The position of Director is a 12-month, 100% time professional and academic position reporting to the Assistant Vice President for Equity and Diversity. The Director of the Women’s Center leads a team including an Assistant Director, Program Coordinator, graduate student interns, and undergraduate student staff to achieve the mission of the Women’s Center, and has a key leadership role in advocacy and action toward eliminating barriers toward achievement and improving the campus climate for all women faculty, staff, students and alumnae of the University of Minnesota.
Duties and Responsibilities Leadership, Strategic Vision and Advocacy – 20% ? The Director of the Women’s Center has a key leadership role in advocacy and action toward eliminating barriers toward achievement and improving the campus climate for all women faculty, staff, students and alumnae of the University of Minnesota including recognizing and supporting diversity based on race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic background. ? Serve as spokesperson for the Women’s Center, the Office for Equity and Diversity and the University in matters related to gender equity. ? Develop and execute the strategic plan. ? Develop and execute the evaluation process. ? Recruit, hire, supervise, mentor and evaluate staff (2 FT Staff, 2-3 undergraduates and 2 graduate students). Provide ongoing professional development for their growth and success. ? Create an inclusive, informed, supportive work environment. ? Advocate for changes in policies or application of policies that support women’s success and gender equity including lactation rooms, bathroom parity, pay equity, and parental leave.
Manage budget, communications, and fund development – 20% ? Supervise all aspects of the office operation. ? Develop and maintain $40K programming budget. ? Work with staff to creatively sustain and expand communications and marketing across large campus, and in the community. ? Work to develop fundraising initiatives for scholarships and programs. ? Work with donors to manage scholarship funds.
Develop and implement institutes, programs and workshops to advance equity, leadership and recognition for women faculty, staff and students. Consult and collaborate across campus. Work to create a welcoming, inclusive environment. Ensure that diverse voices are included. – 25 % ? Mentor and support staff in their leadership of several key programs and initiatives including the Indigenous Women and Women of Color Student Summit and the Feminist Ambassador Brigade. ? Co-coordinate Women’s Leadership Institute for staff and faculty. ? Coordinate Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar Award Event. ? Facilitate workshops on topics related to women’s equity and leadership, including as part of the OED leadership team. ? Speak in classes and at events, upon request. ? Promote and award Gender Equity Grants. ? Coordinate Summit for Leaders for Women’s Equity ? Serve on various University committees related to advancing women’s and gender equity e.g. Women’s Faculty Cabinet, Women and Girls of Color Initiative. ? Advise Commission on Women and sub-committees. ? Speak up to ensure that women’s diverse voices are heard in all aspects of the University’s governance and work. ? Collaborate with departments and units across campus to improve the University climate.
Lead initiatives to promote women’s equity in higher education at the local, state and national level. Serve as a state and national resource/leader on concerns for women in higher education. - 20% ? Create, develop, lead and/or oversee local, state and national initiatives and programs to facilitate women’s professional development and networking, as well as the celebration of the accomplishments of women. ? Coordinate Regional Women Center’s Professionals Network. ? Advise coordinate campuses as needed on issues related to women, as well as other Women’s Centers around the country per request. ? Develop materials and modules, with the help of the staff, to help University employees learn about ways to improve equity for women, about lactation rights, etc. ? Publish in national publications to raise awareness of women’s issues and enhance the University of Minnesota’s reputation. Encourage staff and graduate students to write re: Women’s Centers and gender equity ? Present on issues related to women in higher education at national conferences as well as to local and state audiences, and encourage staff to do the same. ? Serve on state or national boards, as possible.
Serve on OED Leadership Team to support inclusive diverse University community. Maintain working relationships with system campuses. - 15% ? Contribute as part of the OED Leadership Team to carrying out the University’s mission. ? Keep systems campuses informed re: scholarships, awards and events.
Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.
Essential Qualifications ? BA/BS with at least eight years of professional experience working either in higher education administration, student affairs programs for underrepresented individuals and groups including women, LGBTQIA individuals, or in equity or diversity units on a college or university campus ? Demonstrated knowledge of gender equity and women’s issues, dynamics of oppression, social justice, and social systems/social change literature and practices ? Demonstrated experience in, and an ongoing commitment to, working effectively with and across diverse communities: including people of color, underrepresented groups and new immigrant populations; American Indians; people with both visible and invisible disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds ? Demonstrated success in developing, coordinating and presenting programs that address gender equity in an educational context ? Demonstrated ability to build collaborative partnerships with diverse stakeholders ? ? 3-5 years of supervisory experience with staff and volunteers ? Demonstrated experience in designing and facilitating workshops ? Demonstrated experience in assessing and evaluating programs and/or services ? Strong leadership skills, ability to work independently and contribute to an intentional social justice-working environment. ? ? Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively ?with different constituency groups, i.e. faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members.
Preferred Qualifications ? Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree ? Creative and visionary leader who has the ability to encourage creativity and innovation in others ? Scholarly work on women’s issues ? Comprehensive administrative experience in higher education ? Experience in analyzing policy and advocating policy change ? Development experience; ability to both lead and support fundraising efforts and donor relations
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.