The Assistant Provost and Executive Director (AP/ED) will provide strategic leadership for a broad range of programs and initiatives designed to support students with diverse identities at the University. Reporting to Vice Provost Melissa Gilliam, the AP/ED is centrally positioned to support students in the College, graduate divisions, and professional schools.
Responsibilities: Provide visionary leadership to the Center for Identity + Inclusion
Lead a team with positive energy and a proactive focus, making clear to the staff, students and University community, the mission and purpose of CI+I and its constituent offices
Bring vision to strengthen existing programs and launch new and innovative programs; keep CI+I relevant and responsive to student needs
In moments of crisis or conflict, draw on both expertise and imagination to offer constructive ideas and devise effective solutions
Manage, Supervise, and develop staff
Undertake a comprehensive review of practices and policies within CI+I
Support staff in assessing current programs to identify strengths and opportunities for growth
Galvanize a commitment to continuous professional development among the staff
Serve as a well-connected and collaborative campus partner
Develop and maintain strong working relationships across the University
Collaborate and coordinate in an intentional and consistent manner
Acts as a thought leader/partner on topics related to diversity and inclusion at the University
Participate in the ongoing development of programs and initiatives that promote the values of diversity and mutual understanding, provoke thought, and engage the University community in dialogue
Advise on policies, processes, and programs that impact students to ensure their needs are addressed in implementation
Engage with students in a meaningful way
Sustain direct and meaningful engagement with students to earn their trust and respect
Engage students in conversation about various topics, including identity development and exploration, navigating the University as a member of one or more marginalized identity groups, and various approaches to change
Uphold core values of the University â“ diversity and inclusion, critical inquiry, and free expression â“ and create space for the inclusion of multiple perspectives and counter-narratives
Work with colleagues to anticipate and respond, in innovative and creative ways, to the changing social and academic needs of high-achieving students
Maintain knowledge of campus and community programs and resources and connect/refer students as appropriate
Leadership and strategic planning; operational strengths; strong project management, organizational, and analytical skills; creativity and flexibility; and a deep commitment to the mission/vision of CI+I
A working knowledge of the issues facing college and graduate/professional students and a demonstrated commitment to supporting a diverse student body
Understanding of effective strategies within a complex, decentralized, and academically rigorous research institution
The maturity and presence to engage effectively with all constituencies, communicate broadly across the University and work across boundaries, cultivate and sustain collegial relationships, and build unity around difficult issues
Demonstrated ability to lead, mentor, motivate and supervise staff; someone willing to roll up their sleeves, but not a micromanager
Drive and intellectual curiosity; a willingness to work hard; a quick learner in a fast-paced environment; experience working with talented, driven, hardworking students
A keen intellect and the commitment required to communicate effectively and build trust with stakeholders, engage them meaningfully in the educational process, and listen to and respond appropriately to their needs and concerns
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills; ability to navigate sensitive situations; and an empathetic listener
Demonstrated experience thoughtfully engaging and supporting students in a wide variety of situations
Devotion to the highest ethical standards; personal and professional integrity as a deeply-held value
Education, Experience, or Certifications:
Masterâ™s degree required
Professional experience and/or scholarship in multicultural affairs, diversity education, identity formation, or related work within higher education are essential
A successful record of at least 8 years of operations management and staff supervisory experience are strongly preferred
University committee service or leadership positions within national diversity and/or higher education organizations are preferred
NOTE: When applying, all required documents MUST be uploaded under the Resume/CV section of the application.
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