At the University of Minnesota, we work as a system to ensure that all of our students, staff, and faculty have the best experiences possible. In the Department of Neuroscience, we know that the climate on our campus is influenced by many factors, including events that occur locally, nationally, and internationally.
Although defining and assessing climate is complex, climate typically refers to a few areas, including the experiences of individuals and groups on campus, and importantly, the quality and extent of interactions between those groups and individuals.
As we have seen on our campus, having a diversity of views and experiences is only one component of climate, and how we interact with one another, oftentimes referred to as interactional diversity, greatly impacts how we perceive the health of our overall environment.
One of the most crucial pieces of climate we want to cultivate in our community is respect. We know from research on campus climate that feeling valued and respected is the foundation for how we understand many of our experiences.
This position reflects our understanding that campus climate directly affects academic achievement, professional accomplishment, and essential health and well-being. Through the work of our Departmental initiatives, we are looking to develop the elements of a welcoming climate - a sense of belonging and a sense of autonomy. Not only do we want to have spaces where we can reach our highest potential, but we also want to be in those spaces without having to hide or minimize our identities, views, and experiences. Growing and nurturing a campus climate that is safer and more welcoming for all is one of our core commitments and an integral component that enables all of the University’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.
Summary of Position:
This position serves as a resource for faculty, administrators, staff and students of the Department of Neuroscience. They are responsible for implementing the recruiting and admissions plan for the Departmental Programs (Go4Brains, MINDS, Diversify CNS and Summer Research in Neurological Diseases or Drug Addiction). The DEI programs target high school students, undergraduates, and postdocs particularly those from underrepresented groups, to apply to the DEI and graduate programs, working with prospective candidates through inquiry, application, and admission decision phases. Primarily, this position will manage, design and lead diversity strategy, partnerships and initiatives for the Department of Neuroscience. This includes the development and execution of a recruiting and yield strategy to attract and enroll qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, and military service. Candidates will vary in level based on the program. Levels currently range from high school students, undergrads, postbacs, graduate students, postdocs and early stage investigators. This position will share many responsibilities with the admissions and recruiting team, including reviewing hundreds of applications annually and managing admission decisions from a highly competitive applicant pool. As a member of the team, this position will also contribute to the development of the overall strategic recruitment and admissions plan for DEI programs and the management of specific admissions and recruiting projects and events.
Responsibilities: Diversity Recruitment and Lead Generation (50%) â— Lead, develop, and implement recruitment plans and strategies specific to underrepresented and/or diverse audiences that increase inquiries, applications, and enrollments for the DEI Programs in the Department of Neuroscience. â— Build and grow relationships with candidates from diverse backgrounds, such as female and underrepresented minority (URM) students, to increase the program’s diverse student pipeline, and work with diverse applicants through the admissions process. â— Lead the development and maintenance of strategic partnerships with key national affinity organizations (such as Forte Foundation, Prospanica, AAMBA, ROMBA and NAWMBA) which enhance the Program’s efforts to recruit and retain students from historically under-represented populations and develop successful programming. Act as liaison with local chapters. â— Identify new strategic partners and expand relationships, signature events, or sponsorships with local or regional organizations with a focus on diversity (such as Genysys Works, College Possible, Women Hack, Twin Cities & Chicago Professional Diversity Networks, People of Color Careers, the African American Leadership Forum) with a focus on lead and application generation for Departmental programs. â— Work with the program leaders to develop and implement effective communication strategies across email, text, and chat channels, web and interactive media, and marketing and promotional collateral materials that can be used for recruitment. â— Manage, build content, and administer pipeline programs to promote access to education and assist the matriculation of students from non-traditional and underrepresented populations. â— Market these programs and events across channels, communicating with all stakeholders, including corporate partners. Work collaboratively with other University units and community organizations as appropriate. â— Participate in standard admissions activities such as admissions interviews, on-campus information sessions, open houses, admissions travel, and yield events. Ensure that the key messages with respect to diversity initiatives are appropriately positioned and integrated, and that the specific needs of diverse audiences are considered and met. â— Research and benchmark applications trends as it relates to underrepresented populations; provide recommendations on how to increase efficacy for recruiting underrepresented students. â— Participate actively in national association events and developmental programs that are focused on admissions and recruitment of diverse and traditionally underrepresented student groups. â— Develop and manage programming for diversity recruitment and yield events across programs. â— Track and analyze diversity admissions data. Evaluate performance of diversity initiatives relative to goals. â— Leverage relationships with current students and alumni leaders for diversity insights and connections; and supports diversity student organizations. â— Establish relationships with internal and external constituencies relevant to the program’s diversity strategy. â— Identify and participate in industry/function-specific conferences and professional association meetings/events. â— Stay current on policies, laws, and legal matters that relate to diversity recruitment, and educate the team.
General Recruiting (20%) â— Proactively reach-out and follow-up with prospective and admitted students from underrepresented groups. This includes e-mails, phone calls, 1:1 virtual and on-campus meetings, and student visits to ensure a personalized experience in the pre-matriculation phase of the student experience. â— Serve as key advisor to prospective students. Inform prospective students about program options and advise candidates on program of best fit. Follow up with prospective student requests (via scheduled appointments, Zoom, phone or e-mail, walk-ins). â— Participate in developing the overall recruiting and admissions strategy. â— Coordinate and participate in information sessions, presentations and visits. â— Lead, plan, and present at program information sessions for prospective students. â— Participate in and support marketing strategy via participating in recruiting chats, blog posts, virtual fairs, social media, and videos. â— Participate in specialty recruiting events for Departmental programs.
Admissions (20%) â— Coordinate admissions interviews and provide recommendations for programs in a timely manner, as outlined by deadlines for each program. â— Review admissions applications and coordinate admissions committee reviews. â— Participate in the development of admissions and post-admission related materials for admitted students. â— Serve as an advisor to students denied to the program, recommend opportunities for improving likelihood of admission or recommend alternative course of action. â— Coordinate new student orientation.
Administrative (10%) â— Maintain memberships on various university and professional associations. â— Participate in professional conferences and workshops as appropriate. â— Participate in school-wide activities & committees as appropriate. â— Participate and actively contribute at all levels of department staff meetings. â— Participate in department projects/events as needed. â— Represent the office at various internal and external events. â— Other duties as assigned.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Required Qualifications: â— BA/BS degree with at least two years of related experience in higher education, marketing, recruitment, program management, advising, or other customer or student-facing role or a combination of related education and work experience to equal six years. â— Two years of experience in a large, decentralized workplace managing culture, campus climate, and DEI-related initiatives. â— 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. â— 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. â— Demonstrated experience engaging complex, culturally-responsive research and data-driven evaluation of equity and diversity programs/initiatives.
Preferred Qualifications: â— Advanced degree in relevant field. â— Experience working in a University or college system. â— Experience in student affairs, student development, and related programming. â— Experience working closely with faculty and senior-level leaders and administrators. â— Strong commitment to advancing and improving diversity recruitment, including an understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with recruiting candidates from diverse or underrepresented backgrounds. â— Demonstrated strong organizational skills with ability to use good judgement in prioritizing multiple requests made by persons with competing interests. â— Experience growing engagement or participation in a program or initiative with a diverse audience, utilizing recruiting and marketing strategies across channels. â— Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated effectiveness in public speaking and presenting. â— Self-starter. Able to work independently, multi-task effectively, innovate, and foster teamwork. â— Ability to work in a hybrid in-person and virtual environment, while maintaining high levels of productivity, accountability, and communication with team and stakeholders. â— Experience managing relationships with external partners. â— Strong professional network and engagement in professional organizations. â— Proven ability to interact and communicate effectively with a wide variety of individuals, including leaders/executives at external organizations. â— Outstanding customer service skills and strong attention to detail. â— Proven record of success working in a fast-paced environment while balancing multiple responsibilities. â— High level of political and personnel management acumen. Ability to maintain confidentiality, objectivity, sensitivity, discretion, professionalism, and exercise good judgment and tact. â— Strong problem-solving and project management skills. â— An analytic mindset that utilizes data and research to inform decision-making.
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