Associate Director of Student Affairs + Diversity and Inclusion
University of Chicago (UC)
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Internal Number: JR11406
Location: Hyde Park Campus
As a member of the Student Affairs team in the Office of the Dean of Students, lead the schoolâ™s efforts to promote student-focused programming around diversity and inclusion
Promote efforts to create a learning environment that is welcoming and inclusive for all students both in and outside of the classroom
Coordinate and lead the annual Pre-Orientation program, including year-round programming for the Pre-Orientation cohort
Manage the Diversity Grant program
Coordinate the Diversity Leadership Network, which consists of the leadership of all affinity student organizations
Provide support, counseling and referrals to JD and LLM students on issues concerning equity, inclusion, and diversity
Provide problem resolution and advocacy when concerns about bias or insensitivity are raised by students
Recommend, plan, and implement a range of programs that support the schoolâ™s intention to cultivate an environment that is inclusive, pluralistic and diverse
Identify and recommend best practices for fostering classroom inclusiveness
Take a leadership role to support students and create programming during times of national crisis where matters of diversity and inclusion are at issue
Support faculty efforts to create student-focused programming on issues of law and diversity
Supports the Office of Admissionsâ™ recruitment efforts in 1) enhancing the applicant pipeline with outreach and programming to college and high school students and 2) increasing the yield of accepted applicants from historically underrepresented groups by coordinating outreach, mentorship, and other activities coordinated with Admissions leadership
Represent the Law School at diversity- or inclusion-related events, nationally and in the surrounding Chicagoland area
Collaborate with the Dean-appointed Diversity Committee and Deputy Dean, on various issues and projects
Dotted reporting line to the Deputy Dean in order to collaborate on diversity matters that impact teaching and the classroom climate
Recommends process improvements for programs that relate to critical student-life improvement, including emergency management, accommodations for students with disabilities, and/or the administration of health care services and programs for students.
Solves problems in areas such as academic and administrative policy, student admissions, and curriculum research and development. Advises various campus-wide and program committees in various aspects of student life.
Performs other related work as needed
5 years of professional experience in a legal, business, or academic setting
Experience working with students from diverse and traditionally underrepresented backgrounds
Experience developing and delivering programs, ideally concerning diversity, cultural competence or related topics to students
Experience providing counseling or advising, specifically to students
Prior experience working in the field of diversity and inclusion or similar relevant setting
Prior experience that encompasses a broad range of client interactions, including racial, ethnic, religious, sexual orientation/identity, and socio-economic diversity
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain strong, productive relationships
Demonstrated ability to engage others in difficult or sensitive conversations and effectively resolve conflict
Demonstrated ability to hold confidential, complex and sensitive information
Exceptional application of judgment and discretion
High degree of comfort working with a range of competing interests and constituencies
Ability to influence senior members of an organization
Comfortable working collaboratively across a spectrum of offices, organizations, and people
Excellent oral and written communication and problem resolution skills
Excellent listening and counseling skills
Superior organizational skills
High resiliency and emotional intelligenceÂ
Ability to be flexible; comfortable with skillful improvisation
Willing and able to travel as needed
Willing and able to work evenings and weekends as needed
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