The Position

ROLE OF THE POSITION

Reporting to the Assistant Vice President of Equity and Compliance in the Division of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE), the Director of Equal Opportunity serves as a subject matter expert on campus regarding issues of affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity. The Director develops, implements, directs, and monitors affirmative action/equal opportunity employment programs in compliance with government regulations and Dartmouth’s goals to support and enhance a diverse workforce. This position reviews and maintains the institutional discrimination and harassment policy and procedures, prepares EEO/Affirmative Action reports, and plans and monitors processes and procedures related to job searches. The Director of Equal Opportunity is responsible for implementing and monitoring a process for reports of bias, overseeing complaints of discrimination and harassment, and providing training and consultation on matters related to equity and affirmative action. The Director of Equal Opportunity serves as one of several entry points through which faculty, staff, students, graduates, and guests of the College seek information on equity-related complaint processes and non-discrimination policies.

QUALIFICATIONS AND CHARACTERISTICS

An advanced degree or the equivalent in education and experience is required, with a minimum of five years of progressive responsibility managing affirmative action/equal opportunity and diversity programs. Through their actions, interactions, and communications with others, candidates must demonstrate their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness. Knowledge of and ability to apply and monitor EEO/Affirmative Action laws and civil rights regulations (including but not limited to Title VI, VII, IX, and ADA/Section 504) are essential. Candidates must be effective communicators and collaborators with a record of success in training, reporting, and policy implementation on equity, compliance, and diversity issues. Data-savvy, successful candidates will have a history of success in asking the right questions, assessing needs, and establishing priorities on affirmative action and related work. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to building a responsive and accountable office. Excellent judgment and the ability to handle sensitive and confidential information are essential. Successful candidates will have experience in most of the areas of responsibility for this position: affirmative action/equal opportunity programming; hiring and recruitment consultation and guidance; compliance outreach and support; institutional equity collaboration; and compliance training and programming. Prior experience in all areas and with investigations is preferred.

HISTORY OF THE POSITION

The Director of Equal Opportunity is one of three compliance director positions in the Office of Equity and Compliance supervised by Kristi Clemens, Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance. In 2021, Dartmouth established the Division of Institutional Diversity and Equity and hired Shontay Delalue to serve as the inaugural Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer. The Office of Equity and Compliance forms one-half of the new division with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The last long-term Director of Equal Opportunity left in 2020. A more recent replacement worked 100% remotely and remained in the position for a short time. Stakeholders see the need for a person with a strong campus presence in this vital compliance position, given current efforts to increase the visibility and accessibility of Dartmouth’s expanded efforts to systematize IDE initiatives and policies across campus. An external equity compliance consultant has been engaged for the spring 2023 semester to outline a pathway forward and respond to some immediate concerns. Dartmouth just released a strategic plan, “Toward Equity: Aligning Action and Accountability,” to guide the division’s work and this position.

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES OF THE ROLE

The new Director of Equal Opportunity will have the chance to rebuild Dartmouth’s equal opportunity programs and policies in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion team and stakeholders across campus. Investment and systemic support for diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at Dartmouth College are new to the institution. Compliance, equity, affirmative action, and diversity policies have been implemented unevenly across the institution. Significant investment and authentic discourse regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging at the College are exciting and energizing to the community, which is cautiously optimistic that real change is on the horizon. Other stakeholders are concerned about efforts to centralize IDE efforts where divisions historically have had autonomy.

During this time of change and evolution at Dartmouth College, ongoing work is needed to define functional areas, roles, and responsibilities within the division. Additional effort is required to identify those external to the division who have been historically responsible for this work. The new Director will need to coordinate disparate programs, policies, and data collection models. In short, this position calls for someone who is an expert in affirmative action, compliance, and diversity policies and programs and can build a cohesive and comprehensive affirmative action and equity program that will serve the institution.

The new Director will face challenges given the extended vacancy of this crucial position and the new efforts to centralize and make more uniform equity policies and procedures and data collection. Dartmouth has struggled to coordinate and define the data collection needed to create effective affirmative action plans and reports. The work also requires significant collaboration with Human Resources, which is being reorganized. Candidates must identify and develop needed collaborators during major institutional change. A facility with data, including the ability to ask the right questions and translate data into meaningful plans and reports, is essential.

The new Director must balance immediate compliance needs with a vision for an expanded and more collaborative office. As an effective problem-solver, the new Director must assess the current situation and move forward.

The formation of the new division creates opportunities to build an effective, visible team to realize Dartmouth’s goal of meeting all compliance requirements and linking compliance work to proactive prevention and education initiatives. The Dartmouth community’s embrace of its new institutional strategic plan ensures greater cooperation in realizing its goals.

MEASURES OF SUCCESS

The new Director of Equal Opportunity must possess a broad and deep understanding of federal and state policies and become quickly trusted as a campus-based expert resource on compliance, equity, affirmative action, and diversity issues. The complexity of the position demands strong communication, collaboration, and planning skills.

A successful Director of Equal Opportunity will:

  • Show a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural awareness through actions, interactions, and communications with others.
  • Be a capable community-builder who both leads and is a part of culture change.
  • Listen well and communicate effectively.
  • Work collaboratively and flexibly.
  • Capably develop, implement, and enforce clear policies and procedures.
  • Solve problems and create processes in consistent, equitable, fair, transparent, and objective ways.
  • Commit to ongoing education on state and federal policies and best practices for equity and compliance for themselves and all Dartmouth stakeholders.
  • Create a culture and practice of accountability on matters of affirmative action and equal opportunity.
  • Identify needed information and translate data into meaningful reports.
  • Translate compliance jargon into clear reports and action items.
  • Balance day-to-day demands with longer-range needs and goals.
  • Understand how to initiate and complete investigations.
  • Model excellent judgment with the ability to manage highly sensitive confidential data and information.
  • Proactively plan, strategize, and prioritize, balancing compliance reporting work with educational programming, internal policy creation and implementation, and advocacy work.

Institution & Location

OVERVIEW OF THE DIVISION OF INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY AND EQUITY

The Division of Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE) includes two main offices—Equity and Compliance and Diversity and Inclusion. The goal of the new structure is to allow IDE to develop a cohesive institutional approach to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion on campus.

Equity and Compliance

The equity and compliance team addresses matters related to Title IX, as well as discrimination and harassment broadly, affirmative action programs, and employee accommodations and appeals related to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Diversity and Inclusion

The diversity and inclusion team supports the Employee Resource Networks program and other diversity programs, consults with academic and administrative units across campus, and enhances training and professional development opportunities related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The team also assists with the development of a comprehensive strategic plan for diversity that aims to create a more welcoming, inclusive, and equitable learning environment for the Dartmouth community.

IDE organizational chart

INSTITUTIONAL DIVERSITY AND EQUITY LEADERSHIP TEAM

Shontay Delalue – Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer

Shontay Delalue, a recognized leader in promoting equity in higher education, stepped into the inaugural Senior Vice President and Senior Diversity Officer role on July 1, 2021.

“All of the experiences I’ve had in my career have helped to prepare me for this moment and to be at Dartmouth,” says Delalue. She says she is looking forward to taking “all of what I’ve learned over the years to help this institution continue the many traditions that it’s had for over 200 years but to create new ones that will ensure people have a sense of belonging for years to come.”

Kristi Clemens – Assistant Vice President for Equity and Compliance and Title IX Coordinator

Kristi Clemens is the Assistant Vice President of Equity and Compliance and the Title IX Coordinator. Kristi has worked in higher education for over 20 years, always committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion. Clemens began her career in residential life and academic advising, moving into student case and crisis management and finally into her work on equity and compliance. Clemens says about her role as AVP for Equity and Compliance, “this work is a critical aspect of creating and maintaining a safe and comfortable environment on campus, and I hope to bring stability and consistency to an office of such vital importance to the institution.”

INSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth College is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s best academic institutions. An R1 institution, Dartmouth combines its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts and Sciences and its four leading graduate schools—the Geisel School of Medicine, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Thayer School of Engineering, and the Tuck School of Business. The College serves 6,761 students. With its quarter-term academic calendar, Dartmouth’s residential 269-acre main campus is active year-round. The College is located in the small town of Hanover, New Hampshire, judged one of the best places to live due to its strong sense of community, rich cultural life, and regional resources that include major teaching hospitals, a burgeoning high-tech sector with global connections, and extensive recreational opportunities. Influenced by its distinctive New England setting and heritage, Dartmouth embodies a pioneering commitment to “making a difference” in a community whose members work together to create knowledge, connect to the world, and further their sense of identity and direction.

Mission and core values

Strategic plan

DIVERSITY STATEMENT

Diversity at all levels is critical to Dartmouth’s mission of providing an environment that combines rigorous study with the excitement of discovery. As an institution of higher education, Dartmouth is defined by the belief that a multiplicity of values and beliefs, interests and experiences, and intellectual and cultural viewpoints enrich learning and inform scholarship.
Respect for the cultures that make Dartmouth a dynamic teaching, research, and service environment is a bedrock institutional value. Dartmouth’s Division of Institutional Diversity & Equity provides resources across the institution to promote access, respect, inclusiveness, and community in all of Dartmouth’s working and learning environments.

THE STUDENT BODY

Total Enrollment: 6,761

Undergraduate: 4,556

Graduate: 2,205

Retention Rate: 98%

INSTITUTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Sian Leah Beilock – President-Elect

Sian Leah Beilock is the President-Elect of Dartmouth. She is the first woman to be elected President of Dartmouth by the Board of Trustees and will begin her tenure in the 2023-24 academic year.

Beilock currently serves as the eighth President of Barnard College at Columbia University. One of the most selective academic institutions in the world, Barnard is devoted to empowering exceptional women to change the world and the way we think about it.

Beilock is one of the world’s leading experts on the brain science behind “choking under pressure” in business, education, and sports. In the last several years, her research has focused specifically on success in math and science for women and girls and on how performance anxiety can either be exacerbated or alleviated by teachers, parents, and peers.

For more information about President-Elect Beilock, please visit her website here.

Benefits Overview

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Application & Nomination

Review of applications will begin February 17th, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. To apply for this position please click on the Apply button, complete the brief application process, and upload your resume and position-specific cover letter. Nominations for this position may be emailed to Sharon Meagher at smm@spelmanandjohnson.com. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application process should contact Spelman Johnson at 413-529-2895 or email info@spelmanjohnson.com.

New Hampshire is a state that does not require public salary disclosure. For more information, please contact Sharon Meagher.

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Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

RELATED LINKS

About Dartmouth

https://home.dartmouth.edu/

About Hanover, NH, and the Upper Valley

https://home.dartmouth.edu/about/life-upper-valley

About Institutional Diversity and Equity

https://www.dartmouth.edu/ide/