University Diversity and Inclusion Officer
The University of St. Thomas Office for Mission has an opening for a University Diversity and Inclusion Officer. This role will be responsible for advancing the university’s mission and goals related to diversity, equity, affirmative action, inclusion and human rights by supporting existing programs, policies, and initiatives as well as developing new ones as appropriate.
The fundamental principle of the Catholic intellectual tradition arises from Divine Revelation found in the Book of Genesis 1:27: God created man in his image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.
In explaining this revelation, the Catholic Church teaches: “being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone” (Catechism of the Catholic Church). A University Diversity and Inclusion Officer at the University of St. Thomas not only honors the richness of human difference but contributes to the fulfillment of the University Mission by promoting the dignity of every person at the University and supporting other activities that demonstrate this fundamental principle of the Catholic intellectual tradition.
Specifically, the University Diversity and Inclusion Officer essential functions include:
• To serve as the University’s Affirmative Action Officer, Title IX Officer, EEO Officer and ADA Section 504 Coordinator;
• To advance the university’s mission and goals related to diversity, equity, affirmative action, inclusion and human rights by supporting existing programs, policies, and initiatives as well as developing new ones as appropriate;
• To chair the University’s Committee for Diversity and Inclusion and update, as necessary, the University’s Diversity Action Plan;
• To promote opportunities for dialogue toward an understanding of diversity and inclusion, i.e., grow diversity by providing an understanding of the meaning of diversity and inclusion;
• To advise and assist University efforts to recruit and retain a diverse community of faculty, staff and students;
• To work with the Office of Institutional Effectiveness in assessing campus climate and developing strategies/training to improve it;
• Partner with the Center for Faculty Development, HR, Student Affairs, and Student Diversity and Inclusion Services as appropriate to offer workshops and other programs appealing to a wide variety of individuals and groups that support understanding multiculturalism within the University’s Mission;
• Serve as an ombudsperson when conflicts arise among university constituents;
• Write grant proposals to support initiatives for diversity and inclusion;
• To solicit requests for and administer the Loftus Endowment grants;
• To provide university-wide enrichment activities/speakers, particularly during such occasions as Black History month, Women’s History month, and Cinco de Mayo and seek opportunities to increase resources to promote the university’s Mission and goals;
• Responsible for the update and maintenance of the Diversity website.
• Master’s Degree in a related field and five years of professional and leadership experience in multicultural and diversity programs required;
• Doctorate preferred;
• Successful record of experience and leadership in advancing diversity in a higher education environment;
• Understanding of equal opportunity, affirmative action, and other compliance regulations (including Title IX) in the context of higher education;
• A record of integrity, good judgment, and interpersonal skills.
Desired skills/knowledge/abilities include:
• Knowledge of EEO, affirmative action, and disability access regulations and procedures, and diversity and equity issues;
• Evidence of the ability to develop initiatives to foster a more diverse and inclusive campus;
• Proven ability to work with individuals from varied multicultural backgrounds in a team environment;
• Ability to develop effective work teams and provide motivation in the accomplishment of desired outcomes;
• Ability to write and present clearly;
• Ability to deal with often confrontational and emotional issues and individuals.
Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good. The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.
In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.