[C24-041] Senior Associate Equity and Inclusion Officer


Senior Associate Equity and Inclusion Officer

Office of Equity and Inclusion

Central Connecticut State University invites applications to join the Office of Equity and Inclusion as a Senior Associate Equity and Inclusion Officer. We seek a creative individual to advance our commitment to inclusion and diversity across campus. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in developing and implementing strategies and programs that promote an inclusive culture and address the needs of our diverse community.

About CCSU’s Office of Equity and Inclusion

Central's Office of Equity & Inclusion (OEI) aims to cultivate a campus environment that is equitable, inclusive, and respectful to enable students, faculty, and staff to realize their full potential. OEI works to develop and maintain a community of inclusion, as well as provide training and support on diversity, Title IX, and sexual harassment prevention. OEI strives to build an inclusive campus community where all can participate in a free and respectful exchange of ideas. In establishing this community of understanding, safety, and inclusion, we prepare students to serve and be successful in a diverse world.

Position Profile

Reporting directly to the Vice President of Equity and Well-Being, the Senior Associate Senior Equity and Inclusion Officer assists in the development, administration, and assessment of comprehensive inclusion programs, and collaboratively facilitates stakeholder engagement and education on matters pertaining to inclusion. This position facilitates and advocates for the integration of equity, inclusion and cultural competence across all aspects of the University and community-at-large, as well as identifies learning opportunities in alignment with institutional strategic plans and priorities. Along with other members of the OEI team, they monitor regional and national trends in diversity, equity, and inclusion and provide recommendations to address these trends throughout the University. The successful candidate is responsible for creating, coordinating, and providing trainings, workshops, and events focused on inclusion, equity, diversity, and cultural awareness. They work closely with university student organizations, task forces and committees to foster a sense of community and culture of belonging. In addition, they supervise the coordinator of the LGBTQ Center and director of the Women’s Center.

Applicant Evaluative Criteria

Applicant profiles and supplementary materials will be evaluated for appointment based on the following:

Required Qualifications


All applicants must possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a relevant field (e.g., education, sociology, social justice, public administration).

Experience and Training:

Minimum of six (6) years of professional experience in leading and managing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, preferably in  higher education.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of human rights, equal opportunity, rights of people with disabilities, multicultural and diversity, and  equity and inclusion issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret and apply regulations and applicable non-discrimination laws.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate multiple programs initiatives.
  • Demonstrated ability to promote and lead programs in collaboration with others, as well as to speak to and write to a wide variety of constituent and public groups.

Ideal Candidate

Master’s or doctoral degree in a related field (e.g., education, sociology, social justice, public administration) from an accredited institution.

Experience and Training:

Seven (7) plus years of professional experience focused on inclusion strategies, initiatives utilizing an equity or cultural lens, or a combination of education, training and experience that would lead to the competencies required for successful performance of the position’s essential duties.

  • Experience in diversity, equity, and inclusion work in a higher education setting, as well as a strong understanding of current issues and best practices related to equity and inclusion in higher education.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work with a culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse faculty, staff, and student body.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and implementing diversity and inclusion strategies and programs.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain constructive relationships with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and solve complex human relations problems.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise diplomacy, mediate controversy, and foster dialogue with multiple viewpoints to engage others in productive civil discourse that advances understanding of individual differences, equity and inclusion efforts.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and concern for the rights of all people.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply resilience, flexibility, and creativity in approaching complex problems, as well as the ability to respond with equanimity to crisis and extremely sensitive situations.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills including the ability to relate and work collegially, constructively and effectively with a variety of stakeholders, groups and individuals, as well as the ability to work independently.

To Apply

To begin the application process, select the apply button and electronically submit the following documents by July 16, 2024.

  • Letter of interest addressing the qualifications for this position.
  • Current Résumé
  • Names of three current professional references with title, email addresses and telephone numbers.

Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. E-mailed, and mailed applications will not be accepted. Please redact any personally identifiable information (i.e., Social Security Number, date of birth, marital status, country of origin) from any documents submitted.

Inquiries may be sent to Dr. Beth Merenstein, Search Committee Chair, at 860-832-3174 or merensteinb@ccsu.edu.

Compensation and Employee Benefits

The Senior Associate Equity and Inclusion Officer is compensated at the Manager 3 salary level in accordance with CSCU Human Resources Policies for Management and Confidential Professional Personnel.

For more information, please visit Management & Confidential Policies.

The State of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University are proud to offer its employees competitive wages and a wide range of fringe benefits including voluntary and supplemental benefits.

Fringe benefits include: paid personal, vacation and sick leave accruals; medical, dental, and prescription plans; group life insurance; retirement; retiree health care; tuition waiver for employee and eligible dependents at any of the Connecticut State Universities (Central, Eastern, Southern or Western) as well as an array of voluntary and supplemental benefits such as Deferred Retirement Contribution plans, Dependent Care Assistance and Medical Flexible spending accounts; long and short term disability insurance plans.

For more detailed information, please visit CCSU Human Resources.

As an affirmative action employer, Central Connecticut State University actively seeks and encourages applications from women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals with protected veteran status. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.