Senior Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Affinity (DIA) works with all segments of American University (AU) WCL including students, administration, faculty, staff, and alumni, to address issues that are important to maximizing our institutional diversity and optimize the participation of individuals and groups that historically, socially, or legally have been discriminated against or underrepresented in legal education.
Reporting directly to the Associate Dean Student Affairs, the Senior Director DIA originates and engages in programming and activities related to admission and retention, academic success and bar passage, professional preparedness, job placement, and cultural celebration among the diverse and marginalized populations in WCL. The Senior Director will strategizes with the Vice Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs, as well as the faculty, in addressing pedagogical challenges posed by a richly diverse student body, including a major contingent of international (foreign) students for whom English is not a native language. The Senior Director, DIA will strive to create a central commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice as part of WCL’s cultural fabric.
The Senior Director provide strategic leadership and experience guiding the implementation of a strategic plan, establish metrics, measuring progress, and supporting affinity relations within the overall WCL community, both internally and externally. The Senior Director will work directly with and on behalf of diverse students and partners with other relevant law school administrators in promoting diversity and inclusion in our relations with alumni, in our special events and conference planning, and in public relations and marketing (including digital/online communications). The Senior Director for DIA also counsels and work directly with students individually, collectively (in groups and through student leaders of affinity organizations), and in collaboration with other law school advisors, managers, and faculty.
Master’s degree required. JD or doctoral degree in related field preferred.
At least eight years of related progressive experience
Excellent command of diversity and inclusion concepts, issues and best practices, counseling experience
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Ability to maintain confidentiality and to handle sensitive matters with judgment, tact and diplomacy
Ability to make connections and forge partnerships across departments
Experience with assessment practices to guide data-driven efforts and promote continuous improvement; well-developed technological skills
Ability to travel occasionally; knowledge of event planning
A global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service define American University. American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our academic strengths are grounded in social responsibility and a commitment to cultural and intellectual diversity.