The Office for Equity and Diversity (OED) is responsible for the University of Minnesota’s system-wide equity and diversity initiatives and programs, and for infusing the core values of equity and diversity into all aspects of teaching, learning, research, service, and outreach at the University. OED includes a central administrative office as well as the following units housed on the University’s Twin Cities campus: the Office for Business and Community Economic Development, the Office for Conflict Resolution, the Disability Resource Center, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, the Gender and Sexuality Center for Queer and Trans Life, the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence, and the Women’s Center.
Applications are invited for the position of Associate/Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity. This position is a 12-month, 100%-time, annually renewable academic administrative (P&A) appointment. The Associate/Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Equity and Diversity works directly with the Vice President to integrate equity and diversity into the fabric of the University of Minnesota system. As a member of the Vice President’s senior leadership team, the AVP plays a critical role in working with the Vice President on long-term planning for the office, policy development and determining new strategies and initiatives to move forward the University’s equity and diversity agenda. This senior staffer also has major administrative responsibility such as personnel, development and budgetary issues across all units in OED.
Leadership and guidance are at the core of this position, which requires a high degree of independent judgment and discretionary authority across the University system. This appointee is expected to act on behalf of the Vice President in many arenas. Both the salary and level of appointment (Associate or Assistant Vice President) are competitive and commensurate with experience.
Major Job Functions:
● Provide direct supervision over OED’s compliance units, which include the Office for Business and Community Economic Development, the Disability Resource Center, the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, the Office for Conflict Resolution, and OED’s educational efforts.
● Assist with the administration of the Office for Equity and Diversity, including;
○ advising on all relevant policies, compliance issues, and personnel matters—including recruitment and searches, education and professional development, succession planning, and performance management;
○ supervisory direction of all budgetary matters—including financial forecasting, budget preparation, implementation, monitoring and reporting;
○ supervisory direction of the annual administration of performance evaluations and compensation review, as well as OED’s external review program, strategic planning efforts, and related reporting.
● Work closely with vice president in her work with the president, the executive vice president and provost, vice presidents, chancellors, deans, department heads, faculty, staff, and students to ensure the mission of equity and diversity is strategically advanced in all areas.
● Serve as lead point of contact for the Office for Equity and Diversity to the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of Institutional Compliance, and the University Policy Program.
● Serve as the OED appointee on major university-wide oversight committees.
● Play a key leadership role with the Vice President to continue to facilitate the University’s system-wide equity and diversity efforts, including the development, implementation and assessment of strategic, mission driven equity and diversity goals at the local level.
● Act on behalf of the vice president in her absence as requested.
1. Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited institution.
2. Demonstration of progressive leadership experience including five to seven years of experience leading, overseeing, and/or counseling compliance functions and staff with respect to Title IX and the ADA in higher education.
3. Five to seven years of experience in supervision, budget management, and other operational areas in a complex organization.
4. Experience working closely with senior-level administrators.
5. Demonstrated leadership abilities, organizational skills, and emotional intelligence.
6. Demonstrated interpersonal skills in an environment with changing and often competing priorities
7. Demonstration of excellent judgment in complex, nuanced contexts.
8. Demonstrated successful experience in a position with a high degree of both independent judgment and discretionary authority.
9. Experience developing, delivering, and supervising training/education on equity and diversity-related topics.
10. Experience in, and a demonstrated ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities: including people of color, underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; American Indians; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various genders and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically under-resourced backgrounds.
11. Demonstrated ability to bring together and lead groups of people working toward a common mission.
12. Excellent writing, communication, and critical thinking skills.
13. Demonstrated ability to function collaboratively in high pressure, conflict situations with varied constituencies.
1. Significant experience leading, overseeing, and/or counseling compliance with Title IX, Title VII, and the ADA in one or more institutions of higher education.
2. Experience serving as chief of staff, chief of operations or similar role with complex budgetary, personnel and strategic planning oversight.
3. Familiarity with the University of Minnesota system.
4. Well-versed in issues pertaining to equity and diversity in higher education.
Applications will be reviewed beginning April 3, 2017 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Application must be made electronically through the University of Minnesota’s Online Employment System at https://employment.umn.edu/. The Job Opening number is: 316123. Please submit the following information online: a letter setting out how your background qualifies you for this position and a current resume - including a list identifying three references and their contact information. Your application will not be considered complete without addressing these three requests. If you have questions regarding the position, please contact Barbara Chapin at 612-626-7386. If you have difficulty negotiating the electronic application process, please contact Human Resources at 612-624-8647.
More information about the Office for Equity and Diversity is available at https://diversity.umn.edu/