Executive Director: Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence/Special Assistant to the President
Location: Ashland, Ohio
Internal Number: 2284
The Executive Director is a full-time, 12 month position reporting directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs, advises the President on institution wide DEI matters, and sits on the University's President's Cabinet. The Director is responsible for the daily operations and administration of student-centered, inclusive excellence initiatives, programs, and services that advance Ashland University's mission, vision and core values:
Ashland University seeks a Christ honoring, results oriented professional who can advance the twin priorities of living out our Christian values of unity and collaboratively delivering programs, policies and mentoring that celebrate our rich diversity. AU promotes the Brethren Church's tradition of fellowship and recognizes that true unity in fellowship must be genuine which produces a sense of mutual concern, wholehearted service to one another and our community, and an abiding joy . AU's vision for inclusive excellence is lived out when we humbly pursue deep fellowship as described in Philippians:
if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from His love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others (Philippians 2:2-4).
AU welcomes students from the widest range of intellectual, intercultural and economic backgrounds. Our vision of unity through diversity drives our campus efforts toward radical hospitality. It also drives equitable treatment of all and seeks justice where our promises of equity may fall short. And it is this vision that breathes life into our collective celebration of all that a diverse learning community contributes to AU's world-class educational pursuits. AU practices this vision when we act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with [each other and] our God (Micah 6:8).
A key expectation for this position is to regularly draw together the complex array of perspectives and data to inform strategic initiatives, student programs and policy development that help elevate the most vulnerable students to persist and thrive at AU. This is evidenced by increases in underrepresented student retention and completion rates over a 3-5 year period, engaged student organizations that advance diverse missions, and increases in student satisfaction with the DEI programs and services.
This position supports all students, with a focus toward underrepresented students and student organizations, serving in advocate and mentoring roles. This position also engages and educates students on topics of diversity in an effort to foster an understanding of how to see diversity through the lens of Christianity, which emphasizes civility, respect for the value of all, and to prepare our students to serve and lead in a global society. The Director will develop meaningful partnerships with students, academic units, co-curricular departments, support services, and the Ashland community in an effort to elevate diversity awareness from this unique perspective, education, programs, and resources. The Director serves as a senior leader on the President's Cabinet and on the Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team (SALT).
Assess campus and community needs related to multiple dimensions of diversity and implement high impact practices to address those needs while aligning with the university's strategic plan.
Develop a comprehensive plan to educate the campus and community regarding initiatives, services, training, and programs available through or in collaboration with the office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence.
Chair the AU Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence committee.
Design and implement diversity competency workshops, programs, and services to encourage students, faculty, staff, and community members to engage in conversations across multiple dimensions of diversity.
Review policies and make recommendations to ensure AU students' rights and responsibilities are properly supported.
Collaborate with campus constituents, including Admissions, Center for Academic Support, Athletics, Alumni Engagement, International Student Services, Veteran Affairs, and academic units to recruit, retain, and support students of color and underrepresented groups.
Implement strong campus and community programming initiatives to include: MLK Day of Service, Celebration of Excellence, Pathways Pre-Orientation Program, and Diversity Scholars Program, in addition to supporting programs provided by student organizations.
Develop and implement a strong online and print marketing and communications plan that elevates the visibility of diversity programs and resources.
Prepare materials and represent office at various programs including Admissions days, Summer Orientation days, Orientation Weekend, Homecoming, and other key university events.
Advise diversity related student organizations in addition to their faculty/staff advisor.
Oversee the budget for the office and demonstrate sound fiscal management.
Track, analyze and respond to data trends as related to diversity initiatives, student satisfaction, retention, and learning. Create bi-annual office reports for the Board of Trustees.
Serve on division and institution-wide committees as assigned.
Serve on the University Title IX Committee as a Title IX Deputy Coordinator.
Supervise and mentor one to two, 10 hour per week student interns.
Other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in higher education or related field required.
Minimum 2 years of experience in a student affairs/higher education or related environment.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and experience working with a wide variety of student populations is preferred.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong interpersonal and communication skills, maintain high levels of personal and professional integrity, possess effective organizational habits and strategies, and have the ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University places great emphasis on the importance of each individual. The phrase “Accent on the Individual” has been our motto for many years and, hopefully, characterizes well the nature and content of the campus environment. It means that our concern for the student extends beyond ensuring a quality education in the classroom and laboratory to include a commitment to provide a stimulating and supportive environment in every respect.Translating the ideas of our Mission Statement into the realities of everyday life is the responsibility of each Ashland University employee. These ideas must be evidenced daily in the classroom, residence halls, each teaching site, on the playing fields and in our interaction with others. It should be the goal of each Ashland University employee to ensure that our Mission Statement is not merely words on paper but a true reflection of who and what we actually are and intend to be in the future.