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SUNY Oneonta Assistant Director of the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence in Oneonta, New York

Assistant Director of the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence



Department:Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence (CRJIE)

Locations:Oneonta, NY

Posted:Jul 26, 2022


Position ID:150967


Job Description:

The Office of Equity and Inclusion at the State University of New York College (SUNY) at Oneonta invites application for the position of Assistant Director of the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence.

The Assistant Director will partner with the Director to provide visionary leadership for the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence (CRJIE) whose mission is to foster a safe space and a sense of belonging for all members of the SUNY Oneonta community. The CRJIE will provide a new space for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to be taught, learned, and celebrated as well as opportunities for the campus community to engage in collaborative education and experiences related to DEI. The position in partnership with the Director will contribute, significantly, to ongoing progress on the campus' diversity, equity, racial justice, and inclusive excellence goals. It will also enhance the progress on student retention, persistence, and completion rates, especially for students from underrepresented backgrounds.

In this role, the Assistant Director will collaborate in efforts to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment committed to the success of all students and to enhance a shared sense of belonging. This includes creating programming, educational opportunities, and initiatives that address diversity-related topics affecting the student body - developing and implementing programs that promote students' development of intercultural competence; and organizing programs that enhance students' capacity for critical thought around issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as their ability to engage across differences and create inclusive spaces. Also working in close partnership with the Center Director and colleagues across campus, the position will assist with creating campus- wide diversity and inclusion trainings, programs, and events, including the celebration of various heritage months and engage in direct support and advocacy efforts.

A vital member of the CRJIE/OEI administrative team, the Assistant Director of the CRJIE will provide support for unit programs and functions and will report to the Director of the Center. Workdays for the position will occasionally include evening hours and weekends.


  • Facilitate the day-to-day operations of the Center for Racial Justice and Inclusive Excellence; this include coordinating the day-to-day activities of the racial/social justice Museum & Learning Center within the CRJIE, coordinating campus and community schedules, tracking visits/participation, and assessing activities.

  • Hire, train and supervise student managers to monitor the Center and to provide support for programs, events and other activities held in the Center.

  • Provide leadership development opportunities for student organization officers and trainings to student organizations.

  • Ensure the provision of supportive spaces in the Center for students of marginalized groups on campus.

  • Plan and organize the CRJIE Q Welcome Back event each semester in collaboration with the Program Coordinator.

  • Oversee internship opportunities for students interested in racial justice and other DEI-related fields.

  • Support the designing and coordination of programs within the Center with a focus on racial/social justice and other identity related issues, in collaboration with the Division of Student Affairs.

  • Assist the Center Director with the planning and organization of campus-wide activities to commemorate MLK Day, Women's History Month, and various Heritage Months (Hispanic Heritage Month, Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, etc.), and events/dates.

  • Assist Office of Equity and Inclusion Staff in planning and facilitating expanded DEI trainings, as needed.

  • Assist with the planning and organization of the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference (SDLC) in collaboration with the SDLC Planning Committee and other relevant partners.

  • Serve on campus committees as requested/needed.

  • Complete other duties as assigned



  • Bachelor's degree and at least 3 years of direct or related professional experience, including but not limited to working in higher education, student leadership, racial and social justice, and other DEI related field.

  • Prior experience developing and providing student and/or employee programming, support and resources focused on identities, diversity, equity and inclusion/belonging with the goal of creating an environment that allows for inclusion and effective intercultural engagement.

  • Prior experience working in diversity or multicultural affairs and supporting students from marginalized communities

  • Demonstrated experience creating and/or leading collaborative working relationships with a diverse range of individuals and groups

  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and communication (oral and written) skills

  • Ability to work evening and weekends as needed for effective program administration


  • Master's degree in higher education; student affairs; diversity, equity, and inclusion; or related field. At least 3 years of relevant full-time professional experience related to racial and social justice issues in higher education.

  • At least three years supervisory experience, preferably with student employees

  • Past experience coordinating activities of a center in charge of DEI related issues

  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and historical theories, practices, and trends related to diversity, equity, and inclusion work and social justice education and the ability to understand and adapt to cultural difference within a group environment appropriately and effectively.

  • Experience developing and facilitating workshops and programs on racial justice and DEI related issues to a wide variety of constituents.

Additional Information:

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 60-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

The College is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the top 20 picturesque small towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture. The College's rating is 4.5 with one recent review noting that it is the people that make SUNY Oneonta so special.

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