Director of Educational Equity and Inclusion
Purpose of Job: The Director of Educational Equity and Inclusion will successfully work with a wide variety of constituents within the university to assess programmatic needs that support diversity and inclusion issues on campus. He/she must possess exemplary oral and written communication skills. Credibility and comfort in engaging with a senior management team is also essential to this position. Scope of Responsibilities: The Director will assess current programs and populations regarding diversity issues and use those assessments to propose and develop new initiatives. Research best practices in diversity initiatives and use those findings to inform decisions. Develop unique programs or communications strategies to promote diversity, and assess the outcomes of those initiatives with a particular focus on their impact as related to recruitment and retention. Plan and manage budgets related to diversity initiatives; and obtain funding for programs, activities, and initiatives. The Director will serve as the university chief diversity and affirmative action officer and advise the President on all university matters pertaining to diversity, inclusion, affirmative action, and Title IX. Qualifications: Master’s Degree in education, business, social work, technology, psychology or a related field from an appropriately accredited institution. Experience in diversity and /or equity programs; statistics and research methodology. Experience in human relations, equity, diversity, student affairs, globalism, cultural studies or related area; Demonstrated ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and provide leadership in organizational change. Preferred Qualifications: Minimum of two years experience with responsibility in the management of diversity related programs; Clear understanding of diversity, equity and cultural competence practiced in higher education. Essential Job Functions: •Identifies and engages emerging populations throughout the multi-constituency base through programming, outreach and special initiatives. Research and implement best practice for engaging emerging populations in this region; •Collaborates and supports the President with the engagement of pre-collegiate students and communities to prepare a pipeline of diverse academic talent from emerging populations. •Identifies evolving trends in diversity and technology to better inform innovative learning strategies for cultural competence development programs for students, faculty and staff. •Incorporates cutting edge technology across the unit and works collaboratively to advance a contemporary communication infrastructure for the unit. •Engages internal and external collaborative partners to advance diversity initiatives. Develops technology based co-curricular programs and activities designed to develop a more culturally competent and globally aware campus community. •Provides data and consulting support to the equity, diversity and affirmative action efforts of the unit. •Creates educational outreach materials for the unit to inform the university, community and specific audiences regarding diversity and equity progress. •Monitor diversity and equity related intelligent indicators and progress consistent with the institution’s diversity framework. Oversees a comprehensive reporting system to effectively monitor, analyze and benchmark progress in diversity and equity. •Seeks external funding for the unit’s internal, external and community related projects through grant research and writing. The Director collaborates with the President to coordinate special programs that engage experts in the diversity, inclusion and cultural competence fields. •Other duties as assigned by the President. Licensing and Certifications: N/A Knowledge Skills and Abilities: •Experience with laws, regulations and principles governing affirmative action, equity and diversity. •Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and be proficient in the use of Knowledge and understanding of University organization, goals and objectives, and policies and procedures. •Knowledge of University educational philosophy and top management administrative practices and procedures. •Knowledge and familiarity with relevant software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, and database). •Strategic planning skills to support the University’s efforts to effect change in a multi-cultural environment. •Strong leadership and supervisory skills that promote productivity, dedication, and creativity. •Ability to read, to analyze, and interpret common academic journals, financial reports, and legal documents. •Knowledge of various software applications (i.e., spreadsheet, presentation, database, word processing, etc.) •Ability to develop and interpret data and manage resources. •Ability to think, reason, and make sound judgments on how responsibilities are completed in compliance with University standards and guidelines. •Ability to exercise the utmost confidentiality in every aspect. •Ability to work in a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural environment with students, faculty and staff.