The Office of Institutional Diversity seeks a Director for Community Diversity Relations. The position advances Oregon State’s values, mission, goals and objectives by building strong, collaborative relationships with diverse communities and organizations throughout Oregon, particularly in the Portland Metro area.

Update July 17, 2022: The position posting is closed.

Position Summary

The Director of Community Diversity Relations (CDR) advances OSU’s values, mission, goals and objectives by building strong, collaborative relationships with diverse communities and organizations throughout Oregon, but particularly in the Portland Metro area.

Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, the Director is a member of the Office of Institutional Diversity team, contributing to strategy development and program implementation to advance OSU’s Diversity Strategic Plan, and the university’s inclusive excellence imperative.

The principal focus of the Director role is day-to-day leadership of Access OSU. Access OSU is a collaborative venture between the Office of Institutional Diversity, Division of Student Affairs and Division of Extension and Engagement to coordinate, align and improve delivery of OSU youth and family engagement, pre-college, and co-curricular academic success programs serving Black, Indigenous, Pacific Islander and Latine/x communities in the Portland Metro area, and to strengthen partnerships with Portland metro area community-based organizations, local governments and school districts.

Serving on and in collaboration with the Access OSU leadership team, the Director will guide implementation of the Access OSU strategic operating plan through relationship development, program development, communications and marketing, strategic planning, and program assessment. The Director supervises Access OSU program coordinators.

Funding for the Access OSU project is provided by the OSU’s Provost’s Office through the Division of Extension and Engagement and subject to biennial approval by the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement or their designee.

Finally, the Director is responsible for supporting the Office of Institutional Diversity’s efforts to build and sustain relationships with alumni and community partners, ensuring the university’s relationships, collaborations, partnerships and initiatives serving diverse communities advance the university’s broader goals and objectives, and are responsive to the varied needs and cultures of diverse Oregon communities.

OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community. 

Position Duties

  • 65% Strategic Leadership
  • 20% Engagement and Alumni Development
  • 10% Communication and Coordination
  • 5% Other Duties as Assigned


Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, ethnic studies, public policy, social work, sociology or related discipline
  • Five years of progressive experience advancing equity in professional or volunteer roles
  • Demonstrated understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice and the application of these concepts to advancing the goals of a public, land grant university to serve underrepresented and underserved communities
  • Demonstrated experience and success building and maintaining positive relationships with community partners and organizations
  • Demonstrated effectiveness working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in a complex organizational environment to identify, achieve alignment around and advance strategies for achieving strategic organizational objectives
  • Demonstrated success in advancing project progress and adapting to unforeseen challenges
  • Demonstrated ability to establish, advance and assess programmatic goals and milestones
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with individuals and communities of diverse backgrounds
  • Experience supervising and supporting the development of professional staff
  • Strong demonstrated interpersonal communication and presentation skills across a variety of communication modalities

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in education, ethnic studies, higher education policy and leadership, public policy, social work, sociology, student affairs or related discipline
  • Evidence establishing strong and positive connections and networks in diverse communities within the Portland Metro area
  • Understanding of educational systems and perspectives on youth and community development
  • Experience working with systems to track and assess engagement with individuals and communities over time
  • Experience working or collaborating with alumni associations and foundations to advance development and engagement goals
  • Understanding of the mission of land grant universities to provide equitable access to education
  • Experience with intercultural communication with Black, Indigenous, and Latine/x audiences, including but not limited to bilingual-multilingual experience


Visit the OID Community Diversity Relations website.

Position posting closed July 17, 2022.

Please contact Gina Galaviz-Yap, email [email protected] or call 541-737-2288, for additional information.

About the Search Committee

Gina Galaviz-Yap; Juntos Statewide Coordinator, OSU Extension Service, Search Committee Chair

Nick Fleury; Director of Financial Support, Graduate School, Search Advocate

Pamela Johnson; Executive Assistant to the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Office of Institutional Diversity, Search Administrator

Whitney Archer; Center Director, Hattie Redmond Women & Gender Center and Associate Director, Diversity & Cultural Engagement

Miguel Arellano; Assistant Director for Outreach, Office of Institutional Diversity

Tory Campbell; Senior Associate Executive Director for Experience, OSU Alumni Association

Cori Kimmel; Regional Admissions Advisor, Office of Admissions

Angela Sandino; Outreach and Engagement Regional Director, OSU Extension Services

Marilyn Stewart; Assistant Director, Dr. Lawrence Griggs Office of Black & Indigenous Student Success