Chief Diversity Officer

Chief Diversity Officer

San José State University (SJSU) seeks a strategic and action-oriented leader who is collaborative, innovative, and committed to inclusive excellence to serve as its next Chief Diversity Officer (CDO).

Founded in 1857, San José State University (SJSU) is the oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast. Located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley, San José State is the fifth largest of the 23 campuses of the California State University (CSU) system and the largest four-year university system in the United States. It is one of the most diverse universities in the U.S., with over 85% of its population self-reporting as students of color and 42% identifying as first-generation college students. It is also a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI). As one of the 200 top research universities in the nation, San José State has robust NSF and NIH-funded research programs and one of the highest levels of research funding in the CSU system. San José State also offers rigorous coursework to more than 36,000 undergraduate and graduate students in nine colleges.

San José State is well positioned to become a pre-eminent urban public university welcoming its 31st president and internationally recognized Latina leader and scholar, Cynthia Teniente-Matson to campus in January 2023. With strong enrollments and a renewed commitment to excellence in teaching and research, the campus is poised to grow and innovate, strengthening its connection to the surrounding San José and Silicon Valley community and further fulfilling its social justice mission of access and equity. A new strategic plan- Transformation 2030 -was released in the spring of 2019, laying the groundwork for the next ten years of unparalleled growth.

SJSU seeks a transformative strategic and innovative leader to join in partnership with the President and Cabinet in helping the institution realize the full measure of its promise and possibility of the educational benefits of a racially diverse and inclusive student body that is unique to this institution. The successful candidate will have held or served in prior senior/executive diversity officer roles and have a documented history of effectively developing and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs in a matrixed organization coupled with in-depth knowledge of theory and practice. Additional qualifications include experience advancing efforts through successful strategies and initiatives and using data and research to inform strategic analysis, assessment and measurement of effective policies in the service of planning and executing programs. SJSU seeks candidates whose personal and professional experiences reflect a commitment to and knowledge of students, staff, and faculty and the higher education landscape writ large. A minimum of seven years of successful and progressive experience working in a complex organization including management level and supervision of a team. A graduate or professional degree is required; a doctoral degree is preferred. Experience in a collective bargaining environment is a plus.

The CDO participates in all aspects of institutional planning in support of San José State University mission and goals, including meeting the needs of a diverse student, faculty, and staff population in creating a learning and working environment where all can succeed. The CDO oversees the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ODEI) and serves as lead and tri-chair of the Campus Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (CCDEI).

Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received no later than July 27, 2023.

Candidates should provide, as two separate documents, a resume and a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, available at . Professional references and other documents are not requested at this time. Application materials should be submitted using candidate portal

The salary for the role is anticipated to be between $200,000 - $220,000. The final hiring salary is commensurate with experience.

Nominations and inquiries can be directed to consultants Charlene Aguilar and Jevon Walton at:

San José State University (SJSU) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, creed, disability, ethnicity, gender, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, race, religion or lack thereof, sex, sexual orientation, transgender, or protected veteran status consistent with applicable federal and state laws. This policy applies to all SJSU students, faculty and staff programs and activities. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and certain other federal and state laws, prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in all education programs and activities operated by the university (both on and off campus).

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