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Director of Inclusive Education



Director of Inclusive Education

The VCU Division of Inclusive Excellence (IE) has an exciting opportunity for a Director of Inclusive Education.

The mission of the Division of Inclusive Excellence is to build and maintain an inclusive and equitable community in which people from all backgrounds and life experiences are supported and valued.

At VCU, we are UNCOMMON and UNLIKE any other university. A premier, urban, public research university nationally recognized as one of the best employers for diversity, VCU is a great place to work. It’s a place of opportunity where your success is supported and your career can thrive. VCU offers employees a generous leave package, career paths for advancement, competitive pay, and an opportunity to do mission-driven work.

All full-time university staff are eligible for VCU’s generous benefits package that includes competitive health benefits, paid annual and holiday leave granted up front, retirement planning and savings options, tax-deferred annuity, and cash match programs, Virginia Retirement System (VRS), tuition waiver, partner discounts, and abundant opportunities for career development and advancement. Learn more about working for VCU and job benefits .

The Opportunity:

The primary responsibility for the Director for Inclusive Education will be to lead the content creation, design and management of courses and programs to support the university’s strategic plan, Quest 2028 , with special emphasis on Theme I: Diversity Driving Excellence.

Reporting to the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence, the director will join a diverse and dynamic organization comprised of thought leaders in equity, inclusion, and diversity to develop and implement short courses, webinars, seminars, and other trainings and workshops that advance institutional effectiveness in areas related to, but not limited to, faculty, staff and student success; performance and satisfaction; and organization and workplace culture. The director will respond to requests for technical assistance and training from various units at VCU.

The Director of Inclusive Education is expected to be a creative and thoughtful leader in equity, inclusion, and diversity; demonstrate competencies in training, design, and management; and successfully work within the university community to build collaborative partnerships with other units. Key skills involve careful listening, cultural awareness and humility, and effective written and oral communication.

Primary Responsibilities:

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

● Develop strategic goals for Inclusive Education to include planning, developing and implementing new courses and programs; assessment and evaluation; and resource allocation.

● Facilitate the development, design and implementation of equity, inclusive, and diversity education courses and programs that are efficacious, effective and can be disseminated at a scale across all university constituent groups and units.

● Demonstrate creativity and innovation in the development and design of courses and programs that are responsive to emergent trends and the zeitgeist of our times.

● Foster a commitment to lifelong, equity, inclusion, and diversity education among administrators, faculty, staff and students.

● Shape and support teaching pedagogies that lead to deep and transformative learning for program participants and students.

● Contribute to the literature on best practices in strengthening equity and inclusion in higher education.

● Contribute to creating an inclusive organizational culture and express cultural awareness and humility in all facets of the job.

● Manage small teams of faculty and professional staff who are contributors to programming.

● Develop assessment surveys and collect data to assess the effectiveness of training and programming initiatives.

● Use institutional data to monitor equity, inclusion, and diversity goals, and to determine educational programming needs.

● Develop and sustain collaborative partnerships with academic and administrative units at the university including Academic Affairs, Faculty Affairs, Student Affairs, Human Resources, and VCU Health. . .

● Prepare high-level reports and presentations or research briefings on institutional effectiveness.

● Serve on university-level committees and task forces as needed.

● Work with institutional committees and staff to coordinate work, provide expert advice and guidance, technical assistance, and information.

● Attend and present at both regional and national conferences on various related topics.

Required Qualifications:

● Master’s Degree, or equivalent degree.

● 5+ years’ experience in training, programming, or initiatives related to equity, inclusion, diversity, and social justice.

● Experience working with equity and inclusion initiatives across varying and diverse units, stakeholders, and organizations.

● Expertise in course (e.g. workshops, webinars, training sessions, etc.), or instructional design and the science of learning.

● Demonstrated experience in managing and working with and/or leading teams of diverse groups.

● Proficiency in using learning management systems (e.g. Canvas, Blackboard, etc.) for teaching courses online and proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace.

● Excellent communication and writing skills, especially in creative writing; including writing content for web, print, and marketing materials.

● Strong organizational and project management skills, including the ability to prioritize work, manage time, meet simultaneous deadlines, and attend to details with minimal supervision.

● Effective customer orientation and service skills.

● Strong conceptual, analytical, and problem-solving skills.

● Ability to take initiative when working independently, with the ability to also work in a team environment with people who have a diverse array of experiences and backgrounds.

● Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

● Administrative and/or programming experience in higher education

● Experience developing asynchronous learning platforms

● Previous supervisory experience

● Previous experience developing and implementing diversity initiatives for students

● Previous experience engaging diverse audiences in response to critical local, national, and international events

Job Specific Physical and Cognitive Requirements:
Physical Demands & Activities
Light Lifting (<20 lbs): Marginal
Moderate Lifting (20-50 lbs): Marginal
Heavy Lifting (>50 lbs): N/A
Pushing/Pulling: N/A
Standing: Marginal
Sitting: Essential
Repetitive Motion: Essential
Walking: Marginal
Climbing: N/A
Reaching: Essential
Bending: Marginal

Emotional Demands
Fast pace: Essential
Average Pace: Essential
Multiple Stimuli: Essential
Intense Customer Interaction: Marginal
Frequent Change: Essential

Mental/Sensory Demands
Memory: Essential
Reasoning: Essential
Hearing: Essential
Reading: Essential
Analyzing: Essential
Logic: Essential
Verbal Communication: Essential
Written Communication: Essential

Application Process:
All applications should include a cover letter; a resume or CV; a statement of contributions to equity, inclusion, and diversity; and the contact information of three professional references.

Review of applications will begin January 8, 2024 and continue until the position is filled.

Salary Range:
$90,000-$120,000

Position Details:
Department: Inclusive Excellence
Employment Type: UF - University Employee FT
Restricted Status: No
FTE: 1
Exemption Status: Exempt

Contact Information:
Corey Martin
martincb@vcu.edu

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