Director - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Director - Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Benedictine University is an inclusive academic community, inspired by the Catholic intellectual tradition and Benedictine values. We seek employees who will contribute to the advancement of our mission by helping students shape lives of meaning and purpose as engaged citizens who care for the Earth, welcome people of diverse faiths and cultures, and promote the common good.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Position Summary:
The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight for the University. The Director will lead the development of a vision and effective strategy that champions the importance and value of a diverse and inclusive University environment.

Essential Job Responsibilities:
1. Develop and implement effective means of welcoming students, faculty, and staff into the community and help create opportunities and service structures that increase their chance of retention and success. Provide guidance and support to culturally identified student organizations and will enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion opportunities within the Division of Student Engagement.

2. Work with University faculty, staff, and students to develop, implement, coordinate, market, and assess activities, events, programs, initiatives, and processes connected with intercultural education, global learning, gender and sexuality education, and interfaith dialogue/religious pluralism on campus.

3. Direct inclusion and diversity efforts by managing and developing resources for the Department. Research, develop and implement processes to measure the effectiveness of diversity, equity, and inclusion education, support, coaching and other interventions for faculty, staff, and students across the University.

4. Collaborate with outside agencies to develop a wide range of resources such as those that provide extended services for crisis intervention, gender-based violence victim services, immigration and citizenship support, veterans’ services, social justice advocacy, and resources for housing and food insecurities.

5. Assist the Bias/Report/ Response Team and Protocol as well as working will all reporting groups on campus (Title IX Coordinator, PEACE Team, CARE/ Threat Assessment Team, Human Resources, and the Jeanne Clery Act Team) to provide a clear outline for reporting incidents on campus and also outline steps to support faculty and staff in handling disclosures.

Other Functions:

1. Adherence to all Benedictine University and Division of Student Engagement policies and procedures. Work independently and creatively within established guidelines, while at the same time functioning as a member of a team.
2. Attend departmental and University related meetings and events.
3. Maintain self-control and poise; provide an example of conduct for faculty, staff, and students
4. Work in coordination with University offices and departments to coordinate and facilitate Program needs, serve on University committees as needed.
5. Maintain high level of organization and ability to manage multiple tasks.
6. Maintain positive relationships with alumni, parents, students, faculty and staff

Required Qualifications:

Minimum Job Requirements:

Education: A master’s degree or higher in a related field

Experience: Experience in Student Life / Affairs. 3-5 years’ experience working in academic settings with diverse communities; 2 years of inclusion and diversity related work experience; project management work experience; experience leading collaborative teams. Knowledge of student/advisor relationship

Specific Skills: Microsoft Office, Outlook and Excel knowledge.

Supervisory Responsibility (if applicable):

Working Conditions: Normal office environment. Nights and weekends sometimes required.

Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution. This policy of equal employment opportunity applies to all employment and personnel practices including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, promotion, training and compensation.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Benedictine University is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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