Oregon State University

Equity Associate/Senior Equity Associate

Oregon State University’s Office of Equity and Inclusion seeks an Equity Associate/Senior Equity Associate.


The Office of Equity and Inclusion invites applications for a full-time (1.00 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Equity Associate/Senior Equity Associate position. This position performs a key role in the Office of Equity and Inclusion with a principal focus on the university’s equal opportunity aspirations and obligations. The position works collaboratively with others in the office to advance inclusion in our increasingly diverse community by ensuring university compliance with all federal and state anti-discrimination laws as well as to develop strategic objectives and advance institutional goals related to equity, inclusion, and diversity. The position may be filled as an Equity Associate or Senior Equity Associate, depending on the level of experience of the individual in the position.

Required Qualifications

Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school


  • Solving problems by developing practical solutions that combine legal considerations with other objectives
  • Conducting investigations to gather facts
  • Resolving conflict

 Performance Skills:

  • Demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and creating an inclusive environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively, both independently and collaboratively, with people of diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to use strong analytical, critical thinking, and synthesis skills
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate well, both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated understanding of and sensitivity to issues faced by people from underserved or historically underrepresented groups
  • Demonstrated ability to be fair and gain trust of others
  • Demonstrated ability to use excellent judgment in exercising performance skills

Preferred Qualifications


  • Intermediate or advanced expertise as a trained mediator
  • Investigating and resolving discrimination complaints
  • Designing and presenting educational/training sessions
  • Working collaboratively and effectively with difficult issues in complex environments
  • Explaining and interpreting laws/regulations/rules/policies to multiple customers/stakeholders
  • Understanding and applying anti-discrimination laws
  • Providing both leadership and guidance and serving as a topic area resource
  • Previous work in higher education

Performance Skills:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people who have experienced forms of bias, harassment, and/or violence based on their identity, and in particular sexual harassment/assault
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and shifting priorities
  • Demonstrated ability to navigate complex environments
  • Demonstrated ability to network, engage in outreach, and build community


  • Understanding of the principles and practices of affirmative action, equal opportunity, equity, inclusion, and diversity (from education, personal/professional development, and/or work experience)
  • Multilingual and/or multicultural in languages/cultures that are increasingly represented at OSU, such as Spanish/Latin-American, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Deaf Culture/American Sign Language
  • Education, training, or experience that broadens the range of perspectives currently represented in the office

A candidate with superb qualifications may be hired at the level of Senior Associate.

Salary and Benefits

The recommended full-time salary range for this position is $65,900-$115,400. Salary within this range will be commensurate with education and experience. OSU offers a cafeteria-style insurance benefits program for employees, spouses/domestic partners, and immediate family members, including health, dental, life, disability, and long-term care insurance options, a generous employee retirement program, and reduced university tuition for employees/partners/families (some restrictions apply). This is a fixed-term 12-month professional faculty position, and (like most fixed-term positions at the university) is renewable at the discretion of the hiring official.


The Office of Equity and Inclusion is a newly formed office that represents a university initiative to integrate the work of three formerly separate offices: Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, Community and Diversity, and Women’s Advancement and Gender Equity. The office is committed to success for the entire campus community through equity, fairness, and understanding. We are a fast-paced, collaborative team with a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our office manages the University’s affirmative action, equal opportunity, and diversity efforts by engaging in community development, partnering with a range of individuals and groups to develop and deliver programs, establishing policies and procedures, evaluating hiring and recruitment practices, handling complaints of discrimination through investigation and resolution, and providing consultation, education, and training. The Office of Equity and Inclusion supports and provides opportunities for all staff members to participate in professional development. Learn more about us.

University & Community

OSU is one of only two U.S. universities designated a land-, sea-, space- and sun-grant institution. OSU is also Oregon’s only university to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification. Its nearly 24,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 90 nations. OSU programs touch every county within Oregon, and its faculty teach and conduct research on issues of national and global importance. The university has an institution-wide commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and community.  We actively engage in recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and student body that include members of historically underrepresented groups. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming and supportive campus environment.  OSU provides outstanding leadership opportunities for people interested in promoting and enhancing diversity, nurturing creativity, and building community. Learn more about Oregon State University.

To Apply

For full position description and application instructions, go to Employment Opportunities at Oregon State University, Posting #0011682. To ensure full consideration, please complete your online application by 01/05/2014. The final closing date for this position is 01/17/2014. A complete online application consists of

  • applicant profile
  • resume
  • application letter describing your interest in and qualifications for this position (please specifically address each of the required qualifications in your application materials and hold your cover letter to 3 or fewer pages.)
  • names and contact information for three or more references

For questions or other information, please contact the OSU Office of Equity and Inclusion at 541-737-3556.

Oregon State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a policy of being responsive to the needs of dual-career couples.

Contact Info

Equity and Inclusion 327/330 Snell Hall Corvallis, Oregon 97331 phone: 541-737-3556
fax: 541-737-8232
Email OEI
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