Director of the Triandiflou Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformative Practice
Location: Oswego, New York
Internal Number: 4622458
Director of the Triandiflou Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Transformative Practice
Description of Department: The recently launched James A. Triandiflou '88 Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Transformative Practice (Triandiflou Institute) provides the campus and local community with education and support around issues of inclusivity, identity, and belonging. SUNY Oswego faculty are engaged in innovative scholarship exploring racial equity, intersectional experiences, and systemic challenges to equitable outcomes, particularly as they relate to the lived experiences of our students in and outside of the classroom. The Triandiflou Institute is primarily concerned with the application of this scholarship and other diversity and inclusion best practices via collaborative campus wide programming, intergroup dialogue facilitation, and workshops. The Triandiflou Institute plays a critical role in building institutional infrastructure that amplifies the on-going DEI work and scholarship of faculty and staff; creates and supports innovative inter-departmental partnerships and collaborations between faculty, staff, and students; and centers the institution's priorities around diversity and inclusion in ways that meet the needs of our campus community. SUNY Oswego seeks a passionate and innovative leader to further inspire, inform, and promote this critical work.
The James A. Triandiflou '88 Institute for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the State University of New York at Oswego invites applications to fill a full time Director.
Posting Date: August 9, 2023
Review Date: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Benefit Information: The State University of New York provides an excellent benefit package. This is a United University Professions (UUP) position. Click here for more information on benefits for full-time United University Professions (UUP) professional staff.
Date of Appointment: As soon as possible
Description of Responsibilities:
The Director of the James A. Triandiflou '88 Institute for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Transformative Practice (Triandiflou Institute) will serve as a visionary and innovative leader whose contributions will greatly impact the growth, development, and overall success of the Triandiflou Institute. The Director of the Triandiflou Institute will ensure that the Institute's activities are effective, impactful, and fully aligned with the Triandiflou Institute's mission and with SUNY Oswego's institutional priorities for diversity, equity, and inclusion. Reporting to the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, the Director will provide supervision and professional development for the Triandiflou Institute's staff, oversee and streamline workflow for campus-wide projects with multiple stakeholders, and develop innovative initiatives to educate, resource, and train students, faculty, and staff on issues and transformative practices related to racial and social justice, equity, and belonging. Relationship building, collaboration, empathy, and truth-telling will be critical to the Director's work both on campus and in the external community.
The Director will serve as a key partner and collaborator for members of the campus community who are interested in racial/social justice research and scholarship and/or are seeking training or education on DEI related topics such as implicit bias, racial equity, and communicating across differences. In collaboration with the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Provost, the Director will work closely with the Triandiflou Institute Faculty Fellow(s) to engage and involve SUNY Oswego faculty in the Triandiflou Institute's work around diversity and inclusion in collaborative, meaningful, and impactful ways. The Director will also collaborate with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) on faculty development around culturally inclusive teaching practices. The Director will work closely with Oswego's external partner, the El Hindi Center for Dialogue and Action at Interfaith Works, to support the five-year campus-wide Oswego Dialogue Project implementation plan.
Primary responsibilities include:
Oversight of all Triandiflou Institute operations, including events and programming, projects and initiatives, financial expenditures, and other day to day activities.
Supervision and professional development of Triandiflou Institute professional staff, paraprofessional staff, and student interns.
Identifying and further developing strategic annual goals and ensuring that all goals, current and future, are in alignment with SUNY Oswego's strategic institutional priorities and with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's annual goals, and identifying new annual goals based on the Institute's growth and the campus's needs.
Further refining and spreading awareness about the Triandiflou Institute's mission, brand, and function to the campus community, greater Oswego community, key partners, and stakeholders.
Annual assessment and reporting for the Triandiflou Institute.
Developing, coordinating, and implementing educational programming for the campus community in collaboration with faculty, staff, and/or other community partners.
Working with faculty to create inclusive curriculum.
Collaborating with the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) to develop guidance for implementing inclusive pedagogy.
Developing workshops and other professional development activities related to racial/social/gender identity and belonging, equity, and restorative practices.
Participating on the campus-wide Dialogue Steering Committee to create and implement opportunities for campus-wide intergroup dialogues.
Identifying, building and maintaining strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders, including divisional leadership, faculty, community partners, and other regional/national partners.
Collaborating with and providing guidance and support to the Triandiflou Institute Faculty Fellow(s) as they build inroads with and engage faculty across campus in focus groups, intergroup dialogue, workshops and trainings, and/or other programming or initiatives related to their fellowship project and the Institute's work.
In collaboration with the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and other members of campus leadership as appropriate.
Develop and coordinate an Advisory Board for the Triandiflou Institute to provide advisement on institutional DEI issues, identify opportunities for innovative and impactful collaborations between faculty, staff and students, and promote meaningful faculty and staff engagement with the Institute.
Develop and deliver educational programming and skill building workshops to improve campus climate and culture.
Address student, faculty, and staff concerns about issues of identity, equity, and belongingness as they arise, and provide appropriate referrals to campus and community resources as needed.
Identify and assist in the implementation of strategies and initiatives to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff, and students and improve overall campus climate.
Stay abreast of DEI trends and research in education to provide timely updates and make informed recommendations to the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and campus leadership about issues related to DEI education and programming, retention of diverse students, faculty, and staff, and campus-wide infrastructure to build and support a welcoming and inclusive community.
SUNY Oswego works continuously to create an inclusive environment which respects, embraces, and promotes cultural safety, belonging, civil discourse, cultural humility, and other values and goals outlined in SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan. As such, the incumbent is expected to contribute to these efforts and possess communication and interpersonal skills necessary to engage effectively with an increasingly diverse community of students and colleagues.
5+ years of progressively responsible experience in higher education, NGO, community group, or research center settings.
Doctorate in social sciences, humanities, higher education, or another related field preferred.
Demonstrated experience and passion in effectively advocating for and positively impacting diverse populations.
Current knowledge of national/global issues and trends related to diversity and inclusion and their impact on higher education.
Extensive knowledge of higher education, teaching and learning techniques and best practices, and the policies and procedures of a higher education institution.
Supervisory experience and demonstrated success in employee development and support.
Experience initiating and facilitating interdisciplinary/intradepartmental collaborations to achieve results across disciplines, units/divisions, and functions.
Grant-writing and assessment experience.
Experience implementing and using restorative practices.
Excellent analytical and written communication and presentation skills.
Active participation in national professional associations and scholarly activities.
At SUNY Oswego we value the diversity found in each member of our campus community and strive to create a community where that diversity is embraced and enhanced. Recognizing the strength of diversity, our mission is to foster an environment which respects, embraces and promotes cultural competence, civil discourse and active engagement in developing an inclusive and vibrant community of scholars who act as transformational agents of change and responsible citizens of the world. For more information see SUNY Oswego's Strategic Diversity and Inclusion Plan.
As a candidate seeking consideration you are asked to submit a separate statement specifically addressing how your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion has been evidenced in your career experience and professional activity, and/or community service (volunteer work, etc.), and/or professional development. (Please see Application Instructions)
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