Associate Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

Jan 30, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Associate Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion

Stevenson University

The Associate Vice President (AVP) will develop and implement strategic initiatives that demonstrate the university's commitment to a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment for diverse students, faculty, and staff in an evolving private university. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the University's leadership, faculty, staff and students to understand, foster, and enhance the University's vision, strategic goals and integrated objectives for diversity and inclusion that demonstrate a campus community where individuals from all racial and ethnic identity, age, nationality, social and economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, religion, political and ideological perspectives, and physical and mental ability are able to thrive and become engaged.

Department: Human Resources

Master’s degree in human resources or a related field, plus five years of progressively responsible experience in diversity-related position(s) working effectively and collaboratively with a diverse faculty, staff and student population, as well as an in-depth cultural competency and understanding of the importance of diversity and inclusion in a private higher education environment. Prefer hands-on experience in Human Resources functions such as: recruitment and selection; professional development, training, employee relations, and policies and procedures. Demonstrated leadership and supervisory experience. Advanced knowledge of federal, state and local laws and related government regulations. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a strong commitment to furthering diversity and inclusion efforts as core values in a university setting.

Knowledge of diversity and inclusion issues with a demonstrated clear understanding of the importance of a diverse and inclusive environment in a private university setting. Demonstrated understanding of federal, state and local laws and regulations related to anti-discrimination including Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (EEO), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 (Clery Act), the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), The American with Disabilities Act of 1990(ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), all as amended. Excellent oral and written communications skills, including ability to conduct research to develop training programs or drafting policies and procedures, a collaborative communication style. Experience developing metrics and procedures to track trends and increase accountability through qualitative and quantitative assessments, surveys and reporting of programs, policies and services. Ability to work with and to retain sensitive and confidential information. Ability to inspire and work collaborative and effectively with various constituencies throughout the campus. Demonstrated experience as a mediator with advanced conflict resolution skills. Provide expertise in the areas of racial and ethnic identity, age, cultural identity, religious and spiritual identity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, physical and mental ability, nationality, social and economic status, and political and ideological perspectives for program development, communication, and cultural competency development. Proficiency in MS Officer Suite, knowledge of Colleague or a similar system, and webpage. Ability to work effectively with diverse populations Ability to collaboratively envision, lead the development of, implement and assess diversity and inclusion strategic initiatives of a university. Ability to articulate in verbal and written form, the importance of diversity and inclusion to the educational mission of the university, understands the evidence for the educational benefits to students through diversity and inclusion programs, events, and services. Understands the contexts, cultures, and politics within a higher education institution that impact the implementation, management and assessment of effective diversity change efforts. Working knowledge and understanding of curriculum development efforts in diversity and inclusion and how these may be used to further the diversity efforts of a university. Working knowledge of the appropriate response procedures to bias incidents on a university campus. Ability to utilize institutional data to benchmark and promote accountability for the diversity initiatives of the university. Working knowledge and understanding of campus climate survey development in the pursuit of a positive, diverse and inclusive campus climate. Ability to effectively collaborate with and/or advocate for faculty on professional diversity-related development activities, perceived barriers in the promotion process, and diversity infused curriculum enhancement. Working knowledge, awareness and understanding of the various laws, regulations, policies and procedures related to diversity, inclusion and nondiscrimination in higher education. Ability to manage and prepare the department operating budget. Ability to travel. Ability to work evenings and weekends.

Physical Requirements:
Light work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. The physical demands that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job include but are not limited to lifting and carrying printed materials. Close visual acuity to review lists of data in both print and electronic form. Frequent typing using the keyboard. Climbing stairs, walking between campus buildings, and driving between campuses.

Essential Functions:
Serve as a strategic partner and liaison with other campus administrators and faculty to promote diversity, inclusion and compliance as essential elements of Stevenson University’s values, mission and strategic plan. Serve as a trusted and knowledgeable advisor, advocate, resource and proactive catalyst to advance strategies for diversity and inclusion for the Stevenson community including faculty, staff and students. Serve as chair of the Diversity Committee and serves on the Diversity Work Group collaboratively to cultivate a vision and integrated programs that enhance and contribute to the achievement of the University’s diversity and inclusion strategic goals and objectives. The incumbent will have significant responsibility for helping achieve campus’ goals for diversity and inclusion under the direction of the Vice President for Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator. Develop and deliver campus-wide training programs on cultural competency, bias, discrimination and harassment in compliance with federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, i.e. Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972 (EEO), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), Title IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 (Title IX), the Jeanne Clery Act of 1990 (Clery Act), the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA), The American with Disabilities Act of 1990(ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), all as amended, etc. Serve as a member of the Human Resources leadership team charged with creating strategies that attract underrepresented candidates and initiatives designed to assist faculty with enhancing the successful recruitment and retention of a diverse body of educators to teach within a curricular structure that recognizes and embraces critically and affirmatively diversity and inclusion, including the development of measurable and valid metrics. Provide leadership and direction for the purpose of advising, clarifying and identifying necessary resources and actions to eliminate discrimination, harassment and retaliation in educational and employment programs. Develop sensitivity training and diversity awareness initiatives campus-wide. Compile monthly and annual reports of University-wide diversity initiatives. Develop and disseminates educational materials, including brochures, posters and web-based materials that inform members of the campus community (students, faculty and staff) of Title VII and Title IX as well as other federal, state and local laws, programs, policies, procedures, and available resource contacts. Conduct yearly evaluation of diversity and inclusion functions, programs, retreats, and conferences. Maintain current knowledge and materials related to laws, rules, regulations, and best practices for advancing EEO, diversity and inclusion. Consult with individual students, faculty and staff on learning and working productively in a diverse community. Participate in continued professional activities and development such as workshops, conferences, and courses as agreed upon by the employee and supervisor.

Reports To: Vice President, Human Resources/Title IX Coordinator

Work Location: Greenspring (00)

Position Category: Staff

Position Type: Full-Time (2080 hours, 500500)

Months/Year: 12

Hrs/Week: 40

FLSA: Exempt

Close Date:

Open Until Filled: Yes

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