Associate Dean of Students/Director of Inclusive Excellence- Division of Student Life

Knoxville, TN
Jan 30, 2021
Administrative Jobs
Student Affairs, Residence Life
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Announcement

Associate Dean of Students/Director of Inclusive Excellence

The Division of Student Life at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) invites applications and nominations for the position of associate dean and director of Inclusive Excellence.  

The University:

As the state’s public flagship, land-grant university, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) is entrusted to deliver world-class education, life-changing research and community support to the state, national and global communities. As the landscape of higher education shifts and presents individuals and institutions with new opportunities, UTK is committed to meet these challenges creatively. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful East Tennessee, UTK is an institution of more than 30,000 students, committed to excellence in learning, scholarship and engagement. UTK strives to provide accessible, affordable and inclusive community to the residents of Tennessee, across the nation and around the world.

The Division:

The Division of Student Life builds and supports an inclusive community that provides opportunities to lead, serve and engage as Volunteers and citizens.  Comprised of more than 400 staff members who serve our students through 19 departments and functions, we strive to create a welcoming community rich with diverse experiences. Staff are actively engaged in the lives of our students, living and learning with them in our residence halls, student union, and other campus environments. The Division seeks candidates willing to engage, challenge, and support our students through intentional programs and services. We seek colleagues who are committed to teamwork and have a palpable passion for working with and serving all students. We believe Vol is a Verb and seek candidates who have the ability to provide expertise, energy, and strategy as the division seeks to build an inclusive excellence infrastructure.  

The Role:

The Division of Student Life seeks a student-centered leader who can translate vision to reality, a professional who is skilled at building transformative relationships, and an individual who is adept in leading a talented team of professionals. We seek a colleague who is skilled in building a culture of mattering and belonging through strategic diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.  Successful candidates will be able to translate experiences to students, divisional colleagues, campus and community partners, and alumni to complement the university’s access mission.

Reporting to the associate vice chancellor for Student Life and dean of students, the associate dean/director is a primary diversity, equity and inclusion officer within the Division of Student Life and serves on the Student Life and Dean of Students Leadership Teams. The associate dean/director is responsible for actively contributing to division initiatives, programs, and priorities, in addition to managing the Office of Multicultural Student Life (MSL) and the Frieson Black Cultural Center (FBCC). The associate dean/director will also establish collaborative relationships with other university units, academic departments, and student groups, and will serve as a resource and consultant to university faculty/staff regarding student diversity, equity, and inclusion. The position also works closely with various campus partners to develop a comprehensive infrastructure that effectively supports the intersectional identity development of students. In addition, the role develops opportunities for students to connect across affinity and supports students from underrepresented backgrounds.

The Associate Dean/Director:

    Serves as a primary diversity, equity, inclusion officer for the Division of Student Life Provides vision, leadership, management, and oversight for MSL and FBCC;Develops and maintains internal and external relationships with constituents to promote diversity, inclusion, and belonging;Works with Student Life senior leadership to develop a strategic plan and directs the establishment, implementation, and enforcement of department priorities, programs & services, policies, practices, and guidelines; Participates in on-call rotation with DOS senior leadership team; Assists DOS senior leadership team in crisis response;Coordinates the development of short and long-range plans for maintenance and improvement of FBCC including procurement of equipment, furnishings, materials and supplies;  Develops annual department revenue and expenditure budgets, advocating for and securing adequate funding for the effective operation of the MSL and FBCC;Monitors budgets and makes appropriate adjustments as necessary; Ensures department compliance with University fiscal policies and procedures; Provides annual capital outlay requests to the Associate Vice Chancellor and/or Vice Chancellor for Student Life.Fulfills additional duties and roles as assigned

Required Education:

• Master’s degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling or related field.

Required Experience:

• 5 years of professional experience in higher education;

• Experience working with diverse populations in program development; implementation, and assessment;

• Experience building collaborative partnerships.

Preferred Education:

• Doctoral degree in Student Affairs, Higher Education, Counseling or related field

Preferred Experience:

    Experience in strategic planning and implementationContent experience and expertise that honors the intersectional lived experiences of students Experience in facility managementExperience supervising a professional team
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

• Ability to provide leadership and advocacy for students and staff;

• Ability to lead a team and foster positive relationships across campus;

• Ability to successfully perform managerial responsibilities (planning, organization leadership, budget, personnel, program evaluation, facility management, and operations) in a complex regulatory, legal, policy, and political environment;

• Ability to work collaboratively with academic and other units in providing student support programs and services and work with diverse constituencies;

• Knowledge of successful retention strategies for students of color;

• Knowledge of LGBTQ+ inclusion practices;

• Strong verbal and written communication skills;

• Strong interpersonal skills;

• Ability to manage multiple work priorities;

• Ability to organize and plan projects effectively;

• Ability to exercise good judgment and make difficult decisions.

• Knowledge of student development and identity development theory;

• Ability to translate related student development theory to practice;

• Demonstrated progressive knowledge and skills in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion;

• Ability to successfully implement intensive training institutes;

• Ability to execute a new campus, divisional, and departmental strategic plan;

• Strong teaching, training and facilitation skills;

• Demonstrated skills in crises and conflict management;

• Knowledge in facility operation

Application Process: For full consideration, applicants must electronically submit a letter of interest, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references. All materials for the position should be submitted through the University of Tennessee Human Resources application system, which can be found here. A review of all applications will begin in mid-February of 2021. The priority application deadline is March 19, but a review of applications will continue until the position is filled. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will begin this role July 2021. Nominations for this position should be sent to search committee chair, Ashleigh Moyer, Director of the Center for Student Engagement at [email protected].

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 7964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 7 972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 7 990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 7 840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.



Job: Executive/Administrative
Primary Location: US-Tennessee-Knoxville
Organization: Multicultural Student Life
Schedule: Full-time
Job Posting: Mar 12, 2021, 8:40:03 AM