Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,377 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 37 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.
Role Summary: The Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs will lead the collaborative effort of the Law School community to provide a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment committed to the success of all of our students and a shared sense of belonging. This position will create programming and services that address diversity initiatives and topics affecting the Law School community. It will cultivate Law School community support, and work in close partnership with colleagues across student facing offices, the Director's work will help support the attraction, recruitment, retention, academic and professional development of underrepresented law school student populations including but not limited to students of color, first generation students, LGBTQIA+ students, veterans and international students. The Director will be the primary support for the related student organizations including its LAHANAS program. The Director will ensure diversity goals and initiatives are integrated in the law school community, including marketing efforts, policies and procedures, strategic objectives and other matters. In addition to the administrative responsibilities at the Law School articulated below, the Director will also serve as the primary liaison for the law school on all University-wide programs and strategic initiatives focused on Diversity, Inclusion and Equity. This includes working closely with the Office of Institutional Diversity and The Boston College Forum on Racial Justice in America. The Director will serve as a resource at the Law School for discussions on issues of racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, religious intolerance and discrimination.
Student Programming, Engagement & Advising
Meet individually and in groups with students on matters related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
Advise and support law school student affinity groups including the first generation student organization and the LAHANAS program
Provide student programming and training that fosters and supports a diverse, equitable and inclusive law school community. Collaborate and work with the team that develops and hosts new student Onboarding and Orientation
Collaborate with administrators and faculty to mobilize resources needed to assist students with personal and academic issues. Support Academic & Student Services as needed.
Admissions and Recruiting:
Support the Admission Office's recruitment of a diverse student body with a focus on the JD students.
Participate as a member of the Admissions Committee and provide strategic recommendations
Collaborate with the Assistant Dean of Graduate Enrollment to develop, oversee and measure the effectiveness of diversity outreach, pipeline and recruitment initiatives that will present stronger, more diverse pools of applicants, admitted and enrolled students
Assist with efforts to increase diverse student funding by supporting University Advancement, Admissions other related efforts for internal scholarship generation
Provide advising and other resources for incoming and current students seeking external diversity scholarships. Help facilitate opportunities and partnerships for expanding diverse student scholarship support
Professional Opportunities and Development
Work in close coordination with the Assistant Dean of Career Services, the Director of Recruitment and
Employer Outreach to develop and enhance relationships with potential employers and local bar associations to enhance professional development and placement opportunities for diverse students; help address issues specific to underrepresented law students to ensure an equitable job placement experience and help provide career programs on DEI topics generally such as cultural competence
Collaborate with University Advancement as appropriate on institutional relationships, program sponsorships and other funding opportunities
Work jointly with Career Services in providing resources for students regarding diversity career fairs and other programs, fellowships, affinity bar membership programs, and substantive topics and trainings
Serve on law school committees and working groups focused on diversity, equity and inclusion as requested by the Dean of the Law School. Conduct climate and other related surveys. Support related initiatives.
Provide internal and external tracking, analysis and reporting of diversity data Serve as the law school's primary liaison to the Office for Institutional Diversity on University-wide initiatives and programs. Collaborate and assist in delivering related programs and training to law school faculty and staff. Represent the Law School on the University's Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Partner with the Associate Dean of Finance & Administration and the Asst. Dean of Academic & Student Services to manage and enhance the law school's diversity and inclusion budget
Ensure diversity goals and initiatives are integrated in the law school community, including marketing efforts, policies and procedures, strategic objectives and other matters
Identifying external grants and other external funding that would support DEI initiatives at the Law School and work with Advancement and the Associate Dean of Finance to apply.
Some travel may be required. Some weekends and evenings as necessary.
Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $80,050 to $100,050; salary commensurate with relevant experience.
J.D. degree from ABA accredited law school, preferred
5-10 years of diversity, equity and inclusion or other related full-time work experience
Experience and strong interest in and capacity for working with students
Demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues. Strong interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated problem solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and decision-making skills
Demonstrated ability to design, develop and implement policies and trainings to cultivate a inclusive law school community
Strong project management, organizational and administrative skills including the ability to work independently and with a variety of constituents, establish and manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines and stakeholders
Prior professional interactions with racial, ethnic, religious, sexual identity, gender identity, geographical and socioeconomic status diversity
Prior experience envisioning, developing and providing student or employee programming, support and resources focused on diversity, equity and inclusion
Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility;
Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, and Dental Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both 401K and University Funded 403B Retirement Plans
Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.
Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/offices/diversity .
Boston College is one of the nation's best and most selective universities, with U.S. News & World Report ranking Boston College 31st among national universities, and Forbes ranking it 26th in its 2012 America's Best Colleges listing. Boston College confers more than 4,000 degrees annually in more than 50 fields of study through eight schools and colleges. Faculty members are committed to both teaching and research having earned nearly $60 million in research grants in the last year alone. The University has made a major commitment to academic excellence. As part of its Strategic Plan, Boston College is in the process of adding 100 new faculty positions, expanding faculty and graduate research, increasing student financial aid to more than $128 million annually, and widening opportunities in key undergraduate programs, such as international study, internships and student formation.