Under the direction of the College President, the Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion, will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives which will support the College’s strategic plan and mission. The office’s work will be guided by the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan, rooted in principles of social justice and the historical context of the American urban environment such as Detroit, and the College’s role as an art and design institution. The Director will be a strategic partner to senior College leadership while serving as a change agent in designing and developing cutting-edge workforce and education strategies. The Director will lead the development of a vision and effective strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive College environment. The Director will also engage faculty, staff and students to build a welcoming and inclusive culture at CCS. The Director will design training initiatives on cultural competency, gender identity, disability, sexuality, race/ethnicity, religion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.
Position Accountabilities and Essential Functions
Act as a change agent to drive diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives at a strategic level through strong partnerships across campus to shape the College as an industry leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles.
Provide thoughtful leadership by developing innovative initiatives and recommendations that drive College strategy and demonstrate the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Plan, guide and advise the President and executive officers on diversity, equity, and inclusion matters.
Collaborate with College management to create, implement and monitor programs designed to ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty and staff.
Participate in and advise the College’s recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups.
Monitors, evaluates, and assesses adequacy of diversity of candidates in the hiring and screening process. Works with Human Resources to develop recruitment strategies that attract underrepresented candidates.
Support students, faculty, and staff across a broad spectrum of diverse backgrounds.
Create dynamic, comprehensive, and multimodal education and training programs across the College that are responsive to and appropriate for the wide variety of constituents at CCS, including faculty, staff, senior academic and administrative leadership, and students.
Provide proactive and reactive interventions in cases where diversity, equity, and inclusion practices need significant additional development, including the evaluation of existing and future College policies through the lens of the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Act as an advisor to appropriate College personnel in situations of institutional diversity, equity, and inclusion incidents.
Oversee the HFA: SCS – CCS Bridge Program.
Provide consultative advice on visiting artists, gallery offerings, and lecturers.
Chair the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory group.
Manage the College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Plan.
Qualifications and Experience
Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in a field related to education, diversity, social justice, or a related area.
7+ years of relevant work experience.
Demonstrated understanding of and experience in change management.
Experience leading and managing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, preferably in a college or university setting.
Experience consulting with internal and external constituents to develop change interventions.
Ability to influence culture and behavior change, collaborate, and work adeptly with University senior executives, managers, and staff members.
Demonstrated commitment to the principles of social justice and equity.
Experience developing and conducting on-going diversity and inclusion training programs.
Strong written and spoken communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills, including emotional intelligence and diplomacy.
Strong facilitation skills.
Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships.
Ability to work independently to meet stated objectives.
Experience with managing budgets and fiscal processes preferred.
This job operates in a professional office and college campus environment. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. The employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
If the job requires a person to work in special working conditions this should be stated in the job description. Special working conditions cover a range of circumstances from regular evening and weekend work, shift work, working outdoors, working with challenging clients, and so forth.
College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It awards the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising Design, Communication Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design and Transportation Design, and the Master of Fine Arts degrees in Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design and Transportation Design. An Art Education Teacher Certification program is also available.
Applicants are encouraged to apply immediately. The search will close when a suitable candidate is hired. Interested candidates should submit the following in PDF format: Resume and a letter of application should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The College for Creative Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
About College for Creative Studies
College for Creative Studies is a nonprofit institution; it is one of the leading art and design colleges in the world. CCS is ranked by LinkedIn as a top three design school in the US and the best in the Midwest, based on alumni success. CCS has state-of-the-art facilities to support the complete range of creative production, from traditional art forms such as painting, glassblowing, foundry, and printmaking, to the most contemporary systems, including the latest digital imaging technology and extensive rapid prototyping output tools. The College currently enrolls more than 1,400 undergraduate and graduate students. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 13 majors: Advertising Copywriting, Advertising Design, Crafts, Entertainment Arts, Art Education, Fashion Accessories Design, Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interior Design, Photography, Product Design, and Transportation Design. It also offers a Master of Fine Arts in four majors: Color and Materials Design, Interaction Design, Integrated Design, and Transportation Design.