Director/Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Cornell University

AAP Director/Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Working title will be based on the selected candidate’s qualifications.

The Opportunity
The College has a multifaceted diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) framework to steer, implement, and continually evaluate. The Director/Associate Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) focuses on the recruitment, retention, and success of a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body.

This is a student-facing position; therefore, the work location is primarily on the Ithaca campus. Flexibility will be considered as part of the ebb and flow of the work and in conjunction with unit leadership and department needs.

Key Responsibilities

  • Integral leadership and partnership role in advancing the college’s diversity and inclusion objectives.
  • Represents the college on university and college committees.
  • Leads, manages, and implements strategic diversity efforts aligned with the college’s and university’s mission.
  • Focus on recruitment, retention, and success of students, with particular attention to underrepresented backgrounds.
  • Provides support and advocacy for students through programming, services, and advising.
  • Acts as a liaison and referral resource for AAP students, programs, and university offices related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and wellbeing.
  • Evaluates, assesses, and benchmarks existing programs, proposing new diversity pathways, retention initiatives, and student success programs.
  • Builds effective collaborations and relationships with college, university, and community partners.
  • Manages and oversees the Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars Program (PSSP).


  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years of higher education experience.
  • Direct experience working with historically underrepresented students.
  • Demonstrated expertise in developing and delivering diversity and inclusion programming.
  • Strong leadership skills, team orientation, and effective collaboration abilities.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive information with tact and diplomacy.
  • Experience and commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.
  • Ability to advocate for individuals of all backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree.

Rewards and Benefits:

  • Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
  • Our benefits programs include comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, access to wellness programs, and employee discounts with local and national retail brands. We invite you to follow this link to get more information about our benefits:
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  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr.  Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25-January 1.
  • Cornell’s impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children’s Tuition Assistance Program.

About the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning

The College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University (Cornell AAP) is home to nearly 1000 students, 120 faculty, and 65 staff members who come together from around the world to take up some of today’s most urgent challenges and advance research, inquiry, and approaches to designing, making, and doing that build a more just and sustainable future.

A vital college at one of the nation’s foremost research universities, Cornell AAP bridges fields and faculty with five departments, 20 degree programs, 18 faculty-led labs, and the Cornell Mui Ho Center for Cities, a platform for building partnerships that make change in our cities and communities nationally and internationally.

Cornell AAP’s departments include Architecture, Art, and Planning, as well as the new multicollege Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate, jointly led by the S.C. Johnson College of Business; and the multicollege Department of Design Tech, administered by Cornell AAP in partnership with Cornell Bowers CIS; Cornell Engineering; the College of Human Ecology; and Cornell Tech. The college is housed across three locations — Ithaca, NY; New York City; and Rome, Italy — each with world-class facilities and cutting-edge technologies.

Cornell AAP is about acts of transformation. We are committed to building a caring, inclusive, and rigorous community around our shared priorities — Creative + Critical Practices; Sustainability + SocialImpact; Design + Emerging Technologies; and the Future of Cities + Development — that enable us to reimagine and reshape the world in radically new ways, every day.

Cornell admissions representatives across its colleges share a mission to provide information to prospective students so that any person can find instruction in any study, supporting strategic enrollment goals defined by the institution. Admissions services are carried out through a matrixed organizational system in which staff in colleges, schools, and units regularly collaborate with Division of Enrollment offices, particularly the Undergraduate Admissions Office, which serves as a partner and resource for all college/unit staff serving admissions functions.

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