Diversity Education Director

Job description

The University of Kentucky is currently seeking a transformative leader to serve as the Director of the Martin Luther King Center. This position is one of the most significant and visible inclusive excellence leaders at the University of Kentucky. Serving the entire University, this position is responsible for strategic oversight of many of the most integral institutional initiatives focused on diversity, inclusion, and belonging that impact thousands of students, faculty, staff, and other community members each year. The director plays a key role in the recruitment, retention, and graduation of our diverse student populations and collaborates with faculty and staff to support a welcoming and sustaining campus climate. Working from the most state-of-the-art inclusion-focused center in the country, the director must regularly interface with and contribute to national social justice dialogues. The director must possess the vision and temperament to collaborate effectively and efficiently with other institutional diversity directors and key stakeholders across the campus and commonwealth, fostering new and expanded intercultural and cross-cultural dialogues.

The position will direct the development and execution of the overall mission and vision of the MLK Center, managing department budgets and program expenses for the unit, as well as overseeing daily operations and facility needs. This position supervises a full-time professional team of three with a sizable budget and has flexibility to incorporate scholarship and teaching related to the chosen candidate's discipline. This position also advises academic, administrative, and student communities on best practices related to diversity, inclusion, belonging, and engagement. In addition, the Director regularly reviews university policies and recommends updates that expand welcoming environments.

Job Title
Diversity Education Director

Requisition Number

Working Title
Director, Martin Luther King Center

Department Name
18401:Martin Luther King Jr Ctr for Div Educ

Work Location
Student Center, Lexington, KY

Grade Level

Salary Range

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education


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Required Related Experience

6 yrs

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Routine walking around campus with occasional travel. Computer work and sitting for extended periods of time.


Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm; some evenings and weekends, occasional travel


MS Windows, MS Office Suite: Excel, Outlook

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

A Doctorate degree is preferred in social justice, humanities, higher education, or related field of study, as well as direct experience in a leadership role of a multicultural student center. Preferred applicants will possess skills that include the ability to connect on national dialogues about inclusive excellence, and an understanding of the sociopolitical landscape impacting higher education access and success.

Driver's license preferred.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Diverseeducation.com (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • HERCjobs.org (Higher Education Recruitment Consortium)
    • InsightIntoDiversity.com
    • Latinosinhighered.com
    • Indeed.com
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above
  2. * Please indicate the number of years of paid work experience you have implementing and supporting diversity and inclusion efforts in a higher education setting.
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years, up through 10 years
    • More than 10 years
  3. * Please indicate the number of years of paid work experience you have providing oversight for diversity and inclusion policy and initiatives in a higher education setting.
    • None
    • More than 0, up through 3 years
    • More than 3 years, up through 5 years
    • More than 5 years, up through 10 years
    • More than 10 years
  4. * Please describe the leadership roles you have held which impacted diversity and inclusion efforts in a higher education setting. Please also include any roles you've held that relate to leadership of a multicultural student center.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe a time you connected with others as well as facilitated dialogue on social justice, inclusivity, or diversity. What was the outcome of your effort?

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Please describe your experience working as a center director or within a multicultural center, and describe successful outcomes you've facilitated.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents





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Posted: 7/14/2018
Application Due: 7/27/2018
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