Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

02 Jan, 2022


Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Greenfield Community College
Greenfield, MA

About Greenfield Community College:

Greenfield Community College is located in the beautiful and historic Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts, between the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains and the fertile farmland of the Connecticut River watershed. GCC is a public community college serving 3,000 people annually in credit courses and credit-free workshops. Known for the caring and supportive attitude of the faculty and staff, and for the broad support it enjoys from the surrounding community, the college is fully accredited by the New England Commission on Higher Education (NECHE).  In addition to a strong Liberal Arts focus, the College offers a wide variety of innovative and successful programs including Farm and Food Systems, Engineering, Fine Arts, Nursing, and Adventure Education, as well as varied learning environments, from traditional classrooms, to hybrid and online distance learning, peer tutoring, one-on-one faculty-student advising, workforce development, and learning communities that cater to specific needs and interests. Close to fifty percent of Greenfield Community College students transfer to four-year colleges, and it is Smith College’s largest source of community college transfer students. Much of the College has undergone a multi-million dollar renovation that incorporates universal design principles to meet the needs of all our students. Greenfield Community College actively encourages and provides opportunities for leadership and professional development.

Job Description:


The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is a new position that will report directly to the President of Greenfield Community College. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will collaborate across the campus to lead initiatives related to belonging and inclusion of underrepresented and minoritized populations on campus. This work will include conducting baseline and annual DEI assessments and inventories, providing analysis of findings to the senior leadership of the College, making recommendations that impact both employees and students at the College, developing DEI publications and media, integrating DEI across College literature and media, establishing a clear set of DEI deliverables in consultation with College senior leadership. This position will lead efforts at Greenfield Community College (GCC), a small, rural community college in Western Massachusetts that is dedicated to bringing innovative and inclusive practices to the region. The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will provide leadership and direction across the campus.


  • Supported by the work of college-wide governance committees, the Director of DEI will work collaboratively with other college administrators to advance our commitment to equity and inclusion, and serves as both leader and consultant in the effort to recruit and retain both employees and students of varied backgrounds and interests and engage minoritized communities in College outreach activities;
  • Provide leadership, vision, and the promotion of a collaborative and coordinated approach to DEI work;
  • Bring together and provide structure to the many DEI related initiatives across the campus;
  • Serve as an active member with The Leading for Change Racial Equity and Justice Institute (REJI), a region-wide collaboration of institutions committed to racial educational equity;
  • Operationalizes the College strategic plan as it relates to DEI initiatives and specifically guides the work of a DEI implementation plan;
  • Designs systems for assessment of DEI initiatives and develops plans for continuous improvement;
  • Working with campus partners, performs ongoing institutional audits and evaluation of campus policies and procedures and makes recommendations for change;
  • Partner with key campus constituencies to develop concrete strategies and help define clear goals or deliverables including GCC academic affairs, grant writing, institutional research, student affairs, enrollment management, information technology, marketing, instructional design, financial aid, government affairs, disability services, workforce development, rural innovation initiatives, human resources, information technology, and library services;
  • Creates and tracks accountability and performance assessment measures in support of institutional and community impact of DEI related initiatives;
  • Works across college campus to create educational content and outreach activities to make visible  DEI initiatives impacting all constituents (i.e., college leadership, faculty, staff, students, and others);
  • Provides direction and recommendations for professional development activities as it relates to DEI work (e.g., within course curriculum, all student facing policy and procedures);
  • Builds a culture that upholds innovation, experimentation, life-long learning, adaptability, institutional and personal evolution, and broad cultural dexterity;
  • Serves on the senior leadership team of the College to provide strategic direction as it relates to the integration of DEI initiatives across the institution;
  • Serves as a deputy Affirmative Action Officer as necessary; hears complaints and conducts investigations in compliance with applicable laws and policy;
  • Works in partnership with the College’s Director of Human Resources and the Chief Student Affairs Officer to ensure that complaints and grievances related to DEI are addressed in accordance with applicable laws, statutes and regulations.


  • Advanced degree in social justice related field, student development, higher education administration, or other relevant discipline; or Bachelor’s degree with an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience;
  • Advanced training in the coordination and management of institutional change as it relates to DEI initiatives;
  • Demonstrated experience collecting, evaluating, and making meaning of data to guide policy and procedure;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading and managing dialogue and facilitating change;
  • At least two (2) years of professional experience in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion, equal employment opportunity (EEO)/affirmative action, or Title IX;
  • Demonstrated experience in investigations and conflict resolution;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to the goals of Affirmative Action and workforce and educational diversity;
  • Experience working in a diverse environment;
  • Ability to handle confidential and sensitive situations with diplomacy and excellent judgment and to act calmly and objectively in the face of sensitive situations.


  • The ability to organize and manage multiple priorities;
  • Collegial and team orientation;
  • Evidence of excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Familiarity with relevant laws and guidelines, such as Title IX, EEO state/federal regulations and ADA regulations;
  • Thorough knowledge of current DEI standards and practices as implemented within varying groups or communities.


  • Demonstrated experience in the utilization of data informed practices that guide decision making and institutional change;
  • Experience interpreting federal and state laws and regulations pertaining to EEO, affirmative action, Title IX and ADA;
  • Experience providing training across broad institutional lines on laws, policies and procedures;
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in organizational change;
  • Higher Education experience.


This position is located in a normal office environment, not subject to extreme variations of temperatures, odors etc. Low to moderate noise. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 50% of the time. Operates equipment i.e. Computer, calculator, copier/fax machines etc. The person in this position needs to occasionally move about inside the office. Will also move about throughout the campus as needed. The person frequently communicates with colleagues, staff and students. Must be able to exchange accurate information in various situations.   Travels to occasional meetings.

Additional Information:


Applicants who do not meet the qualifications as stated above are encouraged to put in writing precisely how their background and experience have prepared them with the equivalent combination of education, training and experience required for the responsibilities of this position.

SALARY:  $70,000 – $80,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application Instructions:


Greenfield Community College requires that all cover letters, resumes and contact information for 5 professional references be submitted online at Official copies of all academic transcripts will be required at the time of hire.

When preparing your cover letter and resume, please refer to the minimum and preferred qualifications and, if applicable, include an equivalency statement.

Screening will begin after January 21, 2022 and until position is filled.

Beginning in January 2022, Covid-19 vaccinations are required for all employees.


Greenfield Community College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, age, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity or sexual orientation in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and college policies. The College prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence.


Greenfield Community College’s Annual Security Report is available online at The report contains crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years for certain locations associated with the College as well as other campus security and personal safety topics such as: crime prevention; campus safety authority; crime reporting polices; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications), programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; and other matters of importance related to security on campus.

If you would like to receive a paper copy of the Annual Security Report, you can stop by the Public Safety Office at One College Drive, Greenfield, MA 01301 or you can request that a copy be mailed to you by calling 413-775-1212.

***Greenfield Community College is proud to value diversity in our community of faculty, staff and students and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. ***


Job posted: 2022-01-02