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University of Connecticut
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Posted: 06/9/2021
Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives (University Staff Professional 2)

Reporting to the Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer (CDO), the Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Initiatives is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the CDO’s vision and priorities through
strategic coordination, prioritization and tracking of projects and initiatives, and communication among
staff and leadership team. Specifically, the Director will play a critical role in the development of Diversity
and Inclusion Initiatives that provide support to the Office for Diversity and Inclusion’s (ODI) efforts to
cultivate a more diverse and inclusive academic community for all students, faculty, and staff as well as to
further the University’s strategic priority of becoming an anti-racist, equitable, and affirming
institution. The Director will work closely with academic, administrative and external units to oversee the
development and delivery of initiatives designed to enhance and embrace diversity, inclusion, equity and
respect at the University. As a member of ODI’s leadership team, the incumbent will play a major role in
personnel decisions, including hiring, promotions, training, and department reorganizations across the
Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

The Director of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives is an integral member of the Office for Diversity and
Inclusion (ODI), with primary responsibilities for:
• Collaborates with the CDO and ODI leadership team on the development, implementation and
assessment of the ODI’s strategic plan, priorities, and goals, communicating ODI’s values, impact
and vision to stakeholders on and off-campus.
• Advances ODI initiatives and agenda of the CDO from inception, planning and development, to
management, execution and assessment.
• Develops, coordinates, and implements ODI diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) programs and
initiatives while sustaining partnerships across the University and beyond. Develops feedback
mechanisms, surveys, and other means to analyze, evaluate, and improve the effectiveness and
impact of ODI programs, initiatives, and other work.
• Works closely with academic, administrative and external units to oversee the development and
delivery of training programs designed to enhance and embrace diversity, inclusion, equity and
respect at the University.
• Advises and supports CDO on ODI related strategic communications, marketing, branding, public
appearances, responses and engagement with key stakeholders. Includes planning of public forums
and drafting talking points, columns, memos, and presentations.
• Coordinates and collaborates with University Communications and other administrative units to
implement ODI’s communications plan targeted for students, alumni, donors, parents, faculty and
staff across print, web, digital, social media, video, and promotional items.
• Coordinates with the CDO, ODI’s Executive Assistant and leadership team to create strategic
agendas for executive-level meetings, reviewing frequency of meetings as needed to ensure
administrative time is used effectively.
• Manage the recruitment, hiring, training, and direction of ODI graduate assistants and interns
engaged in delivering DEI programs. Providing feedback and performance assessments.
• Other duties as required.

• Master’s degree and a minimum of five years of Higher Education experience.
• Diversity and inclusion program management experience within a higher education setting.
• Knowledge of best practices in higher education diversity, equity, and inclusion programming.
• Experience leading and delivering diversity and inclusion training and education programs for a
variety of constituencies.
• Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Demonstrate substantive knowledge of the DEI needs in higher education.
• Excellent interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion required.
• Demonstrated understanding of the lived experiences of minoritized communities from a diasporic

• Doctoral degree in higher education, counseling, or a related field
• Demonstrated experience working collaboratively with diverse faculty, staff, students, and alumni
and engaging them effectively within a university setting.
• Evidence of project management organization and analytical skills effective for an academic

This is a full-time, permanent position. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits,
and a highly desirable work environment. For additional information regarding benefits

Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #495264 to upload a resume, cover
letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment
criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on June 11, 2021.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse
community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase,
as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn
their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research,
diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research
universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant,
multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity
employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of
traditionally underrepresented populations.