Ithaca, NY, USA
The Center for Research on Programmable Plant Systems (CROPPS) is an NSF Science and Technology Center that is administered under the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Innovation. CROPPS has a mission to develop new technologies that can be used to create a two-way communication system with plants and their associated organisms for the benefit of scientific research, industry and agriculture. Alongside research, CROPPS pursues related and complementary initiatives in education, public communication, and diversity, equity and inclusion. CROPPS aims to create an inclusive environment for productive collaboration across disciplines, titles (faculty, students, and staff), and personal identities.
CROPPS seeks a DEI Specialist who will report to both the CROPPS Managing Director and the Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion, working closely with the rest of the CROPPS leadership. The CROPPS DEI Specialist will partner with the Associate Director to plan, coordinate, execute, and document initiatives for growing diversity in the graduate student, undergraduate student, postdoctoral and faculty populations participating in CROPPS. The CROPPS Diversity Specialist will manage and track day-to-day outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts. They will communicate with CROPPS partner institutions’ offices of student disability, diversity and inclusion, and counseling services (or equivalent) to ensure that all necessary accommodations are made to provide equal opportunities and resources to CROPPS students. They will coordinate visits, events, and activities that support the development of long-term relationships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and other Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). They will serve as a resource linking CROPPS participants with groups and programs that support informal and formal professional mentorship training for undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty. Finally, they will compile materials and write content for the NSF annual report and for evaluation by advisory groups.
Individuals considering this position should have a bachelor’s degree and 3 to 5 years relevant experience or equivalent combination. Individual must be a strong communicator; someone who can perform independently; and they must be a skilled team collaborator. It is required the individual be able to communicate with and serve a diverse population of individuals spread across multiple states. The individual must be adaptable, flexible, and service-oriented, work well under pressure, and maintain an attention to detail at all times. They must possess the capacity to maintain confidentiality of staff and student sensitive data. Some background and prior experience in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion issues.