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Assistant Director of JEI for Training and Development

Dominican University
River Forest, Illinois

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TITLE:                    Assistant Director of JEI for Training and Development

FLSA STATUS:      EXEMPT (Full Time; 12 months) 

DEPARTMENT:      Human Resources, and Office of Justice, Equity and Inclusion

REPORTS TO:       Executive Director of Human Resources and the VP for JEI



Dominican University is a Catholic, comprehensive teaching university located in River Forest, a suburb of Chicago. Dominican University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission as a baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degree-granting institution. It is highly regarded for its academic rigor and thoughtful accompaniment of students, its intentional affordability and values-based, relationship-centered learning environment. Dominican currently enrolls 3211 students, which includes 2136 undergraduates and 1075 graduate students. Sixty-six percent (66%) of our undergraduate students identify as Latinx, 5% are Black or African American, and 3% are Asian. Under-represented minority students, make up 74% of the DU undergraduate enrollment and 41% of the graduate enrollment. Over 90 percent receive some type of financial aid. About half of all undergraduates are first-generation college students; half are federal Pell Grant recipients, illustrating their families’ level of income; and more than half are eligible for low-income MAP grants from the State of Illinois. Recognized since 2011 as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a federal designation of the U.S. Department of Education, Dominican is committed to expanding and enhancing educational opportunities for Latinx students and all students from historically underrepresented groups.


To support the University’s mission: As a Sinsinawa-Dominican sponsored institution, Dominican University prepares students to pursue truth, give compassionate service and participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.


Primary Purpose/Position Summary

The Assistant Director of JEI for Training and Development will play a vital role in strengthening and expanding the University's equity efforts by implementing internal programs, training, and practices that promote a culture and work environment where faculty and staff feel affirmed, included, and respected.  With a dual reporting line to both Human Resources and the Office of Justice, Equity and Inclusion, the assistant director will build the foundational knowledge and capacity of employees to practice JEI, and anti-racism behaviors in their roles, within their teams, and through interactions with all campus constituents.   The assistant director will also support the recruitment, orientation, and retention of faculty and staff through JEI-focused practices and will also develop culturally responsive resources for employee development and personal growth.




The Assistant Director, as a member of the HR team, will manage the full life cycle of recruitment programs, with a focus on equity and inclusion.   Responsibilities include: working with hiring managers to determine appropriate external job sites to attract a diverse, qualified pool of applicants, providing hiring managers and search committees with JEI training, working with hiring managers to close out the search process after offers have been accepted.  


  • Partner with the VP of JEI in ongoing review of recruiting policies, search committee procedures and metrics to ensure a continued promotion of diversity, equity and inclusion through recruitment, search and hiring practices.
  • Assist the VP of JEI in identifying resources for the Search Toolkit; update Toolkit resources regularly to maintain best practices. 
  • Work directly with hiring managers to develop job descriptions and interview questions with inclusive language and to determine appropriate external job sites to attract a diverse, qualified pools of applicants.  Provide EEO related data to search chairs to assess diversity of pool during the recruitment process. 
  • Work with HR colleagues to oversee recruiting system.
  • Provide training to hiring managers and search committee members on implicit bias, inclusive hiring practices, including inclusion advocacy.
  • Track recruitment metrics and provide data and reports to the cabinet on a regular basis. 
  • Develop and maintain inclusive onboarding practices that create a welcoming experience for all.  Ensure that individual experiences and formal orientation programs engage in these practices. 


The Assistant Director will be responsible for planning, developing and promoting employee training programs emphasizing equity, inclusion and social justice based on best practices that build cultural awareness and competence.

  • Deliver relevant and effective training to faculty and staff in, equity, inclusion, social justice, cultural humility, interculturalism and any emerging and pertinent topics.
  • Partner with the Executive Director of Human Resources in the development of supervisory and leadership training, with special emphasis on training for new supervisors. 
  • Design and deliver programs that build employee and organizational effectiveness included those related to employee engagement and performance management.
  • Working with HR, OJEI, and other divisions, inventory, coordinate, track and monitor required employee training.  Establish accountability measures to ensure the completion of training within stated deadlines.  Develop ongoing assessment and evaluation efforts to measure the impact and incorporation of training.
  • Work with senior leadership to reduce systemic bias and structural racism through ongoing training by reviewing policies and procedures that may cause inequities on an annual basis.



The Assistant Director will manage the annual staff performance appraisal cycle.  Provide group training and individual assistance with the following initiatives:

  • Work with staff and supervisors to review job descriptions annually to ensure that language related to inclusivity is embedded in responsibilities.
  • Guide managers in developing departmental goals that align with university’s JEI strategic plan.
  • Help staff and supervisors establish individual performance goals that align with departmental JEI goals.
  • Work with staff and supervisors to ensure goals are measurable and attainable.
  • Track the yearly performance review process for accountability. 
  • Develop and manage diversity mentoring program to foster sense of community, especially among underrepresented faculty and staff. 
  • Work with OJEI to coordinate meetings and activities for faculty/staff affinity groups.


The Assistant Director will also:

  • Coordinate ongoing review of university policies to ensure language reflects commitment to mission and JEI values.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of best practices in higher education related to JEI work
  • Participate in HR team meetings and assist with projects that may relate to climate or JEI work.
  • Special projects and other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, Human Resources Management, Cultural Studies/sociology or a related field.
  • Demonstrated commitment to valuing equity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience and progressive growth in Human Resources with a background in recruitment, training, talent management or professional development.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and support for, key precepts in JEI training, including critical race theory, feminism, queer theory, privilege, protected classes, microaggressions, implicit bias, harassment, et al., preferred
  • Ability to create and present effective training programs and presentations.
  • Ability to manage multiple assignments simultaneously while maintaining quality standards and meeting assigned deadlines.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • An understanding of current higher education and societal issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and social justice, preferred

A background screening is required upon hire.


To apply please submit a cover letter, resume/CV and a brief diversity statement that demonstrates how have you committed yourself to understanding and aiding in the pursuit of equity and inclusion in your professional and/or personal life.

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