This is a full-time academic administrative appointment that requires strong and dynamic leadership, exceptional judgment, superb communication and interpersonal skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with diverse individuals, constituencies, and communities. This position is responsible for providing strategic leadership, planning, development, coordination, implementation, and oversight of the Diversity and Inclusion program for the college. The Director will create and implement strategic and tactical policies and processes for the Diversity and Inclusion function of CFANS. The Director will work collaboratively with the University’s Office of Equity and Diversity to ensure that CFANS efforts are aligned with University-wide policies, programs, and strategic initiatives. The Director manages professional staff and student workers.
Strategic Leadership and Planning
Provide strategic direction in organizing and delivering diversity initiatives and implementing inclusion strategies within the college. Lead the development, implementation and assessment of short-term and long-term Diversity and Inclusion strategies and goals.
Work with faculty and staff to foster an inclusive climate for diversity in the college. Serve as a resource for faculty and staff seeking to incorporate diversity into their work.
In partnership with other CFANS and UMN departments, develop strategies to increase diversity of faculty, staff and students within CFANS and develop and implement strategies for their retention and success.
Identify, manage, and negotiate relationships with internal and external partners, including but not limited to, Minnesota’s Tribal Nations, communities of color and other minoritized communities.
Program Development and Management
Lead the engagement of the college community in learning opportunities regarding intercultural competency and diversity.
Identify, clarify, and resolve program issues and concerns with substantial significance using advanced technical and professional knowledge requiring independent judgment. Mediate complex and sensitive issues.
Assess ongoing activities in the areas of diversity and inclusion. Recommend and implement changes to current activities and develop and prioritize new initiatives.
Serve as the college liaison for campus diversity initiatives. Build strong connections with related campus representatives and offices. Engage in cooperative efforts with other university faculty, staff, and units to enhance diversity efforts at the university.
Respond to inquiries regarding university policies and procedures requiring interpretation.
Use qualitative and quantitative methods to assess the impact of the work.
Interpret, implement and ensure equity and diversity compliance with university, academic and administrative policies within the college, a unit or a program. Recommend new internal policies, guidelines and procedures.
Evaluate employee performance and provide on-going training, development, feedback and coaching to Diversity and Inclusion staff.
Ensure that ODI staff have the continued resources, training, and knowledge needed to deliver professional Diversity and Inclusion services and consultation.
Salary $75,000 - $90,000 - Depending on Qualifications (DOQ)
Master's degree and eight years of professional experience in Diversity and Inclusion work.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing across all levels of the organization.
Demonstrated success in project management, including organizational and planning skills.
Demonstrated leadership ability and an ability to influence others directly and indirectly.
Demonstrated ability to be proactive, anticipate needs, take initiative, and take action.
Demonstrated experience and commitment to fostering diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace.
Experience in higher education.
Experience leading a team of professionals.
Experience working with Tribal Nations and Indigenous groups.
Strong analytical skills to review and analyze complex information.
Innovative, bold and unafraid.
Resilient, can overcome barriers, flexible.
Experience in successfully engaging, leading, and training persons on privilege and how privilege influences structures, systems, and people.
Knowledge of the issues that women, persons of color and Indigenous students face throughout the academic pipeline.
Experience in bridge-building, especially amongst varying hierarchical levels, for example, students, deans, and other stakeholders. Someone who can be the bridge between students and deans and stakeholders
Knowledge of Federal and State laws and regulations governing education, data practices and privacy, release of public information, and equal employment-educational opportunity/affirmative action.
Internal Number: 329824
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.