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Director of Diversity, Equity,

University of Detroit Mercy
Michigan, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Mar 25, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Student Affairs, Minority & Multicultural Affairs
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Revised Posting)
Detroit, MI•Office of the President

Position Classification
FT Administrator - Major Director

Application Review
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until position is filled.

University of Detroit Mercy invites applications for the inaugural position of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Guided by goal three of our strategic plan, "To passionately serve students and each other". We seek an individual who can lead institutional change and educational effectiveness by cultivating organizational capacity for diversity, equity, inclusion and by garnering support for a culture of equity-mindedness.

1. Collaborate with University colleagues tasked with the responsibility of developing, implementing and monitoring programs that foster an inclusive climate for students, staff, faculty and administrators. Facilitate the integration of initiatives and programming to maximize resources, synergy and outcomes.

2. Oversee assessment activities that include an internal audit process to measure, monitor and report on the University's progress toward diversity. Develop and implement methodologies to measure the success of the University's diversity initiatives and programming. Provide reports to the University leadership and community.

3. Provide strategic direction for training initiatives on cultural competency, gender differences, disability, sexual harassment, building a climate of equity and inclusion, and other topics designed to increase awareness and support of equity and inclusion values.

4. Collaborate with the Human Resources Department and academic units to identify strategies to attract a diverse applicant pool, provide or coordinate training to search committees and offer consultation during the hiring process.

5. Collaborate with Enrollment Management, Student Affairs, Residence Life, TRiO Support Services, Student Success Services, Athletics and other relevant units to implement strategic planning initiatives to recruit, admit, retain, graduate and support students of diverse backgrounds.

6. Work closely with the Assistant to the President for Mission Integration to develop and articulate a vision for inclusive excellence that values a rich and diverse community working together with a shared responsibility to achieve the University's mission.

7. Promote diversity, equity and inclusion in research, teaching, service and training across all campuses.

8. Identify, define, develop, implement and evaluate present and future educational needs of University students, faculty and staff to ensure awareness and understanding of Detroit Mercy's mission centered vision of diversity.

9. Collaborate with faculty, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and academic units in curriculum development efforts and the creation of an inclusive, respectful educational climate.

10. Work with constituent groups to foster an environment where dialogue and meaningful conversations about diversity, equity and inclusiveness occur. Facilitate periodic campus climate surveys for students, faculty and staff.

11. Partner with the Office of Title IX and Disability and Accessibility Support Services on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

12. Assist the Workgroups responsible for implementing the strategies outlined in the 2019-2024 University Strategic Plan that support diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and values.

Required Qualifications

Minimum Education and Employment Experience

• Master's degree or PhD in a relevant field
• Minimum of 3-5 years of progressive DEI leadership experience in higher education
Knowledge of:
• Leadership and managerial principles
• Strategy development and management principles and practices
• Diversity, equity and inclusion best practices
• Jesuit and Mercy values

Skills in:

• Providing strategic leadership
• Advancing cultural competence
• Working with diverse academic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds
• Managing change and sensitive topics
• Offering viable solutions for problem-solving
• Analyzing and making recommendations on complex management and administrative issues, including identifying alternative solutions, projecting consequences of the proposed action and making a recommendation in support of goals
• Planning, implementing, improving and evaluating programs, policies and procedures
• Developing, administering and managing budgets
• Supporting and empowering leaders who are less experienced in leading conversations about diversity and inclusion to build institutional capacity in equity leadership
Ability to:
• Establish and maintain the inaugural Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
• Develop policies and procedures
• Effectively communicate (oral and written) with a variety of internal and external stakeholders about diversity, equity and inclusion
• Comfortably present to large and diverse audiences
• Show sensitivity to and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, disabilities and sexual orientation of students, faculty, administrators and staff

The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion reports to the President of the University and serves as a member of the University Leadership Council (ULC).

Direct Reports

Physical Requirements
Job may require lifting light weight objects (1 to 10 pounds) with no repetitive bending or stooping. Occasionally lift average weight objects (1 to 10 pounds).

Work Environment
Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.

Salary/Pay Information
Annual Salary of $78K -$88K, commensurate with experience.

Anticipated Work Schedule
Monday – Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Interested applicants may apply at

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