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Executive Director of Equity & Strategy

President's Office --> Office of the President

Littleton, CO
ID: 904

At ACC, every employee is focused and responsible for student success. We promote a culture of inclusivity and innovation through individualized support, passionate employees, and a welcoming environment. Hands on experiences and personalized attention make learning come alive at ACC enabling our diverse community of students and staff to develop the knowledge and skills they need to reach their academic and career goals. Since 1965, ACC has supported a culture of achievement and has been the place of choice for people who want to Move Mountains.

ACC seeks applicants who understand and have first-hand experience working with diverse populations, which may include but are not limited to, historically marginalized populations such as people of color, LGBTQ+ community members, veterans, first generation graduates, and people with disabilities.

Job Summary

The Executive Director of Equity and Strategy serves as the senior equity officer and is responsible for leading innovative organizational development initiatives to realize the College’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB+) strategy. This position is responsible for strategic leadership overseeing the planning, facilitation, and evaluation process to cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion throughout the organization. The Executive Director uses institutional, community, and scholarship data, climate surveys, and other relevant measures of effectiveness to collaboratively identify strategies to narrow equity gaps and advance student success strategic initiatives.

The Executive Director will lead the design of the college’s DEIB+ strategy of embedding equity as it relates to students, staff, and faculty. As part of the President’s leadership team, this role provides strategic support and serves as an advisor, consultant, and leader. The Executive Director will be a leading partner in the review, assessment, realignment, improvement, reporting, and benchmarking of the college’s strategic plan regarding DEIB+, focusing on a continuous review and improvement of DEIB+ initiatives, an inclusive and respectful culture, and closing the gaps in our DEIB+ efforts.

A successful candidate is a bridge builder with a strong DEIB+ background, at ease with the following:

Change Management & Leadership: Understands the need for change and helps plan effective change. Takes responsibility for leading, directing, and managing DEIB+ organizational change.

Collaboration: Works cooperatively with stakeholders to accomplish DEIB+ initiatives to build and maintain mutually beneficial partnerships, leverage information, and achieve results.

Data Analytics: Analyzes DEIB+ related data and metrics, paying particular attention to what the data shows about the college's performance and student impact

ACC Equity Statement

We welcome and value the identities and experiences of our students, staff, faculty, and surrounding communities. We seek to engage and support historically marginalized groups whom higher education has traditionally failed to serve. We work to foster an equitable and inclusive learning and work environment that supports our students and employees through professional development, programming, reflection, and transformational change of ACC practices, procedures, services, and teaching. We collectively commit to holding ourselves accountable to our equity goals through assessing these efforts with multiple strategies that include voices of those impacted by this work. 

Required Qualifications

  • Earned master's degree from an institution OR a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution AND two years' relevant experience. 
  • Four years’ progressively responsible experience operationalizing and embedding DEIB+ practices/framework in a large, multifaceted, organizational setting.
  • Significant experience in DEIB+, OD and/or HR including leadership as an executive, manager, director, appointing authority or related role.
  • Experience with organizational and systemic change, budget oversight, working collaboratively, managing change, resolving conflicts, strategic planning, recommending new ideas and solutions, building consensus, and promoting a culture of belonging.
  • Strong communicator who can effectively and positively assist the President and colleagues in conveying the importance of DEIB+ and facilitating a sense of belonging for all as integral to the college’s ability to improve the economic and social mobility of ACC’s students and the communities the college serves.
  • Strong understanding of industry DEI best practices, experience implementing initiatives that drive sustainable change, and the ability to work well with individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated commitment working and serving diverse communities including, but not limited to, students from underserved and/or underrepresented backgrounds, adult learners, students of color, Veterans, and first-generation learners.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Proven ability to thrive in a progressive, forward-thinking, energetic, and highly collaborative work environment engaging other areas of the College to implement and actualize initiative outcomes.
  • Understanding and proven ability to develop, coach, and engage faculty and staff in DEIB+ best practices and strategies with a focus on improving student outcomes

Physical & Cognitive Demands

The following are some of the physical and cognitive demands commonly associated with this position.

  • Occasionally moves, positions, and transports files and office materials weighing up to 10 lbs.
  • This is largely a sedentary role. This position operates in an office environment and constantly uses a computer, and routinely uses standard office equipment including phones, copiers, etc.
  • The person in this position constantly communicates with internal and external constituents and students. Must be able to exchange accurate information in these situations.
  • Cognitive demands include comparing, copying, computing, compiling, analyzing, coordinating, synthesizing, negotiating, communicating, instructing, and interpersonal skills. 
  • May be required to work out of any ACC campus location. Regular after-hours or weekend work required. Some occasional local, regional, and/or national travel may be required.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement 

Arapahoe Community College provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities on a case-by-case basis. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process and/or during the course of employment, please contact Angela Johnson, Director of Human Resources, at 303.797.5715 or

Advertised Salary Range 

Salary range for this position is $105,487 - $118,145, commensurate with education and experience. AP 3-45 provides information regarding salary placement and adjustments. This is a full-time, FLSA-exempt position. This position has been exempted from the State Classified System.

To Apply

All applicants must submit:

  1. Resume
  2. Detailed letter of interest (cover letter) addressing the job announcement. Please include any experiences you may have embedding equity and inclusion in your work, see below.

At ACC we seek to hire candidates that demonstrate a commitment to and experience with embedding equity and inclusion into their professional role. Please address this specifically in your cover letter explaining what diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) means to you and how you may have incorporated DEI into your current or previous professional responsibilities.

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Candidates who are selected to interview will be asked to submit a completed application form and the names and contact information for three professional references. Candidates will be evaluated based on their qualifications as related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. To apply, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click "Apply."

If you have questions regarding this position, please contact us at

Closing Date

This position will be posted from August 18, 2023 and is open until filled with a full consideration date of September 17, 2023.


At ACC, we value and uphold a commitment to a workplace that focuses on employees. Our mission is to provide innovative and responsive educational and economic opportunities in an accessible, inclusive environment that promotes success for students, employees, and the communities we serve. In addition to rewarding and meaningful work, we offer a comprehensive selection of benefits to support our employees, including:

  • Strong, flexible retirement benefits including Colorado PERA’s Defined Benefit Plan or Defined Contribution Plan. ACC contributes 20.95% of your salary on your behalf. Supplemental retirement plans including 401(k), 403(b) and 457 plans are also available.
  • Comprehensive health benefits including medical, dental, vision, life, and flexible savings benefits.
  • Employee assistance services such as counseling, professional coaching, financial planning, and more, are available to you and members of your household at no cost through the Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP)
  • Generous paid time off benefits including up to 15 hours of annual leave and 10 hours sick leave per month, 10 paid holidays per year, and up to 18 hours for academic and volunteer activities.
  • Tuition assistance for employees and their eligible dependents at any community college within the Colorado Community College System or CCCOnline.
  • State employees are eligible to participate in BenefitHub which offers discounts for retailers and services and other benefits resources.
  • Employees may qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. Additional information about this program can be found on the Colorado Division of Human Resources website.
  • New hires for full-time positions may be eligible for a relocation assistance benefit if relocating at least 100 miles to work at ACC. Information about this can be found in AP 3-160.

Notice to all Applicants

  • Final candidate will be subject to successful completion of a background check, and, if applicable, a motor vehicle record review.
  • Former employees of the Colorado Community College System, or one of its 13 colleges, who were disciplinarily terminated or resigned in lieu of termination, must disclose this information in their application material.
  • Final candidate is required to submit official transcripts to Human Resources within thirty (30) days of hire.
  • Direct deposit of payroll is a condition of employment.
  • Arapahoe Community College participates in E-Verify.
  • Arapahoe Community College is a tobacco and smoke-free campus.
  • All ACC employees, except student employees, contribute to Colorado PERA at a fixed percentage of their earnings and do not contribute to Social Security.
  • Finalist must be willing to make Colorado their primary workplace.

CCCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The Colorado Community College System believes when all human qualities are regarded with dignity and respect and when everyone has access to the individualized support they need, all will have the opportunity to thrive. In all aspects of the employment process, decisions are made based on merit, competence, performance and business need without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, military status, or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law. Our Accommodations and Non-Discrimination policies, plus other helpful information, can be found publicly at

For information regarding Arapahoe Community College Security, including Clery Act / Crime Statistics for the campuses and surrounding area, please see the Arapahoe Community College Annual Security Report. For a hard copy report, please contact the ACC Campus Police Department at 303.797.5800,, or Room M2600 at 5900 South Santa Fe Drive, Littleton, Colorado 80120.