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Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-Bias

  • Requisition no: 518528
  • Work type: Full Time
  • Location: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • School/Department: Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
  • Grade: Grade 13
  • Categories: Administrative Support, General Administration
  • Job Type: Officer of Administration
  • Bargaining Unit:
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • End Date if Temporary:
  • Hours Per Week: 35
  • Salary Range:

Position Summary

The Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) and Climate School of Columbia University located in Palisades, New York, is seeking an Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Bias for a full-time career opportunity. Reporting to the Director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/Co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School, the Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Anti-bias (DEIA) is responsible for the design and implementation of LDEO’s policies, programs and initiatives, in alignment with University policies, that support the development and diversity of the Observatory and Climate School staff.

In consultation with the LDEO Directorate and senior management in the Climate School, the incumbent will support, initiate, manage and promote policies, programs and events that promote DEIA among LDEO staff, faculty, and students and the broader Climate School community, with special emphasis on ensuring equal opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities. The incumbent will monitor Lamont campus-wide activities relating to DEIA, represent University policies to all School staff, and coordinate with related activities within the Columbia Climate School.


  • Serve as lead diversity officer. Advise LDEO Director/co-Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School and the LDEO Associate Director for DEIA on activities related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Work with the LDEO Directorate and Columbia Climate School Leadership to develop, implement, manage, and continuously improve or enhance policies and procedures for Lamont campus units and Climate School staff, with emphasis on increasing the representation of under-represented minorities and maintaining a respectful work environment for all. 
  • Develop and oversee diversity programs, initiatives, and related activities.   These may include open searches for research positions on the Lamont Campus,  LDEO Postdoctoral Fellowship competition, the Lamont Diversity Seminar Series, JEDI Award, and other emerging diversity-related initiatives established through LDEO and the Climate School. Foster DEIA initiatives recommended by the Lamont DEIA Task Force,  the DEIA Standing Committee, Promotions & Careers Committee, the Associate Director’s Council, the Campus Life Committee, and the Lamont Executive Committee. Represent and/or liaise with Lamont campus units (LDEO, CIESIN and IRI) in University-wide diversity initiatives and/or committees. Serve as the point of contact for diversity related matters for Lamont campus and Climate School to external groups  Prepare research reports on diversity issues and progress for Lamont campus units and the Climate School as appropriate.
  • Coordinate with University initiatives for DEIA training and education: Develop Lamont campus-wide diversity seminars and other education and training offerings. Work with Lamont DEIA Committee, Climate School staff, and University administration to deliver trainings/seminars to the community, preparing curricula and inviting internal and external subject matter experts to assist in facilitating trainings/seminars.
  • Maintain  and update the Lamont Diversity website with materials that build awareness of DEIA goals and activities:  Provide useful information for LDEO staff pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism.  This includes, but is not limited to, DEIA awareness, guidelines and procedures related to academic searches, mentoring activities, LDEO bylaws and governance, and campus wide conformance.
  • Develop and oversee appropriate application of the Code of Conduct for the Lamont campus of the Climate School.  Keep abreast of Code of Conduct best practices and  related developments across and outside the University. Advise Lamont Directorate and Climate School leadership on changes to and implementation of the Code of Conduct. Hold meetings with staff and students as appropriate to discuss improvements and implementation. 
  • Receives broad policies and direction from the Director and in close coordination with the Associate Director for DEIA. 
  • Partners with the Climate School Associate Dean for DEIA. Exercises high degree of independent judgment and initiative.
  • Works with LDEO Directorate and Climate school staff on activities related to the position.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Director LDEO/co-Founding Dean of Columbia Climate School. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree and 4-6 years of related experience in higher education required. Advance degree desirable. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or certification in conflict resolution a plus.

Other Requirements

  • Must possess related work experience in and an understanding of faculty development and diversity programming in academic environments. 
  • Strong communication skills required including written, verbal and presentation. 
  • Must possess strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with all levels of faculty, staff and administrators across departments. 
  • Confidentiality and discretion, when required, are key requirements for effective leadership. 
  • Excellent time management skills as well as the ability to organize events and materials required.  
  • Ability to compile statistical data and reports required. 

Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer - Race / Gender / Disability / Veteran

The Lamont campus values diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from members of underrepresented minority groups.

We accept online applications only.  


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