Job Opportunity: HR Chief Diversity Officer

  • By Amy Dunkin

JOB ID: 25737

Location: School of Journalism




The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, founded in 2006, has become nationally recognized for its innovative programs. The only public graduate journalism school in the northeastern U.S., it prepares students from diverse economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds to produce high-quality journalism.

As the profession continues to reinvent itself for the digital age, the Newmark J-School is at the forefront of equipping the next generation of journalists with the reporting, writing, interactive, technological, and entrepreneurial skills they need to find stories and tell them effectively. The school currently offers a Master of Arts in Journalism, a unique bilingual M.A. in Journalism for students fluent in English and Spanish, and the nation’s first M.A. in Engagement Journalism.

The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism seeks an experienced professional to serve as HR Chief Diversity Officer (CDO). Reporting to the Dean, the CDO is responsible for overseeing and managing all diversity and compliance activities in a manner conducive to each unit and that reflects the core components of the University’s mission regarding diversity and inclusion.

The duties and responsibilities of the position will include but are not limited to the following:

  • Investigates discrimination complaints (including race, ethnicity, and gender) and ensures the College is compliant with all laws, rules and regulations including but not limited to Title VII, ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, Title IV, and Title IX;
  • Manages the implementation of the City University of New York’s Affirmative Action Policy and is responsible for the Office of Diversity and Compliance, as well as the creation of diversity and compliance programs, training, and initiatives designed to foster a climate that encourages respect for diversity;
  • Serves as Title IX Coordinator, and Section 504/ADA Coordinator;
  • Oversees search committees in the implementation of Affirmative Action program regulations, directs search committees regarding recruitment efforts for a diverse faculty and staff, interprets information on under-utilization for relevant constituencies, reviews recruitment documentation, and monitors employee recruitment and selection to ensure compliance with EEO/AAP policies and plan;
  • Monitors the recruitment, appointment and retention processes for all faculty and staff positions in accordance with University Bylaws and federal and state laws pertaining to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action;
  • Collaborates with key areas on campus in both diversity issues and complex faculty related issues and/or grievances;
  • Counsels administration, faculty and staff regarding all compliance issues and foster the integration of best practices;
  • Prepare internal and external reports regarding the College’s equal employment opportunity and affirmative action efforts and accomplishments including the federally mandated Affirmative Action Plan and Italian American Plan;
  • Analyzes Affirmative Action data, update the Affirmative Action Plan and the status of the EEO/AAP program at the end of each year, and provide recommendations for improvement;
  • Provides guidance to all units regarding the University’s Faculty and Staff Diversity Initiatives;
  • Serve as liaison to the CUNY Central Office and attend all University CDO meetings;
  • Performs other duties as assigned by the Dean.

Candidates will be required to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Being fully vaccinated is defined for this purpose as being at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. Final candidates must be fully vaccinated as of their first day of employment. Exemption (medical or religious) requests to this requirement will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

All CUNY employees must reside within a commutable distance to their campus (or office).


Bachelor’s Degree and eight years’ relevant experience required.

A preferred candidate should have:

  • A minimum of eight (8) years of full-time progressively responsible experience in one or more of the following fields: equal opportunity investigation and compliance, human resources, labor relations, or personnel administration.
  • JD or other advanced degree as well as experience working with faculty in a union environment in an academic setting preferred.
  • Knowledge of and experience in complying with the requirements of relevant city, state and federal statutes related to disability and protected classes, including Title VII, Title IX, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the American with Disabilities Act.
  • Relevant experience in a public sector or higher education institution, with knowledge of its structure, policies, and practices.
  • Strong diplomatic, written and oral communication, customer-service and problem-solving skills.
  • Experience organizing, analyzing and reporting on complex data.
  • Demonstrated ability to interact with diverse groups of students, faculty, staff and executives.
  • Technical and analytical skill set (website content management, PeopleSoft, Microsoft Office Suite).
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends.


Oversees programs, activities, and initiatives designed to foster a climate that respects pluralism and diversity.

  • Develops effective strategies to promote diversity in faculty and staff hiring and actively participates in building strong networks and recruitment sources
  • Serves as a key recruiting team member, coordinating recruitment plans, advertising, and selection processes
  • Implements the College’s Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity policies and ensures compliance with relevant city, state, and federal statutes such as Title VII, Title IX, Section 504, and the Americans with Disabilities Act, responding to and conducting investigations of non-compliance complaints
  • Collects and analyzes data for College and University reports
  • Develops and presents training programs and disseminates information related to Diversity, EEO, and other compliance at the College
  • Coordinates with University offices to assure consistency of University-wide policies
  • Maintains current knowledge and materials related to laws, rules, regulations, and best practices for advancing EEO/Diversity
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Higher Education Officer




$119,995 – $129,310. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

CUNY’s benefits contribute significantly to total compensation, supporting health and wellness, financial well-being, and professional development. We offer a range of health plans, competitive retirement/pension benefits and savings plans, tuition waivers for CUNY graduate study and generous paid time off. Our staff also benefits from the extensive academic, arts, and athletic programs on our campuses and the opportunity to participate in a lively, diverse academic community in one of the greatest cities in the world.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Health Plan Coverage for Employees Hired on or after October 1, 2022 City of New York employees and employees of Participating Employers and their eligible dependents hired on or after October 1, 2022 will only be eligible to enroll in the EmblemHealth HIP HMO Preferred Plan and must remain in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan for the first year (365 days) of employment.

After 365 days of employment, the employee will have the option of either remaining in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan or selecting a different health plan within 30 days before the end of the 365th day period.

If a new health plan is selected, the new plan will be effective on the 366th day.

Only after the 365th day can the employee participate in any Annual Fall Transfer Period. An employee who needs to request an exemption from the required enrollment in the HIP HMO Preferred Plan can do so by submitting a HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form to EmblemHealth. An employee, or eligible dependent, must meet certain criteria and the request must be approved by EmblemHealth before the exemption is granted. The HIP HMO Opt-Out Request Form and HIP service area are available on the EmblemHealth website.


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Open until filled, with review of applications to start Jan. 11, 2023


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


CUNY encourages people with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply. At CUNY, Italian Americans are also included among our protected groups. Applicants and employees will not be discriminated against on the basis of any legally protected category, including sexual orientation or gender identity. EEO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.