Full-Time Chief Officer of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Northern Essex Community College

Posted in Other 6 days ago.

Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts

Job Description:

Category:: Professional

Department:: Lawrence Campus

Locations:: Lwrence, MA

Posted:: Jun 15, 2021

Closes:: Aug 13, 2021 - 11:59 PM EDT

Type:: Full-time

Position ID:: 132331

Job Description:

POSITION: Full-Time Chief Officer of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Center for Equity and Social Justice; 37.5 hours per week; Non-Unit Professional Position

SUMMARY: As the focal point for NECC's commitment to ending racial disparities in education, the Center for Equity and Social Justice (CESJ) will be a dynamic, comprehensive one-stop hub for NECC's educational equity programs, community partnerships, and social justice initiatives.

The Chief Officer will be a thoughtful, diplomatic, and confident leader with knowledge of and experience in innovative and emerging practices in the areas of equity and social justice in higher education and across other industries. The Chief Officer must evoke trust and be able to manage multiple priorities and key stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have a high level of emotional intelligence, cultural competence and familiarity with NECC's surrounding communities, and a passion for the work of diversity, social justice, equity, and inclusion. The CESJ Chief Officer is a key management position reporting to the Vice President of Lawrence Campus and Community Relations. In collaboration with the CESJ Advisory Board, the Chief Officer will oversee and lead the implementation of the CESJ Strategic Plan, including the integration of pre-existing programs and the coordination with other departments providing equity-focused support and expertise. The CESJ Chief Officer will oversee activities that seek to affirm the unique attributes and identities of all college population groups. The CESJ Chief Officer will develop programs that support the promotion of an environment free of discrimination, and the elimination of biases through advocacy and education, and the implementation of programs and campaigns designed to enhance the success, retention, and personal development of NECC's diverse community.


l. Assessment: Data and Climate Survey

  • Coordinates with campus leader to provide leadership and coordination for institutional educational and assessment initiatives, and evaluates diversity goals by developing metrics/scorecards and tracking progress.

    • Review, assess, measure, and stay abreast of efforts using a climate or similar study to meet social justice, diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression goals of the institution and use results to drive strategic planning and stay informed of the needs and climate of the College in regards to equity, inclusion, and discrimination.

    • Work with Institutional Research, Academic Affairs, and Student Affairs to generate reports, analyses, interventions, and programming related to retention and graduation rates for all reportable diversity segments, including action steps and an overview of factors contributing to reported results.

    • Actively address anti-racist and training for all leadership team members, including the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and students, and engage them in professional development and diversity programs, awareness campaigns, and events.

II. Leadership and Advocacy

  • Together with the input of campus leaders and community stakeholders, provide vision, leadership, coordination, and strategic planning for diversity and inclusive excellence throughout the college and the communities we serve.

    • Recommend policies, procedures, and initiatives as needed to ensure equity and the eradication of discrimination for all members of the college community.

    • Recruit and convene key stakeholders to establish an equity scorecard/audit and a strategic plan.

    • As a member of the President's Cabinet, serve as a strategic leader and a catalyst by providing vision and advocacy to create organizational change that leads to a culturally proficient, equitable, inclusive, and anti-oppressive community.

    • Play a critical role in engaging the broader college community in a dialogue that fosters understanding, respect, and inclusion through conferences, seminars, and guest speakers.

    • Provide counsel, vision, and leadership to the college community in diversity, inclusion, culturally responsive customer service, marketing, recruitment, and organizational change.

III. Coordination and Collaboration:

  • Build strong external and internal relations to work collaboratively with cross-functional teams to educate, engage and build momentum around the overarching vision for the center.

    • Coordinates with community-based partners to strengthen, expand and oversee student and family support services, leadership programs, and English as second language programming.

    • Collaborates with leadership across departments and divisions to ensure that goals and priorities support equity and inclusion.

    • Consult with Human Resources on effective strategies to identify, recruit, hire, promote, and retain a diverse workforce of faculty and staff through affirmative action and equal opportunity programs.

    • Collaborates with campus leaders to design, implement, and assess curricular and co-curricular initiatives that advance NECC strategic priorities including the infusion of diversity into the curriculum and development of sustained inclusive classroom environments.

    • Work with the Office of Admission, Enrollment, and Recruitment, and the Student Support and Advising Center and Marketing to recruit and retain students from traditionally marginalized communities.

    • Oversee the integration of the Civic Engagement, Service Learning, and Food Pantry programs under the umbrella of the CESJ.

    • Work constructively with the NECC Leading for Change Team, the related Leading for Change Higher Education Diversity Consortium, and additional campus-based groups specifically acting on the Equity Imperative to continue our commitment to identifying student and employee best practices through uniform and transparent use of data, institutional benchmarks, and reflective practice.



  • Advanced degree (Master's or higher) in sociology, education, social justice, behavioral sciences, multicultural studies, or a related field and a minimum of five (5) years of professional experience leading diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Demonstrated experience in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism within a complex organization.

  • Experience working with and sensitivity to diverse constituencies of various social identities (ethnic, racial, religious, economic, educational backgrounds and abilities, sexual orientation, and gender expression).

  • Ability to provide support and consultation to individuals and groups concerning cultural challenges and conflicts and advocate for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills, and awareness of contemporary issues of inclusion, including the current research, and best practices that inform and address these issues.

  • Demonstrated experience in report writing and data analysis skills.

  • Demonstrated administrative and leadership skills and a strong ability to develop relationships and work with multiple constituencies, including students, faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.

  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.

  • Candidates will be required to pass a CORI/SORI and/or a National background check as a condition of employment.


  • Advanced degree, certification(s), or advanced training in diversity-related fields.

  • Advanced Spanish Language.

  • Experience in conflict mediation and in the investigation of Affirmative Action and Title IX complaints.

  • Strong communication/public speaking skills.

  • Global / cross-cultural experience.

Additional Information:

SALARY: This is a full-time position with anticipated starting salary range $100,000.00-110,000.00 annually, commensurate with experience, with complete fringe benefit package including competitive health insurance, dental insurance, basic life insurance, long-term disability insurance, paid sick, vacation and personal leave, educational benefits for employee/spouse/dependents, and excellent retirement benefits.


Application Instructions:

TO APPLY: To be considered for this position you must submit a cover letter & resume online.

DEADLINE: August 13, 2021

Northern Essex Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, religion, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, maternity leave, military service and national origin and any other protected class in its education programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statues and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act and related statutes and regulations, Affirmative Action, non-discrimination policies, and Title IX compliance/sexual harassment: Assistant Director of Human Resources, Elizabete Trelegan B-219, 978-556-3928/ etrelegan@necc.mass.edu. Inquiries or complaints concerning discrimination, harassment, retaliation or sexual violence shall be referred to the College's Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission or the United States Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights.

Prospective employees are encouraged to review the College's Annual Security Report (ASR), in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which can be found on the disclosure page of the College's website at: http://www.necc.mass.edu/clery