Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Engagement Coordinator - Orthopedic Surgery
Washington University in St. Louis
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Internal Number: JR66819
The Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) and Engagement Coordinator is responsible for support, proficiency and advocacy on diversity, equity, inclusion and employee engagement efforts within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. This position is will work with Department leaders â“ in collaboration with Washington Universityâ™s Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion â“ to uncover actionable change strategies and continue progress in delivering equitable care, outcomes and opportunities for all. This position reports to the Departmentâ™s Director of Communications.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery Mission The mission of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine is to have a national and international impact on orthopedics through excellence in clinical care, education, research and leadership. Our vision is to redefine excellence in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation. Our responsibility to our local, national and international communities has three parts: 1) serve our community through excellence in clinical orthopedic care; 2) provide outstanding musculoskeletal education and training in an inclusive and equitable environment; 3) transform the future of orthopedics through research discovery and innovation.
Department of Orthopedic Surgery Overview by the Numbers As a national leader in orthopedic care delivery, research and education, Washington Universityâ™s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery guides the way in advanced musculoskeletal treatment and technology, providing trusted care for patients of all ages. With over 80 clinical providers across nine St. Louis-area locations, expert bone, muscle and joint care is always within reach. WashU Orthopedics is also a top orthopedic research program, with 10 dedicated research faculty and seven physician scientists. By the numbers, the Department is home to over 500 employees, 11 orthopedic subspecialties, 71 clinical faculty, 10 research faculty, 40 surgical residents, 13 physiatry residents and 18 fellows. WashU Orthopedics is also proud to nationally rank #3 in NIH funding, #2 for residency training, #7 for pediatric orthopedics and #31 for adult orthopedics.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities
Provides administrative/operational support and oversight of DEI and engagement initiatives, including, but not limited to, the following focus areas: Recruitment: Pursuing a department faculty, staff and trainee population representative of the communities we serve ensures that we stay on the forefront of care delivery and clinical best practices. Department inclusiveness: Inclusion may mean something different to each person. For some, it may mean having a seat at the decision-making table. For others, it may mean feeling a sense of welcome and belonging in their teams. Still, for others, it may simply mean individual perspectives (such as gender identity, race, socioeconomic status) are taken into consideration when decisions are made. DE&I research and scholarship: As an academic medical center, and as one of the countryâ™s top NIH-funded orthopedic programs, we know just how valuable research is to medical discovery and clinical advancement. This position will work with research coordinators to identify currently-underway research related to DEI, and investigate funding opportunities for future research and continuing education for those underrepresented in medicine (URM). Community health equity: What is the current state of health disparity in our community? How do we, as an orthopedic clinical service, fit into community health needs? What is our department's current level of involvement in community health? The answers will help identify gaps in our outreach and guide decisions on how to increase our impact. Clinical health equity: We want to grow our impact on community health, and examining equitable delivery of care starts right in our own clinics. Women in orthopedics: While women now account for more than half of medical school students, men still significantly outnumber women in surgical specialties. In orthopedics, female faculty are the least represented, coming in at 5.3%. This position will work with leadership to identify ways to better support women in the field of orthopedic surgery, including increasing representation in leadership roles and growing the pipeline of female orthopedic surgeons. Employee engagement: We value our team and want each to employee to feel engaged right from the start. This position will help clinical and research operations teams orient new employees to the Department, and help coordinate and communicate development, advancement and recognition opportunities.
Develops DEI-specific program goals, objectives and plans in collaboration with leadership and the Department DEI committee.
Oversees implementation of project plans, monitors, tracks and evaluates progress.
Coordinates department surveys, collects/analyzes data.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Masterâ™s degree in communications, human resources, education, public health, social work, sociology or related field.
Demonstrated commitment to and evidence of contributing to the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion goals within an organization.
Interpersonal skills, sensitivity to and ability to navigate group and organizational dynamics.
Advanced verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.
Complex reasoning and critical thinking abilities.
Proven ability to design, plan and manage multiple projects with minimal supervision and meet deadlines.
Proficient with computers and MS Office; experience with graphic design and web design software platforms as well basic HTML; strong working knowledge of digital communication platforms.
Knowledge of Qualtrics a plus.
Accuracy and efficiency in managing work load.
Ability to work independently and move along initiatives with little supervision.
Ability to work under pressure and with tight deadlines.
Ability to prioritize, organize and communicate effectively.
Ability to be creative, flexible, strategic and a strong communicator.
Bachelorâ™s degree in communications, human resources, education, public health, social work, sociology or related field.
Three years of experience supporting and facilitating diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in an organization.
$45,800.00 - $75,900.00 / AnnuallyThe salary range reflects base salaries paid for positions in a given job grade across the University. Individual rates within the range will be determined by factors including one's qualifications and performance, equity with others in the department, market rates for positions within the same grade and department budget.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing a comprehensive and competitive benefits package to our employees. Benefits eligibility is subject to employment status, full-time equivalent (FTE) workload, and weekly standard hours. Please visit our website at https://hr.wustl.edu/benefits/ to view a summary of benefits.
Washington University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to an individualâ™s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability status, protected veteran status, national or ethnic origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation. Women, minorities, protected veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.
Washington University is dedicated to building a diverse community of individuals who are committed to contributing to an inclusive environment â“ fostering respect for all and welcoming individuals from diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. Individuals with a commitment to these values are encouraged to apply.
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