Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, UT Institute of Agriculture (Knoxville, TN)
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About UTIA: The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture (UTIA) is comprised of four units, including AgResearch, College of Veterinary Medicine, Herbert College of Agriculture, and UT Extension, and is at the core of the University of Tennessee's land-grant mission of educating, discovering, and connecting. UTIA fulfills that mission by developing solutions and services that advance agriculture, education, natural resource management, human, plant and animal health, and our communities.
To accomplish our vision, we will: *Connect across strengths within teaching, research and Extension and with partners. *Focus on grand challenges and established priorities. *Help people and communities adapt to an ever-changing world.
General Description: The Director serves as a key member of the Institute's leadership team and reports directly to the deans of the Herbert College of Agriculture, AgResearch, and UT Extension with an indirect reporting line to the UTK Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Engagement. This position will collaborate with offices across the Institute and University to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion (DE&I) in the university's research, outreach, and educational missions, as well as chair the newly established UTIA Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Primary responsibilities of the Director are to provide strategic leadership and administrative oversight in developing and enhancing efforts to create and sustain a culture that embraces, promotes, and prioritizes equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in the broadest meanings for all staff and students.
The successful candidate will be a skilled relationship-builder, communicator, facilitator, and advisor with outstanding interpersonal skills and a demonstrated focus on teamwork and collaboration. The candidate will exhibit a passion for expanding diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout a university setting.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:
*Provide vision, leadership, management, assessment, and strategic planning for the design and implementation of an Institute-wide framework that ensures diversity, inclusion, equity, and respect for all staff and students. *Facilitate and share best practices for enhancing inclusivity, engagement, and cultural competence across UTIA including at the ten AgResearch and Education Centers and the UT Extension county offices across the state. *Serve as a thought leader and consultant to senior administrators and department leaders to support diversity, inclusion, and engagement efforts in their areas. *Oversee the newly established UTIA Diversity and Inclusion Council. *Represent UTIA on system- and campus-level standing diversity committees.
Internal Number: 205406
About Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.