maintain an intentional and sustained focus on achieving inclusive excellence. The CDO provides strategic oversight and direction to the Office of Equity and Diversity which is responsible for promoting and implementing equity and diversity programs in support of a working and learning environment free of discrimination, harassment and retaliation and for conducting investigations related to discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including the principles and compliance requirements of Title IX.



A Master’s degree from an accredited institution; doctorate preferred. A minimum of five years of experience leading efforts in the area of diversity/inclusion with evidence of increasing responsibility. A record of leading and /or facilitating the effective completion of diversity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a higher education setting. Demonstration of in-depth, contemporary knowledge on issues of: access, inclusion, diversity, equity, and multiculturalism in a large complex organizational setting.  Demonstrated record of successfully working collaboratively in a team environment with senior leaders of the organization. Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a shared governance environment. Demonstrated record of collecting and using data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives and to achieve measurable results. Effective conflict resolution skills and the ability to find mutually acceptable solutions to difficult problems. Able to build consensus, find support and reconcile competing interests. Strong communication skills (verbal and written). Must have active listening skills along with sophisticated relational ability to connect with others across intersectional differences.  Demonstrated ability to: influence, build community, and develop effective programs related to diversity and inclusion.  Demonstrated experience in identifying and implementing diversity, inclusion and inter- cultural competency educational, awareness and high impact programs.


Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The university offers an excellent benefit package.


General Information     

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. This position is a sensitive position as designated by the CSU. A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position. Additionally, 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.


Effective Date of Appointment: As soon as possible.


How to Apply

Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application utilizing link and must attach a cover letter that addresses the qualifications above and a current resume, including names of three professional references.  Note – internal candidates should apply through the portal by accessing the View Job Openings/Apply link on the Human Resources / Employee pagelet.


Review of applications begins October 6, 2017 and continues until position is filled. For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the link below:


Equal Employment Opportunity

California State University, Northridge is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  We consider applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services.