Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism is seeking an inaugural Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Reporting to senior leadership, the Director will oversee the school’s DEI efforts to ensure a community that welcomes and respects all. This individual will create sustainable structures to advance DEI, drive a culture of inclusion and belonging and lead efforts to advance the conversation.
This position will be responsible for implementing the School’s strategic plan for addressing needs of historically underrepresented groups and facilitating engagement and education on matters of diversity, equity and inclusion across the school. This role will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, assessing outcomes and building on best practices.
The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will support, initiate, manage and promote policies, programs and events that promote DEI among staff, faculty, and students and the broader Journalism School community, with special emphasis on ensuring equal opportunities for underrepresented minorities. In this role they will handle a variety of complex administrative and confidential matters relating to current faculty, staff, researchers, and students, working with colleagues across the School, University, and the public.
As lead Diversity Officer, working closely with senior leadership, strategize and execute the overall direction of DEI at the Journalism School in alignment with the school’s goals. Work to develop and evaluate DEI initiatives and activities, and ensure the comprehensive ongoing assessments of such initiatives. Advise on activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Work to develop, implement, manage, and continuously improve or enhance policies and procedures, with emphasis on increasing the representation of under-represented minorities and maintaining a respectful environment for all.
Work with senior leadership to design a faculty recruitment and diversity plan for the School, and to establish methods to develop a pipeline of diverse candidates. Review recruitment practices for academic and research hires to assure best practices are followed with respect to ensuring diverse hires.
Develop and implement strategic plans to build student, full-time faculty, adjunct faculty and guest speaker diversity. Assist with identifying and building a strong pipeline of staff, faculty and students.
Organize and manage faculty and staff training programs to help individuals navigate sensitive issues related to DEI. Develop and deliver training/seminars to the community, and invite internal and external subject matter experts to assist in facilitating training/seminars. This would include a review of the school’s policies and expectations on DEI, possible sessions on running an inclusive classroom, defusing volatile classroom situations, presenting sensitive material, avoiding triggering language, discussions of DEI in the news, anti-racism lectures and workshops, a review of best practices on DEI in the profession and required readings.
Develop and help oversee diversity programs, initiatives, and related activities. These may be related to student admissions, student life and career development, fellowship and student awards, mentorship programs, alumni engagement, workshops and other emerging diversity-related initiatives. Strategically work with student groups to collect feedback and take action to ensure a culture of inclusion and belonging at the Journalism School for all students.
Initiate an annual year-end climate survey of graduating students, full-time faculty, adjuncts, and staff to monitor the school’s DEI performance over time. Initiate a study of the school’s physical environment to ensure inclusiveness. Also implement a self-study of Deans and department heads and their actions and observations related to DEI.
Serve as a point of contact and “go-to” person for DEI issues that arise in the student and faculty community and works closely with senior leaders in various departments as well as students, faculty, staff and external constituents.
Develop and oversee appropriate application of a code of ethics on DEI for the Journalism School, that would be adhered to by faculty, staff and current students. Keep abreast of best practices and related developments across and outside the University. Hold meetings with faculty, staff and students as appropriate to discuss improvements and implementation.
Oversee and manage the collection of data on all aspects of DEI at the Journalism School, with a focus on faculty and students. Conduct data analysis and provide updates in regular meetings with senior leaders and the school. Establish an internal process to track key metrics, to allow the school to assess our progress and help in setting future goals.
Maintain the DEI commission of alumni, staff, current students, and faculty to continue the valuable cross-current communication on issues of DEI. The commission would report each year to the dean and faculty. Its membership would be voluntary and its meetings public.
Maintain knowledge of current practices in DEI. Consult with leaders and individual contributors across the school on emerging and best practices to create a more equitable and inclusive environment. Advise senior leadership on strategic matters related to diversity and faculty development.
Serve as chief diversity officer for Columbia’s Journalism School, represent the school on University-wide diversity-related initiatives and committees. Act as the Journalism liaison with University officials and external stakeholders to represent efforts and align initiatives to best practices.
Identify and pursue fund-raising opportunities that support the school’s DEI goals.
Other related duties and special projects, as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum 5-7 years related experience required.
Strong communication skills required, including written, verbal and presentation.
Must possess strong interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to create a positive environment through partnership with all levels of stakeholders. Ability to foster productive working relationships with senior leaders throughout the school and University required. Must be a strategic thinker with the ability to work with multiple stakeholders and adapt quickly to changing needs and priorities.
Ability to take initiative in solving problems and devising creative solutions. Must be able to exercise a high degree of confidentiality and discretion, independent judgment and initiative. Must have demonstrated planning and project management skills. Ability to compile statistical data and reports, analyze and interpret information, along with strong data management and analyses, writing, and editing skills. Experience conducting seminars or training focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Cultural sensitivity with the ability to collaborate with diverse constituents required.
A background in and passion for diversity, equity and inclusion and the desire to work in a start-up phase. Understanding of and experience in diversity programming and DEI initiatives in academic environments is helpful. Current knowledge of major trends in professional journalism and emerging career paths preferred.
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Applications open: Nov 04 2021 Eastern Daylight Time