The Assistant Director, Diversity & Inclusion oversees a major department/school-wide program or project & provides direction & thought leadership to develop strategic goals & objectives; defines associated metrics to measure results; & creates & obtains resources to ensure success. This role reviews, creates & nurtures internal & external alliances, collaborations and partnerships.
This position will have primary responsibility for designing and facilitating sensitive and challenging training, while advancing a learning and teaching culture that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion to over 3,000 faculty and over 3000 PhD students and postdocs at Northwestern. This person will coordinate with the Office of the Provost and Institutional Diversity and Inclusion to support short and long-term initiatives for instructors at all levels, offering and evaluating training around inclusive teaching, intergroup dialogues, and strategies for creating inclusive learning and research environments. This is a new position.
Directs and leads development and strategic planning for university-wide programs and projects.
Operationalizes goals & objectives; ensures that resources are created or obtained.
Oversees data analysis & recommends & implements changes & improvement to better ensure attainment of mission.
Manages logistics requirements, including facilities, venue, scheduling, technology, instruction, catering, etc.
Budgets & Financial
Ensures that the program/project meets associated revenue & expense goals.
Oversees all daily, monthly & annual financial activities including transactions, analysis, & reporting.
Approves funds reallocation within budget as necessary & appropriate.
Communication, Outreach & Recruitment
Builds and maintains collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders to increase program profile, reputation, visibility and support.
Consults with individual faculty, graduate students, postdocs, academic units, and schools on a wide variety of issues related to inclusion, diversity and equity in learning and teaching contexts.
Creates plan to drive awareness of program/project in appropriate markets.
Partners with academia and organizations to continue to innovate & enhance program/project.
Facilitate invited workshops and sessions;
Serves as Center representative on various University committees, projects, task forces, etc.Plays a leadership role as appropriate.
Actively obtains market intelligence by monitoring program/project peers/competitors and sharing information with appropriate groups.
Builds relationships with appropriate communities & organizations that will result in program/project enhancement.
Contributes to the national and international scholarship and dialogue on inclusive learning and teaching.
Oversees marketing of new and current programs/projects.
Oversees development & implementation of evaluation processes, quantitative & qualitative measurements that ensure that program/project benchmarks are successfully attained and communicated in a timely and efficient manner.
Manages evaluation processes; recommends & implements changes for enhancement; monitors effectiveness through follow-up evaluation studies.
Oversees creation of events designed to implement program/project objectives.
Collaborates with internal/external partners to ensure that events are implemented and meet or exceed planned goals.
Develops, implements and analyzes assessment of events; implements cycles of improvement through event assessment to improve future occurrences.
Works directly with individual and groups of faculty across all 3000+ Northwestern Faculty to develop, implement, assess and disseminate practices that improve the climate for marginalized students at Northwestern.
Works with Faculty leaders, including the Associate Provost for Faculty, the Associate Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Deans, Department Chairs, and Center Directors to develop, implement, assess and disseminate practices that improve the climate for marginalized students at Northwestern.
Prepares results & co-authors papers for presentation & publication & disseminates information via seminars, lectures, poster presentations, etc.
Engages in scholarly work, including original research on inclusive learning and teaching initiatives in higher education.
Creates data for use in grant submission.
Develops new proposals for research including obtaining financial support.
Participates in proposal development and funded research programs.
Program Development and Partner Training
Determines goals, objectives, outcome measurements and metrics, financial feasibility, marketing strategies and collaboration opportunities with other internal and external organizations.
Oversees the ongoing development and refinement of the program's/project's current and future curriculum and course offerings in consultation with subject matter experts.
Provides leadership for planning, scheduling, delivering and maintaining program(s)/project(s) to sustain quality instruction in all educational activity.
Develops and implements training (workshops, roundtables, conversations, dialogues) around inclusive learning and teaching initiatives and creating inclusive research environments at Northwestern.
Develops resources related to inclusive learning and teaching to be disseminated in training sessions and for Searle’s website
Develops and implements a comprehensive, visionary program/project strategy designed to continually grow and improve programs and build internal/external engagement.
Provides strategic direction and leadership related to Searle and University-wide initiatives around inclusive learning and teaching;
Contributes to overall leadership of the Center by participating in strategic decision-making for Center direction and contributing expertise to other center units, programs and projects
Provides guidance and support to staff in the creation of program/project components.
Supervises 2-3 research assistants, interns, and/ or work-study students
Performs other duties as assigned.
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree; OR appropriate combination of education and experience.
5 years program/project administration or other relevant experience.
Minimum Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities.)
Superior leadership and management skills.
Experience with research and evaluation.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Superior interpersonal skills; ability to build bridges across units and departments, as well as among faculty and staff at all levels; ability to communicate effectively across groups, particularly around issues of diversity, equity and inclusion.
Preferred Qualifications: (Education and experience)
PhD in education or psychology, or PhD in any field with 2+ years’ experience in higher education administration.
At least 2 years’ experience in a university teaching/learning center or similar unit.
At least 2 years’ experience related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education.
Expertise teaching in a higher education context.
PhD in Education or Psychology, or PhD in any field of study, with 3 years of experience in higher education;
5+ years’ experience in a teaching/learning center or similar unit.
5+ years’ experience related to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
Preferred Competencies: (Skills, knowledge, and abilities)
Experience developing projects from the ground up.
Experience in strategic planning.
Experience successfully building collaborations across units, as well as gaining buy-in from faculty, administrators, and staff for project development.
Expertise in project management.
Expertise in research and evaluation
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check. Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.
Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Northwestern University is a major private research university with 12 academic divisions located on three campuses in Evanston, Chicago, and Education City in Doha, Qatar. We have approximately 2,500 full-time faculty members, 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and over 5,700 full and part-time staff. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highl...y collaborative environment. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth.