Director, Equity and Diversity

Director, Equity and Diversity

CSUN's Commitment to You

CSUN is committed to achieving excellence through teaching, scholarship, learning and inclusion. Our values include respect for all people, building partnerships with the community, and encouragement of innovation, experimentation and creativity. CSUN strives to cultivate a community in which a diverse population can learn and work in an atmosphere of civility and respect. CSUN is especially interested in candidates who make contributions to equity and inclusion in the pursuit of excellence for all members of the university community.

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.

Reporting to the Chief Diversity Officer, and the President on matters of Title IX, the Director of Equity and Diversity is responsible for providing leadership in the administration of a comprehensive range of university services, policies, and procedures in support of a working and learning environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. The director provides leadership, consultation, and direction to achieve a positive and vigorous campus nondiscrimination and equal opportunity program that goes well beyond the fulfillment of basic regulatory and procedural requirements to one with emphasis on fulfilling the equity, fairness, and diversity goals of the University. This position supports the advocacy efforts of the President, Vice Presidents, faculty, staff and in particular, the Chief Diversity Officer in the University's ongoing commitment to equity and diversity. The Director of Equity and Diversity provides strategic oversight and day-to-day work direction to employees in the Office of Equity and Diversity and oversees the receipt and processing of complaints, issues, and concerns from faculty, staff, students, and/or outside agencies involving allegations of harassment, discrimination, and/or retaliation. The director serves as the campus American with Disabilities Act (ADA) Coordinator; the campus Title IX Coordinator and the Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (DHR) Administrator, in addition to serving on committees, boards, or councils.

A master's degree, or a combination of a four-year Bachelor's degree plus relevant experience; demonstrated evidence of at least five years experience in equity and diversity, human resources, higher education administration, public administration, or equivalent; knowledge of and ability to interpret federal and state laws regarding civil rights, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and affirmative action; strong knowledge of Title IX regulations and related federal and state laws, gender discrimination, sexual violence, and sexual harassment; knowledge of case law, university policy, trends, and issues affecting higher education; demonstrated record of accomplishment of overseeing and conducting sensitive investigations, reviewing investigation reports, and exercising judgment in making findings regarding whether violations of non-discrimination, sexual violence, or sexual harassment policy or law have been committed; ability to handle and maintain highly confidential information with discretion, sensitivity, and good judgment; effective interpersonal and communication skills building credibility and unity around sensitive and complex issues; ability to advise and consult on sensitive matters related to harassment and discrimination; demonstrated ability to convey sensitive information in written reports; demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills at management level; results-oriented with proven ability to design and manage effective administrative processes; job related experience demonstrating commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion; strongly preferred to have earned a Juris Doctorate and have work experience in a higher education institution; experience in a collective bargaining environment in a university setting desired; knowledge of CSU/California EEO policies, procedures and regulations is desirable.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule
Salary is commensurate with knowledge, skills, and experience. The university offers excellent fringe benefits.

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. 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 position is filled.

How To Apply
Candidates should apply by completing the CSUN on-line application at 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 April 2, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. For more detailed information on the application and hiring process, please visit the following link:

Equal Employment Opportunity
CSUN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, and disability. Our nondiscrimination policy is set forth in CSU Executive Order 1096. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting Recruitment Services at 818-677-2101.

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