Associate Dean for Inclusion & Diversity Initiatives

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA

The Associate Dean for Inclusion & Diversity Initiatives provides strategic leadership for and executes equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity, and access initiatives within the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Working in close alignment with the Dean, while administratively reporting to the Vice Dean for Administration and Finance, the Associate Dean partners with the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, as well as school leadership in student affairs and human resources, to advance DEI efforts across the School. The Associate Dean serves as the Viterbi School’s Diversity Liaison to central USC leadership and interfaces with the Office of the Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer (CIDO) and other university offices regarding university diversity initiatives.

Internally, the Associate Dean is tasked with executing the School’s Racial Equity-Minded Action plan. As such, the Associate Dean coordinates DEI initiatives across faculty, staff, and student populations to ensure that diversity initiatives are integrated into day-to-day operational and programmatic activity across the School. The Associate Dean works closely with and provides guidance to Viterbi Admissions and Student Engagement, Human Resources, and Faculty Affairs teams to execute diversity and inclusion initiatives. This position is designated as a Campus Security Authority (CSA) under the Clery Act and must comply with the requirements of said designation.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership & Strategic Planning
    • Provide expert guidance to School leadership and internal partners to advance and integrate DEI initiatives across all facets of the Viterbi School’s work
    • Manage implementation of the School’s Racial Equity-Minded Action plan
    • Serve as the chief internal and external advocate for DEI issues, including serving as the School’s Diversity Liaison to central USC leadership
    • Stay current with and assume a leadership role in the national engineering diversity and inclusion conversation regarding standards, benchmarks and best practices
    • Serve as a member of the Dean’s senior leadership team and advises various DEI committees and initiatives

  • Compliance, Data Tracking & Accountability
    • Provide DEI progress reports to academic leaders, internal partners, and to the community
    • Work with USC Viterbi senior leadership to develop and accomplish measurable goals for diversity efforts in the School and assess the progress and success of these programs
    • Track and report internal DEI demographic data; inventory internal DEI programming
    • Liaise with and provide DEI data to the CIDO for annual diversity reports; liaise with EEOTIX and the Office of Civil Rights
    • Manage grievance assessment regarding DEI matters; review grievance processes as needed

  • Student DEI Leadership
    • Ensure a robust and sustained DEI presence in student recruitment and advisement; support development of a supportive culture that enables all students to thrive
    • Supports the strategic direction of and provides guidance to the Senior Director of Diversity Initiatives at Viterbi Admissions and Student Engagement (VASE) to support the development and execution of strategies and tactics that enhance the academic experience of enrolled students from under-represented groups
    • Promote student retention through activities, programs, and events that build a supportive culture; connect students to external DEI centers/events; work with and support student organizations
    • Promote underrepresented/minoritized student recruitment (including scholarships) and student retention efforts (development, mentoring)

  • Faculty DEI Leadership
    • Work close in partnership with the Dean/Office of the Dean, the Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs, Chairs, Directors, and other faculty leaders and staff to support efforts to build and sustain an inclusive environment with an increasingly diverse faculty
    • Help lead effective recruitment and hiring strategies as well as monitor retention, resignation, and termination rates of persons who identify with underrepresented or minoritized faculty populations
    • Support academic units in developing and executing specialized and successful recruitment strategies
    • Support efforts to provide mentoring or mentoring resources for persons who identify with underrepresented or minoritized populations
    • Support efforts to provide or offer opportunities for professional development of all faculty
    • Engage with faculty to develop and sustain an academic culture of inclusive excellence for graduate students; engage with faculty to recruit a diverse PhD student population
    • Support inclusive educational practices effective for diverse constituencies

  • Staff DEI Leadership
    • Work in close partnership with the Executive Director of Faculty Affairs and Human Resources operations to integrate best practices in employee engagement and inclusion across all areas of human resources
    • Monitor recruitment and hiring strategies as well as retention, resignation, termination rates for underrepresented or minoritized staff populations
    • Provide strategic oversight and guidance to the Engagement and Inclusion Manager
    • Support efforts to provide mentoring or mentoring resources for underrepresented or minoritized populations
    • Support efforts to provide professional development or professional development opportunities for all staff

Minimum Qualifications :

  • Master’s Degree and 7 years’ experience in directly related field. Combined experience/education may substitute for minimum education.
  • Directly related program management experience. Expert knowledge of field, teaching experience and/or active in research. Ability to manage sponsored projects and fundraise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree strongly preferred; graduate degree in a STEM related field preferred.
  • Leadership experience in engineering diversity in an academic environment.
  • Knowledge of literature on and best practices for enhancing diversity and inclusion in the STEM workforce.
  • Interest in students, skill set in student programming, admission or university experience.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity to and understanding of diverse academic, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds of community served.
  • Ability to effectively lead teams in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to build, incentivize and maintain high-performing teams and to coach others as needed.
  • Demonstrated effective written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to work respectfully and persuasively in a diverse community with those who may have differing opinions and experiences.

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