Chief Diversity Officer

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  • Job Number:523570
  • Classification:Senior Administrator Director
  • Grade:Senior Administrator
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Chancellor
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Executive/Director/Management, Administrative/Personnel, Human Resources, Business/Accounting/Finance, Law/Enforcement/Compliance

Position Summary:

Reporting to the Chancellor, the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is responsible for cultivating a learning and work environment that encourages and supports inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The CDO will actively engage students, faculty, and staff to further behaviors, attitudes, and policies that support IDEA. Working collaboratively with internal stakeholders across UAF, the UA system and local community, the CDO will oversee implementation of UAF’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Strategic Plan as well as compliance with state and federal Civil Rights laws, affirmative action/equal opportunity programs, and UA Policy and Regulation. The CDO will serve as a principal advisor to the Chancellor and Cabinet on IDEA related matters.


1-50%UNIVERSITY-WIDE LEADERSHIP Serves as the point person for the UAF’s efforts creating an environment which enriches the intellectual work and social experiences for faculty, staff, students and visitors. Through innovative design and platforms, engages with faculty, staff and students to facilitate and create partnerships and collaborations across UAF and within the local community that foster and celebrate inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA). Chairs the Chancellor’s Council on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility. Provides strategic leadership for outreach and fostering meaningful institutional connections and collaborations with employees, students, visitors and outside agencies to promote and advance IDEA. Collaborates and serves as a resource for colleges and institutes, rural and community campuses, and administrative units as they establish, coordinate and assess contributions to diversity goals. Serves as the strategic advisor to the chancellor and Cabinet on IDEA related matters. Leads the continuous development, planning and implementation of the UAF Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Plan by ensuring the organization and development of a structural framework that can be used by units and programs to develop their DEI plans for programs, curriculum, research, services and other functions throughout UAF. Assesses and monitors overall DEI program effectiveness and strategic plan progression. Update leadership quarterly on strategic plan progress and annually on the overall DEI program progression and effectiveness. Leads and/or participates in broader university climate surveys in related IDEA areas; analyzes results, makes recommendations for action.Essential
2-35%COMPLIANCE Serves as UAF’s Title IX and ADA/504 coordinators and oversees compliance with Title IX, ADA and other federal civil rights laws as well as UA Policy and Regulations related to nondiscrimination and accessibility. Oversees investigations as a result of claims of discrimination, harassment, assault, and other complaints filed by students, employees, affiliates and visitors. Ensures investigatory process, notification, reporting, and documentation complies with Federal regulations and statutes, as well as Board of Regents Policy and Regulation. Serves as the central resource for the UAF community on issues related to protected class discrimination. Provides analysis of new legislation and regulations related to equity, affirmative action and makes recommendations to leadership on university policy and practice.Essential
3-10%TRAINING, DEVELOPMENT & SUPPORT Provides strategic leadership and/or advice on programs, events and workshops promoting cultural competency, gender inclusion, accessibility, addressing sexual harassment & misconduct, equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and grow a culture of respect, diversity, inclusion and caring. Designs and delivers relevant training and workshops focused on compliance, law and UA Policy and Regulation. Supports and collaborates with departments and programs across UAF and in our local community on observances, programming, events and other efforts. Provides guidance, coordination and support as units and programs develop DEI plans.Essential
4-5%Hires, evaluates, trains, directs the work of and performance manages departmental staff. Manages the department budget. Performs other operations related duties as necessary.Essential
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: • Knowledge of federal and state civil rights laws.
• Demonstrated leadership ability and management experience.
• Demonstrated ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations, and policies.
• Strong analytical, investigatory, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
• Strong written and oral communication skills.
• The ability to work with diverse population groups including Alaskan communities and peoples.
• Knowledge of information database systems, particularly case management systems, and ideally enterprise systems such as the Banner system.
• Knowledge of trauma-informed care principles.
Typical Experience:
• Strategic plan development and implementation
• Conflict de-escalation, mediation and resolution
• Preparing training materials and delivering training
• Community engagement and outreach
• Analysis and reporting of affirmative action and equal opportunity data
• Performing compliance oversight
• Delivering technical assistance to internal units
• Effective performance in cross-disciplinary teams
• Prior employment in a university environment.

Required Education or Training:

• At least five years progressively responsible experience in civil rights administration, human resources, or related field.
• At least three years of experience conducting investigations.
• At least three years of experience in a managerial capacity.

Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Counseling, Business, Law or a related discipline. Equivalent training, knowledge and experience may be substituted.

Master’s degree preferred.

SHRM certification preferred.

Writing skills test may be required at the time of the interview.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, 12-month, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on a senior administrator salary, starting out at $80,000.00, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

The review process for applications will be begin on May 8th, 2023.


At this time, all university employees are strongly encouraged to vaccinate themselves against the COVID-19 virus. While the federal government is not actively enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandates, including its mandate requiring vaccination of federal contractor employees, UAF remains contractually obligated as a federal contractor to comply with those requirements should federal enforcement efforts recommence. As a result, UAF may adjust its vaccination requirements for covered UAF employees (currently Troth Yeddha’ campus and employees working in connection with certain federal contracts) at any time in the future, as needed, in order to comply with its contractual obligations.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Ashley Lindsoe, Signers' Business Office HR Manager, at or 907-474-5664.

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