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The University of Southern California, Gould School of Law invites applications for the position of Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
Reporting to the Associate Dean for Academic Services and the Dean of the Gould School of Law, the position is responsible for the strategic direction of the school’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) activities and promoting a diverse, equitable and respectful environment for faculty, staff and students. The major responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:
Planning, implementing and evaluating goals related to diversity and inclusion within the school. This includes facilitating and creating new initiatives, presentations, and activities that foster a culture of openness and inclusion.
Building strong relationships with members of the leadership team to drive awareness, commitment and accountability for DEI action plans across the school.
Creating a strategic plan to monitor and measure DEI outcomes.
Overseeing and reporting on recruitment efforts to increase diversity within the school. This may include delivering diversity reports on an annual or as-needed basis.
Partnering with Communications to communicate DEI initiatives and messaging.
Engaging the Gould community and soliciting feedback to identify gaps. This includes advising student groups to empower, educate, and involve students in DEI efforts; launching climate surveys and facilitating listening sessions.
Promoting, advising upon, and supporting curriculum development aimed at teaching and learning to think critically about cultural diversity.
Acting as a resource for faculty, staff, and students in providing support on DEI matters.
The Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion must also work closely with other offices or leaders within the law school that provide student, academic or administrative services such as the Registrar’s office, Admissions and Financial Aid, the Student Organizations office, Vice Deans, and Human Resources. The position serves on various law school committees and is occasionally asked to participate in University-wide committees, and assists in maintaining the law school’s ties to the legal community by attending various local, state, national bar association and other professional meetings.
Applicants must demonstrate a clear commitment toward supporting and promoting diversity, equity and inclusion of students, faculty and staff from differing backgrounds. Qualifications include a history of successful leadership in promoting diversity and engaging in activities that support equity and respect in the work or educational environment. The successful candidate must also have experience with antiracist/antibias and culturally responsive pedagogy or other equivalent expertise. They must possess strong leadership abilities and organizational skills, good judgment, excellent verbal/written communication. Must be able to speak authentically about the imperative for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the school.
Preferred Education: Juris Doctorate degree
Preferred Experience: 5+ years in higher education
Qualifications may also include one or more of the following: A master’s or doctorate degree; at least three years of successful Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion experience; demonstrated program management and design; and, a strong record of established relationships with other business professionals and with professional organizations
Applicants must upload a resume and a statement that illustrates a commitment to diversity and inclusion efforts to be considered for this position. The statement on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion must describes the candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Equity, diversity, inclusion, opportunity and access are of central importance to the Gould School of Law (Gould). Gould holds a unique position in society, and within the university, as every aspect of these principles are influenced by and can be protected through legal rules and institutions. At Gould, we are proudly committed to maintaining a community in which each person respects the rights of others to live, work, and learn in peace and dignity, to be proud of who and what they are, and to have equal opportunity to realize their full potential as individuals and members of society.
Minimum Education: Bachelor's degree; combined experience/education as substitute for minimum education Minimum Experience: 5 years Minimum Field of Expertise: Student personnel administration with management experience