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Associate Director of Student Affairs + Diversity and Inclusion

University of Chicago
Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Aug 24, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Academic Advising & Academic Support Services, Counseling
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Full Time
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Law Dean of Students

About the Department 

The University of Chicago Law School occupies a unique niche among this country's premier law schools. Located on a residential campus in one of America's great cities, UChicago Law offers a rigorous and interdisciplinary professional education that blends the study of law with the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. Students, faculty, and staff form a small, tightly knit community devoted to the life of the mind. Learning is participatory. UChicago Law does not seek to impose a single viewpoint or style of thought on its students. Instead, our faculty exposes students to contrasting views, confident in students' abilities to choose their own paths.

Job Summary
The University of Chicago Law School is seeking an Associate Director of Student Affairs + Diversity and Inclusion. As a member of the Student Affairs team in the Office of the Dean of Students, the Associate Director will lead the school’s efforts to promote student-focused programming around diversity and inclusion. The position will report to the Law Dean of Students.



  •  As a member of the Student Affairs team in the Office of the Dean of Students, lead the school’s efforts to promote student-focused programming around diversity and inclusion
  • Promote efforts to create a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all students both in and outside of the classroom
  • Coordinate and lead the annual Pre-Orientation program, including year-round programming for the Pre-Orientation cohort
  • Manage the Diversity Grant program
  • Coordinate the Diversity Leadership Network, which consists of the leadership of all affinity student organizations
  • Provide support, counseling and referrals to JD and LLM students on issues concerning equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • Provide problem resolution and advocacy when concerns about bias or insensitivity are raised by students
  • Recommend, plan, and implement a range of programs that support the school’s intention to cultivate an environment that is inclusive, pluralistic and diverse
  • Identify and recommend best practices for fostering classroom inclusiveness
  • Take a leadership role to support students and create programming during times of national crisis where matters of diversity and inclusion are at issue
  • Support faculty efforts to create student-focused programming on issues of law and diversity
  • Supports the Office of Admissions’ recruitment efforts in 1) enhancing the applicant pipeline with outreach and programming to college and high school students and 2) increasing the yield of accepted applicants from historically underrepresented groups by coordinating outreach, mentorship, and other activities coordinated with Admissions leadership
  • Represent the Law School at diversity- or inclusion-related events, nationally and in the surrounding Chicagoland area
  • Collaborate with the Dean-appointed Diversity Committee and Deputy Dean, on various issues and projects
  • Dotted reporting line to the Deputy Dean in order to collaborate on diversity matters that impact teaching and the classroom climate
  • Recommends process improvements for programs that relate to critical student-life improvement, including emergency management, accommodations for students with disabilities, and/or the administration of health care services and programs for students.
  • Solves problems in areas such as academic and administrative policy, student admissions, and curriculum research and development. Advises various campus-wide and program committees in various aspects of student life.
  • Performs other related work as needed

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.


Preferred Qualifications


  • Master's Degree


  • 5 years of professional experience in a legal, business, or academic setting
  • Experience working with students from diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds
  • Experience developing and delivering programs, ideally concerning diversity, cultural competence or related topics to students
  • Experience providing counseling or advising, specifically to students
  • Prior experience working in the field of diversity and inclusion or similar relevant setting
  • Prior experience that encompasses a broad range of client interactions, including racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation/identity, and socio-economic diversity

Preferred Competencies

  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong, productive relationships
  • Demonstrated ability to engage others in difficult or sensitive conversations and effectively resolve conflict
  • Demonstrated ability to hold confidential, complex and sensitive information
  • Exceptional application of judgment and discretion
  • High degree of comfort working with a range of competing interests and constituencies
  • Ability to influence senior members of an organization
  • Comfortable working collaboratively across a spectrum of offices, organizations, and people
  • Excellent oral and written communication and problem resolution skills
  • Excellent listening and counseling skills
  • Superior organizational skills
  • High resiliency and emotional intelligence 
  • Ability to be flexible; comfortable with skillful improvisation

Working Conditions

  • Willing and able to travel as needed
  • Willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • References Contact Information(3) (preferred)
When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.


Posting Statement

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history.  A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment.  Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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