Lecturer A - Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Success and Diversity
Lecturer A - Director of Graduate Student and
Postdoctoral Success and
University of Massachusetts Amherst
The CNS Director of Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Success and Diversity, a non-tenure-track faculty position (100% FTE) 12-month appointment, reports directly to the Associate Dean for Graduate, Postdoc and Faculty Development and will provide leadership and supporting activities to advance the recruitment and retention of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS), with a special focus on racial, ethnic, gender and socioeconomic groups underrepresented in STEM. The Director will be responsible for designing and implementing graduate student and postdoctoral fellow programming and assessing its effectiveness. The Director will work with college leadership on issues related to recruitment and retention and grant writing and partner with other campus entities to establish metrics and assessments that inform CNS's graduate student and postdoctoral diversity initiatives.
Form partnerships with stakeholders
and key offices on campus to support diversity and inclusion
initiatives related to graduate students and postdoctoral
Establish best practices in
recruitment and retention of underrepresented (UR) graduate
students and postdoctoral researchers.
Promote best practices for effective
graduate student mentoring through programming, training, and
connection with existing campus programs.
Support graduate student recruitment
programs and on-ramp activities for new graduate students.
Engage with relevant entities on- and
off-campus to ensure recruitment of a diverse cohort of graduate
students in CNS. Travel and institute and/or maintain consistent
presence at fairs and conferences that convene students from
diverse backgrounds such as Annual Biomedical Research Conference
for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and the Society for the Advancement
of Chicanos and Native Americans (SACNAS).
Establish metrics for UR graduate
Establish goals to enhance climate
for and develop new programs to increase success and retention of
underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral
Develop and implement training to
promote inclusive practices, particularly in admissions and
Operates as an information resource
and advisor to the Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion and the Associate Dean for Graduate, Postdoctoral and
Faculty Development on diversity and inclusion matters that impact
graduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
Serve as liaison to the college for
all graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in CNS,
especially those from underrepresented groups and international
students and function as proactive liaison between trainees and CNS
Support existing and assist in the
formation of new supportive communities among graduate students and
postdoctoral fellows from historically underrepresented groups
Candidates for this position must have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. They must work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equity and inclusiveness. The candidate will work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities around DEI.
PhD in STEM
or STEM-adjacent field.
Strong commitment to increasing and
maintaining diversity and inclusion; knowledge of key factors that
impact diversity and inclusion.
Demonstrated track record of working
successfully with faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral
fellows especially those from historically underrepresented groups
and first-generation college students.
Direct experience in developing and
implementing diversity-related programs at an academic
Ability to lead community building
activities, diversity and inclusion activities in academic
Strong interpersonal communication
skills and organizational skills.
Demonstrated sensitivity to and
experience with culturally diverse (African-American, Latinx,
Asian, Native American), and other underrepresented populations
(women, first generation college students, LGBTQ students) in
Strong team orientation and ability
to collaborate with internal and external constituents.
Strong organizational and planning
skills and efficiency in handling multiple projects required.
Excellent oral and written
communications skills required.
Ability to deal successfully with
conflict, skilled in leading difficult conversations, and
experience in leading groups to reach consensus.
Strong record mentoring graduate
students and postdoctoral fellows in science disciplines.
Demonstrated successful experience in
Salary commensurate with
Special Instructions to Applicants
Cover letter a cover letter
describing qualifications and fit for this position
Statement of Contribution to
Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
As part of a commitment to its
multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a
demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand
and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. In
addition to application materials above, candidates will need to
submit a Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity and
Inclusion. The Diversity Statement should identify past experiences
and future goals. These contributions may result from lived
experiences, scholarships, and/or mentoring, teaching, and outreach
For more information and to apply, please visit: https://careers.massachusetts.edu/cw/en-us/job/508683?lApplicationSubSourceID
About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five College Consortium (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.
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