Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Student and Faculty focus)

Updated: 3 days ago
Location: New York City, NEW YORK
Deadline: Morningside ;

  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range: Commensurate with experience

Position Summary

At Columbia Business School, we believe that diversity strengthens any community or business model and brings it greater success. That's why we're committed to promoting diversity in all its forms by making sure that those from different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, and professional backgrounds are represented, welcomed, and engaged in our community.

Columbia Business School is seeking a Director, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). Reporting directly to the Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the Dean's Office and working closely with the other members of the Dean’s Office, the Director partners with the Vice Dean of DEI to oversee key initiatives, programs, and training focused on the student and faculty populations at Columbia Business School. The key pillars of the DEI initiative that are closely related to this role include developing and implementing strategic plans to build student, fulltime faculty, adjunct faculty and guest speaker diversity; working closely with the Vice Dean and the DEI standing committee to ensure that the curriculum reflects the importance of managing diversity and ensuring inclusion, and the content including cases is representative of the diversity in the world of global business; facilitating training on running an inclusive classroom working with other centers at the school such as Samberg; and working hard to create a culture and climate that reflect the values of the school.

The Director will set the agenda for the DEI Standing Committee meetings and serve as a liaison to external consultants and various departments at the school, including The Office of Student Affairs, EMBA, MS &PhD offices, Faculty Affairs, and The Samberg Center for Teaching and Learning. They will also be responsible for working closely with the office of University Life and responding to requests and calls for nominations from the office of the Provost for Faculty Advancement.

The Director will demonstrate aptitude in DEI training, content development, and program facilitation. They will develop DEI trainings and workshops to inform, educate and support the faculty and student community at Columbia Business School and support the Phillips Pathway to Inclusive Leadership co-curricular programs for students.

The incumbent will handle a variety of complex administrative and confidential matters relating to current faculty, staff, researchers, and students, working with colleagues across the School, University, and the public. More information about the DEI initiative, can be found on our website, .


  • Independently manages and executes projects in support of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative assigned by the Vice Dean. Serves as the first point of contact and “go-to” person for issues or discrepancies that arise in the student and faculty community and works closely with senior leaders in various departments as well as students, faculty, staff and external constituents.
  • In collaboration with other members of the DEI team and the Bernstein Center, helps run the Phillips Pathway for Inclusive Leadership (PPIL) initiative, to ensure students are prepared for ethical and leadership roles. Works to co-direct trainings and workshops that can help students improve their proficiencies in critical areas.
  • Works to strategically create programs, trainings, and workshops for faculty at the school in consultation with the DEI standing committee. Oversees the Everfi training for new faculty and PhD students.
  • Strategically works with student clubs including CBS Reflects, ExBo and Affinity Clubs to collect feedback and take action to ensure a culture of inclusion and belonging at CBS for all students.
  • Oversees and manages the collection of data on all aspects of DEI at the Business School, with a focus on faculty and students. Conducts data analysis and benchmarking studies, writes reports, prepares briefings and slides. Provides updates in regular meetings with senior leaders.
  •  Develops, manages, and executes strategies for communications and in-person meetings on behalf of the Vice Dean, including standing and ad hoc committees and subcommittees as well as planning and managing the complex calendar of activities involving these groups.
  • Manages and maintains the DEI website, creates newsletters, and develops communication and marketing campaigns to build awareness of the Initiative among internal and external constituents. Writes and sends bi-weekly newsletter to all students and faculty with updates on DEI events at the university and the school as well as links to news and resources.
  • Oversees all initiatives and projects with a student and faculty focus, including, but not limited to potential faculty and student DEI surveys and ensuring use of the DEI Event Planning Checklist for all departments at Columbia Business School.
  • Develops internal department processes and reviews current processes for improvement and efficiencies. Partners with the Vice Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to identify new initiatives and projects, as needed.
  • Develops a plan to regularly participate at OSA and student meetings and presents on topics that address feedback and situations at the University as well as in the current times.
  • Liaison to and from across the Columbia Business School community, to collaborate on programs, ensuring positive and proactive communications with all levels of the organization. Develops and implements a communication strategy with a student and faculty focus to enhance visibility of the initiative among its internal and external constituents, working with the CBS Strategic Communications team. Manages and maintains the DEI website and creates and maintains a social media presence to further build awareness of the Initiative. As part of this strategy implementation, writes, produces, edits and executes program communications as needed.
  • 12. Other related duties and special projects, as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree required. Minimum 5-7 years related experience required.

Demonstrated ability to analyze and interpret information, and meet deadlines, along with strong data management and analyses, writing, and editing skills. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills required. Must have demonstrated planning and project management skills. The ideal candidate is a detail oriented, self-starter who anticipates opportunities and challenges, takes initiative to identify and implement creative solutions, and works well under deadlines and pressure. Must be a strategic thinker with the ability to work with multiple stakeholders and adapt quickly to changing needs and priorities. Demonstrated experience conducting social justice workshops and trainings focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Must have proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and a willingness and ability to learn new computer software programs. Cultural sensitivity with the ability to collaborate with diverse constituents required

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree is strongly preferred. Ideal candidates will have a background in and passion for higher education administration and issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, and a desire to work on a small, high-quality services-oriented team in a start-up phase.

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