Assistant Dean for Student Advancement & Diversity

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Job Summary
Reporting to the Dean of Students in the Social Sciences, the Assistant Dean for Student Advancement and Diversity leads efforts within the Division of Social Sciences to create and manage programs and practices that support the scholarly and career development of graduate students. This work includes building initiatives around professional development; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and quality of student life. The director represents the Division to other campus partners and in national networks on matters related to student advancement.

Essential Functions

  • (40%) In collaboration with academic departments and campus partners such as UChicagoGRAD and the Chicago Center for Teaching, organize and lead programs for doctoral students, Teaching Fellows in the Social Sciences, and recent alumni on topics including strategies for teaching, learning, and pedagogy; best practices in research and scholarship; career development and mentoring; socialization into academia, community building, mental health and well-being.
  • (30%) Develop and coordinate programs and workshops to meet the unique needs of PhD and M.A. students from historically underrepresented groups as well as support departments in student recruitment, working in some cases in partnership with the staff of the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, UChicagoGRAD Development & Diversity and Enrollment Initiatives, and the Chicago Center for Teaching’s Inclusive Teaching programs.
  • (15%) Maintain working familiarity with student advancement programs and resources at peer universities to inform and guide program development in the Division of Social Sciences. Participate with other leaders on campus and in the national dialogue on graduate education, including best practices in skills-building for academic and non-academic careers and for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Provide strategic recommendations to Divisional leadership for new programs and resources to support student advancement and the success of underrepresented graduate students.
  • (10%) Collect and track data related to doctoral student academic progress, exit surveys, and career outcomes working with the Dean of Students staff, UChicagoGRAD and the Registrar’s office; meet with graduate students – individually and through standing committees such as the Dean’s Advisory Council – to discuss and assess quality of student life
  • (5%) Serve on Dean of Students leadership team; represent the division on divisional and university committees, teams, task forces; manage special projects in support of graduate students; may supervise temporary staff.

This position requires a student affairs generalist with a proven record designing and leading programs that support student progress throughout the degree program and in academic and non-academic job markets, with a commitment to the welfare of students in an environment that promotes academic success.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required. Advanced degree preferred.


  • A minimum of five years’ professional administrative experience in higher education with a focus on student affairs or a closely-related field
  • Substantial knowledge of national trends in doctoral student academic and career development, academic support for students from historically underrepresented groups, and quality of student life
  • Demonstrated experience in program development and program management
  • Demonstrated success developing and maintaining collaborative professional relationships with diverse constituencies
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to communicate to large groups, one-on-one with students, and in strategic communications to senior management


  • Strong understanding of graduate education, preferably in a social scientific field
  • Experience in data-management and data-analysis

To apply, please visit and search for JR01388. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.  

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity / Disabled / Veterans Employer.




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Posted: 5/15/2018
Application Due: 7/14/2018
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