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This is a senior level leadership position responsible for supporting, developing, managing, and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies that promote and foster an accessible, welcoming, and affirming environment. Areas of accountability will include advocacy, education, and programming related to diversity, equity, and inclusion at the University of Washington Athletic Department (ICA). The Associate Athletic Director for Diversity and Inclusion will work collaboratively with both ICA and the University of Washington Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity (OMAD).
The Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will report directly to the Athletic Director and will serve on the Director of Athletics Senior Leadership team. The Director for Diversity and Inclusion will assist in the development, management and coordination of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives department-wide for ICA, and will work closely with the Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA on issues related to gender equity and Title IX. This position will also have a secondary reporting line to the University of Washington’s Vice President for Minority Affairs and Diversity.
This position is responsible for design, facilitation and implementation of programs that align with ICA’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion for staff and students and includes areas such as hiring and retaining a diverse staff, supporting gender equity, and developing educational programming for both student-athletes and ICA staff.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Strategic Planning
Lead ICA in developing and implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusion plan which focuses on recruitment, performance management, leadership development, employee engagement, training and employee retention.
Serve as a strategic leader and subject matter expert, creating and cultivating a common vision of Athletic Department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion that can be shared amongst staff and students as well as with external stakeholders.
Assist in the development of strategies and processes that promotes the hiring, retention, and success of a diverse and inclusive staff.
Provide strategic direction for staff diversity education and training and professional development initiatives to build and sustain a climate of equity and inclusion.
Advise, assist, and support the development and implementation of curriculum related to student-athlete learning communities, leadership, transition, and career focused programming.
Develop program assessment strategies and systems to evaluate the impact, value and efficacy of programs.
Engage with ICA boards including Boundless Futures and the Tyee Board, and student leadership groups including WSAAC (Washington student-athlete advisory committee) and BSA (black student-athlete group).
Oversee diversity and inclusion efforts led by Staff Council Committee.
Partner with OMAD and connect ICA with resource groups, events, and initiatives to support diversity, equity, and inclusion programming for students and ICA staff.
Demonstrate and maintain a professional commitment to current best practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion programming for both students and staff.
Recruitment and Retention Support
Advise on the development of programs and policies that support the recruitment and retention of diverse and underrepresented populations of student-athletes.
Analyze, develop, make recommendations for, and manage a budget for initiatives related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and supporting employee engagement with those values.
Advise and support external ICA units (marketing, ticketing, communications, advancement) in utilizing digital and social media platforms with an awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Assist external communications staff in determining public response and messaging on a variety of complex, sensitive, or controversial issues impacting ICA and the University.
Network with NCAA, PAC-12, and other professional organizations related to growing and supporting diversity, equity and inclusion goals and initiatives.
Conduct regular diversity audits of ICA systems.
Mentor and support the growth of interns/graduate assistants assigned to work with this position.
If appropriate, escalate issues and concerns to the Athletic Director and Vice President of Minority Affairs & Diversity.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Compliance with the rules and regulations of the University, the NCAA, the Pac-12 Conference, the State of Washington and any other governing body is of paramount importance to the University. The overall responsibility of this position is for the successful operation of the program in full compliance with all such rules and regulations. As a condition of employment, the Employee shall be required to participate in rules education programs offered by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.
A bachelor’s degree and five years of professional level work experience in an institutional, non-profit, or corporate setting.
A minimum of one year of experience and demonstrated proficiency in developing, managing, and overseeing a diversity, equity, and inclusion plan.
Ability to understand and communicate the complex and nuanced issues of diversity and equity.
Demonstrated experience working effectively with individuals from diverse and marginalized communities, including specific experience with American Indians; people of color, including underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions.
Demonstrated experience facilitating education and training sessions and/or presenting training programs. Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills. Familiarity with Title IX. Supervisory experience. Experience with all aspects of the hiring process: recruitment, training, and retention.
Master’s Degree in human resources, education, sociology, public administration, social justice, or related field; or equivalent (JD, MBA, M.Ed, etc.). Five to eight years of progressively responsible, related experience in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in a higher education setting.
Experience mentoring and working with collegiate student-athletes. Experience with NCAA Division I college athletics. Familiarity with NCAA Rules and Regulations. Diversity and Inclusion committee or council experience at the department, conference, or NCAA level. Familiarity with the NCAA Diversity and Inclusion efforts and goals.
Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing education, release of public information, and equal employment opportunity and affirmative action.
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