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Chief Diversity Officer

Company: University Of Michigan
Location: Flint
Posted on: February 23, 2021

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  • Help and FAQ How to Apply A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position. Job Summary This posting is an internal search, limited to employees at the University of Michigan. The Chief Diversity Officer (CDO) is a new role at the University of Michigan-Flint. The CDO provides overall leadership for a comprehensive approach in building a vibrant culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at UM-Flint. The CDO guides campus-wide implementation of a DEI strategic action plan in support of a University ethos where everyone has an opportunity to contribute and succeed. The CDO actively engages students, faculty, and staff to promote behaviors, attitudes, policies, and practices that support an environment of inclusion and equity for all, and a campus community that embraces DEI as dimensions of institutional excellence. The CDO role has a dual reporting structure to the Chancellor and the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and will oversee a future developed office. Although this position is a full-time staff position, should a candidate have credentials and scholarly achievement consistent with a teaching appointment at UM-Flint, the possibility may be considered separately by the appropriate school or college. The Chief Diversity Officer duties include but are not limited to: Strategic Leadership
    • Serve as advisor to the Chancellor and Cabinet, bringing to fruition the collective institutional vision for diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at the University of Michigan-Flint.
    • Serve as liaison to Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs/Provost on the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion within UM-Flint's Schools and Colleges.
    • Act as a leadership voice in supporting a university environment in which the principles of DEI are centrally embedded within institutional frameworks, operations and practices.
    • In collaboration with the Director of Human Resources, identify evidence-based practices in recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse, engaged workforce.
    • Represent the Chancellor and the University in various community, state, regional and other activities intended to advance DEI efforts.
    • Partner with stakeholders within the City of Flint and Genesee County in service to the urban-serving mission of the university.
    • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chancellor or VCSA. Administration
      • Provide administrative leadership, direction, and supervision, as appropriate.--
      • Provide direct oversight and management of the Intercultural Center (ICC) and staff.
      • Oversee annual budgets in accordance with State and university guidelines, and monitor expenditures to ensure the office operates in a fiscally sound manner.
      • Serve as the key point of contact and resource for coordinated response to DEI-related issues and incidents that may arise within the University community.
      • Develop and manage a scheduled process for regular, formal assessment of campus climate in collaboration with the Office of Institutional Analysis.
      • Keep current on national best practices and emerging trends in DEI/higher education.-- DEI Coordination
        • Lead campus-wide implementation of UM-Flint's DEI strategic action plan (SAP) while aligning existing diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for maximum impact and continuity.
        • Develop institutional measures to monitor progress toward established goals and outcomes in the DEI SAP; communicate to the campus community on a regular basis.--
        • Co-chair and regularly convene the campus-wide DEI Committee; facilitate the transition of the committee from a strategic planning group to a DEI Advisory Committee.--
        • Partner with academic deans and other appropriate leadership to incorporate DEI into the academic experience and learning of students.--
        • In collaboration with the Director of Human Resources formalize faculty/staff training and professional development in support of inclusive campus practices.
        • Positively impact recruitment, retention, and graduation (RRG) through coordinating DEI initiatives and activities with broader campus RRG efforts. Consultation and Collaboration
          • Engage appropriate leaders from across the university to promote an institutional culture that (a) recognizes and responds to the distinct interests of multiple constituencies; (b) fosters an inclusive campus climate and sense of belonging; and (c) ensures an equitable university environment where all can succeed and thrive.
          • Partner with the UM-Flint Urban Institute for Racial, Economic and Environmental Justice (UIREEJ), the Office of Institutional Equity, University Advancement, and others, on campus issues, community initiatives and funding opportunities, as appropriate.--
          • Engage with communities where UM-Flint resides and beyond to foster collaborations, create synergies, and develop mutually beneficial partnerships.
          • Leverage resources, insight, knowledge, relationships, and data to ensure involvement, support, and success for DEI initiatives and programs.
          • Listen to and give voice to emergent issues of access, equity, diversity and inclusion within the university and local community, and nationally as it affects the university. Required Qualifications*
            • Must be a current faculty or staff member at the University of Michigan.
            • Master's Degree in an appropriate area of specialization.
            • Five years of successful experience overseeing DEI activities and programming at a college or university.
            • Student-centered leader with demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with all constituents and stakeholders of an institution.
            • Knowledge of national best practices and theory as applied to organizational learning, human development, diversity and inclusion.
            • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and people management skills. Desired Qualifications*
              • Earned Doctoral Degree, preferably in sociology, cultural anthropology, or related discipline.
              • Seven or more years of progressive experience advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and community building in public higher education, including 3 years in a leadership role.
              • Demonstrated substantive understanding of theories of DEI, as well as professional expertise gained through practice, advocacy, scholarship, teaching and/or research.--
              • Strategic leader who can unify stakeholders within schools and colleges, and across campus, around a core DEI mission.
              • High emotional intelligence, good judgement, authentic, and approachable with an openness to all. U-M EEO/AA Statement The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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