Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion

Portland Community College (PCC)

PCC is the largest post-secondary institution of higher education in Oregon, is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion.  

Additional facts about PCC

College information

  • PCC serves over 90,000 students at four campuses and a variety of centers, covering 1500 square miles.
  • PCC offers more than 60 career fields in addition to a variety of university transfer programs.
  • PCC is recognized as a regional and national leader in sustainability.

Student information

  • PCC’s commitment to diversity and accessibility initiatives earned the college the 2007 National Equity Award.
  • With 32 percent of its students being those of color, PCC is considered one of Oregon’s most diverse institutions of higher education.

Faculty/Staff information

PCC faculty and staff come from many different backgrounds and locations. Many have multiple degrees covering all subject areas offered at PCC.  PCC full-time and part-time employees number over 4,000.

Diversity Statement

A diverse workforce exemplifies PCC’s values and directly advances its educational mission. The college supports:

  • Recruiting, hiring and retaining a diverse and qualified faculty and staff;
  • Recruiting and retaining a diverse student population;
  • Building a critical mass of culturally competent employees;
  • Expanding economic opportunities to include the utilization of underrepresented businesses;
  • Establishing community partnerships with diverse segments of Portland’s community-at-large;
  • Designing, maintaining and reviewing all programs to ensure relevance to PCC’s diversity objectives; and
  • Measuring outcomes and publicizing results.

Commitment to community

  • PCC cultivates partnerships with local businesses, schools, government agencies and nonprofit agencies to serve the educational needs of students.
  • Each year nearly 10,000 people connect with PCC cultural events including the Winter Powwow (Sylvania Campus), PCC’s Art Beat, Semana de la Raza (Rock Creek Campus), the Asian New Year (Southeast Campus), and the African Film Festival (Cascade Campus).

Facts about Portland

Set against the backdrop of majestic Mount Hood, Portland combines a sophisticated, cosmopolitan atmosphere with refreshingly friendly, small-town warmth. With its many and diverse people and neighborhoods, Portland offers:

  • Outdoor activities — Parks and trails for biking, hiking, horseback riding; public gardens; and nearby waterfalls, mountains, the coast and the Columbia Gorge.
  • Arts — Museums, galleries, art walks, music, and award-winning theater, among others.
  • Lifestyle — Portland offers much in the way of fun for families and individuals, and is regularly ranked by national publications as being one of best cities for livability factors. In 2012, Travel and Leisure magazine rated Portland as #1 for public transportation and pedestrian friendliness.
  • Food and Drink — From fancy to quaint to earthy, Portland boasts a variety of artsy eating establishments; for instance, it’s considered one of the seven top cities in the country for the quality and variety of its funky food truck offerings — from Asian fusion, to gourmet ice cream, to vegetarian dishes and more. Voodoo Doughnuts, microbreweries, internationally recognized wineries and vineyards, and a hotbed of local coffee culture — Portland has it all.
  • Sports — Professional teams include Portland’s Trailblazers basketball team, as well as its men’s and women’s soccer teams, the Timbers and the Thorns, respectively.

For more about Portland, visit:

Job Summary

Under the direction of the College President, the Director, Office of Equity and Inclusion will lead the development and implementation of proactive diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives which will support the College’s new strategic plan, currently in development.  The Director of Equity and Inclusion is a senior-level management position reporting directly to the President and serving as a member of the President’s Cabinet.  The Director will lead the development of a vision and effective strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive College environment.  The Director will oversee the work of the College’s Equity Investigator.  The Director will also engage faculty, staff and students to build a welcoming and inclusive culture at PCC.  The Director will assess potential barriers and develop strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.  The Director will design training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values, and maintaining compliance with applicable laws.  The Director will also manage the College’s Workforce Analysis and lead and oversee compliance with Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and other applicable requirements, including serving as the College’s Title IX Coordinator. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • A Master's degree in speech communication, post-secondary education, sociology, social anthropology, public administration, human resource management or other related field.  Experience performing the duties described above may substitute for the education requirement on a year-for-year basis.
  • Five years of experience working in an affirmative action and EEO compliance function which involved the duties and principal accountabilities described for the position of Director of Equity and Inclusion.
  • Thorough knowledge of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity, and other applicable laws.
  • Knowledge of training, conflict resolution and mediation methods.
  • Management and supervisory experience is desired.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in the strategic development and promotion of effective diversity and inclusion programs, including researching, developing and implementing policies and procedures aimed to achieve diversity and inclusion goals, equitable treatment of faculty, staff and students, and maintain compliance with applicable laws.
  • Experience as a strategic and collaborative leader who can engage with various stakeholders to build consensus and community around issues and values.
  • Experience as a Title IX Coordinator.
  • Knowledge of effective investigation techniques and practices.
  • Excellent communication and facilitation skills. 

For best consideration, apply by February 12, 2014.  For complete position details and to apply, visit: or call 971-722-5857.  PCC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer that seeks candidates who can reflect or enhance the diversity of its student population.

Application Procedure

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The following items must be submitted:

  1. A complete online application. Please be sure that work history (including dates, hours per week, supervisors, etc.) is completely detailed in the application and/or in the resume.
  2. A cover letter of four pages or less which specifically details:
    1. how the candidate meets the minimum qualifications for the position;
    2. how the candidate meets the preferred qualifications for the position; and
    3. how the candidate’s experience and training match the duties listed in the Job Summary.
    The cover letter should include specific examples of qualifying experience.
  3. A current resume.
  4. Unofficial transcripts.

Please note

The evaluation of your application, cover letter and resume will include an evaluation of the content, quality of presentation and completeness of information.  Materials which are incomplete or that do not follow the application procedures may not be considered.

Interview Schedule

  • Semi-finalist interviews are tentatively scheduled for early March, 2014.
  • Finalist interviews are tentatively scheduled later in March, 2014.