Under direction of the RSCCD Chancellor, the Chief Advisor for Academic and Diversity Programs will serve as a thought leader who has responsibility and accountability to support Santa Ana College, Santiago Canyon College and the district with the implementation of best practices and initiatives to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion for all district programs. The Chief Advisor will lead and foster collaborative dialogue and the development of cultural competence and antiracism among RSCCD faculty, students, and staff integrating individual beliefs and actions to align with the district mission and values; nurture positive, transparent and cooperative relationships; navigate difficult conversations and tough situations with compassion and astuteness; demonstrate skill in motivating and unifying people across the district around a strategic vision; utilize data and research to inform analysis leading to the development of measurable goals and systems of accountability; demonstrate the ability to work effectively with diverse populations; possess strong leadership and coalition building skills, experience in organizational development and change theory, and experience in a complex academic system.
- Develop a strategic plan for the delivery of diversity, equity and inclusion education and support across RSCCD;
- Provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight for the development of workshops, presentations, learning modules and other efforts that promote diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Provide consultation to deans, senior leaders, managers and supervisors on designing and implementing department-wide and institution-wide objectives related to diversity, equity and inclusion;
- Assist in research, development and implementation of strategies to measure the success of institution-wide progress on creating a diverse and equitable work and learning environment;
- Assist in coaching, training and consultation to individuals and groups with respect to cultural challenges and conflicts;
- Lead the strategic design and implementation of a district-wide diversity, equity and inclusion policy that includes short-term and long-term goals, KPI’s (key performance indicator), action plans and metrics to assess and track progress over time;
- Collaborate with the Human Resources Department regarding diversity, equity and inclusion as they relate to hiring policies and procedures, employee recruitment, staffing plans, outreach efforts, and professional and talent development.
- Manage the Diversity and Inclusion teams while serving as the diversity and inclusion strategist;
- Manage, develop and craft cohesive communication campaigns that engage the workforce and convey the District’s diversity strategy;
- Manage, create and facilitate a learning platform around diversity and inclusion strategies, employee engagement, equity learning, and talent development;
- Partner with various internal and external entities to help incorporate diversity goals into overall workforce strategy;
- Facilitate and support execution of internal programs, workshops, and plans focused on impactful in-person and online diversity and inclusion content and training;
- Serve as the central point of contact for enterprise participation in diversity and inclusion related surveys;
- Represent RSCCD at external forums, and serve as a resource at diversity conferences, professional associations, and meetings;
- Assist in planning, organizing, and administering diversity programs and operations;
- Work with deans and faculty to continually provide consulting and advising to faculty members to create more inclusive classroom environments;
- Provides guidance and advises on diversity, equity, inclusion and affirmative action to support hiring practices of the district;
- Leads the District in implementing strategic initiatives, including the creation of a culture for equity, diversity, and inclusion;
- Provides strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural competency, racial intelligence, gender differences, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values;
- Works with Board of Trustees, college presidents and district administrators as directed by the Chancellor.
- Utilizes strong writing capabilities to compose speeches, presentations, letters, memos, emails, reports, and other communications
- Coordinates with college presidents, public information, advocacy and external relations on advocacy matters and communicating regularly with elected officials and their staffs;
- Performs other duties as assigned.