McHenry County College Seeks V.P. of Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion

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At McHenry County College (MCC), we inspire and equip our students to successfully live and work in the world. As the only community college in Illinois that has seen five consecutive years of enrollment growth, MCC serves our students and community through a unified and laser-focused mission of Student Success. Our people are crucial to fulfilling this mission, with every employee playing an essential role in getting our students to whatever is next in their journey. Our thoughtful and open environment allows us to respect and celebrate diverse ideas and perspectives. Making meaningful connections, practicing critical thinking, focusing deeply on the community which we serve, and practicing and inspiring excellence through passion and trustful stewardship – these are the values that we live through our vibrant and inclusive culture. Most importantly, our students are at the heart of everything we do and every decision we make.

We seek our inaugural diversity leader to join our successful, progressive institution.

This talented, dedicated, and collaborative thought leader must be a champion of diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion, with a focused commitment to employees and students, and the ability to develop a common and clear vision and plan for the College. Advancing initiatives and managing and enhancing relationships between students, faculty, staff, and administration, partner with other administrative and academic areas so that diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion are woven into all aspects of MCC, assessing and evaluating the impact of current and future DEBI efforts; and serving as am ambassador in the community for DEBI.

Position SummaryReporting to the President, the Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Belongingness, and Inclusion (AVPDEBI) will be a member of the President’s Cabinet and serve as an innovative leader, continuing to build a college environment that champions diversity among its members, fosters communication within the College, and leads strategic equity initiatives. Partnering with other senior administrators, the AVPDEBI assists all units of the College in their efforts to recruit and retain a diverse faculty, staff, and student body. The AVPDEBI is critical to growing and sustaining DEBI efforts and is expected to demonstrate progressive management values and standards to inform transformative DEBI. This vital college role plans, implements, and oversees the development of objectives and programs that support a culture of open inquiry, pluralism, mutual respect, and engagement throughout the campus and its community, to assist the College in fostering an environment that is welcoming, respectful, safe, and inclusive for all.
Reports toPresident
Essential Functions and Responsibilities· Advise and inform the President and Cabinet on matters pertaining to diversity, equity, belonging, and inclusion (DEBI) and campus community initiatives. Define areas in need of attention/support, recommending policy changes supporting institutional goals in the areas of DEBI· Ensure that the College has an active and effective plan to enhance diversity and the campus community. Define key areas in need of attention/support, recommend policy changes, and develop/implement plans supporting institutional DEBI goals· Develop and implement programs, initiatives, plans, and partnerships across campus that promote and education faculty, staff, and students on DEBI core values of the institution· Provide strategic leadership, oversight, and vision in the administration of a range of services, programs, policies, and procedures for faculty, staff, and students related to advancing the College’s commitment to DEBI· Work collaboratively with President and Cabinet to lead the design and deployment of faculty and staff development and mentoring programs that foster retention and career progression, institutional support structures for members of under-represented groups, and awareness of issues of equity and access· Provide direction in institutional equity and compliance, academic diversity initiatives, and faculty recruitment, retention, and development. Assess and promote areas of oversight in support of the College’s mission and strategic plan· Serve as a member of the senior leadership team on campus to give voice to emergent issues of DEBI, within the College and local community· Work alongside other college stakeholders to identify evidence-based practices in recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse, engaged workforce, including but not limited to:· Assisting Human Resources in the review of policies and procedures through a DEBI framework for recruitment, hiring, orientation, continuous development, and retention of employees· Assisting the Office of Marketing and Public Relations (OMPR) to develop culturally relevant marketing materials and a communication plan that advances the College’s strategic goals for DEBI· Assisting Workforce Development to strengthen partnerships that support the enrollment, retention, and workforce initiatives that align with the College’s strategic goals for DEBI· Assist in making fiscal decisions and budget allocations that align with the College’s strategic DEBI goals, including providing general fund support in addition to grant funds for these goals· Maintain ongoing research and awareness of changes in federal and state laws and regulations, as well as trends within higher education to ensure the integration of best practices· Collaborate across the College to develop a core set of cultural competencies that will be featured by curricular and co-curricular activities and assessment· Work closely with Academic and Student Affairs to develop strategies, initiatives, and culturally responsive interventions to close achievement and credential gaps for vulnerable and marginalized populations· Collaborate with Student Engagement leadership to support the work of students that advance social justice and foster cultural and historical awareness· Collaborate with faculty in the development and assessment of curriculum related to DEBI learning goals· Track and report progress toward diversity goals· Partner with Student Conduct and Human Resources to investigate, mediate, and resolve complaints guided by college policies, procedures, and regulations, as well as federal, state, and local laws· Participate in College committees as assigned and appropriate· Represent the College externally on matters pertaining to DEBI and the community· Work collaboratively with others (e.g., colleagues, stakeholders, vendors) to accomplish functions and responsibilities· Assume other duties and responsibilities as delegated or assigned by the President
Required EducationMaster’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution
Other Required Qualifications· Master’s degree or equivalent from regionally accredited college or university; or equivalent combination of education and experience· Evidence of at least five years of progressive administrative and management experience in implementing DEBI initiatives, programs, and policy at an institution of higher education; community college preferred· Prior experience working with people of economically and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds, and minority students· Demonstrated experience in a leadership role related to workplace DEBI and community building· Demonstrated commitment to enhancing diversity and equal opportunity for individuals from underrepresented groups· Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with decision makers at multiple levels of the institution
Desired Qualifications· Post-graduate terminal degree in a related discipline· Demonstrated senior-level administrative experience in higher education· Demonstrated working knowledge of research regarding issues related to institutional access, diversity, multiculturalism, affirmative action, community building, and educational and workplace equity in higher education
Skills and Specifications· Strong ability to communicate the College’s commitment to DEBI effectively to internal and external stakeholders· Thorough knowledge of laws, regulations, and guidelines related to DEBI in higher education, including Title IX, Title VI, Title VII, Clery Act, ADEA, ADA, and Section 504· Demonstrated cultural awareness, along with the agility and ability to build trust, creditability and navigate a complex landscape· Excellent analytical and reporting skills· Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills· Strong problem solving, time management, and analytical skills· Demonstrated ability to think creatively, strategically, and proactively· Demonstrated sustained, inclusive, equitable, and decisive leadership in higher education· Technological competence; the ability to proficiently utilize technology including database software and Microsoft Office· Knowledge of the organization of the community college· Collegial management style· Ability to collaborate, build consensus, and resolve conflict· Ability to assess and measure effectiveness of programs and services· Ability to work in a dynamic environment, sensitive to change and responsive to changing goals, priorities, and needs· Ability to work independently yet with a strong team orientation and to develop productive working relationships at all levels of the organization· Commitment and respect for diversity, equity, belongingness, and inclusion, and the MCC Behaviors of Excellence· Commitment to the College mission, vision, values, and goals· Ability to perform all of the essential functions, skills, and specifications of the position
· Coordinator of Student Diversity and Inclusion
LocationMain Campus


McHenry County College Seeks V.P. of Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion — 8 Comments

  1. Reporting to the President, the Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Belongingness, and Inclusion (AVPDEBI) will be a member of the President’s Cabinet and serve as an innovative leader, continuing to build a college environment that champions diversity among its members, fosters communication within the College, and leads strategic equity initiatives.

  2. Here’s the lead candidate, who’s holding out for a salary of $298,000 annually.

    And you stupid taxpayers are paying for this crap!

    I called Reick’s office several times to complain about the sick goings on at MCC 3 years ago. Never received a callback.

    Maybe he was too drunk to return calls.

  3. A VP of Diversity, Equity, Belonging and Inclusion’s budgeted line item could be a great start towards a more realistic campus security budget.

  4. Mellow monkey, you an lgbt troll.

    Speaking of drags, the whole month of June is GlobalHomo month, that means 30 days to celebrate 2SLGBTQQIAPWXYZ + (Two Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Beastiality, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual people, and Pedophiles, + added to cover the overlooked).

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