Alamo Colleges District
Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
Enrolling more than 90,000 students annually, the Alamo Colleges District serves an eight county region in beautiful central and south Texas. The five independently accredited community colleges – St. Philip's (established in 1898), San Antonio (established in 1925), Palo Alto (established in 1985), Northwest Vista (established in 1995), and Northeast Lakeview (established in 2007) - offer outstanding, award winning academic and leadership programs that are increasing student achievement in creative and exciting ways. The five colleges offer a vast array of programs and two-year degrees, empowering its diverse communities for success. A recent $450 million capital improvement project has allowed the Alamo Colleges District to create some of the preeminent facilities for teaching and learning in the country. Three of the Alamo Colleges have been named as 2021 Most Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges in the nation by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program recently announced that Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College is the winner of the 2021 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.
Reporting to the chancellor of Alamo Colleges District, this inaugural chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer (CDEIO) leads the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, in alignment with the strategic plan, to achieve equity and inclusion in student access and outcomes. The CDEIO will work across the college district to cultivate a climate that is welcoming, inclusive, and respectful; empowering the district’s diverse communities for success and collaborating with campus partners to ensure a working and learning environment that is free from discrimination, intolerance, and harassment.
The CDEIO will develop and lead the Alamo Colleges District Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and oversee the development of a unifying strategic vision for DEI and the concrete steps, counsel, advocacy, points of connection, and communication needed to achieve that vision. The CDEIO will create an inventory of existing DEI resources and initiatives in an effort to identify strengths, gaps, and opportunities, and work to bring these initiatives together into a cogent, powerful whole. The person in this role will guide the implementation of an overarching DEI strategic plan, in collaboration with all internal partners including senior academic and administrative leadership, faculty, staff, and students, and a diverse array of external partners and communities; establish and maintain a culture of assessment and evaluation in relation to DEI; and, expand pathways for assessing, understanding, and improving the Alamo Colleges District climate.
The CDEIO will serve as an ambassador for the college district and demonstrate a commitment to DEI externally in the Alamo Colleges District service area and beyond and, work collaboratively to build a comprehensive effort that supports the work of the Alamo Colleges District DEI Council, College Councils, the Equity-Minded Faculty Task Force, and other DEI efforts and experts across the college district. The CDEIO will collaborate to provide training programs for faculty, staff, and students to enhance inclusivity and civility, in collaboration and alignment with college, student success, academic success, and human resources leadership; jointly develop strategies for addressing the recruitment and retention challenges impacting diversity; and, drive intersectional approaches to create holistic and inclusive DEI programs and policies.
Candidates must possess a master’s degree with a minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience related to the collaborative development and implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and strategies designed to achieve equity and inclusion in student access and outcomes. Qualified candidates possessing a doctoral degree, terminal degree, or a strong combination of advanced education and relevant experience in higher education are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must demonstrate a proven record of successful leadership in planning, developing, and implementing the evaluation and alignment of diversity strategies designed to strengthen and improve an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Specific experience with data analytics and measurement of success in a minority-serving institution/organization/community is desired. The successful candidate must demonstrate skills facilitating dialogue with, and among, students, faculty, and staff to nurture an environment of inclusiveness, collegiality, shared inquiry, shared responsibility, and collective accomplishment. Desired qualities also include experience collaboratively developing and implementing a shared strategic vision across a complex and decentralized institution to drive organizational change; strong interpersonal skills; excellent verbal and written communication skills; and, knowledge of national and regional trends in higher education around diversity, equity, and inclusion.
APPLICATION AND NOMINATION
Review of applications will begin July 6, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. A resume with an accompanying cover letter may be submitted via the Spelman Johnson website at www.spelmanjohnson.com/open-positions. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Quincy Martin III at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ellen Heffernan at email@example.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895.
Visit the Alamo Colleges District website at https://www.alamo.edu/
Alamo Colleges is committed to provide equal employment and educational opportunities for all qualified persons without regard to race, color, sex, pregnancy, religion, creed, national origin (including ancestry), citizenship status, physical or mental disability, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, veteran or military status (including special disabled veteran, Vietnam-era veteran, or recently separated veteran), predisposing genetic characteristics, domestic violence victim status, any other protected category under applicable local, state or federal law, or persons who have opposed discrimination or participated in any complaint process on campus or before a government agency