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DIRECTOR, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provo...

Boston University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, United States

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DIRECTOR, EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING INITIATIVES, Office of the Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

Tracking Code22500560580507Job Description

The Director of Educational Programming Initiatives (subject to change) will report to the Associate Provost of Community and Inclusion and will help to define, develop, and execute strategies and ongoing programming and training initiatives, which promote the diversity, inclusion, and equity priorities of the University. The Director will join a relatively newly created unit within Boston University focused on aligning the University's stated values regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion to its policies, practices, structures, climate, and culture.

The Director will play an essential role in helping to develop institutional programs and initiatives that promote a culture of inclusion, intellectual capaciousness, mutual respect, and civility. The Director serves as the primary team member for integrating diversity education efforts across campus, implementing diversity programs and training initiatives for the BU community, BUs schools and colleges, supporting faculty initiatives, managing community outreach efforts, and serving as a liaison with campus divisions. This includes supporting diversity training and programming within the schools and colleges, representing and advocating for the department, and planning and executing dynamic and research-based diversity training and workshops. In addition, the Director is responsible for envisioning, creating, and implementing ongoing programming solely or in collaboration with other units that tackle and address issues related gender, race, social class, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, political ideology, age, disability, justice, among others. They will be responsible for developing in-person and online programming, training, and presentation materials. In this inaugural role, the Director will have the opportunity to develop and deepen a diverse slate of programs and training for faculty, staff, and students, and to work in collaboration with key stakeholders across the institution (ex: Organizational Development & Learning, Human Resources, The Hub, academic departments especially in relation to schools and colleges and the academic program, the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground, the Gotlieb Archives, Initiative on Cities, Build LAB, etc.) and within the city to create an exciting, expansive, and farsighted group of educational programs and educational initiatives that are in accord with BUs founding principles and redoubled commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The Director will be responsible for creating dynamic programming and training focused on the public exploration of challenging ideas and catalyzing stronger communities among BUs broad range of constituents. These mutually reinforcing goals will help BU faculty, students, and staff to develop enhanced methods of engaging across difference. The Director will also support the growth and development of existing affinity based Faculty & Staff Community Networks and proliferate new ones. Additionally, the Director will be responsible for managing and administering several grants hosted by BU D&I. They will also be responsible for the supervision of full time staff as well as a graduate assistant. This role requires the ability to simultaneously work at the department level, synthesizing and tailoring educational initiatives based on unique qualities within a department and also the ability to work at the macro level, developing multimodal large-scale programs and training initiatives that can effectively engage a wide variety of constituents (i.e.: faculty, staff, senior academic and administrative leadership, and students). The Director will work to control quality and content of DEI training across the University with a special eye towards building organizational capacity, ensuring consistency, and deepening integration of material across the University.

To that end, the Director must be a diplomatic, strategic, highly organized, creative and tactical, visionary, and relational, content expert who fundamentally is a facilitator and teacher driven to deliver tangible results in the areas of diversity, equity, and organizational change. The ideal candidate will have exceptional facilitation, teaching, and presentation skills and some experience with or knowledge of organizational development. Further, the ideal candidate will also have some experience with developing and overseeing program and training logistics.

Required Skills

A cover letter is required for consideration.

  • An advanced degree in higher education administration or related field is preferred.
  • Person must have strong intellectual training in an area focused on race, gender, inequity, bias, social psychology, etc. While some candidates may have that without advanced degrees, they will likely reflect a long history of work in this area in some way or another.
  • Minimum 5-8 years of experience required in diversity education, program and training development, and / or project management, with 3+ years of management experience.
  • Proven ability to work independently, take initiative and ideas from concept to execution; strong project management and programming skills required.
  • Demonstrate excellent communication skills in working with colleagues at all levels, and demonstrate high-level facilitation & presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, and organizational skills for leading projects, programs and guiding teams.
  • Demonstrated knowledge & sensitivity to the needs and concerns of diverse constituents and confidential matters; and strong interpersonal skills in working with diverse constituents.
  • Other qualifications include strong written and communication skills, willingness to be responsive and flexible to competing or shifting demands, and familiarity with best practices in diversity and inclusion strategies in higher education.

Please note all newly hired staff and faculty, will need to be in compliance with Boston University’s COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Requirement within 30 days of date of hire. You must upload your vaccine documentation or request a medical or religious exemption (instructions). For further information on the University’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Back2BU site.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job LocationBOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular


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What compelled the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to award Boston University a grant to fight newborn mortality in Zambia? Why did Martin Luther King, Jr. adopt BU as a place where he could hone his message of justice and equality? And what is the catalyst that prompts 32,557 students from 135 countries to call BU their home every semester? It’s in our DNA: an inherent desire in each of our students, faculty, and staff to vigorously and dauntlessly pursue knowledge—and embrace the unlimited possibilities that come with it.

A Community Unlike Any Other

As you can see below, it takes people, ideas, and a little luck (Boston, you’re our town) to make BU what it is today: one of the most dynamic universities in the world.

Celebrated thinkers: On any given day, students will find themselves mesmerized by Nobel Prize winners, a poet laureate, and the first biomedical engineer ever to receive a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award,” among others.

Extraordinary teaching: When a classroom starts to percolate with new ideas, it’s because our faculty of scholars and accomplished practitioners know how to ignite students’ imaginations. That’s why we reward our best teachers with BU’s most prestigious honor: The Metcalf Cup and Prize.

Groundbreaking research: With faculty dedicated to a creative, interdisciplinary approach to problem solving, BU has become a leading global research institution—propelled forward by over $350 million a year in sponsored program revenue.

World-class students: Elite students from all 50 states and 135 countries pursue higher education on BU campuses in Boston and at programs in L.A., D.C., and more than 30 other cities on six continents.

A city within a city: Today, 80% of our undergrads live on campus, which could explain the 525 student activity groups alone.

The greatest college town in the world: Boston. ’Nuff said.

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