Suffolk University, a prominent private institution situated in the heart of downtown Boston, seeks a collaborative advocate and motivated change agent for the position of Associate Director for Career Equity and Access in the Career Education and Professional Development. The Suffolk 2025 strategic plan calls for a bold reimagining and significant expansion of the Career Center. Over the course of the 2020/2021 academic year the Center will expand to include a Career Exploration team focused on university-wide career education initiatives, a team overseeing industry-specific Career Communities, and a team dedicated to Center operations, data, technology, and communications. It is an exciting time to join the Suffolk Career Center and to shape these new units and job roles.
The AD of Career Equity and Access will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives that will support the objectives of the Center for Career Education and Professional Development (CEPD). This individual will conduct regular assessment of the CEPD team's programming, resources, and outcomes, and will recommend actions to close any gaps in equity or access for students based on race, nationality, gender, disability, or first generation status. They will serve as a liaison to the other departments, individuals, and student groups at Suffolk with a focus on promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. They will create and deploy programming that educates the Suffolk community about equity and inclusion topics in the context of the workplace.
Provide training for the CEPD team about inclusive practices, bias in employment, and ways to make our programming and resources inclusive of and utilized by all students
Works with AD of Data Collection and Analysis to track outcomes for underrepresented student populations
Works with other CEPD Directors and Associate Provost to ensure that our overall suite of programming, employment opportunities, messaging, and other resources are inclusive and accessible to all students.
Sets employer outreach targets for the Career Communities team based on rankings and data about employers with inclusive hiring practices, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion initiatives, a commitment to hiring individuals with disabilities, supportive LGBT policies, opportunities for women in leadership, and other measures to ensure equity in hiring and promoting employees
Develops and conducts programming related to workplace diversity and inclusion, inclusive hiring practices, and other relevant topics
Collaborates with colleagues in Student Affairs, the Division of Student Success, and other relevant offices on campus to co-create programming focused on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusions, specifically as related to the world of work.
Serve as liaison to Vice President of Diversity, Access and Inclusion and associated offices and individuals; meets regularly with these stakeholders
Act as liaison to those student groups with a focus on underrepresented student populations
Work closely with colleagues in Marketing and Communications to share stories of career success from students from underrepresented communities
Maintain an active social media and LinkedIn presence with relevant feed
Regularly meet with and report back to alumni groups that support underrepresented alumni (i.e. SUBAN - Suffolk University Black Alumni Network)
A Master's degree in speech communication, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management or other related field. Experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
Must have thorough knowledge of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.
Knowledge of training, conflict resolution and mediation methods.
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Suffolk University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The University is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive faculty and staff that reflect the broad range of human experience who contribute to the robust exchange of ideas on campus, and who are committed to teaching and working in a diverse environment. We strongly encourage applications from groups historically marginalized or underrepresented because of race/color, gender, religious creed, disability, national origin, veteran status or LGBTQ status. Suffolk University is especially interested in candidates who, through their training, service and experience, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the University community.
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About Suffolk University
Located right in the heart of downtown Boston, Suffolk University gives its students unparalleled access to the city and all it offers.Our college green is the Boston Common. We are steps from dozens of historic sites like the Old State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Massachusetts State House. We have no real boundaries to our campus' Boston and Suffolk blend together. That means our students have incredible access to a wealth of opportunities, whether it's museums and restaurants or internships and co-ops. At the same time, we also take pride in being a personal, student-centered school, where faculty and administrators know students by name. We take the time to recognize each student's promise, figure out what makes him or her tick, and build important mentoring relationships.As we have done since our founding, we strive for one thing at Suffolk: give students the tools they need to be successful, smart, and satisfied at whatever they choose to do.