Executive Officer for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

  • Pierce College
  • 9401 Farwest Drive Southwest, Lakewood, WA, USA
Full Time Executive

Job Description

SALARY: Depends on Qualifications

OPENING DATE: 11/05/18

CLOSING DATE: 12/06/18 05:00 PM PST


The mission of Pierce College District is to create quality educational opportunities for a diverse community of learners to thrive in an evolving world.

Are you passionate about leading institutional change to fully support equity, diversity, and inclusion in higher education? Are you excited about opportunities to be innovative in dismantling systemic barriers to student success? Are you committed to facilitating and advancing cultural responsiveness within an institution with a wide range of perspectives and competencies? If these questions resonate with your personal and professional goals and commitment, then we encourage you to apply for the District Executive Officer for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Pierce College!

Reporting to the Chancellor and serving on the Executive Team, the Executive Officer for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EOEDI) will work collaboratively with executive leadership, faculty, staff, and students to build a shared vision for the role of EDI to enhance and achieve the District's mission, vision, and strategic goals. The EOEDI will be a key district leader charged with providing strategic leadership and administrative responsibility for developing and implementing a district wide EDI framework consistent with the District's Strategic Plan.
The EOEDI will organize and lead an infrastructure to facilitate internal and external community engagement; improve the District's capacity around EDI; develop partnerships and strategies to bring about change; supervise Title IX efforts; and support an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus and workplace culture. Specific focus will be on culturally responsive engagement, diverse talent acquisition and development, and instructional and educational processes to promote racial and social justice.

The District:
Pierce College is an innovative community college committed to student engagement and learning. We value student learning experiences that foster equity and diversity in the classroom and expand into our local and global communities. From closing achievement gaps for all students to building directed career pathways, faculty, staff, and administrators work collaboratively to lead initiatives that advance student success. The college serves over 16,000 students in basic skills, transfer, and professional technical programs.Through conscious efforts, we have improved retention rates by 19% and a 3-year graduation rate by 104% between 2010 to 2018. This year, Pierce was named as a top 10 community college in the nation by the Aspen Institute. A key to our District's success is a high degree of collaboration among and within administrative and instructional departments, our campuses, and our extended learning programs. We value student and colleague engagement, and an equitable, diverse, innovative, outcome-based, and evidence-based learning-centered environment.

Pierce College employees and students live and work in various communities that offer the diverse cultural and environmental benefits of rural, suburban, and urban lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest.  As part of the community and technical college system in Washington State, the District includes Pierce College Fort Steilacoom, Pierce College Puyallup, Pierce College at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as well as other extended learning sites.

Pierce County: An amazing place to call home
Pierce County stands out as one of the most beautiful and livable areas in the United States, offering its citizens the benefits of both rural and urban life in the Pacific Northwest. Both Fort Steilacoom and Puyallup campuses command views of majestic Mount Rainier. The area's moderate climate, along with nearby mountains, forests, rivers, the Puget Sound, and Pacific Ocean, provide for many outdoor activities including hiking, skiing, kayaking, beach combing, biking, and golfing.
At the same time, most of Pierce County is only minutes away from Tacoma or a short drive to Seattle where world-class cultural, arts, shopping and sporting activities abound. The area boasts an amazing array of housing options from urban condos to rural acreage and everything in between. And in Pierce County, real estate remains relatively affordable. Located in the heart of one of America's most amazing areas, Pierce County is a wonderful place to call home. 


Strategic Leadership and Cross-Institutional Collaboration:

  • Collaborates with executive leadership to provide vision, leadership, management, and strategic planning for EDI initiatives across the district. 
  • Contributes to long- and short-range planning and implements district-wide strategies and initiatives.
  • Uses professional networks to identify resources the District may be able to draw from to enhance Pierce College's EDI operation.  
  • Ensures broad adoption of district policies and procedures to support equity and diversity goals, metrics, activities, and accomplishments. 
  • Advocates for macro-level diversity and equity issues affecting Pierce College, while also providing support and resources to inform and empower District students and employees to advocate for EDI in their respective areas.
  • Partners with the Institutional Effectiveness and Research team to develop metrics to ensure accountability, tracking, and monitoring of diversity and equity efforts of underrepresented and nontraditional student groups to close achievement gaps and to promote racial and social equity. 
  • Partners with the Campus Vice Presidents of Learning and Student Success, to collaborate with college and district programs and departments to develop strategies for promoting equity and inclusion as part of the overall student experience; and to advocate for inclusive pedagogy practices and for development of courses and curricula that include equity and inclusion and builds equity-minded knowledge, skills and abilities and culturally responsive engagement. 
  • Collaborates with other college departments and programs to expand, develop, and coordinate outreach and awareness programs with community organizations designed to increase the enrollment and success of traditionally underserved and diverse student populations.
  • Partners with Student Life, Trio, Aspire and other college programs and departments to support diversity, identity, racial and social equity, remove barriers, and advocate for student success.
  • Partners with Human Resources to develop, implement, monitor and track recruitment and hiring strategies and practices to attract and retain a diverse employee workforce.
  • Collaborates with the Employee Learning and Development (ELAD) department and others responsible for trainings, programs, and services to foster more cohesive and efficient delivery of employee professional development programs by providing subject matter expertise, integrating internal talent expertise, and focusing on culturally responsive engagement.
  • Partners with Marketing and Communications to craft cohesive messaging around EDI, clarifying the District's intentions, goals, and desired outcomes to external communities.

External Community Connections:

  • Engages with individuals and agencies outside the college community, including community leaders from diverse groups, area institutions of learning, and civic and political organizations to develop and maintain meaningful relationships to support EDI efforts. 
  • Represents the college district in regional, state, and local associations, functions, and collaborations, as appropriate, to promote mutual goals.

Supervision and Administration:

  • Supervises and provides strategic leadership to the Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (OEDI).
  • Supervises and supports the district's Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Title IX Coordinator, whose role is the administrative coordinator, team leader, and subject matter expert for compliance with Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), Section 504 of 1973 Rehabilitation Act, Title IX, and other applicable federal and state laws/regulations. The ADA and Title IX Coordinator oversees Pierce College's responsibility to stop, prevent, and remedy the broad spectrum of Title IX and ADA issues, concerns, and violations concerning all members of the Pierce College community.
  •  Provides administrative leadership to the District's EDI Council.
  • Develops, recommends, and administers a budget for the OEDI.
  • Works as a key member of District's shared governance processes in matters of EDI
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the Chancellor.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in an appropriate area of specialization.
  • Relevant professional EDI experience.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence.
  • Experience in designing and leading efforts relating to institutional access, diversity, and inclusion, and education and employment equity.
  • Record of working collaboratively with academic and administrative colleagues at all levels in a large, complex institution, as well as with diverse external communities, to facilitate positive and collaborative processes and initiatives.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Attributes and Characteristics:

  • Ability to understand and respond to the culture of a campus.
  • Strategic forward-thinker with the ability to be transformative and tactical while paying close attention to delivering tangible results.
  • Ability to champion a common vision of the District's commitment to EDI that can be shared internally and externally.
  • In-depth understanding of the nature of organizational behavior and change.
  • Ability to lead and manage institutional change initiatives; recognize when there is a need for change; demonstrate adaptability; successfully manage and implement complex organizational change.
  • Provide leadership in accordance with the mission, vision, values, and goals established by the district, including fostering a service philosophy with a commitment to accountability and continuous improvement.
  • Strong interpersonal skills including the ability to work collaboratively and be a team-oriented leader, work effectively across organizational lines and create and nurture a safe, bias-free working environment which engenders respect for all individuals and for their differences.
  • Ability to communicate with and advocate for people from all backgrounds.
  • Ability to think critically, evaluate information, and implement timely decisions and recommendations that anticipate the cost benefits, risks and organizational impact on advancing EDI goals.
  • Excellent managerial and administrative leadership skills including the ability to tie budget and revenue goals to diversity and institutional goals.
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills including the ability to analyze and explain complex information in a manner that is understandable to a broad audience; listens accurately and actively.


Application Procedure: We invite applications from qualified individuals interested in working within and leading a high-performing, mission-driven, data-informed, student-focused district committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. You must include the following items in your application package and complete the online application profile at https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr

  • Letter of formal application that addresses how your experience and education qualifies you to perform the assigned responsibilities. (Cover Letter)
  • A statement that responds to these questions: (Supplemental Question) 
    • What are the core tenets of your philosophy and framework of equity, diversity and inclusion?  
    • Pierce College has set a goal of closing the achievement gaps for all student populations by 2020.  Based on your tenets, how would you apply those to contribute to or support this effort at the institutional, program, and classroom levels?
  • Upload (attach) detailed résumé of all educational and professional experience. (Résumé)
  • Transcripts are not required in order to apply for this position, however, if you are selected for an interview, you will be asked to bring copies of unofficial transcripts showing completion of the required level of education. Please upload current copies of your transcripts, if available. Unofficial copies of all college and university transcripts must include degree received and confer date. International transcripts must include a foreign transcript evaluation. For a list of approved credential evaluation services visit: www.naces.org/members.htm (Unofficial transcripts acceptable for application process; official transcripts required upon hire). (Transcripts) 
  • Upload (attach) a list of at least three professional references with names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses. Letters of recommendation will not be accepted. (References)
  • Special Note: To ensure consideration, application materials should be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, applications received by December 6, 2018 will receive first consideration. 

Terms of Employment:

This is a full-time administrative exempt district position. Evening and weekends will occasionally be required. Frequent travel back and forth between campuses will occur. The Pierce College District offers a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, vision, sick leave, and vacation. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The anticipated starting date is February 01, 2019.  

Salary & Benefits:
Your paycheck is just part of the total compensation package. There is an outstanding benefits package which is worth an additional value equivalent to about 30% of your salary. A comprehensive health care benefits package for you and your dependents includes medical, dental and vision insurance. Life and long-term disability insurance plans; vacation, sick and personal leave; reduced tuition; and retirement benefits are also provided. For more information, please visit our Benefits and Leave website at: https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/hr-benefits.

 Physical Work Environment:

This position is required to work indoors in an office environment.

 Reasonable Accommodation:
Applicants with disabilities who require assistance with the application and employment process will be accommodated to the extent reasonably possible. Requests should be made to the District Human Resources Office by calling 253-964-7342. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may dial 711 to place a call through Washington Relay, the state's free telecommunication access service.

 Screening & Interview Process:
Only those candidates who have complied with the application process and meet the required qualifications will be considered. Following the review of application materials, the most qualified candidates will be contacted for an interview. Check the email account you used for the application process for communication regarding the status of your application. Application materials submitted to Pierce College are the property of the College and will not be returned.

 Conditions of Employment:

  • An offer of employment will not carry with it any responsibility or obligation on the part of the District to sponsor an H-1B visa. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, proof of authorization to work in the United States will be required at the time of hire.
  • Pierce College has adopted a Drug Free Workplace policy. As a condition of employment, employees must agree to abide by the requirements established in that policy.

 Equal Opportunity:
The Pierce College District is an equal opportunity employer. The Board of Trustees and Pierce College District are committed to providing equal opportunity and will not discriminate in terms and conditions of employment and personnel practices.  Decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, age, perceived or actual physical or mental disability, pregnancy, genetic information, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, creed, religion, honorably discharged veteran or military status, or use of a trained guide dog or service animal.

For more information about this position or assistance regarding your application, contact Human Resources at: jobs@pierce.ctc.edu.

Questions regarding equal employment opportunities or discrimination may be directed to the following: 

Holly Gorski, Vice President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, Washington 98498
(253) 964-6519

Paula Henson-Williams, District Affirmative Action Officer 
(253) 864-3229


College Administration, Diversity Management EEO Compliance, Human Resources

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Master's Degree


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