Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (EXECUTIVE)

Boston, MA
Feb 12, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary:

The MGH Institute of HealthProfessions is seeking strategic, forward-thinking, and dynamic visionaryleader to serve as the Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion(DEI).

Reporting directly to theInstitute’s President and serving as a member of the President's ExecutiveCouncil, the Executive Director will guide and lead the Institute in efforts to create an environment that values anddemonstrates its commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. The positionwill be responsible for developing, aligning, and/or integrating a range of newand existing initiatives, policies and procedures into a cohesive platform thatwill foster a more inclusive, welcoming, supportive, and diverse highereducation community. Understanding that this critical work is theresponsibility of everyone at the Institute, this position will guide the Institutecommunity in expanding and extending the values of diversity, equity andinclusion through teaching, scholarship, and broad engagement of students,faculty, and staff.

As a key member of the seniorleadership team, the successful candidate will establish and nurturecollaborative partnerships with all stakeholders: leadership, faculty, students,staff and the Partners HealthCare community. Building on the extensiveaccomplishments of the Institute’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council, TheExecutive Director will lead the Institute, incollaboration with staff, faculty, leaders and departments, in examination ofcurrent practices, policies, procedures, programs, structures, and campusclimate, in order to develop a comprehensive, school-wide DEI strategic planand on-going assessment to create, and sustain a vibrant learning, and working,environment that is welcoming and supportive of all, as well as a plan thatstrives to eradicate equity gaps in student participation and achievement. 

In order to facilitate collaborationwith Partners Healthcare, the Executive Director of Diversity, Equity andInclusion will have a dotted line relationship with Partners’ Chief Diversityand Inclusion Officer.  

TheExecutive Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion will work collaborativelywith the Institute’s Title IX Coordinators and will play a role in theInstitute’s compliance efforts and commitment to providing a learning andworking environment free from gender discrimination and sexual harassment.Additionally, they will be responsible for providing leadership and guidance tosenior leaders, faculty, staff, and students as a whole on matters related to equity,diversity and inclusion and its impact on the Institute community.


  • Provide leadership, coordination, consultation, assistance, strategic oversight, and direction, regarding all equity, diversity, and inclusion matters.
  • In collaboration with the IHP community members, provide leadership in the creation, implementation and ongoing evaluation of the Institute’s diversity, equity, and inclusion plans and updates consistent with the goals and objectives set by the Institute and our campus;
  • Co-chair and provide operational management for the Institute’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Work in close collaboration with the Partners Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer to coordinate and align DEI efforts across Partners, lead local implementation for system DEI goals and share resources as appropriate. Serve as a member of the Partners Diversity and Inclusion Council.
  • Recommend policy, procedure and structural improvements that remove barriers to student and employee, success.
  • Cultivate and promote inclusive learning and work environments that encourage and support DEI initiatives such as organizational wide DEI workshops, multicultural and appreciation events and advocacy for faculty, staff, student and/or alumni affinity groups that support initiatives promoting campus learning that is diverse and inclusive;
  • In partnership with the Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs, Academic Deans, and faculty, support the development and implementation of inclusive curricula and pedagogical practices.
  • Partner with Human Resources and the Office of the Provost to develop strategies and opportunities to recruit and retain a diverse faculty and staff workforce.
  • Develop metrics and dashboards to ensure accountability, tracking, and monitoring of equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.  Work closely with relevant Institute offices in use of data tools (i.e. campus climate survey, demographic data, student completion and employment data etc.) to compile reports that create benchmarks and assess institutional progress regarding equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts.
  • Develop dynamic and intentional equity, diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives for faculty, staff  and students that adequately address the educational and social needs of our campus community.
  • Develop and implement employee professional development to support equity and cultural competencies, and an ability to work and thrive in an increasingly diverse college community.
  • Responsible for compliance and associated reports related to equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Serve as a member of the Leadership Team (Executive Council) responding to emerging issues, ideas, and challenges impacting the Institute’s ability to effectively move forward with equity, diversity and inclusion efforts.
  • Serve as the President’s liaison to task forces, committees, and activities working towards a unified Institute-wide effort in enhancing DEI;
  • Collaborate on Title IX issues with the Title IX Coordinators and Chief Compliance Officer.
  • Work internally and externally to establish networks of experts and organizations involved in the national discussion of DEI to consistently advise leaders on innovative ideas and program concepts for consideration, selection and implementation;
  • Identify opportunities to integrate DEI initiatives which advance diversity-building partnerships in the community (campus and local);
  • Collaborate with the Office of Strategic Communications to develop materials to promote DEI goals and successes;
  • Collaborate with Institutional Effectiveness to identify instruments, including valid and reliable surveys, for ongoing assessment of DEI issues;
  • Utilizing knowledge of federal, state, local, laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures, facilitate appropriate resolution to reports of bias-related incidents. Identify and coordinate appropriate actions (referral, trainings, and counsel) for any identified trends or patterns identified;
  • Other duties as assigned by the President.

    Directly supervises the Director ofMulticultural Programs and Inclusion. Majority of outcomes will be accomplishedthrough indirect leadership and collaboration within the Institute,Massachusetts General Hospital and across various Partners entities. Incumbentmust be effective at accomplishing goals through the work of others andcoordinating efforts performed by multiple individuals and groups.


    The Executive Director will havedirect responsibility for the department budget and will oversee allocation offunding supporting the D&I strategic initiatives. The incumbent will alsoadvise senior leadership on resource allocation for D&I efforts across theinstitution.

    Special Instructions to Applicants:

    For a confidential discussion aboutthis opportunity or to make a nomination, please contact:

    Elizabeth Pipes at [email protected]

    Review of applicationswill begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.Please submit a cover letter, resume or CV,and the contact information for three current references. Additionalinformation may be requested at a later step in the process. Officialtranscripts from an accredited institution will be required prior toemployment.


    The successful candidate will show evidence ofleading organizational change, particularly as it relates to diversity, equityand inclusion. The candidate will have a strong theoretical and workingknowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion, and have the ability to translatethat knowledge to others, as well as possess the ability to put his/herexperience and knowledge into practice. The candidate will have significantknowledge, and experience, in addressing matters such as, but not limited to:(a) recruiting and retaining employees, and students, of color, (b) creatingwelcoming environments for all people of color, members of the LGBTQ+community, non-native English speakers, immigrants, and people with varyingabilities and who historically experience barriers to opportunities andresources, (c) addressing inequities and conflicts related to race, power,societal or social white privilege, institutional racism, and implicit bias.The candidate will have experience developing, implementing, and successfullyfacilitating productive discussions and trainings regarding issues ofdiversity, equity & inclusion. The successful candidate will be highlycollaborative, and possess a keen ability to effectively communicate, andconnect, with diverse individuals both inside and outside of the collegecommunity.

    Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in relevant field;
  • Professional experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work;
  • A minimum of 3 years of professional experience in higher education with a demonstrated understanding of culture in higher education, including shared governance and respect for diverse views and opinions;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of federal, state, and local laws, regulations and guidelines related to Title IX and civil rights enforcement;
  • Demonstrated administrative and management skills and the ability to develop a DEI team;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, through written as well as interpersonal and group communication, at all levels of the college, with administration, faculty, staff, students, and external constituents including alumni;
  • Knowledge of and commitment to contemporary issues of inclusion, social justice, diversity, access, and equity, including the current scholarship and pedagogical approaches that inform and address these issues.
  • Preferred Qualifications:

  • Terminal degree;
  • Five years of professional experience with Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work;
  • Demonstrate a proven ability to fulfill the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education's "Standards of Professional Practice for CDOs";
  • Knowledge of health professions education;
  • Supervisory experience of small to moderate sized teams;
  • External grant seeking experience;
  • Experience leading transformational or organizational change;
  • Experience in student and staff recruitment, retention, training, and employment strategies to foster workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • Demonstrated experience with developing and supporting continuous improvement principles utilizing a systemic approach and data for decision-making;
  • Demonstrated experience in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and strategic plans.
  • Demonstrated experience in working collaboratively across multiple internal and external offices;
  • Experience in effectively facilitating challenging conversations that produce positive outcomes.
  • PersonalCharacteristics

  • A team player dedicated to group problem solving.
  • Innovative.
  • Ability to motivate, encourage, and inspire students, faculty & staff.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to create and maintain strong relationships and build trust and consensus with Institute and community constituents.

  • Primary Location: MA-Charlestown-MGH IHP
    Work Locations:
    MGH IHP (MGHCharlestownIHP)
    36 First Avenue
    Charlestown, 02129

    Job: Professional/Managerial
    Organization: Massachusetts General Hospital(MGH)
    Schedule: Full-time
    Shift: Day Job
    Employee Status: Regular
    Job Posting: Feb 8, 2019

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