Associate Dean for Inclusion & Diversity Initiatives
University of Southern California (USC)
Location: Los Angeles, California
Internal Number: REQ20109121
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 Schoolâs 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 Schoolâs 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 Schoolâs work
Serve as the chief internal and external advocate for DEI issues, including serving as the Schoolâs 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 Deanâs 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
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
Masterâs Degree and 7 yearsâ 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.
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.
USC is the leading private research university in Los Angeles—a global center for arts, technology and international business. With more than 47,500 students, we are located primarily in Los Angeles but also in various US and global satellite locations. As the largest private employer in Los Angeles, responsible for $8 billion annually in economic activity in the region, we offer the opportunity to work in a dynamic and diverse environment, in careers that span a broad spectrum of talents and skills across a variety of academic and professional schools and administrative units. As a USC employee and member of the Trojan Family—the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make USC a great place to work—you will enjoy excellent benefits, including a variety of well-being programs designed to help individuals achieve work-life balance.