Chief Diversity Officer/Director Talent Management

Posting Date: July 16, 2019

Closing Date: Open until filled

Under the direction of the Vice President Human Resources, the Chief Diversity Officer/Director Talent Management will lead and support the University’s strategic plan and commitment to designing, developing and implementing proactive diversity, equity and inclusion strategies and initiatives that create a learning and working environment where everyone has an opportunity to succeed. 


In the capacity of Director Talent Management, under the direction of the Vice President Human Resources, and supervising a Senior HR Generalist/Talent Acquisition Specialist, the incumbent will focus on overseeing the operational objectives in the areas of recruiting, selecting, hiring, training and development, engagement, institutional culture, and rewards & recognition. This position oversees mediation, marketing and other strategies that build brand strength and support University objectives. 

Department Overview:

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer/university.  The Office of Human Resources at William Paterson University serves as a vibrant university-wide resource for ensuring a commitment to:

  • supporting a culture of diversity and an environment of inclusiveness
  • complying with government and internal guidelines
  • ensuring adherence to best practice search and selection policies and procedures
  • serving as a resource for the University community on laws and regulations related to equal opportunity, affirmative action, nondiscrimination and harassment
  • providing strategic and effective mediation services to resolve workplace conflicts
  • providing guidance and training on matters related to performance management


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Chief Diversity Officer

  • Advocating for a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion; collaborating with stakeholders to identify and assess roadblocks to creating a sustainable culture of diversity, equity, inclusion, and shared vision
  • Synchronizing search, selection and hiring practices with Human Resources to ensure adherence to and compliance with EEO, Affirmative Action, antidiscrimination and all relevant hiring laws and University policies and best practice to ensure a diverse pool of qualified candidates   
  • Keeping management informed and up-to-date on discrimination laws and regulations; attending related workshops and conferences that maintain currency and foster professional development
  • Collaborating with University leaders to identify and deploy strategies to enhance the recruitment and retention of employees to foster  a diverse workforce
  • Establishing and maintaining an internal assessment and reporting system that effectively measures internal programs; assessing and monitoring program effectiveness
  • Making recommendations to leadership on related University policies and practices and providing reports and metrics on a periodic basis to ensure that we attract, recruit, retain and engage diverse talent
  • Performing needs assessments and making recommendations for training on cultural competencies for a diverse community

Director Talent Management

  • In consultation with Vice President Human Resources, responsible for the strategic direction in the areas of talent acquisition, training and development, engagement, institutional culture, and rewards & recognition.
  • Managing a Senior HR Generalist/Talent Acquisition Specialist charged with operationalizing the objectives in the areas of recruiting, selecting, hiring, training and development, engagement, institutional culture, and rewards & recognition.
  • Overseeing mediation, marketing and other strategies that build brand strength and support University objectives. 
  • Collaborating with divisions and departments to assess current and long-term organizational needs.
  • Recommending changes in policies, procedures, systems and tools to support effective performance management, communication, and engagement.
  • Managing reward and recognition program(s).
  • Serving on committees, performing other duties, projects, and special assignments as requested or assigned.


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Development/Behavior, Education, Training, Human Resources, Business, or related field
  • Ten (10) years of progressively responsible related professional experience and training, within Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Talent Acquisition and/or Organizational Development
  • A minimum of three years management and/or supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrable experience developing and implementing initiatives in the following areas: culture development including diversity and inclusion programs, change management, leadership development, talent management, process improvement and rewards and recognition
  • Experienced cross-functional collaborator


Preferred qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in a related field.
  • Professional Experience in Higher Education
  • Savvy with Enterprise Network Systems including Banner, Applicant Tracking System (ATS) interface, as well a Microsoft Office Suite.

Personal attributes and traits:

  • Demonstrated cultural competency with an ability to communicate effectively and positively with those who have different cultural practices and views
  • Ability to solve problems by seeking common ground and helping employees and managers identify a constructive path forward
  • Ability to explain, persuade, and influence others through effective, collaborative and transparent communication
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze and make sound recommendations on complex management and administrative issues, including identifying alternative solutions and projecting consequences of proposed actions
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple assignments and pivot efficiently in order to address changing operational needs and priorities
  • Ability to portray professional demeanor even in the face of emotionally charged, difficult, or high-pressure situations; relationship building skills, customer service orientation.
  • Ability to navigate a complex unionized public higher education environment with a strong shared governance structure  


About William Paterson:

William Paterson University is the third most diverse public university in New Jersey. As a longstanding member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), we have been designated by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. William Paterson University is also proud to be designated as a NASA MSI (Minority Serving Institution). The University offers more than 250 undergraduate and graduate academic programs that range from liberal arts and sciences to pre-professional and professional programs; it enrolls nearly 10,000 students from across the country and from over 40 nations. The University is situated on a beautiful, 370-acre suburban campus in Wayne, New Jersey, just twenty miles west of New York City. 


Invitation to apply:     

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Interested candidates will be prompted to:

Complete an application

Submit a cover letter and resume

Provide names/contacts of three professional references

Submission of all documents listed above is required for consideration.


Review of applications will commence immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email should you have any general questions related to this search.

The Clery Act (The Jean Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act) requires all institutions of higher learning to make available to prospective employees our agency's Annual Security Report. A copy of this information is available on the University Police Department website at the Clery Act page. A paper copy of this report can be obtained at the University Police Department upon request.

William Paterson University is an equal opportunity employer that actively values and supports diversity among faculty, staff and students. Women, minorities, and members of under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.