Assistant/Associate Director, Office of Diversity

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University of La Verne

Assistant/Associate Director, Office of Diversity

Job Description Summary:
The University of La Verne is a private not-for-profit university founded in 1891 located in La Verne, California. The core values that we live by are Ethical Reasoning, Diversity and Inclusivity, Lifelong Learning and Community and Civic Engagement.

If you're passionate about these values, join us at the University of La Verne!
The University of La Verne (ULV) seeks an innovative and synergetic leader to advance the university's core value of diversity, equity, and inclusion as the Assistant or Associate Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. The mission of this office is to lead and support the development and facilitation of positive and proactive initiatives that advance social justice through increasing access, opportunity, equity, diversity and inclusion in all aspects of university life. The incumbent will report directly to the Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) and will be a change agent who cultivates a robust campus climate where the administration, faculty, staff, students and others advocate for, engage in and progress the needs of historically underrepresented communities.

Specific Duties:

  • Serves as the first point of contact for bias reports (diversity and inclusion) to conduct thorough investigations, provide summary findings, and make recommendations for resolution. May work closely with CDO and/or other members of the Office and community on more complex reports.
  • Significantly assist in the development and execution of annual diversity program and budget, inclusive of Assistant Director or recruited presenter programs, panels projects, trainings, and other events, to meet the mission of the Office under the direction of the Chief Diversity Officer.
  • Represents the Office in the absence of the CDO with the capability of promoting the vision and mission of the Office.
  • Monitor and evaluate achievement of underrepresented student groups through data tracking, advising and coordinating student groups and programming, such as Brothers’ Forum and summer bridge programs.
  • Provides oversight and collaborates to develop updates to the Diversity Strategic Plan and university-wide diversity accountability, in collaboration with the CDO.
  • Serve as a university change agent who appropriately facilitates relationships, challenges inequitable structures, processes, policies and culture institutions to improve the campus climate, involvement and success for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, women, people with disabilities, religious minorities, and other marginalized and historically
    underrepresented groups.
  • Supervises the day-to-day activities and support services for the Office and related groups.
  • Create collaborative relationships, provide leadership, referral resources and assistance to administrators, trustees, faculty, staff, students and community partners regarding inclusion, equity, diversity, equal opportunity, and affirmative action related issues.
  • Provide leadership and consultation on diversity related issues, such as written materials, public speaking, social media, articles, marketing efforts, etc.
  • Supports the Diversity & Inclusivity advisory council and provides direction to staff and/or students supporting programs and event.
  • Coordinates the efforts, budget and resources available to the Faculty Fellows. May assist with planning and organizing meetings, events, and activities related to University-wide functions on behalf of the Faculty Fellows.
  • Assists CDO in partnering with CTL and Faculty Fellows on
    professional development programs for faculty.
  • Work collaboratively with Civic & Community Engagement, Disabled Student Services, Human Resources, La Verne Experience, Multicultural Student Services, Spirituality & Interfaith, and Veteran’s Affairs to provide meaningful
    educational opportunities university-wide.
  • Coordinate and lead in-person, online, and distance-based professional development programs and activities that incorporate technology and experiential learning for Regional and Online Campuses.
  • Collaborates with Human Resources to promote and conduct training sessions on employee diversity and diversity hiring practices.
  • Coordinates Safe Zone training program for students and staff including recruitment, training and oversight of program volunteers and assessment of program effectiveness.
  • Establish new relationships and serve as an expert in the fields of diversity, social justice, inclusion and/or equity through involvement in professional organizations and networks.
  • Supervises, trains, assigns and evaluates the responsibilities of student assistants in the department
  • Attend, as a facilitation team member, at least one Multicultural Services Center student retreat per year
  • Meet faculty and other employment candidates to discuss the University’s goals surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion and programming efforts.
  • May teach equivalent of 6 units within an academic year related to culture and diversity.
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Three (3) years of job related experience serving in a role focused on diversity, equity, inclusion and/or equal opportunity preferably in a higher education setting
  • Master’s Degree
  • Knowledge of various constituency groups and the cultures in which they operate in higher education (i.e., faculty, staff, administration, students and stakeholders).
  • Experience in developing constructive working relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and/or other aspects of human diversity.
  • Periodic visits to Regional Campuses and occasional in/out of state travel.
  • Demonstrated success in developing, implementing and evaluating programming in the field of cultural competency, equity, inclusion, diversity, and/or equal opportunity.
  • Effective interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, negotiation and conflict resolution, and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Excellent organizational skills with particular attention to detail and establishing priorities.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently and make independent decisions in keeping with the level of the position.
  • Ability to respond quickly and positively to shifting demands and opportunities. Requires detailed knowledge of university strategic planning, infrastructure, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to use tact and discretion, to maintain confidentiality, to interact diplomatically, and to maintain neutrality when working with a broad range of individuals.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of standard computer applications including MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to work independently as well as within a team environment.
  • Ability to research, interpret and analyze a variety of complex and varied policies, procedures, and regulations in order to select the most appropriate course of action.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment and discretion in establishing, applying, and interpreting policies and procedures.
  • General knowledge of accounting practices & procedures.
  • Knowledge and skills pertaining to database management

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Doctoral Degree from an accredited institution, preferably in behavioral
    sciences, human resources management, social sciences, education, communication, human relations or other relevant discipline.
  • 5 years of job related experience in a higher education setting.
  • Proven ability to write and secure grant funding.
  • Ability to perform and manage a volume of complex administrative tasks.
  • Experience using SSPS or other database management systems.
  • Experience advising and identifying challenges in order to promote retention to students and/or student groups.

Location: La Verne Central Campus

Special Instructions:
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Institutional Profile
Located in Southern California, the University of La Verne offers a distinctive and relevant educational experience to a diverse population of students, preparing them for successful careers and a commitment to lifelong learning across the liberal arts and professional programs. The academic units of the not-for-profit university include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business and Public Management, the LaFetra College of Education, and the College of Law. The university offers both undergraduate and graduate programs, including degree programs tailored for working adults. The university's central campus is located 30 miles east of Los Angeles in the historic Old Town section of La Verne, a city with a population of approximately 35,000 at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. The university also has eight regional campuses throughout California and the College of Law campus in Ontario, California. The university is classified as a Carnegie Doctoral Institution with moderate research activity. Core values are reflected throughout all curricular and co-curricular programs, its emphasis on close professor-student interaction, personal support of its students, and its diversity.

The University of La Verne prides itself in being reflective of the diversity of Southern California. Approximately 80 percent of its nearly 8,500 students come from diverse backgrounds and the U.S. Department of Education has designated the university as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). With 80,000 alumni, the university fulfills a critical community function in educating students from underserved populations, many of whom are the first generation in their family to attend college.

The University of La Verne is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employment or employees on any basis prohibited by state and federal law. University of La Verne hires and promotes individuals based on their qualifications and is consistent with applicable state and federal laws, without regard to race, color, religion, gender, disability, medical condition a or sexual orientation

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Posted: 7/19/2019
Application Due: 8/19/2019
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