Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.
Duke University was created in 1924 through an indenture of trust by James Buchanan Duke. Today, Duke is regarded as one of America’s leading research universities. Located in Durham, North Carolina, Duke is positioned in the heart of the Research Triangle, which is ranked annually as one of the best places in the country to work and live. Duke has more than 15,000 students who study and conduct research in its 10 undergraduate, graduate, and professional schools. With about 40,000 employees, Duke is the third largest private employer in North Carolina, and it now has international programs in more than 150 countries.
The Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion reports to the Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy and is responsible for working collaboratively with the leadership team across programs and with key partners across the school, university and externally. The Sanford School is committed to becoming a diverse community that embraces all its members and educates leaders prepared to engage policy problems with a keen understanding of systemic racism and structural inequality. The Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion will promote diversity, inclusion and cultural sensitivity in teaching, practice, research, and service in collaboration with Sanford's administrators, faculty, staff, and students. This role may also include activities that connect with additional stakeholders such as our boards, alumni, and external partners.
A detailed description of functional areas and tasks follows:
Leadership & Programming
- Develop, implement, monitor and revise Sanford’s collective comprehensive action plan that promotes an institutional culture and welcoming environment and fight social bias, discrimination, and racism. Support continued development and assessment of this action plan. Use a variety of institutional/national data to benchmark Sanford’s effectiveness in the area of diversity and inclusion.
- Co-lead and collaborate with the Chair of the Sanford Diversity & Inclusion Committee, develop and present diversity and implicit bias training and education to all faculty search committees and staff in the Sanford School; partner with faculty to facilitate inclusive and equitable teaching‐learning practices in the curriculum.
- Effectively serve in an ex officio capacity on the school's operational teams, assisting in planning and strategizing as needed and consult with school leadership both centrally and in centers to align all our school functions with our comprehensive collective action plan.
- Lead all analytic programs related to diversity, including overseeing regular reports on statistics and metrics. Create and execute surveys including climate surveys.
- Research and identify current and emerging issues, trends and opportunities related to diversity and inclusion, and develop programs and processes to promote diversity and inclusion.
- Effectively manage the fiscal resources allocated for diversity initiatives. Prepare an annual budget proposal and manage area expenditures relative to the approved financial allocation.
- Work with the academic leadership to incorporate diversity and inclusion in the curriculum. Develop and deliver programs and workshops to students, faculty, staff, and administrators on topics related to diversity, inclusion, and retention.
- Develop initiatives to support, guide, and enhance the experience of underrepresented and/or disadvantaged students enrolled in Sanford.
- Provide guidance and consult with Sanford staff, faculty, and administrators on a broad range of strategies, opportunities and initiatives that will further diversity and inclusion within the Sanford community.
- Partner with Sanford Human Resources and support search committee(s) for faculty and staff on best practices for increasing the diversity of applicant pools. Stay current on policies, laws and compliance that relate to diversity recruitment.
- Advise the dean on matters related to issues of diversity and inclusion across the school.
- Establish and manage events that bring students and faculty from regional minority-serving institutions to Sanford and lead REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) and other activities targeted towards underrepresented groups to establish linkages with regional minority-serving institutions i.e. historically blacks colleges and universities and community colleges.
- Support student-facing and alumni-facing teams with special projects as assigned.
- Solve complex problems in areas such as academic and administrative policy, student admissions, curriculum research and development, and budget development. Advise various campus-wide and program committees in various aspects of student life.
- Lead and recommends process improvements for programs that relate to critical student-life improvement, including emergency management, accommodations for students with disabilities and programs for students.
- Advise and advocate for marginalized and underrepresented students (e.g., students of color, first-generation students, LGBTQ students, and women students) to ensure student success and satisfaction outcomes.
- Partner with Admissions and Marketing to develop and implement effective communication strategies, web and interactive media, and marketing and promotional collateral materials that can be used for recruiting and community building.
- Work cooperatively with the admissions team to increase enrollment and retention of talented minority students from underrepresented groups, including serving as Sanford’s representative at diversity recruiting events and hosting events to attract students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in public policy.
- Assist in increasing the size of the prospect pool from which qualified minority students might emerge and acquaints these prospects with careers in Public Policy.
- Cultivate and maintain partnerships with key staff members in appropriate areas, provide appropriate levels of support to student programs and participate as an active partner in efforts to provide a diverse staff and student body.
- Partner with the Career Services Office to expand options and opportunities for underrepresented minorities.
- Development &Alumni Relations and Research Activities
- Collaborate with Sanford’s development team to identify and foster relationships with foundations and donors with an interest in diversity and inclusion.
- Develop and define a fundraising strategy and lead fundraising efforts for diversity initiatives through proposals to foundations, etc.
- Research and maintain a list of external funding opportunities for applicants belonging to underrepresented groups (e.g., Pickering, Rangel, etc.).
- Collaborate with Sanford’s Director of Research Opportunities to identify and write grants to help obtain funding for programs, activities, and initiatives.
- Develop relationships with key faculty and staff stakeholders on campus to leverage opportunities to collaborate, while sharing current research and best practices with the campus community to inform identity and inclusion initiatives.
- Facilitate intergroup dialogue, community building and collaboration amongst student constituencies and lead first-year socialization efforts for underrepresented student populations.
- Partner with University leaders to deepen and maintain an inclusive living and learning environment.
- Collaborate with the Duke VP of Institutional Equity and other university diversity and inclusion experts to ensure that programming is complementary to, and in support of, Duke University’s institutional diversity and inclusion goals.
- Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein.
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel.
The ideal candidate will have expertise in the field of diversity, with a demonstrated track record of successful leadership for strategic planning and implementation of institutional diversity and inclusion efforts, while possessing an understanding of organizational change and the ability to cultivate a common vision. While this is a staff position, if appropriate given CV, the assistant dean may also be appointed as an adjunct professor of the practice who may teach a master’s level course (possibly an online course) on promoting diversity and inclusion within organization.
Demonstrated ability in program planning, implementation, and assessment.
Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills.
A master’s degree is required (i.e., MBA, MPP, MSW, MPA etc.). PhD preferred, background in a social science field preferred.
Work requires 7 years of experience. Directly related experience with progressive responsibility in faculty or staff development and or diversity work in academia, not for profit, or business is strongly preferred. Development of faculty or staff programs also strongly preferred. OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Duke is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.
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