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Cornell University

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

About the Opportunity
Cornell Tech seeks a dynamic leader with significant experience developing and advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion programs to serve as its inaugural Director of Inclusion and Belonging. In keeping with Ezra Cornell’s founding principle of “any person…any study,” Cornell Tech is deeply committed to developing talent from all backgrounds and pioneering more inclusive practices, aspiring to become as diverse as its New York City home while creating an equitable and inclusive community. Achieving Cornell Tech’s mission requires advancing these principles on its campus and beyond.

Reporting to the Dean and Vice Provost, the Director of Inclusion and Belonging will be responsible for shaping and implementing a vision for inclusion, equity and belonging priorities across the campus in support of diverse individuals as defined by race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation and abilities. As a subject matter expert, the Director will serve as a coach, counselor, advisor and thought leader, driving strategy and partnering with the rest of the academic and administrative leadership to set and advance goals to recruit, support and retain a diverse student body, faculty and staff and to create an inclusive campus climate. The director will set a course for short and long-term strategic change, addressing internal goals and priorities as well as external-facing opportunities to impact the tech industry.

The successful candidate will be intellectually curious, expertly navigating ambiguity with determination and creativity. They will have experience planning and executing complex institutional projects, establishing data-driven metrics, fostering an inclusive culture and driving long-term organizational change.

The Director of Inclusion and Belonging will help identify policies and practices that support the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse faculty, administrators, students, researchers and staff. They will initiate and support data-driven strategies and plans to identify where improvement is needed and will support the development of guidelines and training to reflect best practices and current research in these areas. In this effort, the director will serve as a trusted partner and advisor with administrators and institutional stakeholders within Cornell Tech and Cornell University to help to ensure a culture of equity, inclusion and belonging. They will pay special attention to historical and systematic inequity and its implications in research, service, teaching, recruitment, persistence and retention.

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.


Required Qualifications
The successful candidate will possess a BS/BA and a master’s degree with strong academic credentials in fields that may include technology, business, law, human resources, education, or relevant areas, and at least five to seven years of related experience. They will come with an understanding of and/or strong desire to learn about Cornell Tech’s academic and research mission. Candidates from outside of higher education with relevant, transferable skills, including from the tech sector, are encouraged to apply.

The ideal candidate will possess many of the following experiences and characteristics:

  • Demonstrated experience in planning and executing complex institutional projects to successfully advance belonging and inclusion, with an emphasis on diversity and equity, ideally in education and/or technology;
  • Deep understanding of power structures and privilege differentials and institutional systems that foster systemic inequalities;
  • An extensive understanding of organizational and culture change, leadership and pedagogy; with the ability to embrace ambiguity and experimentation to drive positive change;
  • Excellent consensus building skills; experience working cross-culturally utilizing interpersonal and diplomatic skills; an ability to listen, inspire and influence others when articulating the benefits of belonging and inclusion to successfully advance diversity, access and equity with an emphasis on diversity and equity;
  • Experience working effectively with all constituencies across an institution including sensitivity to existing culture and relationships; ability to achieve results through empowerment and partnership as well as maneuvering to “find a third way” to achieve change;
  • Familiarity working with engaged learning and research in culturally informed and sensitive ways given the work Cornell Tech faculty, staff and students do that considers needs and experiences of individuals and communities.
  • Strong data gathering, data analysis, problem solving and analytical skills; proven ability to work successfully with data collection methods;
  • Executive level verbal and written communication skills;
  • Demonstrated integrity, credibility and judgment.

About Cornell Tech
Cornell Tech is Cornell University’s groundbreaking campus for technology research and graduate education on Roosevelt Island in New York City. We offer PhD studies and eight hands-on master’s degree programs in topics ranging from computer science and electrical engineering to tech-law and business.

Our faculty, students and staff work together towards the ultimate goal of building a more sustainable, inclusive, and accountable tech ecosystem. Our community creates research, businesses, products, and leaders using a new kind of interdisciplinary training—one marrying engineering, business, a builder mindset, and a deep concern for humanity.

Founded in 2011, as a partnership with the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and the City of New York,

a hallmark of Cornell Tech is its rapid pace of change and growth, which serve as opportunities to pursue inclusion, excellence and improvement, not merely scale. We strive to learn quickly from our activities and iterate to improve our programs and ways of working. We further expect our organizational structure to continue to evolve, given the pace of our activities and programs and our iterative learning process. Cornell Tech aims to become a destination of choice for diverse talent as well as a leader in changing the technology sector to be more inclusive.

The Current Context
Today, the technology community is far from being equitable, diverse and inclusive. There is a dearth of representation for those from backgrounds historically excluded from and underrepresented in the academy and in the industry. The industry’s leadership (both corporate and academic) is also largely homogenous. These long-standing issues are pervasive, interrelated, and complex; Cornell Tech is not immune from their reach and impact.

Tackling these issues requires robust and sustained investment, coordination, and institutional follow-through. This position provides a unique opportunity for an energetic, entrepreneurial, creative, network-building oriented professional to build relationships that enhance our campus culture as well as bridge Cornell Tech to the external world.


University Job Title:

Director Student Services



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Contact Name:

Julie Delay

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Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

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