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Assistant Dean of Law for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

University of Mississippi
Mississippi, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 27, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Academic Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Legal Affairs, Affirmative Action & Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Type
Full Time
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Definition of Class

Works directly with the Dean and members of the law school Diversity Committee as well as staff, faculty, to implement our Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and perform other duties as assigned.

Examples of Work Performed
  • In conjunction with faculty/administrative advisors, provide support and guidance for affinity group organizations and diverse students and historically underrepresented students including, but not limited to, “African Americans, Asian Americans, South Asian Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and other underrepresented and marginalized students, including first generation students, gay, lesbian and transgender students, students with physical or mental disabilities, veterans, older students, religious students, and students with children.”
  • Develop relationships and partnerships with local groups and organizations that support diversity in the legal profession.
  • Represent the School of Law as a Diversity liaison to the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement.
  • Partner with the Office of Admissions to develop and implement strategies to enroll students from traditionally underrepresented populations and to evaluate the success of these efforts.
  • Develop and oversee pipeline programs and projects with high schools, colleges, and community groups targeting students from groups underrepresented in the legal profession.
  • Attend targeted recruiting events and conferences on behalf of the School of Law and engage with prospective applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups who are considering applying to and/or enrolling at the School of Law.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and predominately Hispanic serving institutions as well as Diversity offices at local colleges and universities.
  • In collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, develop and manage training programs for the School of Law, including but not limited to workshops, support groups, conferences, alignment of topics, and activities focused on specific issues to educate community members and student leaders on issues relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to foster a culture of belonging.
  • Plan and oversee events and programs that promote and highlight diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Law School.
  • In collaboration with the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, develop institutional assessment instruments, consistent with national standards, and use such instruments to regularly assess and report on the Law School’s progress in achieving the mission and goals of its diversity plan, including goals regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence.
  • Collaborate with The University of Mississippi Foundation and Alumni Affairs to identify and communicate opportunities to support diversity, equity, and inclusion related programs and services.
  • Develop and maintain current web resources pertaining to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Communicate the Law School’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural competence to students, faculty, staff, and the community at large, by using websites, periodic statements in social media, and other information outlets.
  • Assist with crisis intervention, collaborating with other university departments as appropriate.
  • Act as a confidential report, supporting all members of the School of Law by recommending appropriate resources and services both on campus and in the broader community.
  • Monitor national trends, peer institution efforts, and seek benchmarks for successful diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in law schools.
  • Manage departmental budget, including sponsorship of community events.
  • Serve as a member of the Dean's senior staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor or supervisor's designee.
Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.
  • Work directly with the Dean and members of the law school Diversity Committee as well as staff, faculty, to implement our Strategic Plan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
  • Work collaboratively with diversity partners including the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Community Engagement.
  • Assess and respond to the changing needs of traditionally underrepresented groups in the Law School via programs and services.
  • Provide feedback to administration, faculty, staff, and students on the effectiveness of the Law School’s efforts and suggestions for continued improvement in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Respect and maintain confidentiality, parameters of operation, professional protocols, and individual privacy.
Minimum Education/Experience


Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration/ Student Affairs or J.D.; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion or Related Fields;



Two (2) Years of experience related to duties listed above

Salary/Wage Information

To learn more about our pay structure and view our salary ranges, click here to visit the Compensation page of our Human Resources website. This link is provided for general pay information. Hourly rate or salary may vary depending on qualifications, experience, and departmental budget. Note: Unclassified positions (faculty, executives, researchers and coaches) do not have established salary ranges.

EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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