Director of DEI Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships

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Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Jul 14, 2022
Aug 14, 2022
Full Time
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Initiatives and PartnershipsThe George Mason University, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, invites applications for the position of Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships will lead critical projects and initiatives in the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to advance the strategic plan for DEI. These projects will align with George Mason's Strategic Plan, Academic and Administrative Units' Inclusive Excellence Plans (IEPs), and the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence (ARIE) Initiative. The Director of DEI Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships will join the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, which has an ongoing commitment to fostering a community that is bias-free, anti-racist, diverse, equitable, and inclusive. This position will play a significant role in promoting inclusive excellence across Mason and will support and work in collaboration with academic and administrative units, including Academic Affairs, University Life, Enrollment Management, Human Resources and Payroll, Faculty Affairs and Development, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Advancement of Well-Being, the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, and the Inclusive Excellence Council.Responsibilities:Serve in a central role charged with coordination, delivery, and communication of anti-racism and inclusive excellence efforts across George Mason University for students, faculty, and staff;Plan, design, develop, and implement a continuous improvement process that will serve as an accountability system regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts;Think comprehensively about diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism (e.g., institutional structure, policies and procedures, resource allocation, academic equity and student success, curriculum and pedagogy, hiring, retention, and promotion, campus climate/culture, admissions and access);Lead, develop, implement, and assess institutional efforts to promote and advance anti-racism, diversity, equity, and inclusion;Develop and execute a strategic communications plan to communicate DEI goals, priorities, and outcomes; and engage the Mason community with DEI priorities;Engage with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members, providing leadership and engagement regarding the mission of DEI, and its connection to the comprehensive support for students, faculty, and staff, especially those from underrepresented and marginalized groups;Develop and strengthen partnerships with community partners and organizations whose mission centers on diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism;Stay current with DEI trends in the industry and higher education;Attend and present at local and national conferences, identifying ways to enhance and amplify George Mason University's DEI profile;Provide a visible presence of support by attending events focused on building an inclusive campus; andOperate well within environments with little or shifting structures of precedence, but with a collaborative spirit to take advantage of the skill sets through the institution.Essential Job Functions:Assist the VP for DEI in the development and implementation of institutional-wide DEI, ARIE, and Inclusive Excellence initiatives, policies, and procedures;Collaborate with VP for DEI to develop, implement, and assess institutional-wide ARIE best practices;Collaborate with VP for DEI to develop and regularly communicate diversity, equity, inclusion, and ARIE initiatives to both internal and external stakeholders;Collect and analyze data to measure the effectiveness of existing strategies and efforts;Communicate DEI progress and outcomes to the Mason community and external partners;Develop and maintain partnerships with Academic Affairs, University Life, Enrollment Management, Human Resources and Payroll, Faculty Affairs and Development, the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning, the Center for Advancement of Well-Being, the Center for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation, and the Inclusive Excellence Council;Analyze and apply climate studies (Harvard COACHE Faculty Satisfaction and the Gallup Faculty Staff Experience Survey), demographic data, institution policies, current trends in higher education and other data sources to enhance diversity and inclusion initiatives;Work closely with the VP for DEI, University Life, Human Resources and Payroll, and the University Ombudsperson in conflict resolution with and among students, faculty, and staff;Support academic and administrative units with their inclusive excellence plans by providing feedback and identifying resources to effectively and efficiently implement plans;Chair and/or serve on committees, task forces, and working groups that focus on issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism;Collaborate with academic diversity officers and other DEI experts to develop and promote effective resources and sharing of best practices;Collaborate with University Life to create campus-wide inclusive programming for students and student organizations, including leadership training and orientation programming;Collaborate with Faculty Affairs and Development and the Office of the Provost to create professional development and educational opportunities for instructional and administrative/professional faculty around the historically marginalized groups (including but not limited to the African American/Black communities, Hispanic/Latin(ae) communities, Native/Indigenous communities, LGBTQ+/Non-Binary/GenderQueer communities, and others;Collaborate with the Enrollment Management and the Admissions team to develop recruitment and matriculation training that supports the institution's commitment to increasing diversity in all degree programs;Collaborate with the Center for Well-Being and Wellness Fellow(s) to develop inclusive wellness programming across campus;Meet regularly with student and faculty affinity groups/resource groups and leaders; andSupervise undergraduate and graduate students.Required Qualifications:Master's Degree in Education, Psychology, Organizational Development, or related field or a Bachelor's degree accompanied by relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience;Considerable (generally three (3) to five (5)+ years) related experience around social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, well-being, and or intercultural development;Demonstrated ability to infuse values around diversity, equity and inclusion into communities, programs and activities;Knowledge of current research and best practices in diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism;Knowledge of university search process, including recruitment, selection and hiring of faculty and staff;High level of cultural competence and sensitivity necessary for this position;Ability to form relationships, build bridges and bring others together around a common goal;Demonstrate effective interpersonal, consensus-building, facilitation and teamwork skills needed for effective conversations among diverse viewpoints; collaborative approach to working with others;Demonstrate effective project management skills and the ability to work independently and with a variety of constituents, establish and manage shifting priorities, and handle numerous time-sensitive projects with multiple deadlines;Ability to envision, develop and implement systems, policies, and programs to foster a healthy and inclusive Mason community;Problem-solving, critical analysis, initiative, judgment and decision-making skills;Demonstrate effective interpersonal communication (writing, organizational, and analytical) skills;Demonstrate effective conflict resolution skills;Ability to influence thinking and gain acceptance of others in sensitive situations;Ability to work independently;Ability to be adapt to new systems and procedures;Ability to be a self-starter, innovative, and results-oriented;Ability to handle sensitive and confidential topics with a high degree of professionalism;Ability to prepare and present written and oral presentations;Ability to use Microsoft Office Suite products; andAbility to work occasional evenings and weekends.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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