The Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion facilitates and supports critical activities for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI). Reporting to the Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, the Assistant Provost provides strategic and tactical support, and helps promote a culture of equity at Northwestern. The Assistant Provost provides visible leadership on campus through active and effective engagement with both internal and external stakeholders, assisting with the coordination and management of efforts aimed at creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community partners.
Independently managing various projects, the Assistant Provost coordinates campus-wide initiatives and interacts with senior staff throughout the University. This is a full-time, campus-based position. Regular travel is not required.
*For fullest consideration, please submit application materials by May 25, 2018.
Provides strategic and tactical support to Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer; assists with diversity, equity and inclusion strategy development and implementation; recommends and creates long and short term goals and operational plans; stays abreast of current trends in diversity, equity, inclusion and campus community building best practices, and recommends new policies or changes in programs.
Manages daily operations of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion; supervises Office staff, students and temporary employees.
Develops and manages Office marketing and communications strategy, overseeing Office staff in the production and maintenance of the website and Office communications.
Develops and implements methods for assessing success of initiatives; generates regular progress reports for internal and external stakeholders.
Collaborates with and supports institutional leadership, academic deans, department and unit heads involved with diversity, equity and inclusion work; assists with planning and supports the work of Office Leadership Partners: Executive Advisory Group, University Diversity Council, Multicultural Alumni Council, and Diversity Leaders Group, with direct oversight of the latter; and Affiliates: Women's Center, and Center for Native American and Indigenous Research.
Oversees major Office programming, such as Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, Annual Faculty Receptions and Socials.
Supports the work of the Office in collaboration with University partners including, but not limited to: Faculty Excellence and Diversity Initiative, Provost's Advisory Council on Women Faculty, Searle Center for Advancing Learning and Teaching, University Libraries, Alumni Relations and Development, Undergraduate Enrollment: Admissions and Financial Aid, Human Resources, Black Professionals Network, Unidos: Latinx Professionals Coalition, Northwestern Staff Advisory Council, Government Relations, Neighborhood and Community Relations, Student Affairs, professional schools, graduate and undergraduate colleges and schools; assists and consults with University partners on development of diversity, equity and inclusion training for faculty and staff.
Provides visible leadership on-campus through active and effective engagement with both internal and external stakeholders; represents the Office in on-campus and local meetings.
Other duties as assigned.
A master’s degree from an accredited college or university.
Significant administrative and operational experience in a large and complex organization.
Experience leading and facilitating organizational change.
Demonstrated significant achievements in diversity, equity and inclusion-related work.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Strong leadership skills, including the ability to take initiative, to collaborate, to work with little direct supervision, to supervise administrative staff, and to develop and execute plans.
Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to forge productive working relationships with a broad range of constituencies.
Strong analytical, critical thinking, strategic planning and problem-solving skills.
Substantial knowledge in assessment, management, marketing and program-building.
Knowledge of and sensitivity toward a wide range of disciplines, interests and constituencies represented in a large and complex organization.
Ability to formulate and implement innovative ideas and best practices.
Exceptional writing and presentation skills, including the ability to draft complex communications.
Ability to handle confidential information appropriately.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
Doctoral degree from an accredited college or university strongly preferred.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Internal Number: 33411
About Northwestern University
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.