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Director of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion

Posting Details

Posting Details

Job # 034364
Department Code 19004-7239
Department Equal Opportunity, Inclusion & Resolution Srvc(EOIRS)
Job Title Director of Equal Opportunity and Inclusion
Location Syracuse, NY
Pay Range commensurate with experience
Salary Grade S6
FLSA Status Exempt

Standard University business hours:

8:30am -5:00pm (academic year)
8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type Full-time
Campus Syracuse, NY
Unionized Position Code Not Applicable
Job Description

Work collaboratively with the AVP and Chief EO& Title IX Officer to be a strategic partner with University leadership and Human Resources to create and implement strategies that will further foster a culture of inclusion. This position will provide advice, counseling and conflict resolution services to employees in matters relating to a broad range of employment and employee relations issues; investigate complaints of discrimination and bias; conduct internal audits of the University’s recruitment and other employment practices; and serve as a liaison with compliance agencies. This position also has major responsibility for the development, construction and implementation of the University’s Affirmative Action Plans and Vets 4212, and the implementation of individual administrative and academic units’ diversity plans.


• Bachelor’s degree in human resources, management or related field; JD degree preferred.
• Knowledge of EEO/AA, harassment, ADA and FMLA laws, and Title IX regulations and policies.
• Minimum 5 years of professional experience with a track record of progressively more management duties in the areas of diversity, equity, affirmative action, compliance, team building and conflict resolution.

Job Specific Qualifications

Experience in the following areas desired:
• Solid experience in creating and supporting inclusive work environments.
• Ability to effectively communicate across levels, to build productive working relationships and to demonstrate effective conflict resolution.
• Ability to develop and conduct training programs.
• Strong leadership skills with the ability to effectively influence all levels within the institution as needed.
• Ability to develop, manage and objectively evaluate projects and progress of those projects.
• Ability to conduct research and analyze data.
• Knowledge of EEO/AA, harassment, ADA and FMLA laws, Title IX regulations and policies;
• Knowledge of management issues and employment law.


• Serve as a University resource and knowledge base for administrators, directors, chairs, supervisors and other staff members to ensure understanding and compliance with EO policies, and federal, state and local regulations: including, providing counsel to search committee chairpersons, department heads, and supervisory staff on the University’s Affirmative Action Programs.
• Create a framework to educate, communicate and promote diversity and inclusion initiatives across the campus in collaboration with existing offices such as the Multicultural Affairs, the LGBT Resource Center, Office of Disability Services, the Disability Cultural Center, the Slutzker Center for International Services, the Institute for Veterans & Military Families, and the Syracuse University Veterans’ Resource Center.
• Oversee the development and implementation of the University’s annual compliance reporting including but not limited to affirmative action plans and Vets 4212. This individual will also be responsible for monitoring areas with underutilization in the employment of women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Also, develop strategies to support departments in increasing their utilization and outreach efforts.
• Work with the AVP and Chief EO& Title IX Officer to review, analyze and conduct internal audits of the University’s processes, procedures and systems related to equal opportunity, investigations and inclusion; recommend process improvements and assist in the implementation of improvements; and advise managers and supervisors regarding the handling of complaints of discrimination or bias.
• Manage the preparation of documentation and responses to complaints of discrimination and harassment filed with external agencies and any subsequent agreements or action steps, in conjunction with the applicable offices, including University Counsel. Coordinate reporting of potential legal liabilities with University Counsel and the Office of Risk Management.

Physical Requirements

Not Applicable


Not Applicable

Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please submit a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

Syracuse University is a private research university of extraordinary academics, distinctive offerings and an undeniable spirit. With a gorgeous campus in the heart of New York State, a global footprint and a history that dates to 1870, we embrace diverse backgrounds and viewpoints.

Our student population includes nearly 15,000 undergraduates and 5,000 graduate students, representing all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. Our proud commitment to veterans and their families is unrivaled in higher education. Home to 11 schools and colleges, Syracuse University blends the foundational power of the liberal arts with the intense focus of professional programs. We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering and Computer Science, Sport and Human Dynamics, Information Studies, Law, Management, Citizenship and Public Affairs, Public Communications, and Visual and Performing Arts.

A medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of the state, Syracuse, N.Y., is approximately a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Toronto and Montreal. With a metropolitan population of 700,000, Syracuse is a center for cultural, recreational and artistic events, including the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse Stage, Symphoria, Destiny Mall, multiple sporting events, and festivals including Jazz Fest and Winterfest. The outdoor enthusiast will enjoy having the Adirondack Mountains, the Finger Lakes, Lake Ontario, and the Thousands Islands Region within easy driving distance of the Syracuse campus.


Syracuse University is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution. The University prohibits discrimination and harassment based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, gender, national origin, citizenship, ethnicity, marital status, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable law to the extent prohibited by law. This nondiscrimination policy covers admissions, employment, and access to and treatment in University programs, services, and activities.

Commitment to Supporting and Hiring Veterans

Syracuse University has a long history of engaging veterans and the military-connected community through its educational programs, community outreach, and employment programs. After World War II, Syracuse University welcomed more than 10,000 returning veterans to our campus, and those veterans literally transformed Syracuse University into the national research institution it is today. The University’s contemporary commitment to veterans builds on this historical legacy, and extends to both class-leading initiatives focused on making an SU degree accessible and affordable to the post-9/11 generation of veterans, and also programs designed to position Syracuse University as the employer of choice for military veterans, members of the Guard and Reserve, and military family members.

Commitment to a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Syracuse University maintains an inclusive learning environment in which students, faculty, administrators, staff, curriculum, social activities, governance, and all other aspects of campus life reflect a diverse, multi-cultural, and international worldview. The University community recognizes and values the many similarities and differences among individuals and groups. At Syracuse, we are committed to preparing students to understand, live among, appreciate, and work in an inherently diverse country and world made up of people with different ethnic and racial backgrounds, military backgrounds, religious beliefs, socio-economic status, cultural traditions, abilities, sexual orientations and gender identities. To do so, we commit ourselves to promoting a community that celebrates and models the principles of diversity and inclusivity.

Job Posting Date 03/07/2018
Application Deadline
Full Consideration By
Job Category Staff
Message to Applicants

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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  1. * How did you first find out about this position?
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    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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    • LinkedIn
    • The Academic Network
    • Twitter/@sujobs
    • Colleague recommendation
    • SUJobOpps
    • Other
  2. * If "other", please describe how you first found out about this position.

    (Open Ended Question)