Director, Diversity Inclusion & Outreach

  • Northwestern University
  • Northwestern University, N Saint Clair St, Chicago, IL, USA
  • Feb 13, 2018
Full time Administration Education Executive

Job Description

Director, Diversity Inclusion & Outreach

About Northwestern University:

 

Northwestern University is a private research university located on lakefront campuses in both Evanston and downtown Chicago, Illinois.  Northwestern was founded in 1851.  In fall 2008, Northwestern opened another campus in Doha, Qatar offering bachelor’s degrees in journalism and communications in partnership with the Qatar Foundation.   

 

The university employs approximately 7,100 full-time faculty and staff members among its 12 schools and colleges.  NU offers over 130 undergraduate programs and 70 graduate and professional programs to the almost 16,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students enrolled full time.

 

Northwestern University is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.

 

Northwestern University Opportunity (Job ID 33041):

 

Northwestern University seeks to employ a varied and diverse range of dynamic people who understand the importance of our mission and vision. When you consider a career at Northwestern University, you know that you are joining an institution with a deep history of academic, professional and personal excellence.

 

Currently, we have a career opportunity as a Director, Diversity Inclusion & Outreach (Chicago Campus).

Job Summary:
Responsible for the development and management of all Diversity and Inclusion programming and initiatives at the Law School.  This includes recruitment, strategic planning, coordination, project management, conflict resolution, budgeting, student counseling, faculty advising, relationship building, and external networking as outlined in the duties described below.

Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Develop strategies, create programs, and implement new activities that foster and support diversity and inclusion in the Law School. With Law Admissions, develop and implement innovative recruitment strategies to attract a larger number of diverse student applicants. Advise the Dean and faculty on diversity and inclusion issues and proactively engage with constituents to ensure students feel safe and supported.
  • Lead diversity initiatives in the Law School, ensuring the continued development of an inclusive, student-focused culture. Oversee and plan programs, workshops, and training sessions to promote the school’s effort to build and maintain an environment that is inclusive, pluralistic, and diverse.  Oversee programs to support the integration of diverse students into the law school community.  
  • Serve as an advisor to individual students on academic issues, curricular and educational decisions, academic progress and performance, and career objectives.  Serve as an ombudsperson for students when necessary.  Work closely with student groups serving diverse students or whose mission involves diversity to facilitate programming designed to foster a culture of inclusion.
  • Collaborate in program and policy development in Student Services to ensure that diversity goals are included in event planning, budget preparation, and promotion of the mission. Plan and manage diversity initiatives budget and coordinate and consult in planning and management of Student Affairs’ operational budget.
  • Manage student matters related to the honor code, character and fitness, examinations, orientation, convocation, ADA accommodations, and other matters related to Student Life. Represent Dean of Student Services in circumstances as needed. 
  • Build external networks to promote diversity goals of law school.  Represent the school at the local, state, and national levels on all matters related to diversity affairs.  
  • Facilitate the cultivation of financial aid and employment opportunities for diverse students.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Juris Doctor Degree from an accredited law school or other advanced degree.
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of legal or comparable experience. 
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong interpersonal relationships with students, faculty, alumni, staff, legal professionals, and the general public.  
  • Demonstrated ability to engage others in difficult conversations and manage conflict.
  • Proven ability to exercise initiative and judgment in coordinating various programs. 
  • Must be self-directed and willing to identify and assume new responsibilities in line with the evolving needs of the Law School 
  • Must be willing to travel and when necessary, work a flexible schedule (night and weekend events are sometimes necessary).

Minimum Competencies:

  • Strong communicator
  • Highly organized
  • Experienced advocate
  • Proven conflict management/resolution ability
  • High degree of comfort working with a wide variety of competing constituencies.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Prior experience in counseling, recruitment, and/or job placement in a law school or comparable setting.  
  • Prior experience working in the field of Diversity and Inclusion or similar relevant experience.
  • Prior experience in both advocacy and conflict management/resolution settings.
  • Prior experience that encompasses broad range of client interactions, including, at least, racial, ethnic, religious, geographic, sexual identity, and socio-economic status diversity.

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.

 

Working at Northwestern University:

 

Beyond being a place to learn and grow professionally, Northwestern is an exciting and fulfilling place to work! Northwestern offers many benefit options to full and part-time employees including: competitive compensation; excellent retirement plans; comprehensive medical, dental and vision coverage; dependent care match; vacation, sick and holiday pay; professional development opportunities and tuition reimbursement.

 

Northwestern greatly values work/life balance amongst its employees. Take advantage of recreational, cultural, and enrichment opportunities on campus. Employees also receive access to childcare solutions, retail discounts, and other work/life balance resources.

 

Northwestern University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly believes in creating an environment that welcomes students, faculty and staff of all races, nationalities and religions. In doing so, we offer our students the opportunity to learn and grow in diverse communities preparing them for successful careers in an increasingly global and diverse work force.

 

For consideration, please click on the link below. You will be directed to Northwestern University's electronic recruiting system, eRecruit, where you will apply for current openings. Once you apply, you will receive an email confirming submission of your resume. For all resumes received, if there is interest in your candidacy, the human resources recruiter or the department hiring manager will contact you. Job Opening ID number for this position is 33041.

 

http://www.northwestern.edu/hr/careers/

 

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.