As an integral member of the Vice President’s senior executive team, the AVP is integrally involved in OED’s strategic planning, determining new strategies and initiatives to move its work forward, and ensuring effective assessment/evaluation of its programs. The position requires a high degree of independent judgment, creativity, subject matter expertise, and interpersonal skill. This appointee will frequently act on behalf of the Vice President in both private and public spaces, and must represent the Office and the University competently in complex and rapidly changing contexts. To do so effectively, the AVP must be a clear and direct communicator who can address challenges in a collaborative manner, consistently recognizing diverse and sometimes opposing viewpoints. The successful candidate will demonstrate high levels of emotional and cultural intelligence; an understanding and appreciation of shared governance processes and other forms of shared authority; and an ability to informally influence and lead others. The AVP will be able to concisely present a vision for the work of OED both currently and as it aspires to be in the future that is grounded in realism but reaches for distinctive excellence. The performance of the AVP will be evaluated both on the measurable outcomes of their work and the manner of accomplishing those objectives. The approach should have a solid foundation in theoretical concepts, but the AVP must be as much a “doer” as a “thinker.”
Major Functions Student-Facing Programs • Lead staff in the GSC, MCAE and Women’s Center. Create and sustain a healthy, inclusive culture that supports both the staff and students in each area while maintaining individual accountability and driving outcome-based evaluations. • Establish and maintain strong relationships and communication lines with students, continuously seeking student perspectives about how the University can be more inclusive and effective in its support of underrepresented and first-generation students. • Use data-driven approaches to identify, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of unit strategies. • Serve as first point of contact for information and response when questions or issues arise among stakeholders about OED and/or its units; clearly articulate and advance OED goals in interactions and relationships with faculty, staff and students. • Administer and provide oversight for a number of OED scholarship programs.
Work with System Campuses and University Partners • Work with the Vice President to establish and nurture relationships across the University of Minnesota system. In conjunction with other OED senior staff, work and meet regularly with staff across the system with responsibility for campus-based diversity efforts. • Establish and maintain strong partnerships between OED and University partners, such as the Office for Student Affairs, Office for Undergraduate Education, and faculty, staff and student governance to develop or enhance policies and programming. • Work with the Vice President and OED leadership to create and implement accountability measures for use across the University system, and other areas as needed.
External Relations • Work with the Vice President to establish and nurture external relationships throughout the State of Minnesota, including developing and maintaining respectful relationships with Minnesota Tribal Nations. • Work with the Vice President to facilitate development and fundraising opportunities in support the work of OED. • Administer and provide oversight for the University’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute and other community engagement events as assigned. • Serve as a representative of the Vice President at meetings and other functions when appropriate.
This is a full-time, 12 month, 100% position with benefits.
Essential Qualifications: • Master’s degree and demonstrated extensive, progressively responsible experience related to contemporary issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion with an emphasis on student development. • A minimum of ten years’ experience working in a university or college system working directly with students and student-facing programming in progressively responsible positions. • Demonstrated experience working effectively with and across diverse communities, including specific experience with people of color, underrepresented groups, and new immigrant populations; American Indians and other indigenous peoples; people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities; women; people of various gender and sexual identities and expressions; and first-generation students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds. [OED also addresses issues of access and climate for individuals who might encounter barriers based on their religious expression, age, national origin, ethnicity, or veteran status. Furthermore, we recognize the importance of working with people who claim more than one of the above identities]. • Demonstrated experience effectively supervising and developing professional staff, and experience with supervising multiple service units simultaneously. • Demonstrated experience contributing to the development of an educational environment that is supportive of and inclusive of all students. • Significant experience with managing complex budgetary issues and accountability systems. • Exceptional planning, analytical, and organizational skills. • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with all constituencies across the University and levels of University administration. • Program development experience, which demonstrates a recognition and promotion of all aspects of diversity in an inclusive way. • Ability to work collaboratively with others and contribute to the efforts of a diverse team.
Preferred Qualifications: • Terminal degree in relevant field. • Experience working in a large, decentralized complex organization. • Experience working closely with senior-level administrators.
Internal Number: 328725
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