Chief DE&I Officer (4258U) - Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS)
University of California Berkeley
Location: Berkeley, California
Internal Number: 2547042
Chief DE&I Officer (4258U) - Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS)
At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.
We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, 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, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.
The Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS) is a dynamic, innovative new structure at UC Berkeley that represents a once-in-a-generation transformation. The Division brings together faculty, researchers, and students from computing, statistics, the humanities, and social and natural sciences, mirroring the cross-cutting nature of data science and redefining the research university for the digital age. Core to the Division is a commitment to examining how the digital revolution affects equity and opportunity-and building the capacity to respond to these challenges. CDSS connects the Data Science Undergraduate Studies, School of Information, Departments of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences and Statistics, the Berkeley Institute for Data Science, Center for Computational Biology, and the Data Science Commons. The Division is responsible for growing Berkeley's broad-based data science education program, including classes and programs serving thousands of undergraduate students a year.
CDSS is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. CDSS is interested in candidates whose previous experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
The First Review Date for this job is: Open Until Filled
Working in close collaboration with the Associate Provost and Dean (APD) Jennifer Chayes and the leadership team in the Division of Computing, Data Science, and Society (CDSS), the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will work with the CDSS Associate Dean for DEIBJ to develop an anti-racist organization by establishing new paradigms, implementing strategies, and tactics to ensure diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice are embedded as central tenets of CDSS's culture for teaching, research, and administration. The Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will work at various levels -- the division, campus, and beyond -- to support the DEIBJ vision for CDSS, as well as nurture a shared sense of responsibility for DEIBJ among stakeholders, with the aims of positively impacting the recruitment, retention, and experience of faculty, students, faculty, and staff, and the overall divisional climate in the short- and long-term.
The Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will work with colleagues in the division and across campus in providing leadership in support of goals that target a full range of DEIBJ work among students, faculty, staff, and the larger community. Working with the CDSS Directors of Development, Communications, and External Relations, the Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer will work to cultivate financial and other resources to support effective programs and initiatives that advance the division's DEIBJ goals. This position reports to the APD with a dotted line to the Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion.
We seek a proven leader with demonstrated vision and the ability to execute for results. The successful candidate must have a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities for a large, comprehensive research university or comparably complex enterprise; a record as a champion of diversity and inclusion; and enthusiasm for advancing CDSS's strategic initiatives. The successful candidate may be an administrator, practitioner, thought leader, and/or scholar.
25% In collaboration with the APD and senior leadership team, leads efforts in implementing and enriching the division-wide DEIBJ vision. Leads strategic visioning, planning, and coordination efforts as the portfolio of the division is refreshed, positioning CDSS to be a thought leader in DEIBJ work. Works collaboratively with divisional leadership and colleagues across campus to lead an intersectional team to develop and help facilitate a strong, divisional DEIBJ vision and approach that is visionary, innovative, practical, and measurable. Works with academic, staff, and student leaders, to articulates a strategy and vision for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice initiatives throughout CDSS; fosters and leverages relationships; and leads programs in identifying places where practices and policies create unintended inequitable impacts. Establishes collaborations with colleagues in other schools, colleges, and units at Berkeley as well as with colleagues across the system and beyond, to translate and embed current research on DEIBJ into practices that transform the thinking, culture, and outcomes for the division and our partners. Serves as the APD's delegate to campus initiatives on university-wide projects relevant to DEIBJ issues for undergraduate and graduate education.
20% Provides organizational development and strategic leadership for DEIBJ efforts in the departments and affiliated CDSS units. Serves as the Chief Diversity Officer for CDSS and supports and empowers the work of the department-level diversity officers. Provides leadership and direction on a new framework for implementing and scaling DEIBJ throughout CDSS. Working in a decentralized, co-governance environment, leads organizational change, creates transparency in reporting, defines shared metrics, applies tracking mechanisms of progress, reviews policies through an equity lens, and advises divisional leadership on the best practices in achieving greater efficiency and shared ownership of this transformative DEIBJ journey.
20% Works to strengthen partnerships across the division and with campus partners, to co-create an environment where equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice are foundational values and practiced by all members of the community. Collaborates with Chief Communications Officer (CCO) to craft internal and external communications on the division's DEIBJ strategy. Partners with other key constituents across the division and campus to continue to build an inclusive environment including working with academic and administrative units. Represents the APD and division on key committees that inform policies and structures that support engagement of diverse constituent groups and consider the impacts of decisions on underserved, underrepresented, and protected class groups within the division and on campus. Assists and advises divisional professionals in: designing and implementing professional development opportunities; and designing and implementing training programs at all levels of the organization to advance DEIBJ.
20% Champions DEIBJ work and underrepresented groups: challenges the status quo, advocates for those whose voices and perspectives have been marginalized, and models restorative practices of healing and justice. Holds the division and campus partners accountable for providing programs, resources, and services that lead to academic access, opportunities, and success for students; identifies and works to remove institutional barriers to pathways toward leadership and advancement opportunities for staff; reimagines equitable structures, inclusive design, and transformative academic structures with faculty; and strives to close opportunity and access gaps for marginalized groups. Assists with all levels of CDSS leadership in efforts to engage applicants of diverse backgrounds to apply for our positions.
15% In coordination with the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of External Relations, plays a leadership role in generating resources to support the programs, initiatives, research, and people that strive to make a difference in this space. Supports or contributes to proposals and grants that focus on diversifying the program (e.g., government agencies, foundations, workforce development programs, etc.). Plays a leadership role in strategic advancement work, engages actively with prospective donors, foundations, grant-making bodies, and corporate partners interested in supporting DEIBJ initiatives at CDSS. Undertakes collaborations with industry partners, and participates in educational programs and the division's communications, including social media.
The position is designated hybrid, with 3 days on campus, and 2 days remote
Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Demonstrates advanced knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion and accesibility programs and applies it to the completion of diverse diversity, equity and inclusion assignments.
Demonstrates advanced judgment and technical experience in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions and developing recommendations.
Demonstrates advanced level of political and organizational acumen.
Has in-depth knowledge of organizational policies and procedures; knowledge of functional area and understands how work may impact other areas.
Possesses advanced level skills required to gather, organize and perform analyses on diverse diversity, equity and inclusion / accesibility programs and initiatives. Presents findings and makes recommendations that are significant to a department or unit, both verbally and in writing.
Strong communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff. Ability to influence, both verbally and in writing.
Authenticity, Commitment, and Achievement in DEIBJ -A body of professional knowledge and experience around diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging, and justice, as well as a track record of impact and accomplishment in advancing this work in intersectional ways. -A drive to achieve groundbreaking results relative to equity, access, inclusion, and diversity issues in a resource-challenged context. -Readiness to lead innovative approaches to experimentation, learning, and continuous improvement. -Ability to develop and move discrete initiatives forward while maintaining a focus on larger strategic goals. -Accountability to follow through on commitments and ability to hold others accountable in the teamwork of creating and building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive climate.
Collaboration and Communication -Demonstrated success in collaborating effectively across multiple units, ideally in an environment of joint problem solving. -A transparent communication style that earns trust and builds credibility. Strong storytelling ability with passion for serving as a voice for marginalized groups. -Ability to articulate a clear, compelling, and inspiring vision and engage the community in achieving it. -Ability to listen, hear, recognize, and assess pressing needs, and respond thoughtfully and effectively to students, faculty, administration, and staff.
Internal and External Leadership -A record of leadership in an environment of change with a skillset in organizational management and change management. -An inspirational and resilient leader who is energized by the work. -Ability to represent the division externally with local, state, and national leaders and with donors, thought leaders, and other stakeholders in the division's extended community.
Administrative Effectiveness -Experience leading and guiding programs, initiatives, and people in structures related to DEIBJ initiatives. -The ability and demonstrated experience with leading a team from vision to implementation. -Capacity to foster a culture that values self-examination, quality improvement, strategic thinking, mission-aligned planning, data-driven analysis, and the continuous pursuit of excellence.
Interpersonal Effectiveness -An energetic leader with the ability to inspire, empower, and influence -An approachable manner that welcomes engagement with students, staff, faculty, and other constituents from a variety of communities. -A passionate, driven advocate knowledgeable about how to support and promote social justice. -Ability to navigate difficult conversations and situations with diplomacy with a variety of colleagues at different levels. -Strong emotional intelligence, people-centeredness, and the ability to empower others effectively.
Executive Leadership and Vision -Ability to facilitate and sustain a culture of trust and confidence -Knowledge of contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.
Executive Leadership and Vision -Ability to facilitate and sustain a culture of trust and confidence -Knowledge of contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues. -Report and grant-writing experience preferred.
Terminal degree in a related area (PhD, JD, MD, etc.) preferred.
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