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Associate Director, Diversity Strategy and Consulting

University of Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Diversity and Multicultural Affairs

Associate Director, Diversity Strategy and Consulting, Graduate School Diversity Office

Graduate School, University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN

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Job ID: 351503

The Associate Director, Diversity Strategy and Consulting, Graduate School Diversity Office (GSDO) position is a 100% time, 12-months annually renewable appointment in the Academic Professional and Administrative series (classification 9764AC, Student Services Pro 5-Student Advocacy and Support).

Graduate School employees are currently working in a hybrid mode (some time remote and some time on campus) and are currently required to be on campus on Wednesdays. This arrangement is subject to change.

The Associate Director reports directly to the Assistant Vice Provost (AVP), GSDO. The Associate Director joins engaged and dedicated colleagues who embrace the Graduate School’s mission and values, and who are committed to improving the educational experience and success of underrepresented graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at the University of Minnesota (UMN).

Located within the Graduate School (GS), the GSDO operates in three Pillars: Outreach & Recruitment, Transition & Retention, and Faculty Consulting. This position will support all three Pillars with a main concentration in Faculty Consulting.

Position Summary:
The Associate Director leads the development and maintenance of the GSDO Faculty Consulting Pillar in partnership with the AVP. This position serves as GSDO’s lead consultant by researching, assessing, developing, and advising system-wide graduate programs, academic departments, and colleges on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices that are critical to growing and sustaining the diverse values, standards, and efforts to inform transformative inclusion. The Associate Director also supports Outreach & Recruitment and Transition & Retention Pillars in the implementation and assessment of GSDO signature programs and initiatives.

The Associate Director exhibits confident leadership, knowledge of university systems and DEI practices, exceptional communication skills, and a growth mindset. The Associate Director will leverage and build upon existing GSDO relationships across the UMN system, while extending their local and national networks to maintain the UMN’s reputation as a leader and thought partner in graduate diversity work. The Associate Director promotes the growth, development, quality, and continuation of GSDO initiatives and practices to enhance the experience of underrepresented graduate students at UMN.

These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

1. Faculty Consulting (60%)
  • Serve as the lead consultant in the GSDO Faculty Consulting Pillar.
    • Focus consulting work on Inclusive Climate and Diversity Retention strategies for UMN graduate colleges, departments, programs, and faculty.
    • Lead GS/GSDO in faculty consultation and education skill-building for ongoing development.
    • Collaborate with AVP and GS Director of Faculty Initiatives to co-construct GS/GSDO faculty education and consulting strategies.
    • Collaborate with Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) Education leadership to co-construct shared DEI philosophies and consultation strategies.
    • Support GSDO Assistant Director of Diversity Outreach & Recruitment in the development of complimentary faculty consulting practices focused on Diversity Outreach and Recruitment strategies.
  • Partner with the AVP to develop, provide, and maintain a comprehensive GSDO consultation process for UMN graduate colleges, departments, programs, and faculty to assist them in understanding, developing, and/or improving their own sustainable DEI practices to better serve and support their current and future students and postdoctoral scholars.
    • Manage GSDO Faculty Consulting requests, prepare data and develop preparatory documents for consultation meetings, and oversee consulting progress documentation process.
    • Lead in development and implementation of an assessment plan for the GSDO Faculty Consulting Pillar.
    • Lead development and implementation and maintenance of strategic Faculty Consulting budget plan to achieve best results with available funding.
  • Serve as one of the key GS resources for system-wide graduate colleges, departments, programs, faculty, and staff, alongside the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED) and related units.
    • Develop and provide graduate DEI educational resources and deliver related workshops, complimentary to others provided on campus, to empower constituents to move from a conceptual understanding of DEI to the practical application and integration of those principles in order to enhance graduate climate and a sense of belonging.
    • Provide strategic guidance and feedback for graduate unit DEI strategic and action planning processes.
2. Strategic Support for Student Success (20%)
  • Facilitate GSDO skill-building, development, implementation, and maintenance of assessment strategies to be implemented by Assistant Directors of the Outreach & Recruitment and Transition & Retention Pillars.
  • Partner with the GSDO Assistant Director of Diversity Outreach & Recruitment in the planning and implementation of the GSDO Diversity Conference and Graduate Fair (DCGF).
    • Lead communications and relationships with Graduate Associate Dean (GrAD) and Director of Graduate Studies (DGS) constituents
  • Partner with the GSDO Assistant Director of Transition & Retention in the planning and implementation of the GSDO Summer Institute (SI).
    • Lead communications and relationships with SI Faculty Mentors
    • Lead two SI seminars for student participants
  • Lead the following signature GSDO programming:
    • GSDO Scholars first-year transition programs
    • COSP Diversity Predoctoral Teaching Fellowships program
3. Strategic Initiatives Support (15%)
  • Aid the GSDO Team in recognizing the scope of the team’s work within the larger university landscape and the team’s role in the UMN, GS, and GSDO Strategic Plans.
  • Promote GSDO Team growth and morale by: having and promoting a growth mindset in the GSDO to create space for continuous learning and development; helping to identify and lead discussion topics and introduce potential campus collaborators in GSDO Team Meetings; and intentionally and continuously work to create an environment of integrity, collegiality, and trust in the GSDO.
  • Develop and implement a plan for identifying and engaging with strategic systemwide UMN stakeholders in order to increase visibility and impact of the full GSDO and the Faculty Consulting Pillar.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key partners within the GS leadership, central and academic unit diversity leaders, and other stakeholders across the UMN system for the identification and advancement of opportunities and collaborations.
  • Recommend communications content ideas and collaborate with the GS Strategic Communications Consultant to ensure relevant stories and examples of graduate faculty DEI efforts are promoted and publicized.
  • Dedicate time each month to expanding knowledge of industry trends and best practices in diversity consulting and organizational change and development, engage in regular thought-leader discussions with GS/GSDO leadership, and regularly share knowledge gained in GSDO Team meetings.
  • Be an engaged participant in the University Community in support of the GS, GSDO, and UMN missions. Increase GSDO visibility and partnerships through participation on campus-wide committees.
4. Perform other duties and projects as assigned or necessary to advance the Graduate School and Graduate School Diversity Office missions (5%)
  • Understand and align work with the missions, visions, and values of the GS and GSDO.
  • Substantially contribute to GS meetings and committees as required or requested.
  • Substantially contribute to the GSDO Team as a leader in the GSDO. Actively participate in team meetings and work collaboratively in support of the GSDO’s goals of recruitment, transition, retention, and success for underrepresented graduate students.
  • Actively support all GSDO events as needed or requested.
  • Actively and consistently pursue and participate in professional development opportunities to engage in continuous learning, growth, and development in a leadership capacity.
  • Master's degree in a related field, such as Student Affairs, Higher Education, Industrial Organizational Psychology, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Development, etc. and 4 years of consulting experience, college-level teaching experience, or other related experience; or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field and a minimum of 6 years of consulting, college-level teaching, or other related experience.
  • Minimum 2 years experience in or closely related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education or similar organizations.
  • Contemporary knowledge of the culture of higher education and issues of diversity, equity, access, and inclusion, and proven ability to think strategically and creatively around the application of DEI in higher education and/or graduate education.
  • Evidence of having successfully created and led an innovative diversity, equity, and inclusion strategy or other change management initiative.
  • Knowledge of practical assessment strategies with ability to collect, analyze, and utilize qualitative and quantitative data to assess the effectiveness of initiatives, programs, and cultural climates.
  • Ability to work as part of a team, cultivate team growth, and prioritize team community- building.
  • Exceptional writing, communication, and presentations skills which can be demonstrated by presenting and/or teaching experience.
  • Must be able to work flexible hours supporting evening and weekend programs/events as needed.
  • Ability to commit to our Graduate School values: Service, Diversity, Leadership, Collaboration, Dependability, Joy of Life, and Kindness; and our GSDO values: Community-Based, Socially Just, Holistic, Creative, and Audacious.
  • Ph.D., Ed.D., or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Consulting, coaching, and/or group facilitation experience or certification.
  • Survey, focus group, cultural climate, and large data assessment and analyses experience.
  • Ability to be persuasive, persistent, and committed to affecting real change in organizational culture.
  • Demonstrated ability to build strong and credible relationships with campus partners, including an ability to successfully interact with, collaborate with, and advise senior-level faculty and administrators to drive consensus and influence outcomes.
  • Proven project management skills, a creative problem solving approach, and an understanding of the policies related to a successful educational and work experience.
  • Proven ability to work with an evolving agenda; to bring organizational, interpersonal, and consultative skills to the position; and to work independently on concurrent projects under pressure of multiple deadlines.
  • Collaborative leadership style and demonstrated leadership experience that results in the ability to work effectively in ambiguous situations and navigate complex environments.
  • Knowledge of current best practices, models, and literature on supporting underrepresented graduate students in predominantly white institutions.
  • Experience operating within a large, complex, decentralized organization.
  • Openness to receiving both challenge and support to continuously grow in a leadership capacity.
About the Department

The central advocate for all research-based graduate programs at the University of Minnesota, the Graduate School is dedicated to the advancement of consequential knowledge.

We’ve been entrusted with fostering diversity, maintaining quality standards, providing guidance and counsel, and facilitating dialogue across a broad array of critical and relevant research disciplines.

Our diverse and vibrant community of students and scholars is essential to our work, but ultimately our goal is to equip these individuals to lead, collaborate, develop new ideas, and address complex challenges in a way that advances academia, industry, our region, and the global society.

As Minnesota’s only research institution, we have over 170+ distinct programs in both thriving metropolis and idyllic outstate locations. Our students enjoy an unmatched breadth, depth and caliber of opportunity for interdisciplinary study, community impact, practical application, and compelling scholarship.

The Graduate School is an advocate for knowledge, taking on an integral support role to the research based graduate programs, scholars, and students at the University of Minnesota. Promoting forward-looking dialogue around contemporary issues of significance. Ensuring quality education. And advancing equity and diversity to shape generation after generation of thought creators and change agents.

Located within the Graduate School (GS), the GSDO operates in three Pillars: Outreach & Recruitment, Transition & Retention, and Faculty Consulting. This position will support all three Pillars with a main concentration in Faculty Consulting.


Working at the University
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
  • Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.
How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and MUST attach the following:
  • a cover letter that addresses your interest in the position and your qualifications
  • resume
  • list of three professional references with their contact information
Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Job Applications" page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section.

This position will remain open until filled.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

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Job ID: 351503


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