The University of Tennessee-Knoxville is seeking an experienced professional for Executive Director, Diversity and Engagement. This is an exciting opportunity to affect the campus, contributing in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.
About the Position
The Executive Director is a member of the Office for Diversity and Engagement and serves as a key member of the leadership team responsible for providing support, direction and guidance to achieve the goals of the office. Working with the Vice Chancellor and other stakeholders, the Executive Director will play a critical role in advancing diversity, inclusion and engagement throughout the university.
Reporting directly to the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement the Executive Director will serve as a thought leader in developing a support model of diversity, inclusion and engagement at all levels. This professional will provide strategic, intentional and visionary leadership to create an integrated vision and shared responsibility for advancing university diversity goals and for fostering and supporting a campus culture that respects and appreciates individual differences. The Executive Director will collaborate with Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Associate Provost for Faculty Development & Strategic Initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion in the university’s research and educational missions, creating a welcoming environment for students, faculty and staff.
- Provide vision, leadership, management, assessment, and strategic planning for the design and implementation of an institution-wide framework and efforts that ensure diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect for all staff
- Facilitate and share best practices for enhancing inclusivity, engagement, and cultural competence at the university.
- Serve as a consultant to senior administrators and department leaders to support diversity, inclusion and engagement efforts in their areas.
- Work closely with the Chancellor and Vice Chancellor on the implementation of the recommendations of the Vol Vision strategic plan.
- Assist in the development and implementation of goals and objectives for the Office for Diversity and Engagement in alignment with institutional goals.
- Partner with the office of institutional research and prepare analysis of data and other evidence related to the progress of the institution in diversity, engagement and inclusion
- Ensure the most effective operations of the Office of Diversity Engagement through program development, process improvement and coordination/integration of processes with other departments.
- Participate listening and information sessions with faculty, staff, and students, gathering input for the direction of the Office of Diversity and Engagement.
- Accountable for the following activities in the office: Diversity Plans, Climate Surveys, Data Collection and Dash Boards.
- Supervise Graduate Assistants for the Chancellor’s Commissions and Council and serve as their liaison.
- Partner with the Faculty Senate Diversity Committee and lead the Faculty Fellow Process.
- Serve as representative for the Vice Chancellor in his absence.
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required.
- 7 - 10 years of experience designing and implementing diversity, inclusion and engagement initiatives within a complex institution or organization.
- Advanced education/training in diversity-related fields, topics and subjects.
- Demonstrated success with infusing diversity, inclusion and Engagement practices within a professional setting.
- Evidence of experience collaborating with others who have varying perceptions of diversity.
- History of thought leadership as demonstrated through publications, presentations, or other means of communication
- Work effectively as a leader or member of a team, task force, or committee, and manage conflict and build consensus.
Knowledge, Skills Abilities
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Demonstrated ability to develop trust with campus constituents.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in a diverse environment.
- Ability to work effectively across the campus both as an organizational leader and valued colleague
- Strong emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
- Demonstrable ability to lead through influence at all levels of the organization.
- Discretion and good judgment to handle confidential information.