The Graduate School at the University of Minnesota invites applications for the Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting at the Graduate School Diversity Office.
The Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting will provide strategic guidance to the Director of Retention and Success and the Associate Dean and Director of the Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) on issues related to retention of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who are underrepresented in higher education, and will help to create opportunities for positive discourse and greater understanding of the underrepresented graduate student and postdoctoral experience within University units.
The Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting reports to the Director, Retention and Success, GSDO.
JOB DUTIES: Primary Responsibilities with University of Minnesota Partners (65%):
Partner with University of Minnesota collegiate, graduate program, and department leadership and administrators to support new and existing efforts to increase the retention and success of historically underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars by fostering organizational environments that value diversity and inclusion.
Identify and collaborate with colleges, graduate programs, academic programs, and communities that currently utilize successful strategies to support the retention and success of underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. Seek ways to further enhance retention strategies and to share successful strategies with other academic units and programs.
Identify and support colleges and graduate programs that would benefit from and/or are seeking consultation on assessing their cultural climate and retention strategies, researching and identifying strategies to improve their cultural climate and retention strategies, and developing and implementing new strategies that can be sustained locally.
Increase institutional and individual capacity to implement changes that create and sustain a more welcoming and inclusive environment at the collegiate, program, and department levels.
Initiate partnerships between graduate programs across common disciplinary interests and experiences to foster development of diverse communities, particularly with programs that lack a critical mass of diverse graduate students.
Facilitate dialogue across varied viewpoints, providing opportunities to improve understanding of the experience of underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University, and enhance graduate student and postdoctoral success.
Collaborate with trained campus mediators and teams when acute differences of understanding need to be calmed and bridged.
Serve as a resource for colleges, graduate programs, faculty, and graduate student support staff to develop self-sustaining strategies on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in support of students’ academic and professional success.
Work closely with and facilitate connections to GSDO staff, particularly the Director of Retention and Success and the Director of Outreach and Recruitment, as appropriate in supporting the development of recruitment and retention strategies.
Envision, develop, and implement programs, workshops and seminars for faculty and staff that create opportunities for positive discourse and a greater understanding of various social identities and intersectionalities.
Monitor national trends, peer and aspirational institutional efforts, and seek benchmarks for successful diversity initiatives that support the recruitment and retention of underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.
Primary Responsibilities with GSDO (25%):
Participate as a full member of the GSDO Retention Team.
Attend regular Retention Team meetings and support the mission of retention and success for underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
Bring information gleaned from working with academic units that shapes the experiences of underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Minnesota.
Contribute ideas for the Community of Scholars Program (COSP) and Summer Institute (SI) and support COSP and SI program implementation as needed.
Utilize organizational knowledge to help develop strategic plans and goals, and help shape the overall Retention Team efforts.
Develop, implement, and maintain methodologies to assess efforts within the GSDO with regard to underrepresented graduate student and postdoctoral scholar retention and success, in collaboration with the Director, Retention and Success, and the Program Facilitator for Evaluation, Graduate School.
Monitor national trends, peer institution efforts, and seek benchmarks for successful graduate school diversity initiatives.
Assist the development and implementation of a plan for evaluation of GSDO initiatives. Collect, track, analyze, and present data to the GSDO Team, Graduate School, and in conference presentations and/or submissions of scholarly articles as they relate to academic departments and colleges and diversity initiatives. Provide feedback to faculty and staff on the effectiveness of efforts and provide suggestions for continued improvements.
Other Responsibilities (10%): Advise and support the Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Director, GSDO, the Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Initiatives, and Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) team on the wide range of issues affecting the Graduate School mission; and perform other duties as assigned to accomplish the mission of the Graduate School and the GSDO. This includes a wide range of administrative roles and academic support to advance the Graduate School’s goals, as outlined in the Graduate School’s Strategic Plan.
Recommend story ideas and collaborate with the Graduate School’s strategic communications consultant to ensure relevant stories about graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are publicized. Contribute to website content to ensure information is correct, and aligns with best practices support.
Present Diversity and Inclusion Consulting at committee meetings with key stakeholder groups (e.g., Directors of Graduate Studies, Graduate Program Coordinators), as requested by the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, and Director, GSDO.
Serve on University-wide committees to represent GSDO initiatives and to advocate for graduate students/postdocs from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
Reach out to local and national audiences to stay informed and to assist in articulating best practices.
Perform other duties as assigned or necessary to accomplish the mission of the GSDO, and the Graduate School.
TERMS: The Associate Director, Diversity and Inclusion Consulting (classification 9764S1, Student Services Program Specialist 1) is a 100 percent time, annual renewable academic professional appointment for up to five years.
SALARY: Commensurate with education and experience.
Bachelor’s degree in a related field, such as Industrial Organizational Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Development, College Student Personnel, Student Affairs, Higher Education, etc., with a minimum of 6 years of administrative, project management, and/or research experience or a Master's degree in a related field and 4 years of administrative, project management, and/or research experience
Minimum of 3 years of experience in diversity and inclusion work in higher education or other organizations.
Contemporary knowledge of the culture of higher education and the issues of access, inclusion, diversity, equity, and multiculturalism in a higher education setting; and a demonstrated commitment to and record of active promotion and support of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Proven ability to think strategically and creatively around the application of diversity and inclusion to higher education and/or graduate education and have successfully created and led an innovative diversity and inclusion strategy or other change management initiative.
Collaborative and transparent leadership style, and demonstrated leadership experience that results in the ability to work effectively in ambiguous situations and navigate complex environments.
Excellent interpersonal skills and cultural competencies in order to interact with a wide range of individuals, including an ability to interact successfully with senior faculty and administrators to drive consensus and influence outcomes.
Ability to be persuasive, persistent, and committed to effecting a real change in culture.
Ability to collaborate with and advise faculty and staff from all backgrounds and identities.
Demonstrated ability to build strong and credible relationships with campus partners.
Ability to work independently on concurrent projects under pressure of multiple deadlines is essential.
Willingness to work flexible hours supporting evening and weekend programs/events as needed.
Ph.D. in related field.
Proven project management skills, a creative problem solving approach, and an understanding of the policies related to a successful educational and work experience.
Proven ability to work with an evolving agenda and ability to bring organizational, interpersonal, and consultative skills to the position.
Knowledge of current best practices/models/literature on supporting underrepresented graduate students in PWIs in a shared governance model.
Knowledge of best practices and experience in sustainable community development.
Strong record of developing and implementing creative and effective academic and professional development programming and resources covering complex topics for underrepresented graduate students and/or postdoctoral scholars.
Imagination, creativity, and a sound sense of organizational politics.
Executive coaching and group facilitation experience or certification.
Program and cultural climate assessment experience as demonstrated by ability and success in collecting and utilizing data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives, programs, and cultural climates.
Experience operating within a large, complex, decentralized organization.
Ability to commit to our Graduate School values: Service. Diversity. Leadership. Collaboration. Dependability. Joy of Life. Kindness.
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