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Assistant Dean for Graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Graduate College

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Aug 13, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Education, Education Administration & Leadership
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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 graduation.

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

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 College.
  • Chair the Graduate College Diversity Council to broadly advance diversity, equity, and inclusion work within graduate education.
  • 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 community.
  • 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 inclusion.
  • 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 qualifications:

  • Master's degree.
  • Minimum of 5 years of professional experience in higher education with a significant focus on advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Administrative experience including supervising professional staff, developing and implementing programs, and overseeing budgets.
  • Experience with graduate education administration at a programmatic or central campus level.
  • Experience in student advising, programming, and support.

Preferred education, experience, and qualifications:

  • Doctoral or terminal degree.

Successful candidates will have:

  • Knowledge of trends and promising practices in diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to develop strong and effective relationships with students, faculty, staff, administrators, and external partners.
  • 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 team-oriented environment.
  • 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 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

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, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

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