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Coordinator of Social Justice Programming

Dominican University
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 2, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Other Academic Affairs
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Position Title: Coordinator of Social Justice Programming Department: College of Applied Social Sciences FLSA Status: Exempt (salary)
Status: Full Time (37.50 hours/week)
  Dominican University invites applications for a Coordinator of Social Justice Programming who will lead the direction and facilitation of social justice in academic programs. This individual will serve as the Coordinator and Advisor of the PhD in Applied Social Justice, and will work units across the institution to develop, synergize, and promote how Dominican pursues our social justice mission. This work includes, among other pursuits, partnering with faculty leading the Social Justice interdisciplinary minor, collaborating with the Director of the Office of Civic Engagement, supporting the social justice efforts in the Core Curriculum, and working with both academic programs and the Office of Marketing and Communication on identifying and articulating how each program prepares students for understanding and application of social justice in their professions and communities. The Coordinator will be expected to teach three courses during the calendar year either in the PhD program, the Core Curriculum, or in a discipline-specific area of expertise.   As a diverse, Catholic HSI institution, we center access, belonging, and equity-minded perspectives. We are seeking an individual who can demonstrate effective engagement in an environment where colleagues and students come from many backgrounds and identities, as well as someone who can demonstrate commitment to equitable and inclusive teaching and research practices. A successful candidate will demonstrate a strong commitment to inclusive and relationship-centered work, which affirms the dignity of the human person and concern for the common good.   Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral degree
  • An understanding and appreciation for the Dominican mission and ethos that distinguish the University
  • Experience working for or with community-based organizations.
  • High level of professional acumen in the areas of presentation, interaction, person-to-person networking
  • Team player with a team-based approach seeking to enhance internal strengths while helping the organization to improve in best practices.
  Preferred Qualifications  
  • Existing ties and networks in Chicagoland
  • Interest in interdisciplinary collaborations throughout the University
  • Strong commitment to minoritized communities and community-based partners


  Primary Responsibilities
  1. Supervise and provide leadership to staff and adjunct faculty in the PhD of Applied Social Justice program; hire and onboard new faculty with the assistance of the Dean’s Office.
  2. Review admission and retention reports and work with Dean on developing recruitment, retention, and advising strategies.
  3. Develop and coordinate assessment.
  4. Review and update Bulletin entries for PhD program to reflect all policies, procedures, and program/course/schedule/location changes prior to the new academic calendar each year; consider creating a handbook for PhD students.
  5. Convene and facilitate conversations and work around infusing social justice into curricula and programming.
  6. Serve as a liaison, student advocate & faculty resource to/for such departments as Financial Aid, Registrar’s Office, Student Accounts, Campus Security, Bookstore, Academic Enrichment, Career Services and Wellness Center.
  7. Post new adjunct faculty positions with HR as appropriate and provide appropriate documents for new hires to HR as requested.
  8. Post or delegate to staff any updates on PhD program in regards to requirements, courses, staff, and faculty on Dominican University’s website; work directly with the Office of Marketing and Communications on substantial changes/updates.
  9. Utilize available reports and work with IT/Registrar to create new ones as needed in order to increase efficiencies in support of students and the program.
  10. Create and edit complex materials, reports, charts, modules, tables, graphs, etc., from rough draft to final form with minimal supervision using appropriate Microsoft software.
  11. Partner with faculty teaching in the interdisciplinary Social Justice minor for strategies, evaluation, and promotion.
  12. Partner with Office of Civic Engagement to create, steward, and promote community partnerships.
  13. Partner with the Director of the Core Curriculum on the implementation and evaluation of social justice in the general education requirements.
  14. Work with the Deans to develop a strategy of identifying, articulating, and promoting the connections to social justice in each academic program.
  About Dominican University: Founded in 1901 by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Dominican University is a comprehensive, coeducational Catholic institution.  Dominican University is a relationship-centered community rooted in a vibrant liberal arts and sciences education, offering rigorous and innovative undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. It is known for its excellent academic programs, the care and respect with which it mentors its students, its enduring commitment to social justice, and the enriching diversity of its students. U.S. News & World Report ranks Dominican #10 among master's-level universities in the Midwest. Dominican is also ranked #1 in the Chicago area and #3 in the Midwest in the “Top Performers in Social Mobility” category – making the university one of only two schools in the country within the Regional University category to be ranked among the top #10 overall and as an exemplar in social mobility.   Dominican is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI). Approximately 50% of the 3,000 currently enrolled students are Latinx. Among undergraduates, 63% are Latinx, 50% are Pell-eligible and 48% are the first in their families to attend college. Located on a 37-acre wooded campus in suburban River Forest, Illinois, and just 10 miles west of downtown Chicago, the university provides students and alumnae/i an accessible location and superb access to a wealth of career, intellectual and cultural opportunities. For more information about Dominican University, see   Application    All applicants must apply online at Please provide the following documents:  
  • Cover letter which addresses the scope of the work in the position description.
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement that includes any relevant experience and leadership in working in diverse environments and how the candidate contributed to a culture of inclusion and equity.
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references
A background screening is required upon hire.   Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, candidates should submit their application by June 30, 2022.   Dominican University is an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building a faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We seek a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.
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