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Work type: Management (MPP)
Location: Humboldt
Categories: MPP, Administrative, At-Will, Full Time, On-site (work in-person at business location)

Associate Director

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Job #535509
Close Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

At Cal Poly Humboldt, bold hearts and open minds shape the future.

Founded in 1913, Cal Poly Humboldt began as a small college for teachers. Today Humboldt has grown into a comprehensive university with rigorous science and liberal arts programs. Designated a polytechnic in 2022, Cal Poly Humboldt provides hands-on, impactful educational opportunities that lead to meaningful, measurable outcomes for the individual, for the state, and the world.


Cal Poly Humboldt is proud to have nearly 6,000 students of all backgrounds spread across 61 majors, 13 graduate programs, and 4 credential programs — all of whom contribute passion and creativity within their fields and set the stage for a future grounded in equity and sustainability. Hands-on learning, inspired teaching, ground-breaking research, and thought-provoking creative activity happen daily at Humboldt.


Cal Poly Humboldt is a Hispanic-Serving Institution that strives to foster an inclusive and equitable community to support our students of diverse backgrounds. We are committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality committed to working in a multicultural and multiracial community that reflects the diversity of the state.


Finding a better future is a task for the bold and open, the down-to-earth and visionary. Cal Poly Humboldt strives to cultivate these qualities in leaders, innovators, and scholars in every field.


(Job #535509) Administrator I, Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Salary Range: $3,750 - $11,146 monthly. Hiring Range: $5,833 - $6,814 monthly. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a full-time, benefited, exempt, 12-month pay plan permanent position in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This position is an Administrator I in the California State University Management Personnel Plan (MPP). Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Additional information can be found at: This position comes with a premium benefits package that includes outstanding vacation, medical, dental, and vision plans, life insurance, voluntary pre-tax health and dependent care reimbursement accounts, a fee waiver education program, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), and 14 paid holidays per year. Additional benefits information can be found at


Position Summary:

Under supervision of the AVP, the Associate Director has responsibility for ODEI project, program, and initiative development, implementation, sustainability, and evaluation. The Associate Director will establish and monitor priorities and progress toward program goals, assessing and developing recommendations for changes in policies and programs within the organization and institution, collect and analyze institutional data, represent the program and the campus to the public, media, and recognized organizations, and identify and pursue appropriate funding opportunities, including university sponsored fundraising and grant opportunities.


Key Responsibilities:

Program Management

  • Supports ODEI-driven initiatives, projects, and programs with campus-wide impact, including collaborative initiatives, sponsorships, and emerging initiatives by providing program and policy research, analysis, development, reporting, assessment and evaluation. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: long range planning, data analysis, policy development, budget, and personnel supervision.
  • Develops, implements, and/or coordinates strategic planning and analysis activities for the ODEI. ODEI Initiative responsibilities include, but are not limited to: management of the Equity Advocate Program, faculty position demographic data research and analysis, preparation of the Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Biannual Report.


Executive Support and Organizational Collaboration

  • Provides administrative support to the AVP. Handles a variety of administrative responsibilities, many of a sensitive and confidential nature. Works on projects that require an in-depth knowledge of university structure and practices.
  • Participates in ODEI’s partnership activities, including, but not limited to collaboration with:
    • Human Resources and Academic Personnel Services regarding staff and faculty relationships;
    • The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) to implement culturally responsive institutional practices and integrate diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility into program planning;
    • The Office of Admissions to develop and implement a DEIA approach to university outreach and recruitment efforts;
    • The Dean of Students Office and the Office of Academic Programs to develop and implement a DEIA approach to university retention efforts.


Administrative Planning and Analysis

  • Supports the development of long-range strategic plans to improve California State Polytechnic University, Humboldt, and Humboldt County’s community climate around topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA)
  • Proactively identifies and supports grant and funding opportunities, leads the application process and all grant and funding follow-up activities and responsibilities.


General Administration

  • Directs, guides and/or administers ODEI business operations and finance functions. Develops policy, plans, and provides leadership for activities that include accounting, budgeting, financial management, procurement, and university services.
  • Participates in ODEI Leadership activities essential to the function of the office and its program development, such as: supports the analysis, design, implementation, assessment, and evaluation of various administrative systems to support ODEI.


Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Associated with this Position Include:

Cal Poly Humboldt is a diverse Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and a Minority-Serving Institution (MSI). Humboldt is a multicultural community that is committed to improving the human condition and the environment by dismantling systems of oppression so that we all have what we need to thrive. We come from a multitude of backgrounds and experiences which shape our identities, perspectives, and life journeys. Individually and collectively, we recognize that to create an affirming and intellectually vibrant community that supports everyone’s safety, success and well-being, we must understand and value our individual differences, common ground, positionality in, and history of, the systems in which we navigate. Accountability for results, belonging, compassionate collaboration, confidentiality, cultural humility, integrity, ongoing learning, respect, service, and social justice are the Principles of Community for Inclusive Excellence that animate this commitment. These principles of community anchor our unifying institutional vision of inclusive excellence and promote responsiveness within an ethics of care.

We recognize that each of us has an obligation to the Humboldt community which is now ours to call home, and to contribute to its sustainability. We strive to build and maintain a culture and climate based on these principles of community when engaging with one another, working together to foster healing whenever necessary, and acting on behalf of Humboldt. 

The ODEI Associate Director’s values align with principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position include:

  • Demonstrated ability to interact with culturally diverse populations; to effectively and respectfully function and communicate within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion matters in higher education.
  • Ability to effectively handle interpersonal interactions at all levels and handle highly sensitive interpersonal situations.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships in a team-oriented environment.
  • Willingness to continuously update one’s skills, knowledge, and abilities, and engage in professional development opportunities to better serve ODEI.
  • Demonstrated ability to construct and measure programmatic learning outcomes, design programs with an inclusive excellence framework, and implement assessment tools to evaluate measurable outcomes.
  • Knowledge of current theoretical frameworks related to intersectional identities, gender identity development, queer identity theories, healthy masculinity, and feminist thought.
  • Strong interpersonal, public speaking, and written communication skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; the ability to form strong working/collaborative relationships with students, faculty, and staff members, and the ability to relate effectively with diverse members of the University community.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and initiatives at once; ability to take direction and initiative.
  • Demonstrated commitment to DEIA work.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite.
  • Grant application and management experience.
  • Knowledge and experience researching, compiling, and analyzing data, and generating reports.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • General knowledge and skills in developing and implementing policies, practices, programs, and initiatives that contribute to building diverse and equitable communities, with a foundational knowledge of public administration principles, practices, and methods.
  • This foundation would be obtained through a Master’s Degree and a combination of education and three to five years work experience which provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for this position – primarily the ability to provide advanced-level functional expertise and leadership to a highly complex or critical program, specialty or organizational unit.
  • Master’s Degree in Education, Social Work, Organizational Development, Higher Education Administration, Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies, Gender Studies, Public Administration, Communications, or similar area of study.
  • Three to five years of experience in a full-time administrative leadership role.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in the Social Sciences, Humanities, Education, or related field.
  • 2+ years of experience designing and advancing equity and inclusion initiatives for students.
  • Demonstrated experience with various phases of program planning, development, implementation, and assessment.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively with individuals and groups from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Evidence of substantial (2+ years) and ongoing education/training in DEIA (as a learner or educator).
  • Experience in data tracking/analysis.
  • Experience recruiting/retaining underrepresented students, faculty, and/or staff.


Application Procedure: To apply, qualified candidates must electronically submit the following materials by clicking the Apply Now button:

  • Letter of Interest
  • Diversity Statement (Please include as additional page(s) to Letter of Interest)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • Contact information for at least three professional references

Application Deadline: The deadline to submit application materials is 11:55 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2024.


Any inquiries about this recruitment can be directed to or Cal Poly Humboldt’s Human Resources Office at (707) 826-3626.

Cal Poly Humboldt sits on the traditional homelands of the Wiyot people in what is currently called Arcata, CA. The Wiyot people call the area Goudi’ni (over in the woods). Cal Poly Humboldt was the first campus in the California State University system to offer a stand-alone major in Native American Studies.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Working in the state of California is a condition of employment for this position. Even if part or all of an employee's assignment can be performed remotely, the employee must maintain a permanent residence in the state of California. The employee must be able to accept on-campus work assignment, as assigned, and come to campus when needed.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so.  Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement.  The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Cal Poly Humboldt hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States. This position may be considered a “Campus Security Authority”, pursuant to the Clery Act, and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1107 a condition of employment.


Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) is required prior to the appointment date. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check, employment verification, and education verification) is required for employment. Cal Poly Humboldt will issue a contingent offer of employment to the selected candidate, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or if it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Certain positions may also require a credit check, motor vehicle report, and/or fingerprinting through Live Scan service. Failure to satisfactorily complete or adverse findings from a background check may affect the employment status of candidates or continued employment of current CSU employees who are being considered for the position.

Cal Poly Humboldt is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Cal Poly Humboldt can be found at

Cal Poly Humboldt is a Title IX/Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected status.  Mandated Reporting: This position may be considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Additionally, all CSU staff and faculty receive training annually on their obligations in responding to and reporting incidents of sexual harassment and sexual violence. You will be notified by email when you are required to take this mandated training.

Class Code: 3318
Publication Date:  02/06/2024

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