Director of Inclusive Excellence, Vice Provost Student Success Administration

The Vice Provost Student Success Administration invites applications for a Director of Inclusive Excellenc e to join their team. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Student Success or their designee, this is a student-centered diversity leader who understands diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism efforts as fundamental to fulfilling the university mission and building institutional excellence. An expert resource for University of Montana students as we work to foster an inclusive and anti-racist UM environment, the Director of Inclusive Excellence embodies UM’s commitment to placing all students’ success at the center of everything we do.

UM’s Institutional Diversity Plan states that the university “seeks to enhance diversity by recognizing and embracing the differences in age, ideas and perspectives, disabilities, creed, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, and the socioeconomic and geographic composition of its faculty, administrative professionals, staff, and students. In its effort to enhance diversity, the University of Montana recognizes that particular focused effort must be placed on including members of groups who have historically been subject to discrimination and are still underrepresented in the campus community.”

The Director of Inclusive Excellence represents a vital part of this effort as an expert in fostering and supporting a diverse student body, and as a colleague squarely focused on creating a welcoming and equitable campus environment, particularly for BIPOC students.

Inclusive Student Support (65%)

  • Provide an active and visible presence on campus, particularly in support of BIPOC students and student groups whose focus is on identity and inclusivity; will require evening and weekend time commitment
  • Provide guidance and mentorship for individual students and student groups
  • Advise student organizations as requested by students
  • Approach with sensitivity and attentiveness student needs and challenges, small and large
  • Effectively problem-solve with individual students and groups of students
  • Lead program and event planning in concert with a variety of student groups and administrative units. Programming may include cultural, educational, recreational, social (or a mix of those), and may include small group programs or events as well as university-wide or even community-wide programs or events
  • Maintain positive relationship with ASUM and other relevant stakeholders
  • Manage and resolve conflict within and among organizations effectively
  • Enlist other campus personnel and resources for effective referral of student needs outside the scope of this position

Training and Education (25%)

  • Design and offer cultural, diversity, anti-bias, anti-racism, and inclusivity training and educational experiences for students and student groups both during new student orientation and during students’ time at UM
  • Organize trainings for the campus community to ensure the implementation of best and culturally grounded practices in recruiting, retaining, and supporting students from historically underrepresented populations
    • Partner with key campus stakeholders in the design and delivery of trainings and educational experiences (e.g., Diversity Advisory Council, Office of Organizational Learning and Development, EO/Title IX, Student Advocacy Resource Center, S.E.A. Change Initiative, American Indian Student Services, the VETS Office, academic departments, and student groups)
    • In partnership with leadership, identify mandatory trainings and track participation

Institutional Engagement (5%)

  • Participate in Diversity Advisory Council efforts and Student Affairs Officers meetings, focusing attention on issues of inclusivity, diversity, and identity as well as on anti-racism efforts
  • Support and partner with other campus programs and personnel to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals (e.g., Diversity Advisory Council, DiverseU, Big Sky Pride, UMAllies, S.E.A. Change Initiative, Tribal Outreach, academic departments, student groups)
  • Participate in institutional efforts to implement UM’s Institutional Diversity Plan
  • Work with colleges, departments and other units to support these units in creating a welcoming environment for all students
  • Work with University Relations and others to make more visible UM student stories that demonstrate the contributions of BIPOC students

Assessment (5%)

  • Support assessment efforts to understand the experiences of students at UM and the general climate as it relates to inclusion (e.g., assist in administering the climate survey for students)
  • Partner with the Data Office, the Director of EO/Title IX, the Director of SARC, the Vice Provost for Student Success, and others to gather and analyze data and to identify trends (barriers and successes) impacting students from underrepresented populations
  • In response to data trends, work with campus partners to identify needed student trainings and educational experiences as well needed changes to campus policies and practices


  • Maintain strict confidentiality as appropriate
    • Serve on the Diversity Advisory Council
    • Support efforts to seek external funding for diversity projects through grant research and writing

This position requires incumbent to develop a working knowledge and understanding of University of Montana and Montana Board of Regents policies, procedures and union contracts as they relate to employment

Required Skills
  • Demonstrated interpersonal skills in working with students and student groups on sensitive matters – advocacy, encouragement, problem-solving
  • Demonstrated ability in providing relevant diversity, identity or inclusivity training to a wide variety of audiences
  • Proven administrative skill (Budgets, protocols, university policy etc.)
  • Expertise in and an appreciation for evidence-based and research-informed theory and best practices regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, and regarding strategies for removing systemic barriers to a more inclusive and equitable learning and living environment
  • Demonstrated ability to gather, track, and analyze data, and to use data to inform decision making and continuous improvement
  • Demonstrated ability to create innovative training materials to engage students and the broader UM community in the process of creating a more diverse, equitable, anti-racist, and inclusive campus
  • A compelling communicator – ability to effectively communicate with a variety of people, both orally and in writing
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build a network of partners and supporters
  • Team-oriented and open to ideas and input from colleagues; ability to develop and maintain productive, collegial working relationships with faculty, administrators, staff, students, and alums
  • A sense of informed empathy and superb listening skills
  • Demonstrated ability to provide positive customer service to all clients, to actively listen to client’s stories, analyze the situation, and provide information and advice on possible options
  • Ability to identify and articulate creative solutions to complex problems
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with thorough attention to detail; ability to set and attain goals while working both collaboratively and independently on various projects
  • Expert level skills with Microsoft products including Excel, Word, Power Point and Publisher
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; and strong presentation skills; with the ability to communicate effectively with all levels of internal and external stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of equal opportunity and affirmative action laws and the ability to interpret, apply and implement the laws
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively and successfully with students, faculty, staff, and senior administration in a decentralized environment
  • Excellent time management, organizational skills, and strong attention to detail
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality and exercise independent judgment

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, Montana University System Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program.
  • Salary for this position is $50,000 - $58,000 per year commensurate with qualifications.

Minimum Required Education & Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field
  • Demonstrated work experience with students, staff, faculty, and senior administration within a higher education setting to advance institutional commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in an area related to the position requirements
  • Knowledge of national trends, organizational environments, and best practices related to equity, diversity, inclusivity, undergraduate retention, academic support services, faculty and staff diversity, and campus climate issues
  • Proven record of accomplishment of strategic diversity leadership and advancing equity in a higher education organization

About the Vice Provost Student Success Administration and UM

The mission of the University of Montana is to transform lives by providing a high-quality and accessible education and by generating world-class research and creative scholarship in an exceptional place. We integrate the liberal arts and sciences into undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies to shape global citizens who are creative and agile learners committed to expanding the boundaries of knowledge and to building and sustaining diverse communities.

The University of Montana is a unit of the Montana University System with over 10,000 students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 72,000, surrounded by mountain grandeur which was recently ranked in the “ top 20 best college towns with a population of less than 250,000 ” by the American Institute for Economic Research and ranked 9th in Outside Magazine’s “ The 16 Greatest Places to Live in America” in 2014 . Many national publications recognize Missoula for its high quality of life . Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere. The University of Montana offers eligible employees a generous benefits package that positively separates UM from other local employers and offers many programs and policies to support work-life balance for its employees.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action : Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to the Offer of Employment In accordance with University regulations, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations. ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law. References: References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant. Testing: Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions. Employment Eligibility: All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by the ‘Priority Application Date’ will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Candidates are required to submit the following materials online.

A complete application Includes:

  1. Letter of Interest – addressing your qualifications and experience related to the stated required skills for the position. A general letter salutation such as “Dear Search Committee” or “Dear Hiring Manager” is acceptable.
  2. Detailed Resume – listing education and describing work experience
  3. Professional References – names and contact information for three (3) professional references

Job Location Missoula, Montana, United States
Position Type Full-Time/Regular

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