The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is accepting
applications for an Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion in the Graduate College. In collaboration and
partnership with university initiatives, the Assistant Dean for
Graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion develops and guides
strategic initiatives in the Graduate College to improve diversity,
equity, and inclusion in graduate education. This position oversees
the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Unit and is responsible for
the development, implementation, and oversight of programs and
services to support students from groups historically
underrepresented in graduate study from recruitment through
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative
Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, age, national origin, disability, or veteran
status. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Provide strategic vision, leadership, and overall
administration for the Graduate College Diversity, Equity, and
Inclusion unit activities.
- Conceptualize and oversee a comprehensive suite of services and
programs to support students at every stage, including recruitment,
application, orientation, and graduate study.
- Implement strategies for the mentoring and support of
prospective and current graduate students.
- Oversee the assessment process and report on key metrics to
guide ongoing efforts.
- Supervise and train staff.
- Develop and oversee budgets for the unit.
- In collaboration with Graduate College leadership, coordinate
the development and implementation of strategic priorities for
diversity, equity, and inclusion in graduate education.
- Develop action plans to incorporate diversity, equity, and
inclusion into all initiatives and activities of the Graduate
- Chair the Graduate College Diversity Council to broadly advance
diversity, equity, and inclusion work within graduate
- Serve as a member of the Graduate College Cabinet, advising the
Dean broadly on matters related to graduate education.
- Advise and work with the Dean and other senior staff in
formulating and implementing Graduate College strategic plans.
- Participate in Graduate College projects that support the
mission of the college and the university.
- Serve as a Graduate College spokesperson, campus resource, and
liaison to the local and national graduate education
- Represent the Graduate College on campus, local, national, and
ad hoc committees.
- Establish, cultivate, and maintain effective relationships with
a variety of constituents including Illinois graduate program
administrators and faculty, college and university faculty and
administrators, Illinois alumni, and other relevant communities to
aid in enhancing efforts toward increasing diversity, equity, and
- Collaborate and work closely with the Big Ten Academic Alliance
and other graduate education administrators at member institutions
on outreach and diversity initiatives.
Required education, experience, and
- Master's degree.
- Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in higher
education with a significant focus on advancing diversity, equity,
- Administrative experience including supervising professional
staff, developing and implementing programs, and overseeing
- Experience with graduate education administration at a
programmatic or central campus level.
- Experience in student advising, programming, and support.
Preferred education, experience, and
- Doctoral or terminal degree.
Successful candidates will have:
- Knowledge of trends and promising practices in diversity and
- Ability to develop strong and effective relationships with
students, faculty, staff, administrators, and external
- Demonstrated effectiveness in fostering successful partnerships
with campus stakeholders that result in positive change.
- Thorough understanding of the structure and culture of higher
education, particularly at a large research university.
- Demonstrated leadership skills to effectively engage
stakeholders to advance strategic goals.
- Ability to work effectively with diverse groups of people in a
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Salary is commensurate with experience and the start date will
be as soon as possible after the close of the search. This is
a full-time (100%), benefits-eligible academic professional
position appointed on a 12-month basis.
Candidates must complete an online
application at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload
a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three
professional references. For full consideration, completed
applications should be submitted by August 31, 2021. Initial
screening of applications will begin immediately, and interviews
may be conducted prior to the close of the search. However, no
hiring decision will be made until after the close of the
search. For further information about this position, please
contact Jennifer Steiling at firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Illinois conducts
criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of
a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to
employment. The University of Illinois System requires
candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented findings of
sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries
to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual
misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information,
on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior
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