The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research, and service. UMBC seeks to combine the traditions of the liberal arts academy, the creative intensity of the research university, and the social responsibility of the public university to advance the institution and benefit society. As a university that has welcomed students of all backgrounds since its establishment in 1966, UMBC promotes a culture of inclusive excellence and values leaders who balance an intellectually creative and entrepreneurial professional approach, with an interpersonal style that is caring, familial, and egalitarian.
The incumbent will report directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs and work collaboratively with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, divisional directors, campus constituents and external constituents to advance the institution's commitment to inclusive excellence, intercultural competence and all aspects of global diversity. Specific duties include:
Lead diversity initiatives, ensuring the continued development of an inclusive, student-focused culture;
Provide guidance in program and policy development within the Division of Student Affairs to ensure that inclusion and interactional diversity goals are strategically included in event planning, budget preparation, and promotion of the mission;
Coordinate with the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Student Affairs Council (SAC), and others in division-wide diversity and inclusion training initiatives, leadership programs, and co-curricular programs aimed at building cultural competence and intercultural communication skills;
Serve as a thought-partner with division leadership, staff, students, and shared governance entities to lead the development of a cohesive, comprehensive strategic plan focused on diversity and inclusion;
Ensure that initiatives in the plan are prioritized, operationalized, and assessed;
Work closely with the Office of International Education Services (IES) and other departments across the institution in support of the overall academic success, retention and engagement of International students;
Act as lead and direct division wide and departmental initiatives in collaboration with divisional units to include: Athletics, Campus Life, Careers, Counseling, Health Services, Residential Life, Off Campus Student Services, and Transit to improve recruitment and retention of prospective staff from underrepresented groups;
Build consensus and forge strong collaborative relationships with a diverse array of campus constituencies in a complex, higher education environment in order to achieve diversity, inclusion, equity, and community engagement goals;
Represent the Division of Student Affairs in campus wide committees and task forces committed to expanding strategic initiatives related to compositional diversity of staff and inclusion for students, staff and faculty;
Keep abreast of current research, trends, and best practices in diversity and inclusion, to inform policy and program development work;
Serve as a central resource and point of coordination and communication for diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives and programs;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Terminal degree in Diversity Education, InterCultural Communication, Higher Education, Public Policy, Sociology or related field with a minimum of five years of administrative and leadership experience preferably related to advancing diversity and inclusion initiatives in a complex organization;
Demonstrate a knowledge of the intersections of race, class, gender, sexual identity, gender identity and expression, and other areas of diversity experienced in an institution of higher education;
Strong content knowledge and sensitivity to the concerns of underrepresented student communities, diversity and social issues, and a dedication to student growth and development;
Inter-cultural competencies, including strong emotional intelligence, influencing skills, and the ability to engage and build relationships with university constituencies and underrepresented communities;
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups from a variety of identities, cultures, backgrounds, ideologies, including personal and social orientations;
Demonstrated experience conducting diversity and inclusion training for students, exempt and non-exempt staff;
Experience and knowledge in recruiting and retention of compositionally diverse staff;
Instructional design and facilitation experience;
Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures;
Demonstrated track record of building consensus and forging strong collaborative relationships with a diverse array of campus constituencies in a complex higher education environment;
Strong communication and conflict-resolution skills needed to navigate politically-charged situations to resolve problems, build consensus, and reconcile competing interests;
Strong knowledge base of current research and trends, and best practices in diversity and inclusion, and can utilize that knowledge to inform policy and program development work;
Possess outstanding skills in the area of intercultural diversity and social justice particularly as it relates to complex higher education environments;
The ability to balance the needs of small groups versus large groups, see through multiple lenses and perspectives;
The ability to engage seamlessly at multiple hierarchical levels and an understanding of environments that seek inclusion not only compositional diversity.
Background Screening Statement:
A background check will be required.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a list of three professional references (including current telephone numbers and addresses)
Open until filled
Screening of Applications Begins:
For best consideration, submit application materials by May 31, 2018. Applications will be accepted until position is filled.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
Internal Number: 492570
About University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.