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San Mateo County Community College District
  • Position Number: 4219310
  • Location: San Mateo, CA
  • Position Type: Executive - Other Executive

Interim Chief Diversity Officer & Ombuds

San Mateo County Community College District

Posting Number: 20141578S
Department: Chancellor's Office DIST (DEPT)
Location: District Office
Position Number: 1A0046
Percentage of Full Time: 100%
FLSA: Exempt (does not accrue overtime)
Months per Year: other
If other, please specify: Through June 30, 2024
Salary Range:
Min Salary: $217,920 (annual)
Max Salary: $270,780 (annual)
Position Type: Administrative/Supervisory Positions

Who We Are:
The San Mateo County Community College District is committed to achieving educational equity for all students. As outlined in the Districts Strategic Plan, "success, equity, and social justice for our students are longstanding goals." The Districts "Students First" Strategic Plan is focused on "Student Success, Equity and Social Justice." We provide students with a rich and dynamic learning experience that embraces differences - emphasizing collaboration and engaging students in and out of the classroom, encouraging them to realize their goals, and to become global citizens and socially responsible leaders. When you join our San Mateo County Community College District team, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty and classified staff, administration, students and community partners.

The College and the District:
The San Mateo County Community College District is home to Caada College, College of San Mateo, and Skyline College. All three of our colleges are designated as Hispanic Serving Institutions enrolling approximately 20,000 students each academic year. San Mateo County Community College District has a diverse student population that is a reflection of the communities that it serves. Detailed information about the student population, including data related to student success, can be found on the San Mateo County Community College Districts Educational Services & Planning website.

Who We Want:
We value the ability to serve students from a broad range of cultural heritages, socioeconomic backgrounds, genders, abilities and orientations. Therefore, we prioritize applicants who demonstrate they understand the benefits diversity brings to a professional educational community. The successful candidate will be an equity-minded individual committed to collaborating with faculty, classified staff, administration, students and community partners who are also committed to closing equity gaps. The San Mateo County Community College District seeks employees who value mentorship and working in a collegial, collaborative environment, guided by a commitment to helping all students achieve their educational goals.

The Position:
Reporting to the Chancellor, the position will help synthesize and integrate the District's many effective efforts into a comprehensive strategy for enhancing diversity, equity, inclusion and access (DEIA) across all aspects of the District's mission.

The Chief Diversity Officer & Ombuds (CDO) has the responsibility to promote diversity broadly defined; to ensure equity across the institution; to foster a culture of respect and inclusion for all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and members of the community; and to advocate for the role that diversity and equity initiatives play in achieving institutional excellence.

In addition to furthering and reporting on Strategic Plan progress, the CDO will support District efforts to offer a safe, neutral, informal, and confidential space for faculty and staff to discuss and find solutions for workplace issues and concerns including attention to intercultural dynamics that impact communication, belonging, and thriving.

The CDO is a member of Chancellor's Cabinet and will work alongside the Chancellor as part of the District's commitment to an inclusion ecosystem and work to help our community members collaboratively foster a healthier, inclusive culture and work environment. This includes playing a key role in the coordination of District responses to emerging local, national, or global events that affect the experience of students, faculty, and staff from diverse groups and populations, and stewarding relationships with external academic communities with which the District interacts. The CDO will work to ensure equity and fairness in partnerships with all local, state and national organizations.

Duties and Responsibilities:
The duties below are representative of the duties of the classification and are not intended to cover all of the duties performed by the incumbent(s) of any particular position. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the scope of work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to this classification.
  1. Provide leadership in the areas of anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion in accordance with the Districts Strategic Plan and values
  2. Champions and promotes an inclusive institution that honors and embraces social equity and makes recommendations on how to maximize anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across the District
  3. In conjunction with Human Resources and administrators, develops, implements, and provides institutional employee training (on-boarding and ongoing) to promote cultural understanding and competency and a climate of equity and inclusion
  4. Works collaboratively with senior leadership to lead the design and deployment of faculty and staff development and mentoring programs that foster retention and career progression and institutional support structures for members of underrepresented groups
  5. Facilitates the Anti-Racism Council meetings including agenda and priority setting, including developing annual strategic goals for diversity, inclusion, and equity
  6. Consults with academic departments in creating culturally relevant curriculum development and instructional practices; supports academic administrators and guides faculty in the development of culturally responsive, equitable, and inclusive curricula, courses, and teaching practices
  7. Works directly with Vice Presidents of Instruction, the instructional deans, and with faculty-led committees to ensure DEI is always considered in decision-making
  8. Provides guidance and feedback to the Guided Pathway initiative on how its efforts can best maximize diversity, equity, and inclusion
  9. Collaborates with Human Resources in implementing the EEO Plan; serves on the EEO Advisory Committee
  10. Leads evidence-based assessment efforts to help guide the investment of resources in the highest impact activities to foster a diverse and inclusive learning and workplace environment; develops metrics and procedures to track institutional trends and help units increase accountability through qualitative and quantitative assessments of programs, policies, and services
  11. Draws upon research, scholarship, and information on national and international trends to develop and support innovative programs and policies relevant to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students
  12. Serves as a consultant and subject matter expert to administrators, faculty, staff, and students on matters related to anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion
  13. Provides impartial and confidential conflict resolution services to members of the District community who are concerned about an issue. Assists community members in obtaining and providing relevant information regarding District policies and procedures
  14. Consults with appropriate administrators and individuals to develop cooperative strategies for resolving concerns and complaints. Whenever possible and appropriate, provides referrals to other resources, such as Human Resources, the Employee Assistance Program, College counseling and health centers, Public Safety, and the like
  15. Acts as a liaison between individuals or groups and the campus administrative structure, serving as a communicator or informal facilitator, as appropriate and makes system change recommendations
  16. Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree from an accredited institution OR an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Five years of experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and/or closely related fields across enterprises
  • Demonstrated progressive administrative experience and expertise in building and supporting initiatives that promote diversity, equity, access, and inclusion
  • Superior leadership, organizational, and communication skills; excellent human relations skills and proven ability to work effectively with diverse communities
  • Demonstrate a record of success in moving the needle within organizations on diversity and inclusion metrics related to faculty, staff, and students
  • Experience leading an office that is proactive
  • Demonstrated cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff

Physical Requirements:
Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. Must have the ability to walk short distances and carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds; ability to travel to various locations on and off campus as needed to conduct District business with occasional evenings and/or weekends on an as-needed basis.

Equivalence to Minimum Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
  1. District organization, operations, policies, and objectives
  2. Advanced theories, principles, and best practices related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access
  3. Principles and practices of organization and culture change
  4. Principles and practices of program development and management
  5. Principles and practices of crisis and non-crisis communications
  6. Conflict resolution and mediation

Ability to:
  1. Provide strategic leadership; cultural competency and work with diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students and staff
  2. Manage change and sensitive topics
  3. Offer viable solutions for problem-solving
  4. Analyze and provide sound recommendations on complex management and administrative issues, including identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences or proposed actions, and making recommendations in support of goals
  5. Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action
  6. Work independently with little direction
  7. Work under pressure on a variety of tasks concurrently while meeting established deadlines and changing priorities
  8. Write and edit clear, concise, accurate, and effective materials for public distribution
  9. Meet schedules and deadlines
  10. Work confidentially with discretion
  11. Understand and follow oral and written directions
  12. Interpret and prepare complex reports
  13. Give effective presentations
  14. Demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+, and accessibility issues

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Advanced degree
  • Experience with grant writing/grant management
  • Demonstrated senior leadership in higher education

Benefits include paid holidays, vacation and sick leave. The District pays all or a portion of monthly medical plan premiums (depending on the coverage) and pays all of the monthly dental and vision plan premiums for employees and eligible dependents. Additional paid benefits include life insurance, salary continuance insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program. Classified employees participate in the Public Employees Retirement System, a defined-benefit retirement plan through the State of California. Optional tax-deferred 403(b) and 457 retirement plans are also available.

Open Date: 05/24/2023
First Review Date: 06/08/2023
Close Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes

Special Instructions Summary:
Required Application Materials All applicants are required to submit:

1. A completed online District application form (go to to complete the application and to apply for this position).

2. A resume that details all relevant education, training, and other work experience.

3. A cover letter of no more than 3 pages that addresses the applicants cultural competence, sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, ethnic, neurodivergent, and LGBTQIA+ backgrounds of community college students, faculty and staff as well as the applicants qualifications as they relate to the requirements, knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in this announcement.

Candidates for interview will be selected from among those who most closely meet the requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities. Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee an interview. As part of the interview process, candidates may be asked to demonstrate job-related knowledge and skills.

For questions related to this posting, please contact:
SMCCCD Office of Human Resources
3401 CSM Drive
San Mateo, CA 94402
Tel.: (650) 574-6555
Fax: (650) 574-6574
Web Page:

Conditions of Employment:
Prior to employment, the selected candidate will be required to complete the following:

1. Submit official transcripts (applies to all faculty or educational administrative positions)

2. Submit verifications of prior employment

3. Satisfactory references

4. Successfully being cleared for employment through the background checking process
In addition to background checks, the District may review publicly available information about a candidate on the Internet. If a candidate is aware of incorrect or inaccurate information that is available on the Internet, the candidate is welcome to address such an issue with the Office of Human Resources.

5. Present original documents for proof of eligibility to work in the United States

6. Approval of your employment by the SMCCCD Board of Trustees

7. Provide a certificate of Tuberculosis exam for initial employment.

8. Have fingerprints taken by a Live Scan computer (Clearance must be received prior to first day of employment). Please note that the California Education Code requires, in part, that community college districts shall not employ or retain in employment persons in public school service who have been convicted of certain felonies, a misdemeanor drug charge (including alcohol offenses) or misdemeanor moral turpitude (sexual offense) crime. However, consideration may be given to those whose drug convictions occurred more than five years ago. A conviction for other crimes may not necessarily disqualify you from the job for which you may be applying.

EEO Statement:
The San Mateo County Community College District is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks to employ individuals who represent the rich diversity of cultures, language groups, and abilities of its surrounding communities.

Applicants who have disabilities may request that special accommodations be made in order to complete the selection process. Accommodation requests and a copy of the Americans with Disabilities Act applicant procedures can be made by completing our: Applicant Reasonable Accommodation Request Form

Annual Security Report:
San Mateo County Community College Districts (SMCCCD) 2021 Annual Security Report (ASR), required by the Clery Act, includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by SMCCCD; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from SMCCCD. Our 2021 Annual Security Report also outlines various campus safety and security policies, such as those concerning crime reporting, prevention and response to sexual and gender violence, alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and other matters. The 2021 Annual Security Report also includes important tips to help every member of the community remain safe and avoid becoming a victim of crime. The 2021 Annual Security Report is now available. You can also obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Department of Public Safety at the District Office or any of the three Campuses (650) 738-7000. The report includes information about criminal activity on our campuses, emergency procedures and resources.

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